SkySafari by Carina Software (Universal)
Released: Jun 15, 2009
Version: 2.1.2
Size: N/A
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SkySafari is a celestial travel guide, designed to help you navigate the night sky. It is brought to you by Southern Stars, previously the mobile application division of Carina Software. SkySafari is our "Pro" iPhone astronomy app - if you are a beginner, or looking for something simpler, you might want to check out SkySafari Lite.

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SkySafari lets you use your iPhone/iPad's compass to navigate the night sky, and identify stars and planets. Just shake your phone to activate the compass!

SkySafari puts 300,000 stars, and 30,000 deep sky objects at your fingertips. It renders the planets and moons in detail, using NASA mission imagery.

And SkySafari can turn your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a 21st-century telescope controller, pointing your GoTo telescope anywhere in the sky. SkySafari can do this using either a wired serial connection - or wirelessly, with Wi-Fi!

SkySafari includes an Expansion Pack with 2.5 million stars, and more than 300 color deep sky object images, dramatically increasing the realism and usefulness of your sky charts. This is an optional in-app purchase, available in the Settings.

SkySafari precisely shows the sky from any location on Earth, at any time in the past or future. It contains informative descriptions of the planets, stars, and constellations; and includes hundreds of images from both NASA and leading astro-photographers.

SkySafari contains interface themes that let you change the look-and-feel of the app, including a "Night Vision" theme that preserves your dark adaption as you're exploring the night sky.

SkySafari's Time Flow feature lets you animate the night sky using simple VCR controls. Follow the motion of the stars and planets as SkySafari compresses days, months, and years into a few seconds.

SkySafari's simple user interface, and its ability to control your telescope, make it an invaluable tool for exploring the heavens. iPhone Life magazine writes, "SkySafari is the most comprehensive astronomy app available for iOS." See:

Southern Stars has licensed SkySafari to Orion Telescopes and Binoculars for separate distribution on the app store under the name StarSeek. Support questions for StarSeek should be sent to Orion Telescopes. Southern Stars will continue to support, maintain, and develop SkySafari in the future.
Our verdict: Good
  • + SkySafari is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
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