Satellite Finder App

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 3 weeks ago
  • In Progress
Is there an app (Android) that will let me easily locate Viasat-1 in the sky? I'm in a heavily wooded location, and it'd be handy to know just where the satellite is so I can keep my trees trimmed.

I've tried a few from the Android Play Store, but can't figure out how to use them. Ideally, I could dial up the satellite from a list, and my phone screen would become a viewfinder with a floating marker at the sat's location.. something dead/dumb simple like that.

Any suggestions?
Photo of Chuck Mayo

Chuck Mayo

  • 24 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes

Posted 3 weeks ago

  • 1
Photo of VeteranSatUser

VeteranSatUser, Champion

  • 3616 Posts
  • 2112 Reply Likes
There are a few. Just go to the play store and pit in sat finder. Most have Viasat-1.
Photo of Justin Brown

Justin Brown

  • 5 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
It's called the MITe app. We use it for installing but will definitely help in your case too.
Photo of Brad

Brad, Viasat Employee

  • 3144 Posts
  • 1116 Reply Likes
There's some cool apps that use augmented reality to ID satellites and other space objects. I use Night Sky personally. Haven't tried looking for VS1 but being that I work with them I should take a look.

 If I'm not mistaken though it should be near the equator on orbit (I answer questions not track trajectory haha) and it's geosynchronous which means that it wont shoot across like some of those Russian or Asian telecom satellites do. So I'm not sure about seeing it with the naked eye but things like the ISS flyovers and stuff like that are pretty darn fun to find when you are out of light polluted areas
Photo of Chuck Mayo

Chuck Mayo

  • 24 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
Thanks, guys.

VeteranSatUser, I'm apparently not smart enough to figure out the sat finder apps I've tried from the app store, so I'm looking for something more intuitive.

Justin Brown, MITe looks promising, but it's hanging while obtaining its current location. GPS seems to work fine on my old Samsung S5, but I may be missing a sensor that the app needs. I'll keep trying it.

Brad, helpful tip about looking for augmented reality apps, that's exactly the interface I want. Night Sky doesn't seem to be available for Android any more... the few links I've found to it are returning a 404, but there are several other AR sky viewers for me to try.

Cheers!


Photo of VeteranSatUser

VeteranSatUser, Champion

  • 3566 Posts
  • 2084 Reply Likes
Try "SatFinder". I have used that when tuning a Directv dish.
Photo of Brad

Brad, Viasat Employee

  • 3144 Posts
  • 1116 Reply Likes
oh I think that might just be on iTunes store. There should be some counterparts on Android
Photo of Brad

Brad, Viasat Employee

  • 3144 Posts
  • 1116 Reply Likes
There's apparently one for mountain ranges that tells you the peaks and elevation.. Might be fun for 5 minutes