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AstroGadgets

AstroGadgets is a free Windows desktop program for amateur astronomers that gathers information from various astronomy websites, provides a concise display of essential information and provides alerts for events such as International Space Station passes and Planetary KP Index levels (conditions favoring aurora).

This tool resides on your Windows desktop (sorry no Mac version) and provides quick access to the following information:

  • Current SOHO white light image of the sun.
  • Sunrise/Sunset
  • Current lunar phase
  • Moonrise/Moonset
  • Astronomical twilight end/begin (when it is completely dark for astronomy purposes)
  • Bright planet visibility
  • Clear Sky Chart
  • International Space Station passes
  • Iridium Satellite Flares
  • Planetary KP Index

You can position the program anywhere on your desktop by dragging it. To access the menus, use the right mouse button.

For product suggestions and bug reports, please email astrogadgets@allprosoftware.com


Revision History
  • 1.0.32 (10/29/2013) Fix issue with Iridium values due to new Heavens Above formatting
    Added ability to correctly send messages if timezone of PC is different from timezone of site.
  • 1.0.30 (1/06/2013) Fix issue with Lunar values due to new Heavens Above formatting
  • 1.0.29 (12/21/2012) Fix issues with non-US versions of Windows & fixed issue with Lunar image being too dark
  • 1.0.27 (12/10/2012) Another Heavens Above format change
  • 1.0.26 (11/27/2012) Added location name to title of email alerts
    Fix problem with pop up text on Iridium data
    Add check for network connection and display old data if not available. Also re-check every minute when network is down
    Prevent invalid images from appearing for sun, moon and csc
  • 1.0.25 (10/18/2012) Fixed Iridium data issue because of Heaven's Above format change
  • 1.0.24 (8/31/2012) Fixed problem with odd format of SOHO Sun image causing errors
  • 1.0.23 (3/7/2012) Added additional levels of KP index to alert function. Please check your settings after installing this version to make sure your KP is set properly
    Now shuts down the program when clicking on the 'new version' link to make it easier to install future versions
  • 1.0.22 (2/16/2012) Added redundant site to retrieve moon phase if primary is down
  • 1.0.21 (2/15/2012) Fixed issue with Navy's Moon phase image
  • 1.0.20 (2/13/2012) Fixed another issue with Heaven's Above
    Added automatic check for new version of astrogadgets
  • 1.0.19 (2/11/2012) Fixed error with ISS data because of new Heaven's Above format
  • 1.0.18 (2/6/2012) Updated Planet Data to reflect new URL from Heaven's Above
  • 1.0.17 Fix to avoid 'flashing' on some computers at startup
    Added new error handling logic to allow the program to ignore and log most errors
  • 1.0.15 added support for non-standard windows dpi sizes
  • 1.0.14 additional error trapping during alerts if connection problems
  • 1.0.12 trap occasional errors during alerts which prevented email from being sent
  • 1.0.10 Added multiple locations that can be chosen by a dropdown in the location tab
  • 1.0.10 Now automatically selecting nearest clear sky chart based on location rather than manual entry
  • 1.0.6 First public release

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