Got the time? [Ask AstroBetter]

by Jane on June 2, 2011

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A reader asks:  “I am looking for a small Mac program that can be put in the top bar to show LST/UT and Local time. Is there something like that that you are aware of?”

Readers, chime in!  (I would probably just open Jskycalc and hit the “Set to Now” and “Auto Step” buttons.  But I’m sure there’s a cleverer way).

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John O'Meara June 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

I’ve used this widget to do the job


2 Kelle June 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

hm, the links on that page don’t seem to work. I’ll ping Cedric.

Looks like he’s been spending time developing my dream observation planning tools!!

3 Cédric June 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi there,

Thanks Kelle for pinging me. I should have updated the links in macupdate. I am just amazed (and happy!) that my widgets are still of some interests! Indeed, I’ve also been developing a true app providing not only basic LST/UTC/JD times, but a lot of other infos for astronomers.

I tell the story of iObserve in a blog post where you will also find updated links to my widgets that have been fixed for Snow Leopard. Here:

Otherwise, you can have a look at iObserve in the Mac AppStore: I must say that iObserve 1.0.3 should be released within a few days, that is during the WWDC!!! I plan to make a 50% price cut during the conference. Stay tuned, and follow me on

iObserve 1.0 is just the beginning. I really plan to put a LOT of other things inside it.


4 saurav June 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Cedric, does that mean AstroTimes is going to be back? I have missed it dearly since upgrading to a new laptop.

5 Cédric June 3, 2011 at 1:51 am

Hi Saurav. The links in the blog post point to new versions of the widgets that I’ve fixed for Snow Leopard. While writing the post, I discovered they were not working anymore (it was because of an old PPC file). Now it should work on Intel only, but at least, it works!

6 Maryam June 27, 2011 at 4:12 am

Hi Cedric,
Sounds like a great app!
Perhaps I’m missing something obvious (and it’s 4am so I wouldn’t be surprised) but your above link to the iObserve in the Mac Appstore does not seem to be working for me – I get ” Safari can’t open “macappstore://” because Mac OS X doesn’t recognize Internet addresses starting with “macappstore:” I get something similar about the macappstore when using Firefox.
When I try to find IObserve on itunes 10, I only get one by Shawn E. Gano that is for observing planets only.

7 Tigran Khanzadyan June 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

Have you tried this link?:

I can find the App in AppStore … search for “iObserve”.

8 John O'Meara June 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Wow, for once I’m glad that I posted a dead link! Cedric, this looks like a nice app. WIll give it a whirl!



9 Tigran Khanzadyan June 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

@John I would encourage you to not only give it a whirl but just get it. It’s an amazing app with so many more than just LST/UTC info. I can’t imagine my work without iObserve. Oh, Hi Cedric:)

10 Cédric June 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Thanks Tigran, that’s very nice. I just receive an email from iTunes saying iObserve 1.0.3 status has changed to “In Review”. It may be released actually *before* the WWDC! Stay tuned.


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