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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Sattelite Safari new [Re: btschumy]
      #5804812 - 04/17/13 03:56 PM

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Jon,

I know what you mean. I was not much of a satellite observer myself until writing this app. Now I find myself using the early evening hours spotting a few satellites for fun. There is something very satisfying about seeing a satellite pass right where it is predicted.

You'll also find a pair of binoculars will help you locate quite a few more satellites than you will see naked eye.




Bill:

I hope to be able to identify the satellites that I often often see passing through view of eyepiece. And spotting brighter satellites should be great fun.

Jon


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Re: Sattelite Safari new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5806078 - 04/18/13 04:36 AM

Last night it was clear. I have been laid up with a bad respiratory thing so I wasn't going outside.

But about 8pm I was playing with Satellite Safari and I noticed that a magnitude 2.8 Satellite should be in the eastern sky. Taking my tablet with me, still in my bed clothes, I ran out side, looked well above Arcturus and sure enough, there was a bright satellite cutting across the sky on north-east heading..



I could get to like this....

As a side note... Satellite Safari has to compute a lot of orbits.. that must take some optimized number crunching to make it work as well as it does.



Jon


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btschumy
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Re: Sattelite Safari new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5806279 - 04/18/13 08:58 AM

Thanks Jon.

All those satellites can tax the processing power of the mobile device. You will notice that in Orbit mode, with all satellite classes shown, the display does become a bit jerky as you pan around the Earth. Calculating the positions of the 1500 satellites does involve quite a bit of calculation.

P.S. Hope you feel better soon.


Edited by btschumy (04/18/13 09:42 AM)


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Re: Satellite Safari new [Re: btschumy]
      #5806799 - 04/18/13 02:06 PM

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FYI: we just submitted version 1.1 for iOS to Apple last night. It will probably take a week or so to go through the approval process.




The minute you come up with a way to send smooth slewing commands to track a satellite with a goto mount let me know. I be first in line to buy it.

obin


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btschumy
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Re: Satellite Safari [Re: obin robinson]
      #5806818 - 04/18/13 02:20 PM

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The minute you come up with a way to send smooth slewing commands to track a satellite with a goto mount let me know. I be first in line to buy it.



We are working on it. However, this would be in SkySafari, not Satellite Safari.


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Re: Satellite Safari new [Re: btschumy]
      #5817480 - 04/23/13 01:24 PM

I'm really digging Satellite Safari! I've got alerts set when the ISS is visible!

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