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Subject:	SkyVoyager and SkyFi
Sent:	Thursday, September 23, 2010 15:19:47
From:	Ted Trostle (
I see you are beginning to use this approach and I look forward to your
detailed report for guidance and ideas. I am curious if you are
controlling both the scope and the computer via the iPhone?

I did hear that CanriaMobile is working on a software revision to
provide both scope and computer control via the SKYFI. That would be a
fantastic step for astrophotography !!

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Education is the only legal cure for stupidity.
Mike here: Yep, working with the SkyFi. Report online soon.
Subject:	RE: Jupiter Moon app for iPod
Sent:	Thursday, September 23, 2010 07:54:25
From:	Scott Girard (
I found the perfect iPod app for me.  It is just what I was looking for.
It's called Astromist and cost $15.

Take care,


Yes, I forgot to add....Astromist will show Jupiter and Saturn
satellites, the Red Spot and up-coming events.  It will show a listing
of events for the day so one can plan the best time to observe a
shadow/moon transit or occultation.  It also shows a diagram with the
actual position of the Jovian moons for any date and time.  Also for
Mars it will show a hypothetical telescopic view of the planet, sized
accordingly, and show the surface markings visible from Earth.  The
Martian moon positions are also displayed.  It also has a map and globe
of the Martian surface.....touch an area on the map or globe and it will
display the name of what you are seeing.

There's a lot more to this program but those are the things that excite
me the most as they have been design by and for observers.  This program
is way better and fit for use than any other program I've used before
(Planetarium for Palm).  I've used before but Astromist does
everything I need.

I think others may gain by checking this program out.....maybe it could
be listed on your site?

Take care,


Subject:	Jupiter Moon app for iPod
Sent:	Wednesday, September 8, 2010 16:11:46
From:	Scott Girard (
I am looking for an app that will run on an iPod that will give me the
current positions positions of Jupiter's moons.  The app must also be
able to forecast future Jovian moon I can plan when to
observe.  There are PC based programs that do this but I have not found
a suitable iPod app yet.  I read your review of the SkyVoyager
app....does it provide this functionality?  Do you have any suggestions?
Mike here: I use Carina Software SkyVoyager on my iPhone for that. Here's a recent page with a screen shot of what it can display (about halfway down the page).


That looks pretty well as your modifications.  Can SkyVoyager
produce a list of upcoming Jupiter moon events....transits,
occultations, etc., and their times?

Mike here: No, but the Sky & Telescope web site ( has a Jupiter's Moon tool which I use for that. And there is the S&T Jupiter Almanac page (

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