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    Re: Cell phone star finder
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2009 Dec 10, 13:52 -0800


    http://www.starpilotllc.com/products/iNA.htm

    On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 1:19 PM, Tom Sult <tsult---.com> wrote:
    Is there a almanac for iPod/iPhone?  Can you send a link?

    Thomas A. Sult, MD
    Sent from iPhone

    On Dec 10, 2009, at 11:42, Bruce Hamilton <brucerhamilton---.com> wrote:

    I have used the Planetarium program in my Palm Pilot for years, and thank to this handy pocket reference, I can now happily pick out about 20 of the navigation stars. I don't have to pre-calculate. I just know what star I am looking at and ring it down to the horizon (or bubble)

    Compared to my planisphere star finder it is much more useful and it zooms. I have Distant Suns on the Ipod touch, and will soon have the electronic almanac.  I still use Geoffrey Kolbe's Long term almanac to do manual calculations just to keep my brain from rusting up.

    On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:41 PM, Apache Runner <apacherunner---.com> wrote:
    Anything to get them to look at the sky, or think about science in some vague way would be progress!!!

    John Huth



    On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 8:37 PM, <frankreed{at}historicalatlas.com> wrote:
    Here's another short review of "Google Sky Map" that I found a few minutes ago.

    "-- Google Sky: This is an amazing tool that lets you aim your phone at the stars and find out what you are looking at in the night sky. This amazed my kids one recent dark evening and continues to amaze me every night when I walk out of work. This is truly a stunning app for stargazers."

    The original is located here:
    http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/49617

    We REALLY need to get going on something like this for celestial navigation education. We could attract thousands, maybe tens of thousands of new students to this subject (read "students" as "customers" if you're an entrepreneurial sort).

    -FER
    PS: From the same reviewer, in case you think this mobile computing revolution has peaked, consider this amazing new toy:
    "-- Google Goggles: Want information on anything? Take a picture of it. Google's database will decipher what it is and attempt to return information about the object to you. Want information about a store? Photograph the sign. Want prices or reviews of a book? Photograph the cover or the bar code. Want to know if a wine is any good? Snap a pic of the label. I thought this thing was too good to be true until I tried it. A movie poster for "Slumdog Millionaire" in my office was recognized in a snap (literally)."
    ...Dear Santa, to hell with the new girlfriend I requested in my previous letter. I want a new phone! :-)

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