Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Astrospheric's new Astronomical Clock feature

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 AstroApe

AstroApe

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 886
  • Joined: 07 Aug 2022
  • Loc: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina / 36°N / SQM≈21(Bortle ~4)

Posted 08 July 2023 - 05:15 PM

I'm not sure when it was added, but this morning while texting with a fellow CNer about tonight's possible observing opportunity, I noticed that Astrospheric has added a new feature called the Astronomical Clock.

 

This is a 24 hour clock graph that displays the planets and DSOs based upon their elevation above the horizon. It takes a second to get use to the display as it's not the most intuitive thing I've ever seen, but I quite like it. Targets can be added or subtracted based upon user preference, and there's the entire Messier, NGC, IC, and Abell catalogs to choose from. Dec & RA points can also be used as well.

 

I think it's a pretty neat feature, and I'm glad that Astrospheric has been adding more. I'm using the paid "Professional" version on Android, but I assume it's also on their web and iOS versions too. Not sure about the free edition tho.



#2 jlg84

jlg84

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 50
  • Joined: 29 Aug 2017
  • Loc: Oamaru, New Zealand

Posted 08 July 2023 - 05:47 PM

I wish Astrospheric would work outside of North America--I'd love to use it here in New Zealand.


  • AstroApe likes this

#3 Alex Swartzinski

Alex Swartzinski

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1,230
  • Joined: 30 Jun 2021
  • Loc: Observing in Northern/Southern Michigan, USA

Posted 08 July 2023 - 05:55 PM

I just noticed this feature a few days ago when looking at the very helpful smoke map.

 

It takes a second to get your bearings, but it works well. 

 

Astrospheric is a great app. I think the forecasts have gotten more consistent and reliable during the past year or two. 



#4 AstroApe

AstroApe

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 886
  • Joined: 07 Aug 2022
  • Loc: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina / 36°N / SQM≈21(Bortle ~4)

Posted 08 July 2023 - 06:10 PM

I wish Astrospheric would work outside of North America--I'd love to use it here in New Zealand.

Yeah, I think it has to do with their weather models. It's based on Canadian RDPS models and models from NOAA are added and layered to that. I'm not sure what hoops they'd have to jump through inorder to add other countries outside North America or how accurate it'd be afterwards.

 

But I do wish it was a global app. That'd be pretty cool.




CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics