SkySafari 5 Plus is more than the basic astronomy app, and this is its best version yet! It’s a full-featured space simulator with telescope control. Note that there is no discount upgrade path from SkySafari Plus to Pro. Choose carefully! Here’s what’s new:
1) Complete rewrite of the compass code, for smoother and more accurate sky tracking!
2) Tonight at a Glance: the Sun, Moon, Planets, ISS, and Iridium flares in one handy view!
3) Notifications when the ISS will pass overhead, when Iridium satellites flare, and more!
4) Completely new sound effects, and a new look to the sky and horizon. Better transitions between portrait and landscape mode.
5) OpenGL boost! New 3D models of the ISS, HST, Phobos, Deimos, Ceres, Vesta, and other solar system objects and spacecraft. City lights on Earth’s night side.
6) Object lists in the Search menu now show thumbnail images. New options in Advanced Search.
7) Updated object descriptions, now with images in-line! Every object now has a description!
8) Reworked Time Flow controls. Set the date and time directly from the main toolbar. Run time 1000 x faster than reality!
9) Google Drive sync for your settings and observing lists! Change them on one device, and synchronize your changes across all your Android and iOS devices!
10) An on-line repository of observing lists from experienced amateur astronomers. A “tour mode” that guides you through objects in each list!
11) An improved deep sky database with Abell and Hickson galaxy clusters, and globular clusters in M 31.
12) A handy Digitized Sky Survey viewer that lets you download images from the DSS!
13) Improved multi-star alignment for telescopes with digital setting circles. Add Barlows and Focal Reducers to your equipment list!
If you haven’t used SkySafari Plus before, here’s what you can do with it.
• Hold your device up, and SkySafari 5 Plus 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 with Time Flow.
• Search from our extensive database, and follow the arrow to objects in the sky. See spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets!
• Learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy! Browse over 1500 object descriptions and astronomical images. Explore NASA space missions! Stay up-to-date with SkyWeek for all major sky events every day!
• Control your telescope! SkySafari 5 Plus adds wired or wireless control for Celestron, Meade, Orion, SkyWatcher, and many other telescopes. Point your GoTo or “Push-To” telescope anywhere in the sky! Requires SkyFi or SkyWire accessories (sold separately).
• Plan observing sessions with Observing Lists, log your observations, and share with friends!
All this is built into SkySafari 5 Plus – no need for an Internet connection.
• 2.5 million stars; 31,000 deep sky objects including the entire NGC/IC catalog; all major planets and moons; over 4,000 updateable asteroids, comets, and satellites including the International Space Station (ISS).
• Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.
• Time Flow – Follow the motion of sky objects as days, months, and years are compressed into a few seconds.
• Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name. Results are sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, and more!
• Orbit Mode – Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly like a NASA space probe through our solar system!
• Google Maps Integration – Choose your location from a built-in Maps view.
• Horizon Panoramas – choose from 11 beautiful built-in vistas, or customize your own!
For even more features, and a gigantic database aimed at the most dedicated amateur or professional astronomer, check out SkySafari 5 Pro!