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AstroInfo 3.1 RC1(ARP) for PalmOS

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:45 AM

I just posted the next version at:
http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417
(Source code is also at palmgear.) No changes to the software, but the wonderful Saguaro Astronomy Club Deep Sky list is now included.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 09:36 PM

I just posted 3.10o at http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417

New stuff:
- prev/next object moves within search results
- popup list for taps in crowded areas (the lack of this has been bothering me for a long time)
- clear button for catalog search

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 09:57 AM

I forgot to include the Saguaro catalog. Ooops. It's in there now.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:29 AM

I just posted 3.10p at http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417

Changes:
- choice of orientations (tap on the 'F'--you'll see why when you change orientations): correct image, horizontal flip, upside-down (Newtonian), vertical flip (I don't know if any scope does that)
- stability fix

I am running out of features to add. :-)

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 07:49 PM

3.10q has a very minor update: the planet bitmaps now work in non-correct-image orientations.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 10:46 AM

3.10r has an update to fix a nasty startup crash bug. Everybody should upgrade.

Binaries: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417
Source: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137415

If you don't want to download the catalogs and other stuff, but just want to get the update to the app, you can get that from:

http://pruss.mobi/dl...0b-app-only.zip

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:46 PM

One feature that some folks have wanted was the possibility of putting the catalogs on a card. 3.10s has this feature. Please read the notes in the install.txt on this.

Binaries: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417
Source: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137415

If you don't want to download the catalogs and other stuff, but just want to get the update to the app, you can get that from:

http://pruss.mobi/dl...0b-app-only.zip

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:35 PM

I uploaded 3.10u. I added a little feature where you can choose MENU | Sky | Go to constellation... and it'll frame that constellation. (It frames not just the constellation lines, but the whose of the officially designated constellation area.) You'll need to reinstall your constellations.pdb file to use that feature. It works whether or not you have constellation line display on.

Now I have no excuse for not learning the constellations. :-)

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 10:55 PM

I uploaded 3.10x. I decided that it would make observing a lot easier if I can enter an observation list. So, there is now an observation list screen. You can keep multiple lists, check off observed items, see them on the map. No room for notes yet.

Binaries: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137417
Source: http://palmgear.com/?xyz=137415

If you don't want to download the catalogs and other stuff, but just want to get the update to the app, you can get that from:

http://pruss.mobi/dl...0b-app-only.zip

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:42 PM

I've released AstroInfo 3.10A (I've run out of lowercase letters, so it's up to uppercase now--this is the version after 3.10z):
- more observation list management support (copy to clipboard, copy to new, rename)
- ability to look up info on objects in external catalog via PPI (see install.txt, and see the separate thread on the NGC/IC catalog that I've released)

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:28 AM

I found a bug which caused serious problems with observation lists whose names were more than about 11 characters long. This is fixed in 3.10C which I've just released. I've also added annotation support to the observation lists. You can now click on the dotted line after you select an object, and insert your comments. For variable star observing purposes and the like, you can insert the current Julian date into your comments (you can also insert the local time and date).

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 08:47 PM

I had a neat idea. If you have an Internet enabled Palm/Treo/Centro (with the Web browser), you can now go to a DSS2 image (red/blue/IR) of the current display region in AstroInfo. I added this to 3.10D, which is now up at Palmgear.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:09 AM

I've improved the DSS image function in various ways. For instance, it now matches the current sky chart display in angle. For another, you can choose from several different image sets (DSS1 Red/Blue, DSS2 Red/Blue/IR, H-alpha). I've also set parameters for better quality display on zoomed images (1x1 degrees or smaller). Finally, while the function requires Internet access, it no longer uses an external web browser--it's integrated into AI.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:50 PM

Got a link to the latest?

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:33 PM

I gotta try this asap before I forget about it.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:06 PM

Same links as usual:

Full distribution (with many megabytes of catalogs):
http://www.palmgear.com/?xyz=137417

App only (no catalogs):
http://pruss.mobi/ai310b-app-only.zip

Source is also on palmgear.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:35 AM

Somehow I got zoomed in (don't know how), and now I can't zoom out. The screen is all gray, sometimes with moving light and dark gray bars. I've tried pressing the little arrows at the bottom of the screen, but nothing changes. Can Astroinfo display the Galilean satellites of Jupiter, with their correct positions?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:51 AM

Zoom is done with the hard page up/down buttons on your device. Have you tried that? You need to press several times, because these buttons will first scroll the details area, and only after the details area scroll is finished will they start zooming in/out.

The little arrows at the bottom are scroll arrows for the object information portion of the screen. If you're really stuck, you can always install the constellation database, and choose the go to constellation option. That should zoom out to fit the whole constellation.

My hypothesis is that you're zoomed in looking at a planet.

If you can provide any information that would help me duplicate this, I would be grateful. Minimally, what device you were using, and what object you were looking.

I am sorry to say that AI doesn't do ephemerides for any satellites except Luna. Myself, I use the free (unpaid) version of Astromist for Jupiter predictions.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:58 PM

OK, thank you, I just learned something about the Tungsten E2. I was able to zoom out. Palm's documentation, such as it is, says nothing about "page-up" or "page-down." Most of the functions must be discovered by playing with it. That's unfortunate that Astroinfo doesn't show Jupiter's satellites. I'm looking for software that can provide quick answers to questions at public star parties, plus my own need to know moonrise/moonset times.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 01:06 PM

This is AI 3.0 that I have, by the way. I'm still trying to figure out the search function. I can type in, say, M13, but then what do I do?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:12 PM

If you have the right catalogs installed, you will get a list of all objects matching your search. Tap on one of them and you'll go to the sky view with the object centered.
You really should consider upgrading to 3.1. Lots of new features.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:03 PM

What do I do to implement the search? If I type in, say, M13, nothing happens. What do I do next? Also, I haven't figured out the sky display. It's showing me Southern Hemisphere stars.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:28 PM

What do I do to implement the search? If I type in, say, M13, nothing happens. What do I do next?


Do you have a deep sky catalog installed (in main memory, not on card)? E.g., Messier.pdb or rngc.pdb? If you do, then you will see a list of all objects that have "M13" in their description, and you can tap on one of them.

Also, I haven't figured out the sky display. It's showing me Southern Hemisphere stars.


Drag the stylus on the screen to rotate. If the sky options are set to Alt/Az mode, then left/right dragging changes the azimuth, and up/down dragging changes the altitude. If the sky options are set to RA/Dec mode, the left/right dragging changes the RA, and up/down dragging changes the altitude (I never use this mode, so there may be a bug there).

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 10:43 PM

The link provided above for downloading 3.1 doesn't work. Is there another download site?

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 12:10 AM

I finally got 3.1 downloaded and installed. The "search" function, as described above, just flat out doesn't work. All of the catalogs are installed. Also, you should provide some way to easily return the sky display to the sky as seen from the selected location and current time. Also, it would be nice to bring up a **list** of Moon phases (new, FQ, full, LQ) for a selected month.


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