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Topic # 86192 3-Jul-2011 00:14
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Hey all.

I'd be surprised if folk here didn't know about this app, it's called 'Satellite AR' from Analytical Graphics LTD and is available for free from the Android Market place.

I've been looking (via augmented reality) at all the GPS satellites over New Zealand, and the OPTUS D satellites as well.

All the satellites that 'GPS Status & Toolbox' displayed were also visible via Satellite AR (as you'd expect) e.g PRN 10 is visable SW 30 degrees above the horizon (via AR), GPS Status would display it around the SW area. You'll have to try it to see for yourself, but it's plenty of geeky fun!

Laurence.

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  Reply # 488722 3-Jul-2011 01:18
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Does it show moving objects like the international space station? I've been trying to track that silly thing for years

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  Reply # 488723 3-Jul-2011 01:35
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Awesome! Thanks for this.

Went over to Stardom Observatory tonight as well, what a coincidence. Ecstatic to see Saturn with the ring on the telescope!

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  Reply # 488725 3-Jul-2011 02:04
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Woah, this is neat!

Always wanted a app that did that. Cheers!

Edit: Argh, it seems the streetlights fixed themselves around us (they were broken for the last 2 nights) plus there is a creepy fog looming around. Will attempt this another night.

But it does indeed track the elusive IIS Space Station, SCORE! 






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  Reply # 488770 3-Jul-2011 11:31
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insane: Does it show moving objects like the international space station? I've been trying to track that silly thing for years


Yes it does. If it's man made it should be in the database, and therefore visible, if it's not, it'll tell you when it'll be visible. 

@heavenlywild: No worries. I was driving up the Mount Cook Road along the west side of Lake Pukaki just over a month ago when we decided to pull into Peter's Lookout. There was no moon, just stars. We were completely illuminated by stars it was that clear. You could easily see the Milky Way stretch from horizon to horizon. I wish I'd had this app then (plus my telescope and Google's Sky Map App!).

At last a practical application for augmented reality.

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  Reply # 489003 4-Jul-2011 07:43
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 I was driving up the Mount Cook Road along the west side of Lake Pukaki just over a month ago when we decided to pull into Peter's Lookout. There was no moon, just stars. We were completely illuminated by stars it was that clear. You could easily see the Milky Way stretch from horizon to horizon. I wish I'd had this app then (plus my telescope and Google's Sky Map App!).



Isn't it awesome what you can see when you get far away from light pollution?
On the other hand I've been in the same area in a valley with dense cloud at night. New definition of pitch black for me! Literally couldn't see a thing!
 

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  Reply # 490598 7-Jul-2011 14:36
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Tried to catch the ISS last night.
I happened to start up the app at just the right time when the ISS was peeking up over the horizon.
Got distracted by something for a couple of minutes before I went outside and missed it.
Man that thing moves fast!!

Does any one know if this app has some sort of alert system?
i.e. Will alert you a couple of minutes before the ISS is about to rise.

Awesome app!!



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  Reply # 490613 7-Jul-2011 15:05
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dontpanic42: Tried to catch the ISS last night.
I happened to start up the app at just the right time when the ISS was peeking up over the horizon.
Got distracted by something for a couple of minutes before I went outside and missed it.
Man that thing moves fast!!

Does any one know if this app has some sort of alert system?
i.e. Will alert you a couple of minutes before the ISS is about to rise.

Awesome app!!


Could use the timer (part of the generic clock application), set it to alert you a minute or so before it shoots across the sky.

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  Reply # 490615 7-Jul-2011 15:09
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Wicked app! Pulled over between Danniverke and Waipuk at 4am to have play! (only time this run has been cloud-free this week)

Thanks for the heads-up!



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  Reply # 490626 7-Jul-2011 15:18
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blakamin: Wicked app! Pulled over between Danniverke and Waipuk at 4am to have play! (only time this run has been cloud-free this week)

Thanks for the heads-up!


Google Sky Map is worth having too. I don't think it's been updated for a while, which is a shame. I used it last night to find (or rather verify) the location of the Moon and the Souther Cross. The combination of digital compass and GPS are put to good use although the compass can be slightly out, but you see enough on the screen to relate to what your seeing in the sky.

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