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Derrick Jones

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2018, 01:07:04 PM »
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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.
You're right as usual. I need to study the apps carefully. SkyEye was just confusing. I might not have checked the whole thing out. Thanks for your advice- again! You're good at that. You ought to be CN's chief advisor for beginners

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2018, 01:37:24 AM »
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Den I see you picked up a StarBlast, nice.

Yes, A gift from a very generous CN-er . I wasn't even expecting it! I looked into the box and all I could say wasWOW!

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2018, 02:23:30 AM »
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Den I see you picked up a StarBlast, nice.

Yes, A gift from a very generous CN-er . I wasn't even expecting it! I looked into the box and all I could say wasWOW!
The members around here a just great, can't say enough good things.
I have the same scope and it may look small but it is a very capable telescope.
Great to see things are looking up for you.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2018, 11:42:04 PM »
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Den I see you picked up a StarBlast, nice.

Yes, A gift from a very generous CN-er . I wasn't even expecting it! I looked into the box and all I could say wasWOW!
The members around here a just great, can't say enough good things.
I have the same scope and it may look small but it is a very capable telescope.
Great to see things are looking up for you.
Then be ready for lots of PMs cause I'm still scared to use it. I have some light pollution and no patio table to set on my balcony (apt management rules)

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 07:46:27 AM »
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Den I see you picked up a StarBlast, nice.

Yes, A gift from a very generous CN-er . I wasn't even expecting it! I looked into the box and all I could say wasWOW!
The members around here a just great, can't say enough good things.
I have the same scope and it may look small but it is a very capable telescope.
Great to see things are looking up for you. [/quote]
Then be ready for lots of PMs cause I'm still scared to use it. I have some light pollution and no patio table to set on my balcony (apt management rules)[/quote]
you will be fine there are lots of way to do things.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 08:59:10 AM »
Hi Denita, at night, try taking a couple sturdy kitchen chairs or stools out to the balcony. Set the scope on one, sit on the other, and have at it. A bar-height stool  would be the perfect base for your Star Blast.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 04:25:04 PM »
From all the apps I have used, SkEye is the one I use the most. It has the red feature, simple, and loads up quick. Now I am still looking for one that works without data, just saved library and GPS.

Anyone?

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2018, 12:58:48 PM »
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Hi Denita, at night, try taking a couple sturdy kitchen chairs or stools out to the balcony. Set the scope on one, sit on the other, and have at it. A bar-height stool  would be the perfect base for your Star Blast.

Den, I understand apartment living and limited observing conditions, although at present I'm  surrounded by open space. Carol (Vesper 818) is also an apartment balcony observer who has just had to endure a season of her "observatory" being reconstructed.
A 24" tall wooden bar stool without a padded seat would be a perfect support for that scope. I know your funds are limited, but perhaps you can find what you need at a thrift store or yard sale. If you keep something like that in a corner with a potted plant sitting on it inside your apartment it won't look like an odd piece of furniture. Many simple solutions are out there.
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours". -Richard Bach

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2018, 06:32:56 PM »
Den
Hello again!
I know that no one has mentioned it, but I would try Google Sky Map first. The reason why I would do this is because it is the least "Busy" of all the apps. Its also the least robust. It still allows you to put an object in the search box and it will add an arrow (kinda like SkyEye) and point you to it. Google Sky Map will not run a scope..it will not show Right Ascension and Declination lines, but it gives you the ability to hold it up to the sky and shows you basically what you are looking at. It may be off just a little bit sometimes given that your phone or tablet may be off a little in terms of GPS, but you can point it at an object you know like the moon or Jupiter and know about how much to the right or left you move to.

It really is great to start out with. The problem with other apps is that they have too much to look at. SkyEye locks up on my Samsung S4 and when i use Stellarium I turn off most of the functionality to use it.

Just a suggestion

I see you got a new scope! Enjoy

Jon

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2018, 06:52:05 PM »
Jon,

Had not see Google Sky Map.  Just installed it. Looks interesting and, yes, not a busy as the others.  Will explore it. Thanks for suggesting.

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Re: Need agood astronomy app for Android besides Stellerium
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2018, 09:12:35 AM »
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Den
Hello again!
I know that no one has mentioned it, but I would try Google Sky Map first. The reason why I would do this is because it is the least "Busy" of all the apps. Its also the least robust. It still allows you to put an object in the search box and it will add an arrow (kinda like SkyEye) and point you to it. Google Sky Map will not run a scope..it will not show Right Ascension and Declination lines, but it gives you the ability to hold it up to the sky and shows you basically what you are looking at. It may be off just a little bit sometimes given that your phone or tablet may be off a little in terms of GPS, but you can point it at an object you know like the moon or Jupiter and know about how much to the right or left you move to.

It really is great to start out with. The problem with other apps is that they have too much to look at. SkyEye locks up on my Samsung S4 and when i use Stellarium I turn off most of the functionality to use it.

Just a suggestion

I see you got a new scope! Enjoy

Jon

I may check it out