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    Default Question on sky apps/software



    Hi all. I typically use starry night special edition that came free with my scope to figure out what I want to look at in the sky. I downloaded stellarium as well but I don't like it as well. Probably just because I started out with starry night. I've found though that the "special edition" means "bare minimum". What I'm really wanting is a way to put together a viewing list before I ever go outside with the scope. SN doesn't do this in "special edition" and if you can do it in stelarium I haven't figured it out.

    So, in looking online I found that Sky Safari will do this in the plus and pro versions. At least for a few more days these apps are half price as well so I can get pro for 20 bucks. The only thing is that I really like using my laptop for sky surfing and it doesn't appear there's any way to use sky safari on my windows PC...only on my phone which has a pretty small screen.

    I suppose my first question is whether anyone uses sky safari and thinks it is worth the cost (or not)?
    Is there other software out there I could use with my laptop that would let me build a viewing list without having to spend a lot of money on upgrading starry night?

    Any thoughts or comments are much appreciated! Thanks everyone!
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    Yes - I run sky safari pro on my iPod touch - definitely worth it, especially at the current price. It's up there with the best commercial desktop programs, at a fraction of the cost.

    Having said that, I like starry night pro plus 6 on my PC - I like the charting option (where you can plot altitude of different objects over time) - but for the main sky view, both do extremely well.
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    I use SkySafari on my Nexus 7. The observation list is one of the most used features. At half price get it and you can load it on a tablet later, if you don't already have one.

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    Although I have Ski Safari Pro, I find myself using Mobile Observatory more and more. It also has a programmable list you can make for what you want to look at. It will tell you where to look and best observing times.

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    I use Stellarium on my Mac and Google Sky Maps on my BlackBerry Z10.

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    I to use moble Observatory more then I do Stellarium or Sky Safari and to be honest I use the web site www.tonightssky.com to make my own observation list in the afternoon of the day I plan on observing inthe evening...I then just print the darn list and take it outside with me that evening...

    Bottom line IF I have anything (software) running its my computer in the observatory and not my iPad or IPhone and I will be running Cartus Du Ceil on that computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget63 View Post
    Although I have Ski Safari Pro, I find myself using Mobile Observatory more and more. It also has a programmable list you can make for what you want to look at. It will tell you where to look and best observing times.
    Thank you for that info. I've looked on the app store for "mobile observatory" and don't find it. Just curious if you are using an iphone?
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    Here's another vote for Cartes du Ciel (CdC). It is freeware and it lets you make observing lists. Those of us who use CdC know that in some areas it is a lot more powerful than Stellarium (not taking anything from away from Stellarium). The list in CdC is generated based on the sector of the sky you are currently displaying. The bigger the sector, the bigger the list.

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    I have SkySafari Pro and so far I really like it. You can get various different objects (from the observing lists) highlighted in the main map screen which I find really useful, especially if I'm viewing in between clouds patches as I can do a quick check on what's visible in the part of the sky I can see. I also like that I can change the magnitude limits so I don't waste time looking for something I hope of seeing! Also you can use it to record what you've seen when and make comparisons with previous observations. I think it's worth it for half price, not sure I would have paid the full price though.

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    I use Skytools 3 (pro edition), which I can highly recommend. There are three editions, and you can download a free trial of the basic edition.

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    There are various viewing lists that you can download, such as Messier objects, and also lists of currents comets, asteroids and novae which are updated at least monthly. You can also create your own lists.

 

 
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