SkySafari 7 Plus goes beyond most basic stargazing apps by providing you with a full-featured space simulator with telescope control. If you are looking to dive deeper into astronomy, start your journey with the #1 recommend app for amateur astronomers since 2009.
Note that there is no discount upgrade path from SkySafari 7 Plus to SkySafari 7 Pro. Choose carefully!
Here's what’s new in version 7:
+ Complete support for iOS 15 and iPhone 13. Version 7 brings a new and immersive stargazing experience.
+ Events Finder - go to the new Events section to unlock a powerful search engine that finds astronomical events visible tonight and far into the future. The finder dynamically generates a listing of moon phases, eclipses, planetary moon events, meteor showers and planetary phenomenon such as conjunctions, elongations and oppositions.
+ Notifications - the notifications section has been completely revamped to allow you to customize and manage which events trigger an alert notification on your device.
+ Telescope Support - telescope control is at the heart of SkySafari. Version 7 takes a giant leap forward by supporting ASCOM Alpaca and INDI. These next generation control protocols allow you to effortlessly connect to hundreds of compatible astronomical devices.
+ OneSky - allows you to see what other users are observing, in real time. This feature highlights objects in the sky chart and indicates with a number how many users are observing a particular object.
+ SkyCast - allows you to guide a friend or group around the night sky through their own copy of SkySafari. After initiating SkyCast, you can generate a link and conveniently share it with other SkySafari users via text message, apps or social media accounts.
+ Sky Tonight - jump to the new Tonight section to see what’s visible in your sky tonight. Expanded information has been designed to help plan your night and includes Moon & Sun info, calendar curations, events and the best positioned deep sky and solar system objects.
+ Improved Observation Tools - SkySafari is the perfect tool to help you plan, record and organize your observations. New workflows make it easier to add, search, filter and sort data.
The Small Touches:
+ You can now edit the Jupiter GRS Longitude Value in the Settings.
+ Better Moon Age calculation.
New grid & reference options allow you to display Solstice and Equinox markers, Orbit Node markers for all solar system objects, and tick marks and labels for the Ecliptic, Meridian, and Equator reference lines.
+ Previous In-app Purchases are Now Free - this includes the H-R diagram and 3D Galaxy view. Enjoy.
+ Many more.
If you haven't used SkySafari 7 Plus before, here's what you can do with it:
+ Hold your device up, and SkySafari 7 Plus will find stars, constellations, planets, and more!
+ Simulate the night sky up to 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events.
+ Learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy! Browse over 1500 object descriptions and astronomical images. Stay up-to-date with the Calendar for all major sky events every day!
+ Control your telescope, log and plan your observations.
+ Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.
+ Orbit Mode. Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly through our solar system.
+ 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.
+ Much more!
For even more features, and a gigantic database aimed at the most dedicated amateur or professional astronomer, check out SkySafari 7 Pro!
Ratings and Reviews
Great star gazing app
Best of all the star gazing and Astro info apps. Very accurate and easy to use.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the kind review!
Improvement over 6 but a few minor issues
The new interface takes some getting used to, but once I figured out where everything was I definitely think it's an improvement. It makes logging and planning my observing sessions much easier. I love the events section. Enormously useful for planning. I do have a couple of minor complaints. The apparent lack of ability to automatically import observation records from SS6 is leading to a lot of work to restore progress on observing lists by carefully relogging them out of my notebooks. Also I like the new notification options, but you REALLY need a way to restrict notifications to things that are above the horizon from your current location. I don't want to get notifications of shadow transits on Jupiter when Jupiter is below my current horizon. It would be really nice to be able to restrict notifications to phenomena one can actually OBSERVE. Note for anyone struggling with the decision between plus and pro; On SS4 And SS5, I went with the pro version but starting with 6 I realized plus is a better fit for me. I use SkySafari in the field as a star atlas, and Plus is just a more practical field Atlas than the pro version. It goes just a hair deeper than Uranometria 2000, which is all I'll likely ever need. SSPro is a great desk reference, but unless you own a HUGE dobsonian, it's actually a little impractical in the field.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thank you so much for the review! Login to SkySafari 7 (Settings - LiveSky) with your existing SkySafari 6 LiveSky.com account to automatically import and sync your data - including observation records. Notifications should take your current location into account, I will check with the development team to ensure that is the case. Don't forget to join our community here: https://support.simulationcurriculum.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/201239587-SkySafari-7-User-Support
SkySafari 7 The Tool Bar always present in Sky View!
In response to my December 2021 review, a developer asked me,
“Name a feature I miss from SkySafari 6 Plus?”
Ok, easy! I miss the feature removing the Tool Bar from Sky View”! Simulation Curriculum is simulating a sky which always has the operating controls covering a significant portion of the sky.
And, at star-parties, The tool bar produces a lot of white light, especially when displayed on 43 inch tv screen.
Now, the SkySafari developers “Simulation Curriculum” is simulating a night sky that does not exist.
SkySafari 7 for iOS came out in December 2021, Just in time for Christmas Shoppers, unfortunately SkySafari 7 got the COVID Virus, Im putting SkySafari 7 in quarantine until SS 8 comes out.
I do not know how to return SS 7 to get my money back?
SkySafari Six Plus is a much better stargazing app, in my opinion, the best stargazing app in the market!
Unlike SS 6, For example, in SS 7 you can not disappear the Tool Bar, nor can you rearrange or the Menu Items, like Telescope Control.
Just go with SkySafari Six which is a great App. and save your money for SkySafari eight which Im sure will be a big improvement! Maybe it will have gotten its booster vaccine.
Note to developer, who did not leave his name, thank you for asking me a question that was easy to answer.
Developer Response ,
Hi Dave, thank you for the review. With the features we introduced, the toolbar would have grown to 24 icons. We worked with a professional UX/UI designer to keep all the features in the toolbar accessible in different ways that uncluttered the interface and were easier to use. Please let me know what functions you miss or can't access - they are all there I assure you. I'm happy to give you a tour, Please reach out at: https://support.simulationcurriculum.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/201239587-SkySafari-7-User-Support
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