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Beta Testing SkySafari 7 (Android Only) - Read EVERYTHING To Participate!

Invitation To Android Users:

Everyone here in the Community Forums (with an Android device) is invited to participate in the beta-testing cycle :) 

Your beta-testing feedback, whatever you can contribute, will be invaluable to the success of SkySafari 7 for Android!

IMPORTANT: Beta Test User Requirements:

  • Email requirements: Users need a Google Account (@gmail.com) or a G Suite account to join in the beta test (see below).
  • Support Account requirements: Users must have Simulation Curriculum Support Account and must reply to this post; i.e. you are logged in to this website (see below).

How To Apply - 2 Parts: 

    1. You must enter your @Gmail or G Suite email address (the one you use to login to Google Play to buy/download apps for your Android device) into the red bar on the bottom of this webpage.  Note, the red bar can be hidden if you have any kind of ad-blocking plugin installed.
    2. Please also reply to this post (in a comment below) if you can help us at this time.  Please outline your experience with SkySafari, including what versions of SkySafari you have run previously, what telescopes you are controlling, what kind of astronomy you are involved in, if you are a power user, etc.

Failing to follow the 2 step application process above will exclude you from the beta testing cycle.

When Accepted To Beta Test:

When you are accepted, you will be notified via an email (sent to your @Gmail/G Suite email address) that you are able to download the SS7 Android beta app from Google Play.

Accessing The SS7 Android Beta Testing Forum: When you are accepted you will see and have access to the SS7 Android Beta Testing forum.  The SS7 Beta Testing forum is hidden until you are accepted.

Please note, not all applicants will be immediately included in the beta-testing.  So, if you apply and do not hear back please be patient.

*** If accepted to the SS7 beta-testing forum please do NOT report bug/issues on this post.  See below for workflow ***

The Process: 

As you find bugs/issues in SkySafari 7 please first review the current discussions in this beta-testing forum (which is hidden until you are invited).  If your bug/issue has already been identified please comment on the existing post.  If your bug/issue has not been identified please create a NEW post in the SS7 Android Beta Testing forum. 

For clarity regarding this bug reporting process please see the Example Bug Report (hidden until you are officially invited)

Please do not submit tickets with bugs/issues.

How To Follow The SS7 Beta Forum: 

As part of your participation we would appreciate that you follow the SS7 Android Beta Testing forum.  Following a forum means you will receive email updates when anyone creates a NEW post or comments/replies to one of the existing posts. This is important for two reasons.

  1. Following the forum ensures you receive email updates regarding all admin communications to the beta testers.  If admins make a post asking for assistance you will get an email update with that post.
  2. Following is also very important so that you have an on-going status report regarding bugs/issues identified, confirmed, requiring further testing, or have been resolved, etc.  This will help you stay on top of the overall process, and ensure you are not duplicating efforts where issues are already known and resolved.

 

To FOLLOW the SkySafari 7 Beta Testing community forum please see here.  Note, you must have been invited first, and have access to the forum before you can follow it.

 

 

  

Replying to Email Updates: 

When you follow the SS7 Beta Testing forum you will receive email updates regarding new posts (and comments, if opted for).  Please do not reply to email updates using the "Reply" function.  Please first use the "View the comment" link to open the community forum post, then reply to the post.  

This point is crucially important - so please understand the image below (this an example of an SS7 Beta Testing email update as seen using my web browser Yahoo email account).

If you use the email update "Reply" function your reply will not be added to the community forum discussion.

 

 

 

 

How to Use the Community Forums:

For clarity regarding how to use the Community Forums (posting/replying/following) please see here:

 

How To Sign Into The Community Forums (Required For Posting And Replying To Topics)

Browsers Supported by Simulation Curriculum Community Forums (Cookies Must Be Enabled)

How To Use Your New Community Support Forums

  

Beta Testing Summarized:

Please...

  1. SIGN IN or create account on this Simulation Curriculum support website.
  2. SUBMIT your @Gmail.com/G Suite email address into the red bar at the bottom of this page.
  3. REPLY to this post (in a comment below) in order to apply to the SS7 Beta Testing group.
  4. When invited to join the beta testing visit the one of the Google Play URL(s) that we share with you.  See X marks the spot (above).
  5. FOLLOW the main SS7 Android beta forum to be kept up-to-date of any new posts (bug reports) and discussions thereafter (you get email updates).
  6. REVIEW previous beta testing discussions before posting your bug report.
  7. COMMENT on bugs already reported.
  8. Create NEW posts for bugs not yet reported.
  9. Follow the bug reporting GUIDELINES when reporting or commenting on bugs.
  10. Do NOT reply/comment to email updates.  Instead, VIEW the post first, then comment.
  11. Post any questions, about anything to do with the beta testing, in the SS7 Android beta testing forum.  We will reply to you there. 

 

THANK YOU!

We are very excited about the long-awaited up and coming release of SS7 for Android and we're looking forward to working closely with everyone involved in the beta testing.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    Mike Wegmüller

    I am very happy about ss7 for android! my absolute favorite app! i have been using ss6 for about 2 years to plan my observations, to explore new objects and also to know how big the field of view will be. I use a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 and would be very happy to take part in the beta test

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    René Bohne

    SF5plus Android, SF6pro iOS, SF6pro Mac. 6" newton, small mak with goto.

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    jean-philippe jahier

    I've been using v5 and 6 , mainly in order to prepare observing sessions.  I consider using V7 to control a scope mount, Losmandy gm11 gemini2

    Thanks

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    Stéphane Losacco

    Bonjour,

    J'utilise Skysafari depuis la version 5 avec mon Heq5+ et j'ai hâte d'essayer la version 7 beta
    Merci

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    Matthew McKenzie- Astronomy

    I would like to Join the testing group. Great news. I use versions 6.0 on IOS but recently moved to Android Phone. my scope is a  Celestron CPC Deluxe 9.25, i use my equipment in the Astronomical Society based in Australia as part of an outreach team who bring astronomy to a variety of community groups, schools, opens days, public events etc. It would be great to be part and use especially in these environments.

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    Keiron Smith

    Mike, Rene, Jean-Philippe, Stephane, Matthew, 

    You are all invited to the beta!  

    Please see this post regarding what we need tested and how to download the beta:

    https://support.simulationcurriculum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/6080423900055-What-We-Need-Tested-Round-1

    Thanks for getting into the beta early!

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    Matthew McKenzie- Astronomy

    @Kieron Smith, I am unable to access the link provided. Informs I am not Authirised. Thanks

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    Stéphane Losacco

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    Mike Wegmüller

    Same to me like Stephane Losacco, cant access the link to download the beta...

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    René Bohne

    Same.

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    Ahmad Alhudban

    Hi

    In fact I used Redshift for long time. but I heard how amazing the SkySafari is it, so I want to try new version 

    Thanks 

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    Bryan McClanahan

    I would like to join the beta testing. 

    I worked on the SS7 beta for iOS.

    I have a Samsung S6 tablet to use to control 3 possible mounts.  I have been mostly using ASCOM/Alpaca with my iOS device. 

    Skywatcher AZGTI as AZ/AL or EQ

    Celestron Evolution

    Explore Scientific PMC-8 on a G11 

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    Keiron Smith

    Mike, Rene, Jean-Philippe, Stephane, Matthew, Bryan, Ahmad,

    Everyone is in the beta!

    Please see this post regarding what we need tested and how to download the beta:

    https://support.simulationcurriculum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/6080423900055-What-We-Need-Tested-Round-1

    Thanks!

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    David Lynch

    Request to join beta test 

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    Mike Jeffery

    I currently use starry night pro plus 8 and sky safari pro 6. i do not currently have a working mount but would love to participate in the beta testing.

    thank you.

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    Stéphane JackSon

    Hi
    Skysafary 6 pro user
    Realy happy to see ss7 finaly on Android

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    luis hernandez

    Hi. I am using ss6 pro on android. I using it to plan my astrophotography sessions. I have an 8" SCT on a celestron cgx mount.

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    Paul Ward

    I have SS6 Pro and use it with my celestron 8SE. I'd be happy to install beta7 and help debug it so all users have a great experience with it.

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    Andrew

    I would like to take part in beta testing.
    I own Sky Safari Pro 4, 5 and 6 for both Android and Apple and also 7 for Apple.
    Sky Safari is my main planetarium software for observing with range of Dobsonian telescopes.
    Andy
    andrew.thornett@googlemail.com

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    TB

    I would like to join the beta.

    I've used sky safari 6 pro for about 4 or 5 years.

    Astrophotography 

    Celestron Cgem 2 C11 telescope 

    Using Celestron WiFi

    Android 10

     

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    Calvin Odom

    I would like to join beta testing. I have used sky safari 5 pro, currently sky safari 6 pro.
    I have a pixel phone, Android 12.
    Meade lx-90 telescope, wifi connection using Meade's Stella wifi adapter. I occasionally do a little imaging, some deep sky but prefer lunar and planetary. I also use sky safari to aid in binocular viewing.

    I was a sky safari 6 beta tester.

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    Lucian DRAGA

    Sunt utilizator de SS 6 Pro, cu telescoape cu monturi goto. Sunt curios ce va aduce nou SS 7.

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    SPΛϾΞ ЯΛϾΞЯ

    Hello I would love to join in on the beta. I have been into astronomy my whole adult life. I currently run SS6 on an ORION SKYVIEW PRO 8in thru the controller. And I use SS6 as a visual sky map. To teach the stars to my children.

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    SPΛϾΞ ЯΛϾΞЯ

    Oh and my real name is Matthew

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    Scott Carey

    Ok

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    Jon Danniken

    Hello, I am currently using SS6 Plus and would be happy to pass along any bugs I was able to find.  I am not currently using SS to control a scope, just as a tool for visual astronomy.  Thanks!  

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    david klein

    I would like to try the beta also. had version 4,5,6. i have a c11 on a eq6r mount with a zwo 2600 on hyperstar in a observatory

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    Nikita Klimov

    Hello everyone! I would like to participate beta-testing of SkySafari 7. I have been looking for this version since I saw an advertising of 7th version for iOS. I am an experienced user of SkySafari, previously used Pro 4 and 6 version. Currently I am using SkySafari for preparation my observing lists, log observations, control AZ-EQ5 mount and Goptik Nadirus push-to system. I also use livesky.com to export my observation logs and publish them on astro-forums. I am purely visual observer having 10-20 sleepless nights per year and a number of solar observation. I am going to use it on Android 12 Xiaomi device.

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    Davide Alboresi Lenzi

    Ss6 Pro
    Android 10.0
    Samsung Galaxy S9+
    Celestron EDGE HD800
    Meade ED80 APO f/6
    Skywatcher AZ EQ6
    Synscan
    I mostly use this combo to precisely center the star field in asteroidal occultations. Never missed one!

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    Florian MATHIEU

    Hello everyone,

    I'd love to be able to test the new version and help you to make it better.

    I've using Skysafari since version 4 (on iOS untill version 5 and now on Android). I do not use it with a motorised telescope but with a 10" Dobsonian telescope. I also have acess to multiple Android devices (phone and tablet).

    I do not use stars charts on paper anymore, thanks to Skysafari App.

    We astronomers are thakfull for your great work.

     

     

     

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