EclipseDroid USB Free Version
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+ By W. Strickling
New: Version 5 includes an EFlight mode for eclipse observation from an aircraft. Now all timing tasks will run in a service which prevent from being terminated in background. Minor improvements for newer Canon cameras.
EclipseDroid is especially designed to support engaged solar eclipse observers in their observations. It will show timetables and countdowns for the contact times, make acoustic announcements of the contacts or other user defined events. It will launch other apps, show text announcements and trigger internal or external cameras connected by USB or optical cable. All these events can be defined and customized in a script by the user. The timings of the events depend on the contact times which are calculated with high precision from the actual device's position or a custom location. For using USB functionality please set "USB Debugging" to On in Android Settings, Developer Settings.
To prepare your eclipse observation, select a desired location from the map, from a list or input free coordinates. To rehearse and check your observation program, simply run EclipseDroid in eclipse simulation mode. When selecting and checking your observation site, avoid unpleasant surprises like buildings or trees blocking your eclipse view! Just call the AR screen of EclipseDroid to see an overlay of the Sun's position at eclipse time with an actual camera image (only availabe in full version).
EclipseDroid has several screens and layouts to show the precise contact times for your location. These are the beginning and end of the eclipse (C1 and C4), the beginning and end of the total or annual phase (C2 and C3), the time of mid eclipse and the current percentage of coverage of the solar disk. You have the choice of two layouts: a smart layout showing the local circumstances and an animation of the eclipse in a condensed form or the classic layout with countdowns for all contacts, an events list with the next upcoming events and the actual eclipse view, if the eclipse is running.
In the 'eclipse details' screen you get full information about the local circumstances of the eclipse. Pressing 'Menu' will add the eclipse to your favorite personal calendar.
Limitations in free version:
- Eclipses from now to 2015,
- no global events and magnitude time table in eclipse details window
- no clickable link to the NASA-Eclipse maps.
- max 10 photos per script
- no AR screen
- Hardware controls: Camera. Required for AR.
May cause compatibility refusal for devices without front camera. Try installation from my website http://www.strickling.net/eclipsedroid.htm!
- Exact location and network location: For site-specific calculations of the contact times.
- Internet Access: Online selection and network based localization of an observation site, database download.
- SD card access: Storing settings, event lists, logs, locations and databases. Cache for Google Maps for offline use.
- System tools: Keep screen on if connected to external power
- Your Account - Read Google service configuration: Needed for the Google maps module
Lunar eclipses are not supported, nor does the app contain pretty pictures of huge graphics!
Bugs or problems found? Please send an error report for bug fixing or send an email instead of giving bad ratings!
Translators welcome! If you like this app and prefer it in your language, contact me! Translation is rather easy.
Keywords: solar eclipse, solar eclipses, total eclipse, annular, partial, historic eclipses, history, ancient eclipses, black sun, moon, occultation, astronomy, observation, Augmented reality, AR, camera usb control
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Tags: free eclipse camera.
Version 5: EFlight mode for eclipse observation from an aircraft, especially designed for the eclipse 2015-03-20.
All timing tasks will run in a service which prevent from being terminated by Android when running in background.
Minor improvements for newer Canon Cameras like the 650D.