GoSkyWatch 1.1 on a 8 gig iPod Touch still has issues, random lock ups and in settings, trying to turn things on and off ends up crashing my iPod running v2.01
iPhone/iPod Touch Astronomy Software
Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:35 PM
Posted 11 October 2008 - 03:36 PM
Anyone using recent updates to any of these programs? Or has other observations about them?
I read where StarMap has revamped its graphic display process and relies on the GL engine or whatever and is now zippy!
Anyone know if any of the classic Palm apps are coming to the iPhone/iPod Touch world?
Posted 29 October 2008 - 03:04 PM
StarMap is also producing a StarMap Pro version that will be interesting as well.
I see that StarryNight has a webapp version, but it definately doesnt look as good as any native ipod touch \iphone apps out there.
So far i am thinking iAstronomica and StarMap PRO are my favorites to be purchased.
Posted 29 October 2008 - 11:58 PM
Check out Distant Suns!
I used to have it on the Amiga, long time ago!
I just purchased it and it is great!! Love it!
Incredibly simple and yet it has all it's needed!
Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:40 PM
Posted 02 November 2008 - 03:33 PM
Good Luck. I like having the info in my pocket.
Posted 02 November 2008 - 10:17 PM
I also enjoy iEphemeris.
However a similar but not free app Phases looks like it is going to be good, since it's the same company that creates the iStats apps for the mac osx.
Star Map seems to be the winner right now, however there is a Star Map PRO due next year, so i dont know if i should sit and wait to purchase the PRO version or not, since the author has already stated there is no upgrade path from Star Map to Star Map PRO.
Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:29 PM
A laser pointer finder sure beats my telrad which is now no longer on the scope. Good luck in your decision and if you wait on the Pro be sure and post your experience.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 05:24 PM
One thing that I didn't see, though, was how to add comet data, e.g., Comet Lulin, but perhaps I just overlooked it exploring all the other astro candy that will be coming in the program!
Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:58 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:48 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:02 AM
I bought Lunar Atlas last night and quite like it for finding craters (haven't used it at the scope yet).
Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:16 AM
Posted 18 February 2009 - 12:50 PM
He also deserves credit for announcing the pro version early to help people make their buying decisions (pro or regular; or another program)
Doug, what's that Star Walk like? I read somewhere that it's fast but uses pictures of star fields rather than the usual data-driven, star rendering, mag setting approach.
I'm keeping my old Clie SJ33 around for scope use--Planetarium is just so feature rich, intuitive, and useful. I'm not sure I want to use a $300 i-device at the scope, in the dark, when a dirt cheap Palm OS device works so well.
Plus, moving between apps on an iPod Touch or iPhone ruins one's night vision, whereas on the Clie/Palm, Khroma or Chrome let you set up a system wide astrovision color motif--with everything in red on black (or blue on black, depending on one's pref).
Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:03 PM
I've got Star Walk because it is just too cool looking (and actually useful - just limited)
Star Walk is surprisingly useful. I use SkyTools V2 for my main imaging planning sessions, but I also use Star Walk as a useful addition to this. It's great fun to use and dare I say it... very Star Trek!
Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:48 AM
Much like zoom eyepieces and the Moon or globular clusters... a cool, futuristic, spaceship effect!
Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:17 AM
My one big hope for this app is that the resolution of the pinch/zoom close-ups will have increased resolution in future updates. A red light nightvision feature would also be ok I suppose but the moon is so bright your dark adaptation is toast anyway.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:56 PM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:30 PM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:15 PM
Apple looses another customer - for now.
Not that I was all fired up to go get an iTouch.
Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:30 PM
OTOH, the Moon's divided up into quadrants so you are confined to each one as you scroll around; there's also no phase change illumination; and no options to invert to match scope view. Haven't explored MoonMap itself yet.
Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:40 PM
I don't think any of the existing software supports controlling a scope. Part of the problem is that iPhone/iTouch doesn't have bluetooth or a serial port. To control a scope you would need to use the wireless internet functionality to talk to a computer that was itself connected to the scope. Then the iPhone is basically acting as a remote and you would still need a real computer present.
It looks like the ability to do this will now be available with the new iPhone/iPod touch 3.0 software that will be available this summer. It will be a simple free upgrade for all iPhone users. There is support for communicating via blue-tooth through third-party hardware in the 3.0 firmware update.