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I used this app during the 2017 total solar eclipse and it worked great. I kept details and notes about the eclipse in the app for reference. Unfortunately there was a bug in the v2.0 update which deleted my saved data. However, the developer quickly fixed the bug after I reported it, and later implemented a way to save data for past eclipses so I could get back to the data screen and restore most of the information. 5/5 stars for a great app and fantastic customer support.
I was in an area that had very limited cell coverage ( meaning NO cell coverage) and my phone wasn't catching any GPS. However Solar Eclipse Timer came through like a champ after my phone coughed up my location. I called out times and announcements to all the people nearby. Be sure to also get the companion app for GPS conversion. This will be my app for the 2024 April eclipse. And thanks to Smarter Everyday for the video that led me to this app.
Absolutely fantastic. This app made ALL the difference in knowing exactly when/how long we would experience totality. The timing was absurdly spot on. Absolutely perfect. Also told us when to check for shadow bands, which we would have otherwise missed under the assumption that they were supposed to have been visible at an earlier time. Love this app. Don't know what I would have done without it. 💖
I'd give it 1,000 stars if I could. I really wanted to thank you for making this amazing product! We happened to get stuck in an area with no cell service. The app told us everything we needed to know instantly. No need for guessing where we needed to be. All actuate down to the very second. We ended up avoiding nearly all traffic while still getting a great show. Priceless moment. Thanks!
This app did exactly what it advertised. My hat is off to the developer. I stumbled across this app while researching information on the eclipse, and it was interesting to discover that this app originally was designed and ran on a old PDA! On the day of the eclipse, the call outs were spot on...I did not need to adjust the app timer at all. All the times listed with the various pictures of the phases allowed me to capture photos of the progression. Again, this app delivered everything it promised....and more, because it became part of the total experience!
No, this app isn't as slick as a lot of modern apps are, but it made our eclipse experience SO much better than it would have been without it. It literally talked us through each segment of the eclipse. It was great to have the audible cues so we could focus on observing the various eclipse events instead of looking at an app or other reference material. Thanks so much for making this available to the public!
I thought this app was amazing. We used the times to really experience the event. I used this app with another app called "Sun Locator Lite" I mainly used the other app to get an AR view of the sun's path so I could set up my camera. If you could incorporate something like that into your app you will have an amazing eclipse app. One last thing I need to say TOTALITY!
Wonderfully useful for an amateur astronomy buff. I downloaded the companion app as well if I needed Long/Lat conversion. I'd like to see that feature incorporated into next version of main program. The audible cues were accurate down to the second. My kids got ridiculously excited when an alarm chimed with new suggestion. We looked for Shadow Bands. Saw none. We did see the crescent shaped shadows on our shelter from dappled sunlight shining through a tree. I don't recall hearing a cue about that. I might've missed it. If it doesn't exist in the current build, maybe add it? Totally worth the $2. Looking forward to 2024 edition.
Perfect for the Eclipse today! The voice notifications were great, fantastic safety reminders, and everyone around me could hear it too. I hope it is still around in 2024 when the next eclipse rolls through the US. The only improvement I would suggest is maybe being able to click on the contact point for more info (such as it being the "diamond ring"). I never saw much in the Eclipse data page either... but I didn't spend much time there.
Thank you for a very well made app. It made our eclipse experience so much better. Lots of people gathered around us and one of the memories of the eclipse was that of a little girl jumping excitedly when your app counted down from one minute. The little one thanked me after totality for letting her know when the total eclipse started. I pass on her thanks to you. 😀 Will be looking out for the 2024 version!
[email protected] said this is the app to have, so this is the app I bought. update: 8/22/17: This app made the Eclipse so enjoyable. I found the perfect spot on top of a hill, surrounded by light-colored gravel inside the totality. We experienced everything! Totality, Shadow Bands, etc; as the app talked to us, it was all happening right on queue. This app is the single best thing I've purchased. Ever.
Performed perfectly for us near Columbia, SC. Prompts helped to keep me focused and ready for the next step. Even though I had practiced on both full moons and sun several times, I fumbled the transition from partial to total and missed catching Baily's beads. But I was able to recover a few seconds later and got just about everything I wanted to. Thanks to Foxwood for the most practical app I have on my Android phone!
Genius! Talks (yes, really talks) you through the entire eclipse based on your local coordinates. Suggests times to take equally spaced photos. Tells you when to wear and remove glasses and when to look for shadow bands (snakes). Oh - and let's you do practice runs so you're fully prepared. Thanks to YouTube channel "Smarter Every Day" for recommending this app. Worth every penny. Addendum: We used the app today, (8/21/17) and really enjoyed it. The audible cues and countdown were helpful and actually exciting. Can't wait to use it again in 2024.
Just finished the 2017 eclipse on Aug. 21st using this app. Overall, this app was a pleasant experience, but there are a few things that prevented it from being a no brainer. First, the good things: The app was very helpful in keeping track of where you are in the totality band and how long totality would last. The talking cues where very helpful and kept one on track in the experience. However, the app really could do with a UI make over and possibly a more streamlined experience would help the app. Usability was fine, but there was definitely a lot of buttons to press! Another questionable aspect was the price. In its current state I am not sure if it is worth the two dollars. If you already know where and when the eclipse will be, than this app does not have alot to offer. Overall if you are traveling and need the info, I would recommend.
If you're NOT in the path of totality, skip this one. I was hoping to still be able to get first & last contact times as well as the peak partial eclipse time, but no luck. The app at least tells me first and last contact times, but I have to enter them into the timer manually. The peak time field is locked so I can't enter the most important time into the timer and it won't calculate it based on the other manually entered values. This app is a great idea, and I appreciate the amount of work that went into making it work, but maybe consider the hundreds of thousands of people who won't quite be in the ideal locations before the 2024 update.
Great, worked for the eclipse. Told us when to look around for phenomenon. I did notice it was a little late to say when the shadow bands showed up and when temperature dropped, but it was very useful. Thank you so much for helping me have the best experience with the solar eclipse!
Thank you, this tool gave me an amazing experience. Hope to use it during the 2024 eclipse as well. App it built well. Sad people didn't take the time to calculate their contact times to make the app work for them. The app does all the work for you, you just have to actually do the preparation part of it. Expecting one click to make it work, it wasn't built to work in just one specific spot. Sorry you got to tell it where you are first.
Amazing! I can see why people travel the world chasing Total eclipses! Being able to observe the many phenomena (awesome shadow bands, Bailey's beads and diamond rings... didn't know about crescent shadows from the app... my only suggestion) around the total eclipse, as well as GORGEOUS totality, because of THIS app was incredible. Thank you for making it possible for me and my family! (And thank you to Smarter Every Day who made us aware of your app and inspired us to watch the eclipse!) Can't wait for 2024. Absolutely worth getting to the path of totality...can't believe we lived in it for this one - I might not have made a big deal out of it and thought 99% of totality was close enough... Nope. This app makes the experience calm and easy and beautiful!! Thank you!
8/22 EDIT-...THANK YOU for this app. It helped my family be able to relax and enjoy the amazing eclipse. It.was.spectacular. -----(original review)I've been wandering around town looking for spots of total eclipse viewing.. pretty cool. And helpful! I homeschool, so we've used it a couple times in lessons.
Such a fantastic app! This is one of the only apps I have ever paid for and it was well worth it. GPS coordinates synched up perfectly and the timing was spot on! It was nice to be able to run the practice the day before so I could get the timing right on switching out the lens on my camera. I also really enjoyed the on screen showing of a prior eclipse to know what I was looking out for. The developer obviously really cares about this app and has fantastic information. My only wish is that more of the events were called out, rather than just saying to open the app. I was very appreciative of the reminder to take off/put on eye protection. 2 minutes when by way too fast, I surely wouldn't have been prepared without it. Anyone planning to view a total eclipse would benefit greatly from this app!
I finally decided to buy this app after 2 days of arguing with myself over it. It probably would have been an awesome tool, had it not started pouring down rain 6 minutes before 1st contact and every minute after. :( it is more thought out than my plan to purchase and use it.
This was such a useful app. We had intended to go to Nebraska to see the eclipse but at the last minute chose to head to Wyoming. This app let me know when I was in the path of totality and we had the perfect eclipse experience in Lusk, WY as a result. Hats off to the developer for a fantastic app. I hope you continue to update it for future eclipses.
5000 stars. Made sure we kept our eyes safe without looking away a second early. Reminded us to look around at the other things, like temperature. Excellent! Thank you for this design and thank you to forgotten person who interviewed you and alerted me of its existence.
I so wanted to give this app 5 stars, but I can't. It was great for checking to make sure we were in the path of totality and checking the times. Despite the fact that the audio would sometimes double up, I was ok with that. But it all fell apart at the most important time. Countdown to full totality, great! But then that was it, no further sound, no warning for when to put our glasses back on, during those precious 2 min of totality I'm looking at my phone trying to figure out why the app wasn't telling us what to do anymore, which defeated the entire purpose. Not to mention we didn't put our glasses back on quite in time. Disappointed.
This app was perfect and in the medium sized crowd I was in we would hear the echo of this app from random phones around! I started recording video near totality with my phone but still got notifications on my smartwatch. I hate to uninstall, but it's not like I'll need it for a long time. This app helped prepare for experiencing and photographing the eclipse like no other. Could you make a lunar eclipse app too?
Fantastic app! Thank you for sharing your experience with solar eclipses and for creating this app. I was in a large parking lot, and I could hear your count down timer from other users! It really helped our group, so I know it must have helped others. Thank you again!
I am currently standing in the path of totality and using GPS to get my current location (which gets the correct latitude and longitude). This darn app says the duration of totality is 0. I want my money back. Edit: I found the hidden button that makes things work. -1 start for the bad UI
We had so much fun using this app! Like everyone else, we found the audio cues to be amazing, but the partial phase image times kept us from getting bored in the hour and a half leading up to totality. We were constantly counting down for our group photographer based on that schedule provided. None of us will ever be able to remember this eclipse without thinking "glasses off!" or "glasses on." I wish every app were this functional and flawless and only regret I'll be unlikely to have an opportunity to use it again. Thank you so much for making experience so special!
It worked fine during a trial run the day before eclipse. On eclipse day there was no audio. Author now says you can't use your cellphone to take pictures during the 3 hours of the eclipse, that will disable the audio. If I had known that I wouldn't have wasted so much of eclipse day fiddling with this program.
Its display shows many many digits of precision in long/lat, which in the absence of other input on the subject suggests that the location is that precise. In fact, my phone's GPS turned out to be sufficiently imprecise to make the app worthless -- times would change by minutes without me moving. A warning about that and/or uncertainty estimates in the location readout would be advisable.
PERFECT! Watched the 8/21/17 eclipse today right in the center of the path of totallity in Turner, OR. 2:01 totality! I thought the voice prompts would be dumb, but it just goes to show what I know. They were AWESOME! We were all so excited to see the total eclipse with our eyes that we weren't able to really fidget with our phones. The voice prompts calling out "glasses on" and "glasses off" were a great reminder to us while our jaws were hanging open.
This app was great for the eclipse. Glad I saw it on SED. The countdowns and loud horns really punctuated totality nicely and the prompts helped us remember to look for things. The only problem I see with the app is the lack of volume control. I manually went into my settings to make sure the media volume was maxed, but unplugging the speaker lowered the volume again. Isn't there's a setting devs can use to make the rocker control the media volume the entire time the app is open? At least having that behavior as an option would be great in case you need to quickly turn it up.
It was a wonderful app and it helped us decide on a place for viewing. All we had to do was keep driving into the totality path until the app said we had about 2 minutes of totality. It was. The timer was very accurate too. The margin of error was just a couple of seconds
I was in the path of totality and this Eclipse timer was amazing. It was right on with the times of when everything would happen and it helped us know what was happening and when to take our glasses off and put them back on. Thank you so much to the developers for making an awesome app to make the eclipse viewing even better.
I was hoping this app would work even though I'm not in the path of totality. you'd think it would because most of us are not and could not travel there but I still want to be a part of the viewing. I'm at the 90-99% area. It should tell us what we could expect to see and when etc etc. Lame, don't get it if you're not exactly on the path
Worth more than the price! I bought this after recommendation from Destin at Smarter Every Day on YouTube. The most notable thing was the shift to C3. At the exact moment the countdown got to Zero, the totality ended. So precise, I was speechless. Great job to all involved.
This app made photographing the eclipse easy and seamless. I got to set it and forget it, and the voice alerts told me when to put my filter back on, preventing damage to my photography equipment and helping me alert the people I was with to phenomena that was happening. I can't wait to use this app the next time!
While it was a Good idea, I was disappointed I checked and double checked all the settings and the voice would not work. We had to keep looking at the app and missed some crucial moments at the beginning _ Bailey beads and shadow snakes. Wish I had tried something else. Big waste of money for us. :(
If you're going to be in totality, this is what you want. You will have the times for various phases of the eclipse, and audible cues to keep you on track in the mesmerizing time that it will be. If you're debating if it's worth spending $1.99 on this, ask yourself - if I miss the shadow bands, or mistime something, or lose out on dark vision because I looked at a bright screen to check the time, would I spend $2 to get that experience back? This app is made with focus, attention to detail, and the desire to help you fully experience this event. You. Want. This. App. Update post-eclipse: This app worked just as expected during the actual eclipse (even had people camping nearby using the same app and ours were perfectly in sync!), calling out the phases with the right amount of warning and helping us actually see shadow bands!!! Thank you so so much for the time and effort and the exceptionally high quality app. Question though, will this be updated for the 2024 eclipse?
The total solar eclipse was the most awe inspiring event I have ever witnessed! We watched from our backyard in South Carolina and were super blessed to have clear, blue skies. The app worked perfectly and the eclipse times were dead on. This was the first eclipse we have ever seen. Even though I had done my research, once totality hit, all of that info went right out the window because we were too excited to think about anything else. Having the app tell us what to watch out for and remind us of the times was extremely helpful. Thanks, y'all, for developing this amazing app!
I never made it to totally but it did help out for my fairly substantial eclipse view. Would but again. (Used free Google money... answer surveys thru Google Rewards app and they give you a few cents per survey, but it adds up most are about 3 to 5 questions takes a few seconds!). SORRY FOR OFFTOPIC! BOTH APPS 5 STARS!
Can't wait to use this app. I'll be taking care of my 2 year old son at the time, so anything to help keep track of events is going to be well worth it, and the audio cues sold me on this for that reason. (Smarter Every Day brought me here. Thanks Destin!!)
Disappointed. I feel like this app might work if you are in a city or closer to a cell tower, but it was pretty much a waste of money for me and my group. The time were quite off - close to a minute, which makes a big difference during an eclipse. It froze several times and showed a plain black screen. The interface is clunky. Also, the talking cues just plain didn't work for some reason. More trouble than it was worth.
Hook the app up to my Bluetooth so everyone around me could hear the contact times and every single one was spot-on in Lexington South Carolina at the parking at walmart. Hope I live to see the next eclipse and I hope this app works for that one as well great job on it.
I'd like to thank the developers of this app for enhancing my family's Eclipse viewing experience. I do however have a couple of suggestions. For one thing, it was too conservative on the timing to put your glasses back on after totality. We could have viewed the total eclipse for about another five seconds, which is a pretty big deal. And I suggest losing the horn sound at the end of the countdown. How about just "totality in 3-2-1" and then silence. Totality is dramatic enough it doesn't need a horn sound.
I am 3.2 miles south of Carnesville, GA, most definitely in the path of totality and the eclipse is now partial and this thing says that I'm not in the path. Total ripoff. I had to keep watching and guesstimate for myself when the eclipse started because this thing says I'm outside the path --- wouldn't give me the start time. All of us in this area who downloaded this app deserve a refund.
Nice app. Was spot on with the GPS and timing. Voice did not work for me at all, but it was pretty easy to tell end of totality since I had my phone with me the whole time. The voice may not have worked because I had my eclipse music playing via bluetooth. That may have interfered with the app's voice feature.
We are between third and fourth contact, the app worked great! We abandoned our watch due to SC heat. (We did not observe a significant ambient temperature change. LOL) My only complaint is that we could have used a voice reminder for pictures. I did not realize that we needed to write those out, and fiddling with equipment, etc., we would not have wanted to keep stopping to check a list. Otherwise, it worked great!!!
Amazing app so worth the money as it made our Eclipse viewing so much better. The audible cues were spot on and it was cool not having to keep the app open all the time.. It just spoke to us when we needed to observe the temperature, shadow bands, totality, use safety glasses, everything. I am well pleased and hopefully this developer has an app available for the next Eclipse also.
For the 2017 solar eclipse, I was in the path of totality. While several events were happy around town, I opted to sit on my back porch. This app was perfect as it led me thru all phases with countdowns and observations. Wonderful experience made even better with this app. Thank you.
The app worked well, but thankfully I planned ahead. I didn't have GPS or data signal where I watched, but I was able to manually type in the coordinates and all the times were perfectly accurate. However, it never spoke to me. I checked the settings and audio was on, but no sound during the eclipse. There is sound if you run the demo. Which reminds me of another quirk. If you practice with the demo, it erases your saved coordinates and times. Even if you save the eclipse through the app, there's no way to get that information back without typing in the coordinates again. Thankfully I caught this while I did have signal and prepared.
The instructions did not state this app only works if used within the path of totality. This is a crucial piece of information and must be provided if a consumer is going to make an educated purchase. This is one of many similar posts. Many people have been ripped off. Quite an injustice!
If you followed the instructions, this app works WONDERFULLY. I was filming in a large group and this app sounded off exactly as I needed it to. The countdown to put glasses back on as totality ended was so precise, other people exclaimed. This DEFINITELY made the viewing experience safer. Follow the instructions!!!!
AMAZING APP!!! I will be traveling to the path of totality and I am so excited to use this app. It is obviously very well made, and I highly recommend it for the upcoming eclipse. It will prove to be an invaluable too as it takes the guess work out of the timing. I love it.
This app was amazing. It made all the difference in my eclipse viewing! I wish I could give more than 5 stars. To everyone complaining about the app being "garbage" because you were not in totality. It says in like 10 different places that it's not that useful except in totality. I don't know what you were expecting. I [email protected]#$%! had a Google maps integration to help me find totality. Was kind of a pain to make sure I was in the totality band, but once O was this app worked great.
Thank you so much for putting in the time and effort to make this such a great app! It was instrumental in helping me call out different phases of the eclipse to all of my extended family that came over to view the U.S. Solar eclipse on 2017/08/21. I plan on using it again in 2024! FYI - I heard about you on Smarter Every Day's YouTube channel!
This app was the best $1.99 I ever spent. Worked perfectly on eclipse day, and the verbal prompting reminded me and the people around me to watch for shadow bands, the 360 sunrise and other eclipse events. All of which we saw thanks to this app! Great job!
Just used this app for a total eclipse in Ten Mile TN. Timing is spot on and well worth the $1.99 price! Walks you step by step through the different stages of the eclipse and even tells you things to look for around the area you are in. If you are lucky enough to be in the path like I was spend the money and buy this app! It is well worth the price and I highly recommend this app.
This is the app for the eclipse. Find the video on you tube, smarter every day channel to see what it's about. Basically, get to the totality zone, and run the app. It will use the GPS in your phone or tablet to get your exact location. Then it will calculate the exact times for events that you will want to see. Then, it will give you voice prompts, so you don't have to watch the phone, but instead can enjoy the eclipse. Totally worth paying for. EDIT - I'm adding this for after the 2017 eclipse. The timer worked perfectly. Before the eclipse I set demo times and learned what to expect from it. On the day of the eclipse I set it up with my GPS location, and put my phone back on my belt. I had blue tooth ear buds connected to the phone and was able to hear all of the prompts but never had to look at my phone. I also recorded video of the concrete walkway and the horizon during totality, and continued to hear prompts in my headset while recording video. I used the voice prompts and repeated count down times to my group. The timings were perfect. We all put our glasses on and the sun popped out right on schedule. Thank you for working so hard to make the app work perfectly.