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#1 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 09:43 AM

I have Night Sky, Ad Astra, Triatlas, and Celestrons Sky Portal on my phone. I use these for locating DSOs to image. But no single app has a definitive database that includes Messier, NGC, Sh, IC, etc. objects all in one place. It’s pretty annoying to have to open multiple apps in the field only to find none of them has an object.

I haven’t purchased the stellarium app yet because I can’t tell if it has all the objects or is just another “casual observer” app.

Hoping someone can point me to an app that does it all.

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 09:49 AM

SkySafari Pro with additional catalogues.


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Posted 30 July 2021 - 09:56 AM

Ditto - SkySafari Pro
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Posted 30 July 2021 - 10:30 AM

Thanks. So looks like I need SS Pro ($39.99) plus the PGC add on ($3.99) to get what I’m after? Does the GAIA database add anything as far as DSOs go?

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 10:39 AM

Google?  :)



#6 BrettG

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 10:50 AM

Little hint for SkySafari Pro - they are ALWAYS having a sale - there's no need to pay full price for it.  They seem to have a sale about once-a-month or so.

 

I haven't purchased any of the extra's so I cannot help with that.



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Posted 30 July 2021 - 11:00 AM

Moving to Astro Software & Computers.

 

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Posted 30 July 2021 - 11:27 AM

Thanks. So looks like I need SS Pro ($39.99) plus the PGC add on ($3.99) to get what I’m after? Does the GAIA database add anything as far as DSOs go?

The Gaia is only stars. But useful for identifying what's in a field



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Posted 30 July 2021 - 12:32 PM

"SkySafari Pro with additional catalogues."

 

I could use a little help here. Where do you get these additional catalogues? 



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Posted 30 July 2021 - 12:46 PM

They are in-app purchases.


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Posted 30 July 2021 - 02:38 PM

I haven’t purchased the stellarium app yet because I can’t tell if it has all the objects or is just another “casual observer” app.

I have Stellarium mobile Plus and it's a beautiful little app. However, I find that it's more planetarium / visual oriented and SkySafari Pro is ultimately more useful to me, more functional from an observing standpoint. That's not a criticism of Stellarium mobile, just how it lands for me.


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Posted 30 July 2021 - 04:21 PM

I have Night Sky, Ad Astra, Triatlas, and Celestrons Sky Portal on my phone. I use these for locating DSOs to image. But no single app has a definitive database that includes Messier, NGC, Sh, IC, etc. objects all in one place. It’s pretty annoying to have to open multiple apps in the field only to find none of them has an object.

I haven’t purchased the stellarium app yet because I can’t tell if it has all the objects or is just another “casual observer” app.

Hoping someone can point me to an app that does it all.

 

Sky Portal is a limited version of SkySafari, somewhere between the Basic version and the Plus version depending on whether or not you're using it with one of the compatible Celestron mounts.

 

Bill Tschumy (post #10) is something of an expert on Sky Safari, he and Tim wrote all versions of Sky Safari including 6.. 

 

About all I can say is there's way more stuff in SkySafari Pro than in Sky Portal, Bill could tell you pretty much exactly how much more,

 

Jon


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