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#1 zahtaj

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:11 PM

I very much like the website Night & Day for finding locations of the planets. If I want to see Jupiter tonight, for example, I can click on it and see in real time as I scrub along the timeline where the planet will be in the sky. In particular, this helps me easily figure out the best time to go out, where to look, etc. Unfortunately, this feature seems limited to just the planets. Is there something similar (website, app) that would work for a larger class of objects, e.g., galaxies, comets, etc.? Most apps will let you look up an object and show you where it is *right now*, and some will let you key in a date and time, but I've seen nothing quite as handy as the Night & Sky offering. Any suggestions?



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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:15 PM

I have used Stellarium for years.  There are other, similar planetarium apps as well.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:26 PM

Also online:
https://stellarium-web.org/


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:41 PM

Another vote for Stellarium. 

Free download. I like it a lot. 

Takes a bit to get the settings tweaked right, but worth the time. 


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:45 PM

Stellarium is good for a PC or laptop. The mobile version for a phone isn't quite as good.

For a phone Skysafari is a better option.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 12:53 PM

Yes for Stellarium. Spend some time getting the settings right for your needs. The defaults are all info turned on when the cursor highlights and object. This is overkill for most humans.

 

Yes for Sky Safari for a phone or tablet. It costs a little bit, but it is tremendously worth the price. The Plus version (middle version) should suit your needs nicely.


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#7 zahtaj

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:05 PM

Thanks, everyone. Stellarium on the web seems easy enough, though I can't figure out how to get precise coordinates on an object. (I need to zoom in and read it off the lines.) I downloaded the desktop version and it seems much harder to use, but I guess that's just a matter of learning my way around. But anyway, it's just what I was looking for. Many thanks!



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Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:15 PM

I cannot get the app to install on my Nextbook no matter what I do. It takes me to PayPal to login, then nothing. It's getting to be very frustrating. The web app works great though, and has become my favorite go-to place for information. I do wish they'd included asterisms though, as that's how I manage to find most stuff I'm looking for.




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