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Not sure if this belongs in this forum but I just got an IPad and looking forward to the wonderful world of apps.

I am hoping to start loading up some good and practical ones that would be sailing related but with so many to choose from and with many sounding exactly the same, I was wondering which ones people have tried an and would recommend. I don't mind paying for them, I just hate spending for the same thing but in a different package.

in addition to navigation I think some star gazing ones would be fun to have.

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You might try these threads. iPhone apps should work on iPads, right? The second link contains both. Good luck.

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...tion-apps.html

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I use Navionics, also Active Captian, Practical Sailor has a good review in this months rdition. Somehwat depends on whether you want vector or ratsor type charts .

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Practical Sailor has reviewed lots of them. I use Navioics Wind Alert Shralptide

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How about Marine Traffic? If you have internet connection via iPad, you could see ships AIS information, although not all ports of the world support this but I guess it is good if your area has it.

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This question may not be applicable since you're talking about I-products but I'll ask anyway. A friend of mine has an app on his Android phone that identifies stars and other celestial bodies. The picture presentation pans along with you as you move the phone across the sky. I don't know the name of the app but it was really neat to use since you could zoom in and identify just about anything.

Has anyone ever used something like this as an assist to learning celestial navigation? Maybe a better question to ask is if there are apps out there that are dedicated to celestial navigation?

I don't have a smartphone myself. It was more important to me to have one that is waterproof. I'm still curious about this because of a thread I was following a while back described using a tablet computer as a sort of mobil nav center and networking with other onboard devices using either wifi or bluetooth. It sounded pretty versatile but I don't believe it got into the celestial part of navigation during the discussion.
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This question may not be applicable since you're talking about I-products but I'll ask anyway. A friend of mine has an app on his Android phone that identifies stars and other celestial bodies. The picture presentation pans along with you as you move the phone across the sky. I don't know the name of the app but it was really neat to use since you could zoom in and identify just about anything.

Has anyone ever used something like this as an assist to learning celestial navigation? Maybe a better question to ask is if there are apps out there that are dedicated to celestial navigation?

I don't have a smartphone myself. It was more important to me to have one that is waterproof. I'm still curious about this because of a thread I was following a while back described using a tablet computer as a sort of mobil nav center and networking with other onboard devices using either wifi or bluetooth. It sounded pretty versatile but I don't believe it got into the celestial part of navigation during the discussion.
The app is called "Google Sky Map" - it's pretty cool.

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The app is called "Google Sky Map" - it's pretty cool.
Thanks for the name. I really liked it and it seemed a good way to familiarize myself with the night sky. I wish my phone would support it.
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Thanks for the name. I really liked it and it seemed a good way to familiarize myself with the night sky. I wish my phone would support it.
I have an app called "Star Walk" for the iPad and iPhone that does what you describe. It is a beautiful app.

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How about Marine Traffic? If you have internet connection via iPad, you could see ships AIS information, although not all ports of the world support this but I guess it is good if your area has it.
Marine Traffic is not a substitute for real AIS. There can be long time delays in posting information.

Nice toy though.

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