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Gregory Plummer

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Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:16:52 PM »
I need a decent astronomy app for my Android phone. Something simple and free. Stellerium
costs on Google Play and I can't afford it. Does anybody else know a good free astronomy app for
an Android phone? Skye Eye is too confusing.



Nate Flores

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 09:40:17 PM »
I've tinkered with most recently available free sky apps for android phones and my current favorite is the Celestron product SKY PORTAL.
It takes a lot of phone memory but has a huge wealth of information on most objects. It has a nice red display option for use at night that includes red keyboards and menus. Many other apps still use a lot of white light even in night mode.
If you select an object it will direct you to it in compass mode, and if you center it it will lock into it constantly displaying current alt-az coordinates.
As you zoom in and out it will tell you the angular size of the display. When I set it about five degrees wide it shows about the same amount of sky as in my finder scope.
It defaults to the present time and allows you to move forward or back in increments of minutes, hours, days, or weeks. This makes planning an evening easy.
Overall, it is the best free app I've found for the purpose.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 04:29:02 AM »
SkySafari is a great app on Android or IOS.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 07:01:25 PM »
Give skyeye another go. I find it very simple to use, as long as you know what hemisphere you live in. I keep it active on my tablet while viewing, it has 3 modes of brightness and you can adjust brightness of everything individually from stars to constellations and the m and ncg catalogs.
Failing that, grab a cheap planisphere, great for bino viewing and getting to learn the names of the brighter stars.
Plenty of free star charts you can print too, but skyeye is my recommendation.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 05:05:03 AM »
Skysafari version 4 on the android is a great app, but I do think it is like $6 (unless that is for the premium version). However, the Mac version upgraded to version 5.0 a month or two ago and supposedly the Android app will be updated to version 5 as well with a target date of this month (July). So, if you go that route with the paid android app it may be worth waiting.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 03:30:34 AM »
I use Star Walk mostly. Catalogue with search feature, gps, zoomable, great data on objects.

You can adjust brightness, night mode (red), adjust level of detail to match your naked eye skies, constellation detail settings.

I like it better than stellarium, maybe because I use it more.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 10:29:42 AM »
Den:

I think I have tried them all at one time or another. I think SkySafari is the best Android astro app. Currently its version 4 but version 5 is due at the end of the month. At that point it will be half price for a month.

The are the levels of Sky Safari, Basic, Plus and Pro. I think they cost $3, $15 and $40. The Plus is probably more that any sane person needs.

Sky Safari has many useful features, it provide much more information about an object than apps like Skeye and Stellarium. For many objects there's a discussion with photos of the object.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 02:53:58 PM »
I use SkEye on my Android phone.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2018, 07:48:56 AM »
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Den:

I think I have tried them all at one time or another. I think SkySafari is the best Android astro app. Currently its version 4 but version 5 is due at the end of the month. At that point it will be half price for a month.

The are the levels of Sky Safari, Basic, Plus and Pro. I think they cost $3, $15 and $40. The Plus is probably more that any sane person needs.

Sky Safari has many useful features, it provide much more information about an object than apps like Skeye and Stellarium. For many objects there's a discussion with photos of the object.

Jon

I was looking for a free app

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 08:30:58 AM »
Go into the settings on skyeye and turn down the brightness on constellation outlines and the stars aand the catalogue markers and names a bit too.
I found just leaving star and constellation names bold and a only a faint outline of constellations best. Tweak star brightness so only 'your' brightest naked eye stars have the star shape helps too. When you zoom in things brighten up in more detail and the messier n ncg names become apparent, just play with the settings so it isn't clustered with too much detail...

For a Free app, i can't complain, i did have to tweak things down a fair bit for it to resemble my skies the best, its free and its useful. Worth a quick play in settings anyway.

Cheers, Tripod.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 11:12:12 PM »
I just noticed that when I launch the app SKY PORTAL I mentioned in post 2 above, that the opening screen lists it as "powered by Sky Safari 4".

It is excellent in my opinion, and free.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 10:17:00 PM »
Celestron SkyPortal is very good.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 11:55:14 PM »
Thanks for all your good suggestions.  I'll go through these and see which one is good for me, free. and won't run my battery down.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2018, 01:37:30 AM »
Den I see you picked up a StarBlast, nice.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2018, 02:13:21 AM »
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Thanks for all your good suggestions.  I'll go through these and see which one is good for me, free. and won't run my battery down.


Each of the apps suggested will provide value, as offered by their users.  However apps, like books, like tools, are only as good as those who use them and to get the most out of them we have to put in some work.

I use SkEye but I will admit that I have not put in the time or the effort to fully explore all it can do.  I use it to identify the names of the stars in the sky that I don't know. I also use it to see if there are any noteable objects/targets near those stars.  A messier object, an open cluster and the like. But I know that app can do so much more.

As you evaluate the apps suggested, look for a help file or a tutorial that can help you discover their value.

Here is one for SkEye that may make it easier to find the value.
https://www.youtube....3IWRSrrYfR36mZt

I find YouTube to be a very rich resource for such things. So for each app that you try, take a quick look on Youtube and see if there is a quick video, perhaps by a knowledgeable user, to help you quickly discover the value locked in the app.

Good luck in your learning.