When I launched the app I got a message that my phone, Galaxy S5, does not allow manual control of the sensors so I can't take pictures of the eclipse. :/ I plan on trying anyway on my own since I'm in the path of totality. Also, the countdown timer doesn't work. All numbers just show '90'.
It tells me i got 26 pics during the eclipse. Don't see them anywhere on my phone. Trying to upload constantly had errors and bogs my wifi horribly. Too little info on automation. Until i see the pics myself, low stars.
Seems to work so far on Galaxy s6. Did practice mode of the sun during the day and my porch light at night because the moon wasn't out yet. Images appeared in my gallery. Not sure of quality. Will have to wait till the actual eclipse to see, I guess. Point is app appears to work with on my Samsung.
Well. It was incredibly handy for calculations on where to go, timing, etc for totality. BUT when the time came, my stock Nexus 5X w/ Nougat app crashed right at 0:00:00 which was pretty amusing. I tried to relaunch and get back into Capture Mode and it crashed again. Not ideal but *shrug* it is what it is.
First of all; just because you do not have a phone that is compatible with this app doesn't mean it deserves a 1 star review. The poor reviews seem to all have operator error involved. Secondly; this app is awesome! I just kind of poked around in it for now. I LOVE how informative it is. I also love that it's a community science experiment to an extent, who wouldn't want to contribute to something so amazing that doesn't come around so often?! I look forward to testing out the practice run that's available on the app. I don't wanr to screw up in the very short window we all have to capture something that will only come around once in my lifetime! I live in St Louis and will be in totality, I'm so excited and hope to contribute!
Thought after the practice session that I had a solid app. Such a dud. Did the countdown to totality ... then it sat there. Thankful I checked and had a backup plan for manual photos.
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Current Moon phase, rise/set times, positions of the Moon, Sun and major planets
Tons of awesome effects and filters for your gallery, camera & social photos!
More than 100 combinations of useful astronomy tools for the hardcore stargazer.
The Smithsonian Solar Eclipse app is your guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.