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#26 sebagr

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:00 PM

@Pete: thanks for your suggestion. Yeah, that'd be quite a pain to add, but it's worth keeping in mind.

Maybe in the future, when other stuff is done, I'll get my hands dirty with that.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:57 PM

Almost done... Now can you turn it into a standlone app that doesn't need web access? ;)

BTW, very cool tool. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:48 PM

Almost done... Now can you turn it into a standlone app that doesn't need web access? ;)

BTW, very cool tool. Thanks for sharing it.


Ahh that'd be great for the field, right?

Indeed, but there are 2 BIG problems with desktop applications IMHO:

a) You need 1 version per Operating System (there are ways to do just 1 for many OSs but there are usually quite inefficient and ugly), whereas web apps are immediately available in all devices (I even tried DSO Browser on my iPhone and works great! :D)

b) Desktop apps are FAR more difficult to maintain and release. You see, if there's a problem with any version and many people downloaded it, there's nothing you can do about it until they download it again. However, web apps are amazing in this regard: you make an improvement and everybody gets it at once.


Granted, without an Internet connection you're screwed, but that's why I added that Print option so you can actually print your results and take them with you to the field :)

I'm planning to add some features involving users participation, for which some kind of web interaction is mandatory anyway.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:52 AM

Hi Sebastian and welcome to Cloudy Nights. Thank you for the very nice browser tool.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 01:06 PM

Almost done... Now can you turn it into a standlone app that doesn't need web access? ;)

BTW, very cool tool. Thanks for sharing it.


Ahh that'd be great for the field, right?

Indeed, but there are 2 BIG problems with desktop applications IMHO:

a) You need 1 version per Operating System (there are ways to do just 1 for many OSs but there are usually quite inefficient and ugly), whereas web apps are immediately available in all devices (I even tried DSO Browser on my iPhone and works great! :D)

Java. Definitely not the pinnacle of efficiency but apps such as OpenOffice are written using it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- if you are talking about the code itself C works for me. ;)

b) Desktop apps are FAR more difficult to maintain and release. You see, if there's a problem with any version and many people downloaded it, there's nothing you can do about it until they download it again. However, web apps are amazing in this regard: you make an improvement and everybody gets it at once.

I'm aware of this. I've been the lead software developer on successful consumer products such as "Snappy Video Snapshot" though I've tended to do much more embedded development during the last decade.

Granted, without an Internet connection you're screwed, but that's why I added that Print option so you can actually print your results and take them with you to the field :)

Yup. That's what I'll be doing... Thanks again for sharing this tool.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:44 PM


I just wanted to thank Sebastian again! This tool gets better and better.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:21 AM

Awesome looks like what I've been looking for ever since I got Windows 7 and NGCView quit working right.
Thanks

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 09:39 AM

Hi guys,

Thanks for your comments :)

Keep checking regularly, more updates coming in the following weeks/months - including a user system to let you personalize the site, weekly email reminders for your favorite objects, etc ;)

Cheers!

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:22 PM

I just wanted to again bump this to the top. This is such a useful resource that I cannot give it enough recommendation.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:33 PM

I've made this a sticky post.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 03:51 PM


Excellent! :cool:

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 10:00 AM

This is a really nice tool. It looks like you've put a TON of work into it. I love everything on here. I only have two suggestions, if you have time, of course. Perhaps this would be a good idea: In the catalog search area, I think instead of choosing just one catalog or all of them, maybe you could make it so that we could choose two or three at the same time (ex Messier and NGC). Also, I have no clue how difficult this might be, but would it be possible to include a printable star chart, in addition to all the other info, showing the location of the object when you click on it? Overall, really awesome tool. I am definitely going to use this a lot. :D

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#38 sebagr

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 10:52 AM

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your suggestions. As a matter of fact, those two are already in my list because other two people suggested them :)

However the star chart is kind of difficult, there are many other things to do before that. I'm just trying to have some free time to do them! Hopefully March will do...

Thanks again, and I'm glad you find it useful :)

Clear skies!

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 11:02 AM

You're welcome, and good luck on finding free time for this.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:54 PM

Wow...great job on this! I have just made an Access database to help met track DSOs but this has a whole lot more information.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:46 AM

Thanks for this! :)

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 09:03 PM

Awesome tool, many thanks for your work.
I'll run it over wireless to the Ob.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:37 PM

Fantastic tool, Sebastian! Thank you so much for sharing it with us :)

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:11 PM

Hi Sebastian:
Is this neat DSO Browser tool available as a download so as not to be dependent on Internet access while your out in the field?

This is a great program and not overly complicated.

Great Job! :bow:

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 07:45 PM

Hi Donnie,


I'm glad you like the tool :)

I'm planning an offline version for the future, but first, I'll publish a new version soon with new interesting features, most of which wouldn't make sense offline (think uploading, mailing, comments, etc.)

Clear Skies!

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:41 PM

Hi Sebastian,

Perhaps this has been mentioned already... have you considered adding CSV export to save the generated summary list to a file?

Should be fairly easy to implement and usable in the field using any spreadsheet app. For rapid searches or top down use a text editor or *nix awk, sed & grep would work just fine.

It's no substitute for an offline mode but could provide a relatively lightweight quick reference in situations where Internet connectivity is limited.

Not sure anyone else would find this useful but thought I'd throw it out there.

Best regards,
Lee

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:12 AM

Thanks for the awesome tool! I like the fact I canset magnitude to what my scope can handle. Would be cool to add popular scopes, especially for newbies and amatures. Thanks for your hard work!

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:28 AM

Great tool!

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:54 PM

Great tool. This is just what I've been looking for...Thanks!

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:18 PM


Thank You! I was happy to find the Virtual Sky Assist, so just imagine how grateful we are for this.


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