SkySafari 6 Pro

SkySafari 6 Pro

By Simulation Curriculum Corp.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2017-12-22
  • Current Version: 6.2.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.82 GB
  • Developer: Simulation Curriculum Corp.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 5
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Description

SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, flawless telescope control, Augmented Reality (AR) mode, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1 recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since 2009. Here's what's new in version 6: 1) Complete support for iOS 11 and iPhone X. We release regular updates. 2) Clouds and Astronomy. Two words that rarely go together. SkySafari 6 Pro will (optionally) back up all of your observing data in our secure cloud storage and make it easily accessible to multiple devices as well as from our new web interface, LiveSky.com. 3) We Have The Best Stars. Precise, modern and deep. We’ve updated our star catalog to use the latest and greatest, UCAC5 star catalog. If 25 million stars down to 15th magnitude isn’t enough for you, an easy in-app purchase gets you down to 16.5 magnitude and a whopping 100 million stars! 4) We Have The Best Galaxies. The PGC catalog includes galaxies down to 18th magnitude. Want more galaxies? How about 2.6 million more? An in-app purchase gives you access to the largest galaxy database available for your device. 5) Observers First. A redesign of our tools puts the active observer first. Quick access to features like your equipment, observing sites, lists, and observations make it easy and enjoyable to get out, observe, and record your observations. The observing sessions feature lets you collect your observations into groups that span a few hours, or a few nights. 6) Graph It. The completely new graph tool will give a quick visual representation of an object’s altitude above the horizon. Essential for planning your night’s observations. 7) Plan It. Make the most of your time under the stars. Our updated planner is a powerful tool that lets you create a list of targets for your observing session with filters like object types, specific time ranges, constellation, catalog, and more. Plan it and get more done. 8) Say It. Ever just wanted to just yell at your device and tell it what to do!? SkySafari 6 adds basic voice control for a wide range of operations. Say “select Jupiter,” “search for Titan,” “center on Polaris” and SkySafari will do the work for you. Yelling optional.  9) Tilt It. Every old astronomy app these days lets your tilt and pan your device to show different parts of the sky, but who else lets you control your telescope that way!? “Tilt to slew” is an optional mode allowing you to keep your eye in the eyepiece, and, using the accelerometers in your device, gently translate the movements of your hands into smooth telescope motion. 10) Share It. SkySafari 6 is more than just a mobile app, it’s a new system to help organize and share your observing experiences. With a free signup, you can see and share your observing data from our web portal, LiveSky.com! Affordable premium memberships add online editing, so you can not only view, but edit your observations, add new observing sites, manage your equipment and more. Finally, (coming soon) you can view, edit and manage your settings files with SkySafari Web, our fully functional web version. If you haven't used SkySafari 6 Pro before, here's what you can do with it: • Hold your device up, and SkySafari 6 Pro will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart updates automatically with your movements for the ultimate stargazing experience. • Simulate the night sky up to 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events. • Control your telescope, log and plan your observations. • Night Vision. • Orbit Mode. Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly through our solar system. • Galaxy View shows the position of deep sky objects in our Milky Way! • Much more!

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Reviews

  • I’d give it zero if I could

    1
    By CasaVanGrol
    Its impossible to rate if I can’t use it. Have been using 5 with no problems, paid for this and it’s hot garbage.
  • Worst

    3
    By BigTenDad
    On any given night, I have to re-install the iOS app because it quits — just locks up and will not do anything. I use it on my iPad running iOS 11 with a Celestron 6SE, Celestron Wi-Fi and StarSense. It’s getting frustrating. Been trying to use this support for answers but this too, just seems to lock up and go nowhere. Tried using the community forums as advised. I registered, logged in and tried to open a support ticket. In an eternal loop (quit after 6 tries) I was always redirected to the forums and told to submit there. Would not let me “submit” my request. Update: I was able to get in contact with developers. They were no help. After a few emails, back and forth, because they needed further information, it was left that: when the software crashes on any given night of viewing, I should take a movie of what is happening. This is not going to happen. They again said to bring the matter up in the forums but, as stated before, I end up in an endless loop. (See above.) Update: 10/18/2018 — I’ve been using the app consistently for several nights. It has performed well. I’m writing this after I updated to iOS 12. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it but, since the update to iOS 12, the app has been stable. I knock off two stars because of the bad experience I’ve had at the forums and interaction with “support”.
  • Thanks for removing the advertisements!

    5
    By W122ard0f
    This is a great app. Having the upsell ads for your web service might be appropriate in a free app, but not in a premium price product. Love the more uniformity in the menus and the AR horizon.
  • Good Astronomy App, but not X/XS Friendly

    3
    By Bill Svec
    This is mostly a great app. I particularly like the wealth of information provided about various celestial objects. The interactive Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (an in app purchase) is fun also. That being said, at a $20 base price, I’d hope that the developers would be more responsive in keeping it up to date with modern iPhones. The app has not been updated to account for iPhone X/XS “notch”, which has been around for over a year now and isn’t going away. Text in the UI is constantly obscured by the notch. Come on, folks! Don’t allow this to mar an otherwise very good app.
  • Missing Equipment?

    2
    By Olgazer
    I find a variety of scopes, but where are the eyepieces and cameras as in previous version? Where can I enter my custom eyepieces? Camera? Barlow?
  • In App purchases not working

    4
    By Agnesijuytbhde
    Not possible to get in app purchases. Says not authorized for in app purchases.
  • Increadible

    5
    By machutch280
    I’m using this app to control a Celestron 8” EdgeHD on an AVX German Equatorial Mount. The Network interface is via Celestron’s SkyPortal WiFi adapter. This app is a huge improvement over Celestron’s own hand controller. The alignment is process is faster, and the tracking accuracy has been excellent. The app has improved my entire astronomical experience with a wealth of data and having the ability to customize the “scope display” using the exact specifications of my gear. This is also great for simulating the FoV of various eyepieces and imaging equipment for possible future purchases, and for planning imaging session dates & times. The telescope controls are smooth and everything works great. I can certainly tell that some serious effort has been put into this app. The only changes I could suggest would be to enlarge the telescope directional buttons. With a hand controller, you can feel the buttons physically, and it’s easier to direct the scope without having to come off the eyepiece to look at the hand controller. Having these controls on screen makes it a little more difficult to make small finely-tuned adjustments.
  • Missing some options

    4
    By Stellarwave
    Can’t figure out how to deselect an object, any object. One always appears to be selected. Would like to turn off those cross hairs around an object on occasion. Also would like to disable having the audio tour and pronounce buttons visible...they are taking up valuable screen space and are apparently locked in space, not scrolling out of view. Some of us know this stuff and don’t need/want it there. All in all, working as expected...just not quite as desired.
  • I phone

    5
    By c los gamez
    This is my most favorite app and what my I phone 8 does with this app man it’s not only educational but so interesting and here’s my favorite fun
  • Great App lots of fun

    5
    By C.D.Butler
    Education made Fun with this app.

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