Praise for Satellite Safari, and suggestions for improvment Satellite Safari is a great app; glad I bought it. Using the intuitive menus, I configured the app to do what I wanted with minimal fuss. I observe geosynchronous satellites using large telescopes, and it's handy to have an app that'll download CelesTrak ephemerides then calculate azimuth and elevation for geosats based on the tablet's GPS time and location. Two problems, though: (1) The Object Info screen shows azimuth and elevation rounded to whole degrees, but the telescopic field of view to appreciate geosynchronous satellites is smaller than a whole degree, so a person must hunt around for the object. Please enhance the app to display azimuth and elevation in degrees and minutes. (2) The app's magnitude predictions for geosynchronous satellites is more dim than the observed magnitude. The app shows no geosats brighter than mag 17, and most between 17.1 and 18, whereas by observation they range from mag 9 to 14. Here there is room for improvement. Besides those two issues, thanks for a great app!
Do not support! Bad business practice! You should have taken better care of your existing SkySafari customers when selling to Simulation Curriculum! Really bogus! You should be ashamed! I'm sure this app is abandoned as well, or you sold it to someone else who will charge us all over again. Do not support this greedy dev!
Awesome App! This deserves far more publicity and downloads than its getting. I'm staggered by being able to watch satellite flyovers live. It even displays Iridium flashes. The compass is a little glitchy but not a big issue. My only suggestion for improvement would be a listing of upcoming events, such as all Iridium flashes from your location? Apart from that, this is one amazing piece of software!
Paid for this and the app refuses to let me download additional data files. This keeps failing. It suggests I get the data from the southern stars website. I cannot find anything there that even indicates it's a data file. I hope you enjoyed taking my money. Never again.
Good app, bad business model I have to agree with the people criticizing the Dev. The apps are really good, but they charge a lot and release upgrades as "new" apps so you have to pay full price again. They blame Apple, but they're working Apple's policy for their benefit. I haven't seen any other app that does this, and these guys charge a lot to start with.
Graphics aren't quite as nice as ProSat for the iPhone, but all the right data is there. Recommendations, in order of importance: 1) Allow users to create their own groups of satellites to track, instead of only predefined groups, which can clutter the map with dozens of uninteresting satellites. 2) Get rid of that irritating warping effect on the ground view (or at least allow it to be disabled), and replace it with a standard map. 3) The upcoming orbits in the satellite data needs to be in table form, so it's quickly skimmable. Still, it's the best satellite tracker there is for the Android.
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