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Distant Suns (max) - Unleash your inner astronaut!

by First Light Design, LLC
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)

Price: $5.99
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What's new in version 1.1.4
  • * Fixed some minor performance issues.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0096YJDNQ
  • Release Date: September 13, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Set your location from any place on earth or off
  • Change the date and time to show the sky of the past or future, like a celestial time-machine in your hands
  • Learn the stories behind each constellation
  • Follow the moon through its phases, and the planets through their monthly dance
  • Unique to Distant Suns (max)You are no longer Earth-bound so you may fly out to the planets and watch them in their stately presence
  • Observe Saturn from behind, Jupiter from Io, the Earth from the Moon
  • Contains over 200 galaxies, nebula and star clusters, many within reach of binoculars
  • Touch the sky to view extensive data on each object
  • Perfect for the whole family. The only requirement is sense of wonder!
  • Unleash your inner astronaut today

Product Description

Distant Suns (max) astronomy app is an award-winning hand-held planetarium with over 25 years of development, offering you the new way to look at the sky from on the Earth to off. Sporting over 130,000 stars, all 8 (or is it 9?) planets, the sun and moon, constellations, galaxies, nebula and star clusters, Distant Suns offers a gracefully visual respite from a busy day.

While others play games, you can travel to the stars.

Technical Details

  • Size: 30.4MB
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Developed By: First Light Design, LLC
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access the vibration feature
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KFHD Problems Resolved November 2, 2012
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4/3/13 revision based on several hours' use of the version 1.1.0 update for the KFHD7 (Max version of the program).
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Both issues mentioned in my original review (see below) have been fully and elegantly addressed in the 1.1.0 update. The program now asks at startup if you want to use Location Services. If not, location defaults to either your previously entered latitude and longitude, or to that of a city that you have entered. I use my own lat/long for accuracy. Selector wheels for entering latitude and longitude have been redone. They're easy to use and accurate.

Zoomed in, the program shows positions of the major moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. If the positions are accurate, this program would be especially useful for observers with a telescope. They seem to be close, but I haven't verified.

Minor issue: Program launch dumped me back to the GUI (I use ADW) a couple of times but very rarely and not in any kind of pattern. I have not seen the kind of problems described in Tim Hendon's review for version 1.09.

This is a first class astronomy app for the KFHD. It shows you the sky around you, at any time and place, at the level of detail you specify. Controls are intuitive, display is attractive, information is extensive. This is the one to get. Thanks, Mike - 5 stars.

Original review dated 11/2/12:
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This otherwise excellent app has 2 unresolved issues on the KFHD:

1) Location Services must be enabled before the app will run. This is a nuisance and a waste of power unless you are away from known locations. The app ignores its own Use Location Services (on/off)setting.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best astronomy app I have seen for the Kindle December 26, 2012
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This app brings strong functionality and clean design and is more capable than any other app I have been able to find that will run on Kindle Fire and Fire HD
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still DO believe Pluto is a Planet; Take That IAU January 2, 2014
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All joking aside (well not really a joke as I WILL continue to consider Pluto a Planet, and love the settings menu text) this is a great app for those who are looking something more than just GSky. Interface is well done, there is a lot of information to explore and app works well. Another reviewer stated it would not work without Internet yet after first run I closed the app, shut my Internet connection and restarted the app it working no problem. Not sure why they had problems.

I currently use several other astronomy apps, the main one being Sky Safari Pro but it's cost is too inflated to recommend. This app, Distant Suns has enough material it should be sufficient for most people who don't own a crazy high powered telescope (which I unfortunately do not own as well).

Thank you!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This is a wonderful astronomy tool that is just packed with information. It is beautifully designed and easy to use for the most part. I enjoy even just scrolling through the detailed databases about the objects in our own solar system. On the bottom of the screen is the basic tool bar and please note that if you are in the portrait mode you will be only seeing part of the available functions. You can switch to the landscape mode or scroll the bar with your finger.

I looked at the data on the planets and objects in our solar system and I cannot figure out why the other planets and our moon have locks beside them. I have looked through the instructions and cannot find any references to the locks or how to open them. I even went to the developer's web page and touched FAQs only to get an Error 404-page not found message. I don't understand what the word Max means in the app's title when key items in our own solar system are locked. Because of the lack of an explanation on what the locked symbol means and why it is locked, I deducted one star.

Overall this is a good and educational tool. I rate it as a 4 star item.

Permissions:
* Precise location (GPS and network based) - this is used to help arrange the star maps based upon your present location. If your device does not have a GPS or a WIFI connection you can enter in the location of the closest city or Geo Coordinates. When you start the app it will ask you to allow access to your current location.
* Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
* Full network access
* Control vibration

This app does not contain any adware or malware. It also does not contain any Analytics programs.

The app loaded 31.78MB into my device memory and I am unable to transfer it to my SD card.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Astronomy Application for Kindle FIre December 28, 2013
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Distant Suns (max) installed and ran flawlessly on our Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Probably the most attractive and comprehensive display of any of the astronomy applications available. There are an incredible array of menu options for display and operation of the program. The only thing missing is a "night viewing" mode, with a dim red appearance for use outside. Hopefully the author and programmers will consider this in a future update. Nevertheless, this is an extremely useful application for anyone intererested in astronomy.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app finally ported from IOS. September 16, 2012
By Rick D.
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Distant Suns is a very long running astronomy app that was originally published for the Amiga series of computers, and it's the best astronomy app I've found so far for Android.

While it's listed for only Nook and Kindle Fire, I've been running it on a Nexus 7 for a few days and it works flawlessly for me. No crashes or odd behavior.
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