Thursday, October 24, 2013
Anyway, I now have a faster development laptop, so I was able to fix the problem. The problem was that the Kindle HD reports having a compass but doesn't.
Anyway, here's the app.
Open Star Map is basically the open-sourced code from the Google Sky Map, with some modifications to make it run a little better on Kindle Fires.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Here is what I did with Lyra.
Step 1 is to rotate the image, e.g., in Gimp or Photoshop, until the trails are all horizontal.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
I took the kids out, and went with a friend and his kids, to see Comet Pannstars C/2011 L4, at my usual 10-miles-out-of-town observing site. Well, not quite the usual one, but a little ways from it where we had views almost down to the horizon to the west. It was hard to find in the bright sunset sky, but eventually the sky got a bit dark enough to see the Pleiades, and then I could just go straight down from them with binoculars (while the Pleiades were much higher than the comet, the azimuth was within about a degree). And there it was. Lovely tail streaking away from the sun. Looked great in my 15x70s, and pretty good in my 8". Naked-eye, I could see a fuzzy dot, and maybe a hint of a tail.
We also had a nice view of the Orion Nebula, the Double Cluster, and that big open cluster in Canis Major, and some naked-eye cluster which resolved in my 7x35 binoculars I didn't get around to identifying. But then it was time to get the kids home to bed.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
If you preferred the way the old Lite version worked, the last such version is available here, at least temporarily.
LunarMap also works great under Bluestacks on a Windows 7 laptop.