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FrugalAstronomer
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IPad App for Observing Lists new
      #5472393 - 10/15/12 10:16 PM

Has anyone found an iPad app that will create an observing list based on criteria such as type of object, magnitude, height above horizon, etc? Astroplanner was my favorite PC/Mac software, but I've not been able to find anything even close for iPad.

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KidOrion
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Loc: Carbondale, IL
Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: FrugalAstronomer]
      #5472443 - 10/15/12 10:50 PM

Is this it?

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jrbarnett
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5472510 - 10/15/12 11:34 PM

Newp.

http://www.astroplanner.net/faq/faq8.html

"[I]t's very unlikely that you will ever see something of the power and complexity of AstroPlanner on a tablet computer, at least for the next few years. Due to the huge effort it would take to port the app, it's not clear that this would be a fiscally viable project given that the low prices of tablet software would probably cannibalise the desktop app sales.

NOTE: The is an Astro Planner app currently (as of 8/2012) available on the Apple App Store. However, this is not our product and we are not affiliated in any way with it."

Same name, different apps. The author of Astro Planner for Mac OS X and Windows makes a good point. If you're a developer who already has a commercial app available for Windows and the Mac, you probably make a lot more per copy for those platforms than you could on an iOS version.

On the other hand, Sky Safari started on iOS devices and now also offers a newer OS X Mac version of its app, so that perhaps argues in favor of supporting both.

I think the iPad has more than enough horsepower to handle a full-featured planning tool. I think the real reason we don't see them being ported is that most of the developers of the current generation planning apps for the PC and Mac aren't proficient developing for newer platforms.

It will come (a full featured iPad planner tool), and when it does it will make the designer a lot of money and probably displace some sales from older tools. Personally, I think it would be smarter to be the first to market with such a tool rather than potentially getting run over by the first to market.



- Jim


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KidOrion
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5473113 - 10/16/12 11:21 AM

Interesting.

Edited by KidOrion (10/16/12 11:22 AM)


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daniel_h
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5473567 - 10/16/12 04:41 PM

Skysafari has an add object to observing list, buy you have to click thru targets one by one

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A. Viegas
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: FrugalAstronomer]
      #5474992 - 10/17/12 12:29 PM

Michael-

You want Oberserver PRO best $10 you can spend in this hobby if you already have an iDevice.

--> ObserverPro

It is awesome! I use it in conjunction with SkySafari/SkiFI.

Al


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Tim Gilliland
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Loc: Sand Springs Okla.
Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: FrugalAstronomer]
      #5475341 - 10/17/12 03:52 PM

Here is a site that works, if you have a connection.
http://dso-browser.com/


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Tallflyer
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: Tim Gilliland]
      #5534508 - 11/22/12 09:37 PM

Luminos has a lot of Catalogs in it but I haven't played with it that much.

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Daniel Mounsey
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5535253 - 11/23/12 11:00 AM

Quote:

Skysafari has an add object to observing list, buy you have to click thru targets one by one




I've mentioned this so hopefully they'll install a feature to finally let you simply punch in parameters. I especially would like this for double stars.


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Daniel Mounsey
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5535256 - 11/23/12 11:01 AM

Quote:

Is this it?




Does it work for doubles?


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dennyhenke
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Re: IPad App for Observing Lists [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5536316 - 11/23/12 09:37 PM

I use FileMaker Pro on my computer and FileMaker Go on the iPad in conjunction with SkySafari. It is an excellent combination with FileMaker serving as my primary list of objects as well as my detailed list of observations of objects. I can search and sort for any criteria at all. SkySafari is used only for finding via charts as its weakness is taking notes, sorting, searching, etc. I did purchase a red screen for the iPad though so as to avoid the light issue when switching apps.

Edited by dennyhenke (11/23/12 09:39 PM)


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