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Which deep sky catalogs included in Skysafari 6 Plus?

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#1 Orion68

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 08:37 PM

I'm new to Skysafari 6 and using the free version (android) so far. I like it but one thing I've noticed is that the entire NGC catalog is not included. So, thinking about paying for the Plus version with the assumption that it will include the entire NGC catalog. Before pulling the trigger can someone confirm which deep sky catalogs are included with the Plus version? The documentation I found online did not give specifics.

 

Sorry for the noob question and thanks in advance for any advice.



#2 Knasal

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 08:47 PM

According to the website (I entered a Search on keywords), please see the following:

 

The following is a list of object databases that are included in both Pro Plus 6 & Pro 6 versions, but not Enthusiast 6:

Globular clusters - all 147 such objects in the Milky Way galaxy
Pulsars - over 700
Open clusters
Principal Galactic Catalog - 980,000 galaxies brighter than 18th magnitude
Quasars over 18,000 quasars compiled by Ulf Teras
Abell clusters galaxies - 2712 galaxy clusters first identified by George Ogden Abell and catalogued by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Arp peculiar galaxies - 338 unusual galaxies from Dr. Halton C. Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies
Dark nebulae
Sharpless emission nebulae - 313 HII regions compiled by Stewart Sharpless of USNO Flagstaff
Collinder open clusters - Per Collinder's list of 471 open star clusters
Planetary nebulae -from the Perek-Kohoutek Catalogue
Zwicky galaxy clusters - 9134 galaxy clusters from the catalogue by Fritz Zwicky
Caldwell catalog - 109 deep sky objects for binoculars and small telescopes, compiled by Sir Patrick Moore
Covington catalog - 200 interesting stars and other objects from Michael A. Covington, 'Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes'
Double Stars - the Saguaro Astronomical Catalog created by Coe & Crayon, containing over 11,000 multiple star systems
DSC Double Stars - 100 double stars for the Astronomical League's Double Stars Club, by Mike Benson
DSC Stars - all stars from the Lumicon NGC-SkyVector Digital Setting Circle catalogue
Eclipsing binaries
Emission nebulae
Herschel 400 - a catalogue of 400 objects from William Herschel's observing logs, compiled by Brenda Branchett
Local Group Galaxies - the approximately 30 galaxies in the Local Group, neighbours to the Milky Way
Meteor Showers (RASC) - meteor shower data and radiants from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Observer's Handbook
Navigational Stars - 57 bright stars used for navigation, taken from the Nautical Almanac
Nexstar 5 Stars - the Nexstar 5 SAO stars database
Nexstar Alignment Stars - catalogue of Nexstar alignment stars
PK Planetaries - 581 planetary nebulae from the Perek-Kohoutek Catalogue
SAA 100 - the top 100 non-Messier deep-sky objects compiled by the sci.astro.amateur newsgroup
Sky Commander Alignment Stars - alignment stars from the Sky Commander catalogue
SS2K Alignment Stars - alignment stars for use with the Vixen Sky Sensor 2000
Supernova Remnants - all known supernova remnants in the Milky Way Galaxy, in a catalogue created by Dr. David Green
Uppsala General Catalogue - this catalogue used by professional astronomers contains over 12,000 galaxies visible from the northern hemisphere
Variable Stars (AAVSO) - almost 6000 selected variable stars from the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the General Catalogue of Variable Stars
Variable Stars (GCVS) - all 31,000 targets from the General Catalogue of Variable Stars
Variable Stars (GCVS-Hipp) - over 8300 variable stars selected from the General Catalogue of Variable Stars and the Hipparcos Catalogues of Periodic and Unsolved Variables

The following is a list of object databases included in both the Pro version and Enthusiast. So, if you upgrade to Enthusiast you will gain access to the following databases:

Bright NGC objects -69 favourite targets for amateur astronomers
Chandra images - X-ray spectrum images from the Chandra Observatory
Hubble images - spectacular imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope
Messier objects - the 110 objects catalogued by 17th-century astronomer Charles Messier
NGC-IC database - one of the most commonly-used deep sky object catalogues, containing 13,993 objects
Spitzer Images - stunning infrared astronomy from the Spitzer Space Telescope
Tully 3-D database - 28,000 nearby galaxies compiled by Brent Tully et al., arranged in 3D space
Binocular Deep Sky - 62 binocular objects compiled by the Astronomical League
Southern Binocular Deep Sky - 73 binocular objects in the southern sky, compiled by the Astronomical League
Urban Deep Sky - 87 deep-sky objects suitable for viewing from light-polluted areas, compiled by the Astronomical League

Enthusiast contains the Hipparcos-Tycho 2 catalog down to 14th magnitude.

Pro and Pro Plus contain all of the above, as well as the USNO catalog down to 17th magnitude. In addition to that, with an internet connection it will dynamically download more USNO stars down to 20th magnitude as you zoom in on a section of the sky that contains more stars, but whose data is not yet loaded on your computer.

 

Best,

Kevin


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:01 PM

Wow, that was fast Kevin - impressivebow.gif

 

The google play store lists Sky Safari Plus, but I don't see an "Enthusiast" version. I do see a Pro version listed for $19.99 while the Plus version is $6.99. Kind of sounds like the Plus version may be the same as the Enthusiast version.

 

Thanks much for the speedy response.



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:39 PM

According to the website (I entered a Search on keywords), please see the following:

 

The following is a list of object databases that are included in both Pro Plus 6 & Pro 6 versions, but not Enthusiast 6:

 

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Best,

Kevin

Bravo ! and. Thanks smile.gif



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:59 PM

Very interesting.  I have not heard of the Enthusiast version, nor does the website show it for iOS, macOS, or Android, only Plus and Pro.  Any information for it?



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:59 PM

That info is for Starry Night, not SkySafari.

 

Both SkySafari Plus and Pro have the complete NGC catalogs and then some.  Although it is not broken down by catalogs, you can get a sense of how many objects the version have here:

https://skysafariastronomy.com

 

Scroll down to the Comparison charts and click the button.


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:08 PM

14,000 NGC items...... should be enough. laugh.gif


Edited by petert913, 12 July 2020 - 11:08 PM.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 02:34 AM

That info is for Starry Night, not SkySafari.

 

Both SkySafari Plus and Pro have the complete NGC catalogs and then some.  Although it is not broken down by catalogs, you can get a sense of how many objects the version have here:

https://skysafariastronomy.com

 

Scroll down to the Comparison charts and click the button.

Perfect, thanks for confirming the Plus version has the full NGC catalog. I'm going to download the Plus version, looking forward to using it.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 06:39 AM

Hey folks sorry if I misled.... wasn’t intentional!

 

Kevin


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 10:17 AM

No worries Keven, all is well. I'm playing with the Plus version now and it looks great👍
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