Page for the Palm Astro Mailing list)
I'll readily admit that I did not
buy my Palm IIIxe for use at the telescope. I bought it because I realized that it was
pretty ridiculous for a technical professional to be storing his telephone numbers in an
old Star Wars telephone book! I set out to get a handheld computer, and the Palm was the
natural choice. Loving gadgets, I was obviously attracted to the Pocket PC. But the price,
battery life and operating system steered me back to the Palm. But which Palm? The color
IIIc certainly looked cool (and so did the rumored M405). But, the best value of all
seemed to be the IIIxe. 8mb of ram and a nice sized screen made this Palm very attractive.
So did the price. When I bought mine, the IIIxe was being phased out in favor of the newer
I was very happy with my Palm for
business tasks from day one. But how about astronomy? No, I hadn't bought the Palm for
astronomy, but I'm NOT going to have a computer without some astro software on it! I
quickly discovered some very interesting and useful astronomy apps for the Palm and have
been enjoying them immensely. Recently, for example, at the 2001 Texas Star Party, I used
a pair of Celestron 10x50 binoculars and the Palm to do John Wagoner's entire Binocular
list, seeing dozens of beautiful sights. This experience truly convinced me that the Palm
can be a valuable tool for amateurs (and astronomy educators).
What do I plan for this page? For
now it's just going to be a collection of links. In the future, I hope to have lots of
other stuff--reviews, projects (I'm currently working at converting game boy illuminators
for use with the Palm to help alleviate the problem we monochrome user have with producing
a red lit screen).
Palm Astro Mailing List
Palm Astro is a mailing list for
the users of astronomy related software and hardware for the Palm and Pocket PC computers.
Visit the Yahoogroups page at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palmastro
General List Guidelines for Palm Astro:
Im not big on rules, but I do have three suggestions to make which will, I think,
ensure Palm Astro's continued health.
1. Be Excellent to One Another. This is not a big problem as far as Im concerned.
Amateurs have a reputation for being polite and overlooking each-others foibles.
Lets save the flames for usenet. The
one BIG rule that I do enforce on Palm Astro? NO PERSONAL ATTACKS! Healthy debate is fine,
but when it strays into this realm it's time to stop and THINK! Violating this rule is the
one thing that for sure will get you in dutch with old Rod!
2. Keep the ball rollin. If you see the traffic-flow ebb on Palm Astro, chime in
with a comment or a question. It is VERY important that new subscribers see messages right
away when they join!
3. Strive, as best you can, to stay on topic.
What kind of control will I exercise here? Very little. Ideally a mailing list should be
self -supporting. If you have a comment or question about the list, please feel free to
email me directly at RMOLLISE@aol.com (or if you
just wanna talk scopes and observing
Im always happy to chat with fellow
Me? I (Rod) know many of you from either star parties or from
being online a lot (espeically on s.a.a. and my own sct-user mailing list--also found on
Yahoogroups). But if youre curious about your host
Im 47 and a Senior Systems Analyst for Northrop Grumman Aerospace. I also
teach my local Universitys (University of South Alabama) evening astronomy labs (two
nights a week) for the Physics Department. My dear wife Dorothy is a full time professor
and Department Chair at USA. Dorothy and I share a big old Victorian house in Mobile,
Alabamas historic district with my step-daughter Beth, 5 cats (the four-footed kind)
and 6 telescopes.
Some of my other recent projects include a book on SCTs for Patrick Moore's Practical
Astronomy Series of books that's just been published. I also recently did a lot of writing
for the "Secrets of the Universe" cards (notebook pages on astronomy/space
subjects...it's like an astronomy encyclopedia by subscription). You may have noticed
advertisements for SOTU in the junk mail pile!
Click to subscribe to Palmastro
for the Palmastro faq (by and maintained by Brian Tung)
Project Page: A Gameboy Illuminator for
the Palm IIIxe (click)
Click Images to goto relevant
Planetarium for the Palm. Excellent,
and currently my favorite Palm Astro App!
Brian Tung's Palm Atlas is another
Star Pilot is another goodie;
especially if you need a planisphere-like all sky display.
Astrolog is simple and cheap (free, actually), but it really works!
A database of the complete NGC on
your Palm can be a VERY handy thing to have!
If you need to know LST in a
hurry, this is a lifesaver!
Do you enjoy satellite watching (who doesn't)? Then PocketSat is for you!
Hans Anger's Palm Astro Apps.
Excellent and recommended!
MEW3 Software provides
some excellent Palm Astro Apps!
22Sky is another great Palm
planetarium, presented by the folks who also do 2Red!
2Red gives you night-vision preserving red screens
on any color Palm OS machine!
Yes, Software Bisque really did shrink the Universe!
2000, one of Rod's all-time favorites, is now in Pocket PC format!
Pocket Universe is a very attractive offering for the Pocket
This is Meade's new
"Pocket Pictor" CCD camera control software. Very interesting!
OAOG, The Ottawa Valley Astronomers and Observers' Groups (Challenge
Lists for your Palm!)
Click Pogo to Return to Rod's Astro Land!