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Best phone/tablet screen size for Sky Safari?

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I'm proposing to control my DIY Onstep GOTO via wifi from a phone or tablet using Sky Safari.

What is the smallest screen size that you would recommend?  4", 5", 6" ?

Or should I go for a larger Tablet & lose the "pocketability" of a phone.

And since I'm a cheapskate, does SF pro have any scope control advantages over SF plus? (The bigger database is no use to me - light pollution)


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I use a tablet to control my synscan\goto using Sky Safari Pro 6 over bluetooth, I found using a mobile phone is too small and the layout it better on my 8" tablet for reading about objects of interest

Also with a mobile phone you run the risk of the phone showing a message\alert and flashing a bright screen\message at you, with the tablet and Sky safari in night mode (red) I don't have that risk

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I found the 7.9” screen of my iPad mini 4 to be ideal. My 4” phone is definitely too small and my 10.5” iPad is unnecessarily large for field use. 

To the best of my knowledge there is no difference in scope control capabilities of the Plus and Pro versions. The Pro version has a decent moon map, however, that I appreciate and some fun things like galaxy view. The Plus version is a lot smaller though. 

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I use a Wifi dongle attached to my Servocat and Argonavis.

I use an 8" Samsung tablet and also my Edge 7 phone.

Once I managed to configure the visual display information setting to my liking I find the phone to be just as good.

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I use a iPhone 6 plus most of the time, 5.5" screen if I remember correctly. That is quite a nice compromise in my opinion.

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So it looks like 6" to 8" is the optimum screen size. I think a 7" tablet will probably be cheaper than a big phone.

Thanks for the good advice guys.

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Hi, i'm desperately looking for a decent android tablet for sky safari 6 pro, that is not more than 8" and cost don't more than 130€

that has theses Minimum System requirements:

Android 4.0 +

1ghz Processor

1Gb Ram

Google Play account

and if possible compass, gyroscope/accelerometer

any idea is welcome

thanks in advance !

i don't wanna open a new topic for this

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