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Loc: Liverpool, UK
Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App
      #5379359 - 08/21/12 01:05 PM Attachment (40 downloads)

Hi,

I'm an amateur astronomer & software developer and have just written my first app called "Scope Nights". It's a dedicated 5-night stargazing weather forecast for U.S.A and U.K. that runs on iPhone, iPod touch & iPad via Wi-Fi, 4G, 3G or 2G networks.

Here's the app website:
http://www.eggmoonstudio.com/scopenights

And here's the App Store download:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scope-nights/id540120977?ls=1&mt=8

There's a few promo codes available for those who are willing to test it and provide constructive feedback and an app store review.

It's a fairly basic app at the moment, but I'm looking to add more features, hence the need for feedback from fellow astronomers.

Hope you find the app useful.

Best Regards,
Martin

Scope Nights:

Find a Night & Use it Right... Use your telescope or binoculars wisely and find the clearest nights first. A really handy weather app for planning observing sessions or star parties up to five nights ahead!

Scope Nights provides a quick and easy night time weather forecast for telescope and binocular owners. Accurate weather data is gathered direct from national weather sources and weather conditions essential to stargazing such as cloud, wind and rain are analysed and rated to show which nights will have the best stargazing conditions.

Scope Nights currently provides weather for the United States and the United Kingdom using public domain data services. United Kingdom data contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government License. Scope Nights currently provides stargazing weather forecasts, not astronomical seeing conditions caused by atmospheric turbulence or light pollution.

Scope Nights is an indispensable tool for astronomers and a welcome relief from sieving through conventional weather apps for clear skies. It's designed to be quick and easy to use whether at home or at an observing site, and more features will be added in future updates, so it's going to get even better.

Features:

Stargazing Weather Rating
- Shows which nights are best suited to stargazing using a simple red, amber, green activity rating system

Accurate Weather Forecasts
- Weather forecasts direct from national weather services updated every hour

Smart Weather Analysis
- Automatically gets weather forecast for your current location
- Filters weather data for forecasts during hours of darkness
- Analyses weather type, cloud cover and wind strength and creates stargazing conditions rating

Location Search
- Find stargazing weather forecasts for any other national location

Detailed Weather Conditions
- Nightly summary and detail views
- Sunrise and sunset times
- Overnight humidity
- Overnight minimum temperature in celsius or fahrenheit
- Overnight wind speed and direction in mph or knots

Simple Design
- Summary screen shows in one glance which nights are best for stargazing
- Stargazing weather ratings makes it simple to see the best nights
- Realistic animated weather graphics

Requirements
- Requires a device with iOS 5.0 or later
- Downloading weather data requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5379601 - 08/21/12 03:38 PM

Sounds good, I can be a guniea pig and test it.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5379604 - 08/21/12 03:40 PM

Just purchased it, looks good. I will let you know what I think and how accurate it is in a few days.

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MRD
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Loc: Liverpool, UK
Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5379640 - 08/21/12 04:02 PM

Brilliant! Many thanks.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5380171 - 08/21/12 10:48 PM

PM sent

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: deepskytraveler]
      #5380728 - 08/22/12 09:38 AM

I've downloaded it and will be happy to 'beta' test it and provide an app store review.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5380787 - 08/22/12 10:19 AM

Quote:

Simple Design
- Realistic animated weather graphics





Ummm. What animated weather graphics?


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MRD
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5380910 - 08/22/12 11:22 AM

You'll need some weather before the animations are visible. Clear, cloudy, mist/fog can't be easily animated as there's not a lot visible, especially at night. I guess it could display a shooting star on clear nights, but that's not weather. Maybe the next version.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5380950 - 08/22/12 11:46 AM

Android...Android...Android.....
Any chance??? *s*


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Thomas Karpf
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5380952 - 08/22/12 11:47 AM

Ahh... This would be the little picture to the right of the colored 'status' box? I thought you could click on something to take you to animated radar like on www.weather.com. Never mind...

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Wes James]
      #5381147 - 08/22/12 02:03 PM

Yes I'd like to do an Android version at some point as I'm using the Monotouch Framework to develop cross-platform, but I'd also like do a retina display iPad version, so it could be a while yet.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5381168 - 08/22/12 02:15 PM

Yes they are animated weather icons. I'll re-word the description to say "icons" instead of "graphics" to avoid further confusion. Good idea about linking to weather radar, will add it to the wish list.

As it's my first app it's fairly basic, so I'm sure there's lots of features that could be added. I couldn't find many other dedicated 5 night stargazing weather forecast apps for iPhone, so I do plan to add more features in future updates to make it more useful. Depends how popular it becomes.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5381188 - 08/22/12 02:28 PM

Silly me. The stars are twinkling.

Is the moon phase accurate? It's at least close to the current phase. I know there are 'Moon Phase' apps out there (I already have one), but COULD it be accurate? If no place on the main screen, perhaps the phase (and elevation, if >0*) could be on the 'time by time' details screen?


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5381192 - 08/22/12 02:31 PM

Minor bug: if there is no current internet connection, can you display the last set of weather data? Granted it won't be CURRENT, but it's better than the blank display you get without live data.

I got a blank screen when I powered it up in my office. It occurred to me that could be annoying if I powered it up at a really remote site with no wireless connectivity.


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MRD
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5381226 - 08/22/12 02:53 PM

No the moon phase is not shown. Yes there are various ways to show the moon phase, but it's effect on ratings would need to be configurable as some people may see the moon as favourable and some might not, depending on what you're observing. Will make a note for when I get round to it, many thanks.

Also, air turbulence is not taken into account for the night ratings yet, but it's also something that could be added in future as the app matures.


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MRD
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5381242 - 08/22/12 02:59 PM

Good point. Thanks, will look into that one and try and address it in next update if it's not a major code change. I'm also aware the connection timeout needs lengthening to cope better with very slow networks. So that's on my list too.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5381299 - 08/22/12 03:39 PM

Nothing for one of the colonies? We have the Queen on our money for Pete sakes!:-P

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5381303 - 08/22/12 03:41 PM

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Nothing for one of the colonies? We have the Queen on our money for Pete sakes!:-P




I would imagine it has something to do with how easy it is to extract the data from 'public domain data sources'.


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MRD
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5381456 - 08/22/12 05:29 PM

Sorry, it's just UK and USA at the moment due to limited development resources, ie. just me! But I do plan to make it global if I can find a free and reliable public domain weather API that provides detailed enough weather forecasts globally. Otherwise, I'll only be able to add countries who's weather services supply detailed enough public domain weather data. If that's the case then Canada will be one of the first I look at adding next for sure.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5381546 - 08/22/12 06:29 PM

The app works fine here is the USA!

Andy


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #5521095 - 11/15/12 12:06 PM

We need a Droid AND a PC Desktop version!!

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: leartech]
      #5522125 - 11/15/12 11:43 PM

Why not make an Android version first? There are more Android mobile phones than Iphones.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Benjamin B]
      #6097395 - 09/23/13 08:47 PM

Martin,

I have had this app for a few months now and have been quite disappointed in it. The predictions are not just slightly off for my location: they are completely inaccurate. Just for example tonight Scope Nights shows rain at my location but the sky is 90% clear and only a few clouds are in the sky. Last week it called for thunderstorms for 7 days straight. We had one day of thunderstorms and it rained the next day. How is Scope Nights computing this weather report which doesn't even match up with the predictions from 5 other weather services?

obin


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6097662 - 09/23/13 11:24 PM

I am also quite disappointed at the inaccuracy of this app too!

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: fetoma]
      #6097685 - 09/23/13 11:43 PM

I have been very happy with the app......although not perfect, it seems to be pretty close for me.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: budman1961]
      #6101808 - 09/26/13 07:55 AM

Does anyone know what formula is being used to compute these reports? This morning it showed "fair" and it predicts rain tomorrow. The sky this morning was absolutely 100% clear. The weather radar is TOTALLY CLEAR and the weather report is bright, sunny, and clear at night.

What gives? This thing is about as accurate as flipping a coin. I want my money back!

obin


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6102418 - 09/26/13 01:55 PM

I think it's a very nice app, it's usually quite accurate for the UK , it is wrong sometimes but that's not the fault of the app because it gets it's information from the met office & although the met office is usually spot on ,sometimes the weather don't do what it's predicted to do , so occasionally the information the app gets is wrong , I use it all the time & I like it.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: nevy]
      #6103708 - 09/27/13 09:17 AM

Wanted to relay my experiences. It has been great here for be past week. Two nights ago, it looked like another great night. Television weather forecast says clear. I set up my Newt, even though the app says overcast.

I go out two hours after sunset, and it's completely overcast.

The next night, the app says clear until 11:00 PM, and then clouds. I set up again, and observe from 9-10PM. I come back in, watch the end of the football game, and go back outside at about midnight. Completely overcast.

I think the app is a keeper. It seems to do some things very well, but like the weather, it's unpredictable! There have been occasions where it is dead on - even when broadcast weather forecasts indicate otherwise.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Gil V]
      #6117303 - 10/04/13 01:37 PM

I understand the weather can be variable. What I wonder is why the cleardarksky.com website is so much more accurate than the Scope nights app? I am in League City but Scope Nights looks like it is pulling the weather report for somewhere else. I have checked the configuration a dozen times and it is simply not generating an accurate forecast. I literally can say that flipping a coin for the weather report is about as accurate as Scope Nights. I might as well say "heads it is cloudy and tails it is clear" and I will be forecasting with the same precision as Scope Nights.

obin


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6121164 - 10/06/13 07:23 PM

BILLIONS of dollars are spent on government and private weather forecasting and reporting and it's still not much more accurate than using a dart board!
So I guess we shouldn't be too hard on ClearSky Clocks/ScopeNights, et. al.
BUT- it IS frustrating to be under totally clear and dark skies (as I was this weekend) and see Scope Nights showing "POOR" conditions and even lightning and rain!
I get much more reliable info from a Weather Channel app on my iPhone that shows near-real-time satellite images. Amazingly - even THAT is not 100% dependable.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Mike Harvey]
      #6121314 - 10/06/13 09:05 PM

It can be frustrating trying to plan things on the basis of weather forecasts that prove to be wrong, but it really does seem that forecasts on the whole are much better than they used to be. Case in point: yesterday morning the Clear Sky Clock for Chiefland predicted some clouds for early Saturday evening, but then getting clear for the rest of the night. My friends and I knew we were taking a chance but we decided to trust the forecast and go for it, even though it was a long drive. We're sure glad that we did because the forecast was spot on, with the clouds going away pretty much as predicted. Last night was pretty darn good. Thank you Clear Sky Clock. :-)

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6122105 - 10/07/13 10:41 AM

Quote:

I understand the weather can be variable. What I wonder is why the cleardarksky.com website is so much more accurate than the Scope nights app? I am in League City but Scope Nights looks like it is pulling the weather report for somewhere else. I have checked the configuration a dozen times and it is simply not generating an accurate forecast. I literally can say that flipping a coin for the weather report is about as accurate as Scope Nights. I might as well say "heads it is cloudy and tails it is clear" and I will be forecasting with the same precision as Scope Nights.

obin




That hasn't been my experience with the app. If anything, Scope Nights consistently equals or betters CSC. HOWEVER...as you observe, weather is a complex thing and a small change in location can make a huge difference.

Bottom line for me? If I'd listened to the CSC at the Deep South Regional Star Gaze Spring Scrimmage back in May, I'd have packed up and gone home Saturday morning and would have missed the only good night of the star party.

Scope Nights nailed it.

Edited by rmollise (10/07/13 10:51 AM)


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: rmollise]
      #6122496 - 10/07/13 01:38 PM

Seeing how it's accurate for some and inaccurate for others I think the solution would be a trial version that expires after a week. That way you would be able to see if it's accurate for your locality. That way you won't end up with a totally useless app like I did.

obin


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6123463 - 10/07/13 07:39 PM

Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: budman1961]
      #6124648 - 10/08/13 11:19 AM

I have it, and for the nominal price of $2.99 I like it.

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: budman1961]
      #6125718 - 10/08/13 07:28 PM

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Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?






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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6125720 - 10/08/13 07:29 PM

Quote:

Seeing how it's accurate for some and inaccurate for others I think the solution would be a trial version that expires after a week. That way you would be able to see if it's accurate for your locality. That way you won't end up with a totally useless app like I did.

obin




You need a trial version of a three dollar program?!


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: rmollise]
      #6126714 - 10/09/13 10:38 AM

Quote:



That hasn't been my experience with the app. If anything, Scope Nights consistently equals or betters CSC.




I can believe that. See my CSC in my sig? Yeah, it's completely overcast right now and has been since 10:00 last night. If I had an iPhone (another six months with this Android phone) I would gladly pay the $3 for this app.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: rmollise]
      #6127455 - 10/09/13 05:06 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?









Wow, if you guys, and any others, are not worried about wasting $2.99, then I'd like to ask you all to please make a donation to one of the charities that supports our wounded military folks.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: fetoma]
      #6127965 - 10/09/13 09:56 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?









Wow, if you guys, and any others, are not worried about wasting $2.99, then I'd like to ask you all to please make a donation to one of the charities that supports our wounded military folks.





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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: fetoma]
      #6128650 - 10/10/13 09:42 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?









Wow, if you guys, and any others, are not worried about wasting $2.99, then I'd like to ask you all to please make a donation to one of the charities that supports our wounded military folks.




FWIW, my son is US Army, and we spend way more than $3 on various military related charities, as well as sending care packages to troops stationed in harm's way. I believe in putting my money where my mouth is.

IMO $3 to try out something that may or may not work, based on very mixed reviews, is a pittance and I have spent way more than that for junk in this hobby over the years.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: budman1961]
      #6128783 - 10/10/13 10:49 AM

Quote:

Really?.....Al this wringing of hands over $2.99?




Yes $2.99 for something that didn't work even once. If I knew I was wasting my money I would have spent it on something else. That's the reason why reviews exist: to prevent other people from wasting their money.

obin


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: fetoma]
      #6130718 - 10/11/13 10:22 AM

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Wow, if you guys, and any others, are not worried about wasting $2.99, then I'd like to ask you all to please make a donation to one of the charities that supports our wounded military folks.




Who says we don't? Not that this has pea-turkey to do with the price of tea in China.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6130726 - 10/11/13 10:25 AM

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Yes $2.99 for something that didn't work even once. If I knew I was wasting my money I would have spent it on something else. That's the reason why reviews exist: to prevent other people from wasting their money.

obin




And the responses from the many folks whose experience with this app is totally different from yours is why forums like this exist.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: rmollise]
      #6131936 - 10/11/13 08:36 PM

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Not that this has pea-turkey to do with the price of tea in China.




It was just a plug Unc.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: fetoma]
      #6295778 - 01/06/14 11:48 AM

Sorry about the late response, but I've been extremely busy developing version 2.0, which now includes improved stargazing forecasts. So I hope this update solves many of your problems.

I had noticed that for showery or thundery forecasts, the app was being too pessimistic. So version 2.0 uses the cloud cover forecast in the rating algorithm and should be give a more realistic rating. The UK & US forecasts in version 2.0 also use precipitation probability in the ratings algorithm, so should be more accurate again. Predicting if a thunder or shower cell will pass over your exact location is something no forecast can predict, so a probability is given. Even then, with a low probability of showers or thunderstorms, you can still be unlucky and get caught out. Weather is by nature a chaotic process and so is impossible to predict with total accuracy.

The US stargazing forecast uses NOAA data, and the UK stargazing forecast uses Met Office data.

New features in Scope Nights version 2.0

• NEW - Full iOS7 compatibility with new look & feel
• NEW - Improved forecasts using cloud cover and precipitation probability
• NEW - Moon phase threshold slider
• NEW - Wind speed gust sensitivity switch
• NEW - List of IDA international dark sky parks
• NEW - Clear period notifications
• FIX - General bug fixes & improvements

Please Note, if updating from a previous version… In order to fund further development some existing features are now included as part of paid upgrades, but they also include many new features as listed above within the free update to version 2.0. Without adding a small charge for the more advanced features I could not afford to develop the app any further.


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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #6595276 - 06/22/14 05:00 AM

Any updates on availability for Android?

For users in Australia where does the short-term (1-3 days) and long term data come from? If you pay for the European data access, does that become the primary source?

It's hard to get access to Euro model data so would happily pay for this app if that's what it provides.

Phil


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MRD
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Reged: 08/29/08

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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: Phil Hart]
      #6596887 - 06/23/14 05:10 AM

Hi Phil,

I would still like to release an Android version of Scope Nights but can’t give a firm date yet. I’m currently putting finishing touches to Scope Nights 2.1 for iPhone and iPad which should be out soon and will include worldwide IDA dark sky locations and a world dark sky map along with ability to store and compare favourite observing locations to see which has the best stargazing forecast. Future plans include an Android version of Scope Nights, and additional national weather data packs for Scope Nights covering Canada, Australia and Europe.

The forecast for Australia uses a medium range global forecast derived from the European ECMWF numerical forecast model. This is regarded as one of the best global models. Scope Nights doesn’t provide a national astronomy weather pack for Australian or Europe at the moment, but it is something I’m actively looking into along with Canada and Australia. The national astronomy weather packs in Scope Nights 2.0 provide short-range forecasts for the US & UK at the moment. When the Australia national astronomy weather pack becomes available you will get a more accurate short-term stargazing forecast.

Hope this helps? Let me know if you have any other questions. There’s a few articles on the Egg Moon blog that explains in detail how Scope Nights 2.0 works…

How To Use Scope Nights
How Scope Nights Works
Astronomy Weather Pack
National Astronomy Weather Upgrades

Best regards,
Martin


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Thomas Karpf
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Re: Scope Nights: New Stargazing Weather Forecast App new [Re: MRD]
      #6600856 - 06/25/14 09:14 AM

Quote:

I’m currently putting finishing touches to Scope Nights 2.1 for iPhone which will include the ability to store and compare favourite observing locations to see which has the best stargazing forecast.




Awesome! Excellent! Thank you.


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