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Sky Safari 6 on the Apple Watch... A question.

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#1 Roger Corbett

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 11:06 AM

The App Store now shows SS 6 supports the Apple Watch.  Yay!

 

But, what does that mean?  cool.gif

 

What can it do on the Apple Watch — both alone, away from an iPhone, and paired to it via Bluetooth or WiFi?

 

Anyone used it on an AW?  

 

One thing it means is that a Simulation Curriculum support page is out of date.  See https://support.simu...ported-Anymore-


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Posted 14 May 2021 - 11:10 AM

As far as I know it’s just for notifications when things are happening. It tells me when the planets and moon is rising, setting, etc.



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Posted 14 May 2021 - 01:06 PM

Well just saying why would you want to use skysafari on such a device with a small screen!?


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#4 Roger Corbett

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 03:24 PM

Atlanta, thanks for the input!  Does it include any satellite information?  Or, bright star or Messier rising and setting -- or, better transiting the meridian?

 

SN74, you raise a good question!  I wouldn't expect to use the full-blown Sky Safari on the watch.  

 

However, I can think of several benefits of astronomy apps on the watch.  I often don't have my phone with me -- but might be wearing the watch.  When I do have my phone with me, it's typically off and in a pocket with keys, pens, comb, etc.   A nuisance to fish out.  Hence, the watch could provide:

 

1.  A quick way of seeing sunrise, sunset times.

 

2.  A quick way of checking on the phase of the Moon.

 

3.  Not having to putter with the iPhone in the dark.  Or, drop it!

 

4.  Bringing up Messier info at a glance.

 

5.  Fast access to ClearSky Clock.

 

5.  Quick check of ISS and Hubble flybys. 

 

6.  Spot check on what that bright star or planet is -- or, in the middle of the night, which constellation I'm seeing.

 

I'm sure there are plenty of other uses I've not thought of, but an app developer has!  Hence the question.

 

I used to have a small Nokia flip phone and used a wonderful planetarium app with it.  Its screen wasn't that much bigger than the Apple Watch, but it was a treat to use.

 

Luminos has a version of its app for the Watch and it has some pretty spiffy features.  See

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=9w107crlCUY

 

So, partly wondering how Sky Safari's Watch support compared.

 

Would I use the watch for star hopping at a scope?  Probably not!  cool.gif    But for getting some quick astro info, it could be useful.




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