Have you ever set-up camp only to find the afternoon, midday or even morning sun in an inconvenient spot? Then you need Sun Seeker Lite, a handy free app that shows you the path of the sun at your exact location.
Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android, this simple app shows a flat compass view with you at the centre and a yellow line for the sun’s current path, with points showing its position every hour. It also displays the solar path for summer and winter solstices, plus rise and set times and other details. It also visually displays how many hours of sunlight and darkness there are in your day.
You can also switch to map mode, which brings up either a street, satellite or hybrid map of your current position, overlaid with arrows showing the suns direction at each hour from sunrise to sunset, plus its current position. This is ideal when arriving at a spot and establishing camp, to either make the most of (or avoid) the sun’s full strength, plus work out where tree shadows will likely fall.
For an extra dollar or two (I’m not sure how much because I upgraded ages ago) you can buy the full-fat version, which includes a 3-D ‘Augmented Reality’ display that lets you view you current location through your device’s camera, with the solar path and other information superimposed in real time. Very snazzy...
This means you just point your camera at a tree, for example, to work out where the shadow will be at a certain time, or where the sun will rise or set – all with pinpoint accuracy.
Motorhoming aside, Sun Seeker is handy if you’re looking at buying a new home or piece of land; when gardening and wondering where to position plants or when planning a special outdoor event to ensure the best natural lighting. This is because it will show the solar path and solstices for any location on earth, on any given date. How handy is that?
So get out there sun seekers and get Sun Seeker. You’ll take a shine to it in no time...
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