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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2018, 08:07:23 AM »
I was at that star the other night and saw the same thing. I use Sky Safari 4 plus and was unable to locate the companion star either. Sometimes that just happens. I assumed it was the star mentioned as being 4.3" away. (C8, 17mm, ~118x)

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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2018, 02:53:06 PM »
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Jon!!!!

That's the one! Thank you very much for taking the time to verify that I am not crazy. When you are new at this, it's easy to think you are doing something wrong. It sounds like you and others hold Skytools in a high regard. Are there any other programs that are similar in quality that would show Meissa E? Do you even call it "Meissa E?"

Most of all, thank you for letting me know that it was a magnitude 9. That was about the faintest star I could see. I am happy to know its magnitude, so now I can set SkySafari to max the stars out at 9 when I am in my back yard.


bdwg:

Honestly, I cannot verify that you are not crazy.. Anyone who would spend good money on a telescope so they could go out in the cold and look at stars when they should be in a warm bed sleeping is, at best, borderline crazy.

But, crazy or not, I can verify that you are a careful observer with an eye for detail.

I don't know if there are other programs that would identify Meissa E. Some double stars have short periods and to provide accurate separation and position angle data, they need to calculate the orbit. Sky Safari does this, Sky Tools does this, I am not sure about other programs..

Jon

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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 06:19:32 PM »
Thanks Gary!

I downloaded and installed SkyTools and have been playing with it all day. It's a very cool program, but I do not think it replaces SkySafari at all. As mentioned before, it is PC based (no Mac or app option) and it is really more of a planning tool. Yet it is important to point out that it is capable of having a lot more stars, and I do mean a lot more.

Now that I have SkyTools, I don't think I could give it up, but there is no way it will stop me from using SkySafari in the field.

Thanks again to everyone for their help and time!

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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2018, 01:18:41 PM »
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Thanks Gary!

I downloaded and installed SkyTools and have been playing with it all day. It's a very cool program, but I do not think it replaces SkySafari at all. As mentioned before, it is PC based (no Mac or app option) and it is really more of a planning tool. Yet it is important to point out that it is capable of having a lot more stars, and I do mean a lot more.

Now that I have SkyTools, I don't think I could give it up, but there is no way it will stop me from using SkySafari in the field.

Thanks again to everyone for their help and time!


I use SkySafari 5 Pro in the field and for most uses. Skytools 3 serves as a resource, mostly for double stars.

Jon

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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2018, 05:32:37 AM »
Without knowing the orientation and field of view in Jon's image, it is hard to say if the "E" star is what you saw. It doesn't look like it is in the same position or distance from the AB pair to me. I'm not convinced the mystery is solved.

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Re: Anything better than SkySafari 5 Pro?
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2018, 05:43:50 AM »
The star in question is actually the AC pair, (C component with mag 11.2) the star that is closest to the AB pair. I downloaded skytools, and I assumed the E star would be the faintest star, not the star furthest away. So not the E star, but the C star was the one missing from SkySafari.