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Hello science folks...

I guess I am as ready as I ever will be to announce my initial public release of a simple astronomical 'ephemeris' program. It is written in Python/PyGTK, and depends on the port of the python astronomical libraries mentioned in this previous post:

http://www.internettablettalk.com/fo...ad.php?t=18332

I started out wanting to make this functional only on the Maemo/Nxxx platform, but decided to put some extra effort into it so that it could be run 'anywhere' that the requisite Python environment exists e.g. desktops, etc.. So, this probably makes it 'cross-platform' (?).

I need to point out that I am still very much a Python 'newbie', and at my age it is difficult to pick up some of the concepts that I need to in order to do this well e.g. object oriented programming. Python experts will be pained to see my code, so I advise them to avoid the temptation to look at it

Rather than post info, screen shots, etc. here, I will direct you (again) to my 'software' page, where you will find an entry near the bottom:

http://darethehair.googlepages.com/software.html

It was quite a challenge to prove to myself that the data/plots generated were 'accurate', so I will depend on you to tell me if garbage is being generated

Of course I thank the author of 'pyephem' for creating the routines to make this possible!

Dare

NEW: Now upgraded from version 0.36 to 0.40. Requires new version of PyEphem as well.

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Wow this looks really cool, thanks

Will take me a while to take this in, but looks like a great little program with lots of info and graphics.
 
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Awesome! I was hoping somebody would come up with something that used those libraries you posted about awhile ago. This program is very neat! Takes a little exploring with to see all it offers.

BTW: This program required me to install python2.5-gpsbt in Red Pill Mode on my N800. I don't have any GPS devices, but this program is a good use for one.
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Pipeline:

Please let me know how your investigation goes

OSEmuTech:

I am surprised that my app 'required' that python library, and that it also required 'red pill' mode to get it. I don't require such an effort on my part. But in any case I will be pleased to get more feedback on it once you have more time
 
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Very nice. Now could you add a function to hack into the city power grid and turn off the power so that us big-city dwellers could actually see the real night sky?
 

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DJames1:

Do you realize how *annoyed* my neighborhood/city will be while I am *debugging* the feature that you describe? Plus, your solution might be considered 'overkill' -- all we really need is to turn off the city lights -- not the total power grid!
 

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Pipeline:

Please let me know how your investigation goes

OSEmuTech:

I am surprised that my app 'required' that python library, and that it also required 'red pill' mode to get it. I don't require such an effort on my part. But in any case I will be pleased to get more feedback on it once you have more time
python2.5-gpsbt can be found in the Maemo Extras repository when "bora" distribution is specified... I don't believe red pill is necessary.

Nice start on this app BTW, I'm looking forward to any redraw improvements you come up with.
 
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Neat app. Will this work on a 770?
 
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Nichod: I am not sure. The 'pyephem' library was compiled under Chinook, but the 'mephemeris' program itself is pure Python/PyGTK. Perhaps just give it a try?
 
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darethehair,

First, thanks for the app.

I have a problem when I try to reset my location. A window popups saying it's connecting to GPS and next the program crashes.

I have a N810.

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