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

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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.




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

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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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rmollise
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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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fetoma
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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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MRD
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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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