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Hi all, for those of us lucky to have an iphone, I'd like to review/recommend some iPhone apps for astronomy. I have found the iphone invaluable as a tool to help with all things going on out there at night. The great thing about them is that they are very cheap, the most costly one for me was €15 :-) There are so many now, allow me to list a few I have..

SkySafari - an absolute gem of an app!!!, this is a €15 star atlas with over 2.5million stars down to magnitude 12, the detail and information is increrdible, pictures of areas zoomed in are amazing, night vision feature also included, can even do telescope control! has to be used to be believed, I can't recommend it highly enough

Free Light does exaclty what it says - uses your led light to find your way around, free to downlaod

NightVision A red night vision torch using your screen, you can vary the light intensity - free to download

ScopeTools Another free app, this is a great thing, it gives you time and location, there is a level on it, handy for the mount :-) also a compass, and a calculator for calculating you magnification at the eyepiece - free to download

Messier list - gived lots of detail and pictures of all messier objects - free also

Planets another lovely app for free ;-) showing the rise/set times of the moon and planets for any given day

Moon Globe HD for €0.79 this is superb, the detail on the moon is fantastic, you can zoom in anywhere on the moons surface, complete with all lunar crater names and details

These are just a very few of many apps on the iphone, from news, pictures, a so much more. I find that it has really revolutionised the way I plan an obseve through any session, I wonder how did we survive at all :laugh:

If you have the opportunity to purchase an iPhone, I cannot recommend these apps highly enough !

Keith..
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Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

AstroCalc is a good app for calculating magnification and field of views.

WeatherPro is a very good weather app.

MoonMapPro is an excellent app with very detailed lunar maps.

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Replied by artyfarty on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

I would agree with Keith on Messier List and Moon Globe (there is a free version of this which I use). I'd also recommend:
Starmap - a pocket planetarium €12
Exoplanet - a daily updated database of all discovered extrasolar planets FREE
Galaxy Zoo - an iPhone version of the well known galaxy classification project FREE
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Replied by Keith g on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

I have Starmap too, but I find it doesn't offer as near as much information as SkySafari, and seems to be limited to Mag6 stars, but hey, it's not too bad, considering that this was dream stuff in the last few years.

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

For non-iPhone users out there, particularly Android phone users, checkout Google Night Sky. Use it in conjunction wth your GPS turned on (rather than by phone network triangulation) and watch the sky show up in front of you on the tiny c. 4 inch screen!

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Replied by nectarine on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

Can you use any of those other apps on an Android guys?
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Replied by Keith g on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

Not sure if you van use these actual apps, but there surely are apps similar, although I have no experience of those

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Replied by Frank Ryan on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

dont forget good old Stellarium
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Replied by ftodonoghue on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

Hi folks. I took delivery of an old I phone 3GS a few days ago. Put sky safari on it tonight. One word for this app WOW. popped out tonight for a quick cig with the binocs and phone. It's now half an hour later, I have frozen hands but bagged a load of messiers and a handful of others objects. This app is brilliant. No more atlases for me. Can't wait to give it a go with the scope. Get it if you can. You won't regret it. Had stellarium on it but it was slow and sluggish.
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Replied by donalmcnamara on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

Hi Trever,
Try and get it to control your scope via the Wi-Fi option or even the direct wire option. Once I have my Starbook controlled mount aligned, I use SkySafari on an old iTouch to controle the scope all night. No more worrying about the bright Starbook screen with the SkySAfari red light option.
Using the observation lists I can plan my nights viewing. Some folks on the SkySafari Yahoo site do up the Sue French's monthly observing lists even in the order she sorts her ones. SkySafari now has a doubles list.
Best 'Hand Paddle' upgrade for €15 I could find. Sure beats the new Vixen Starbook Ten €1000+ controller.
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Replied by Calibos on topic Re: iPhone Apps for Astronomy

Hi Trever,
Try and get it to control your scope via the Wi-Fi option or even the direct wire option. Once I have my Starbook controlled mount aligned, I use SkySafari on an old iTouch to controle the scope all night. No more worrying about the bright Starbook screen with the SkySAfari red light option.
Using the observation lists I can plan my nights viewing. Some folks on the SkySafari Yahoo site do up the Sue French's monthly observing lists even in the order she sorts her ones. SkySafari now has a doubles list.
Best 'Hand Paddle' upgrade for €15 I could find. Sure beats the new Vixen Starbook Ten €1000+ controller.
Donal


Another thumbs up for SkySafari and Sky-Fi. I've had both since October '09.........just haven't used them both together yet! :blush: Basically been out of the Astronomy game for 18 months due to House moves and renovations....and exhaustion:laugh: My heavily modded 16" Lightbridge Dob has sat unused in a corner alongside an unopened box containing a Servocat Goto Drive, SkyCommander DSC and Sky-fi Wireless interface box all waiting to be fitted.

However, that hasn't stopped me playing with SkySafari on the iPhone for those 18 months. I haven't booted up StarryNightPro6+ since I got SkySafari. Once in a blue moon I find an object with no description in SkySafari. I seem to recall every second or third object in SNP6+ merely having a generic description, ie. "A Galaxy is a..." The functionality and wealth of information contained in the 160 megabytes of SkySafari app astounds me. Best 15 euro I ever spent on software for any device.

Absolutely can't wait to get all the gear fitted to the scope finally and start using the wireless planetarium control goto functionality.

Not going to be fitted in time for a possible Messier Marathon with SDAS on Friday nor the Glendalough outreach event on the 12th but rather than doing what I had done in the past and not go because the scope wasn't finished, this time I'll attend with the scope as is. Sure I need to make sure the simple JMI TNT tracking system that I fitted actually works before I strip it back off to sell so I can fit the servocat in its place.

BTW at the same time as I bought SkySafari, I bought Moon Atlas and MoonGlobe apps. How do these compare to MoonGlobe HD? Is MoonglobeHD the new goldstandard moon app on Iphone. Is it worth getting if I already have the other two?
Keith D.

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