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Is It Possible Import An Observation List With LiveSky.com? (Answer: Importation Is Not Yet Available Via LiveSky.com - Coming Soon!)

Hello, is it possible to import an observation list with LiveSky basic?

 

Thank you.

 

Olivier

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    Keiron Smith

    Oliver, 

    At the moment LiveSky.com can only export data.  Importing data is next on the roadmap for LiveSky.com.

    Thanks!

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    Keiron Smith

    Oliver, 

    Note, importing data via LiveSky.com will probably require a premium subscription when the feature is available.

    Thanks!

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    ovanaelst

    Thanks. In fact I'm looking to import lists into sky safari 6 pro. How can I do it?

    Note: it's easy in sky safari 5 pro through iCloud. But I don't know how to do it in version 6. So I keep using version 5 while I purchased version 6.

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    Keiron Smith

    iOS or Android?

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    ovanaelst

    iOS 9.3.5

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    Keiron Smith
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    Chris Lee

    Will any future update just be about importing lists or would  it import observations? I now use LiveSky for all my observations but have past observations i have recorded and would like to add these into LiveSky so that when i target an object in Sky Safari i can see if it is one i have observed before i had Sky Safari.

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    Keiron Smith

    Chris, 

    LiveSky import and export functionality will be much improved in the future.  LiveSky is fundamental to all our apps.

    Thanks!

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    Chris Lee

    OK so would you recommend that I don't laboriusly re-enter over 500 past target observations into LiveSky and wait for the upgrade?!!

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    Keiron Smith

    Chris, 

    Options include:

    1. Manually create a SkySafari skylist file. See below.
    2. Write/use a script to create a SkySafari skylist file.  See Ruby code posted here: Is There A Way To Automate The Conversion Between CSV And .Skylist File Formats? (Answer: Use Another Program To Convert)
    3. Use another program to covert your list to a SkySafari skylist file; i.e. AstroPlanner, Deep-Sky Planner, Eye & Telescope

    https://knightware.biz/community/public/dsp7/kb/article-25.htm#converter

    How To Create A Skylist File:

      1. If you want to convert your own observing lists to a text file that SkySafari can import, here's an example of the format that you need to use:
    • SkySafariObservingListVersion=3.0
      SkyObject=BeginObject
        • ObjectID=4,0,701

          CatalogNumber=M 42

          CatalogNumber=NGC 1976

          CatalogNumber=LBN 974

          CommonName=Orion Nebula

      EndObject=SkyObject
      SkyObject=BeginObject
          ObjectID=2,0,971

          CatalogNumber=Alpha CrB

          CatalogNumber=5 CrB

          CatalogNumber=HR 5793

          CatalogNumber=HD 139006

          CommonName=Alphecca

      EndObject=SkyObject
      SkyObject=BeginObject
          ObjectID=1,0,5

          CatalogNumber=

          CommonName=Jupiter

          DateObserved=2455758.204807

          Comment=Great red spot was great! And red!

      EndObject=SkyObject
      SkyObject=BeginObject
          ObjectID=1,0,4667

          CommonName=Garradd

          CommonName=C/2009 P1

      EndObject=SkyObject
      SkyObject=BeginObject
          ObjectID=1,0,14877

          CommonName=1998 DD24

          CatalogNumber=42608

      EndObject=SkyObject
      1. Some comments:
      2. Lines may be separated by a single linefeed (LF) character ('\n', ASCII hex code 0x0A, decimal value 10), or by carriage return (CR) characters ('\r', ASCII code 0x0D, decimal 13), or by CR-LF pairs. In other words, your text file may be a unix-style text file, or a classic Mac or DOS/Windows text file.

    • The first line must be SkySafariObservingListVersion=3.0

    • Observing list entries are groups of keyword=value pairs. Groups are demarcated by BeginObject and EndObjectlines.

    • In the sample above, we've indented the keyword/value pairs within each object for clarity, but you don't have to. SkySafari strips out leading whitespace when importing the file.

    • The ObjectID field is what SkySafari uses internally to identify the object. Since you don't know this, you can use the following:

      1,-1,-1
          for solar system objects

      2,-1,-1
          for stars

      4,-1,-1
          for deep sky objects

      SkySafari will try to find the object based on the CatalogNumber or CommonName values, and fix up the ObjectIDvalues internally after it imports the list.

    • The CatalogNumber values are used preferentially instead of the name(s). Please use the same catalog abbreviations that SkySafari uses, e.g. Alpha CMa, HR 7001, M 97, NGC 1695. If the object has no CatalogNumber (like Jupiter), then enter its name(s) in the CommonName field. For asteroids, the asteroid number is the CatalogNumber; use the CommonName field for all other solar system object identifiers.

    • An object must contain all of the CatalogNumbers and CommonNames you've specified to import properly. This is how SkySafari resolves ambiguities between diffiferent objects with the same name: for example, comet Garradd (C/2009 P1) vs. comet Garradd (C/2008 J5), or the asteroid Europa (number 52) vs. Europa (Jupiter's moon, no number). In most cases, though, only a single CatalogNumber or CommonName should be required to uniquely identify the object.

       

    • DateObserved and Comment are optional. DateObserved is the julian date on which your observation took place; Comment is the notes you want associated with the object. Newlines in the notes should be indicated with a \n sequence.

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