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Astronomy Apps for iPad 2


Craig
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Having taken a plunge into the world of Apple (I was never a fan!) and buying an iPad 2, I wondered what apps people would recommend.

I already have Star Chart and Star Walk installed, but with 16GB of memory to fill I wouldn't mind a few more worthwhile apps on it.

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You can get stellarium, night sky, world explorer, virtual solar system in 3D. Di just got these for her new ipad.

There's 236 apps for astro she says - some free, some cost a coupla quid :)

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At the Astronomy Shed Christmas dinner last weekend one of our members was actually remote controlling his Obsy at him from the dinner table.

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Using remote software he was driving the mount, autoguiding and you could see the subs coming in.

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Wonders of modern science.

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What software was he using Noel?

Will try those apps Kim, I have way too much spare time when it rains! :D

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Don't know what Stellarium is like on the IPad2 but on the Iphone4s it is not good, Star Walk is good however.

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Guest wisewoman

Hey there I've tried loads of astronomy apps on my iPhone ( so should all be fine for iPad) The best and most detailed i think is Starmap pro but it's pricey. I also like Pocket Universe, Distant Suns and Sky Safari.

Other handy ones to have are a Mars and Moon maps apps available on the AppStore.

I also have another app to tell me about Iridium Flares and GoSat ( I think it Is) that tells me about the satellites.

Plus I have my iPhone synched with a couple of different astronomical calendars and dates of significant things, like meteor showers, automatically appear as reminders on my calendar. :)

Let me know if you want names of the other apps I mention though an AppStore search should turn them up.

Can't you tell I'm an iPhone geek ;)

Melissa ( typing this on the iPhone! Lol)

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Yes I'm not too far from Burleigh College. :)

As an aside I don't know why my location has started appearing at the bottom of my posts ?! I can't immediately find anything in my profile settings ?

Wisewoman, I often drive past you then, passing Burleigh Community College?
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I'd pm Craig, could be some sort of forum setting.

Blame Apple! lol

If you're using an iPhone or iPad to post, make sure geotagging is off. :)

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I think ive got about 40 Astro apps now (ipod touch, iphone and ipad...yes i know :) )

I mostly use pocket universe on the iphone and sky safari on the ipad,

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Sorry Craig, should of known better than to blame the forum.

It had me baffled for ages! :D

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Not at app as such, but I've just downloaded from iBooks an interactive version of Wonders of the Solar System for £8.99. Includes a short video with Brian Cox introducing each chapter. Looks good :)

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Exoplanet is a great new app. The title speaks for itself - it's very impressive, constantly updated and FREE!

I didn't realise that 700+ exoplanets have been discovered already, amazing stuff.

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That is a superb app! I love the Milky Way part... Double tap the screen and watch it go! :D

It makes me feel very insigificant in the grand scheme of things.

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