Satellite AR- app for android
Just wondering if anyone has added a camera enabled phone and the topical application to their portable rigs for sat comms.
I'm getting ready to make a tape measure beam, and am toying with the idea of putting a phone cradle so that the camera is looking down the boresight of the beam. I'm thinking that the augmented reality of the live camera with the graphics of the birds showing me where to point will make my chances much greater.
For those that don't know what I'm talking about, here's a link to the free version of application on the android market (now called google play).
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I believe you may be "over=-thinking" this. I mean, with an Arrow satellite antenna, it is not a critical, minute adjustment of the antenna that is needed
to work the FM birds. I mean, there's plenty of "leeway" - it is not a stressful, degree-by-degree movement of the antenna.
I tried this very thing and quickly gave up. It was easy enough to get the phone rigged up, I used cardboard and rubber bands. The problem was that 1) each app seemed to have some quirk that made it not work exactly right and 2) even a little sunlight made the screen impossible to see. I really wanted it to work because I thought it was "cool", knowing full well it was overkill. I am back to a compass and paper though. Much easier.
>> ... I am back to a compass and paper though. Much easier.
You will get to a point where all you'll need to know is where North and South are, the AOS and LOS points, and time of the pass.
A solid satellite prediction program shouldn't throw any "quirks" at you. HamSatDroid works well on most Android devices. As you get used to a program, check either the widget on my site or another source for info (like AMSAT's site) to "double-check" your selected sat's location and passes.
Lots of links and info on work-sat.com for you.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS