Scope Nights Astronomy Weather 4+

Custom Stargazing Forecasts

Martin Dodd

    • #33 in Weather
    • 4.5 • 574 Ratings
    • £4.49



Find clear dark skies & go stargazing with Scope Nights global astronomy forecasts & NASA dark sky map. Sky & Telescope Hot Product 2013. Universal app for iPhone & iPad.

"Every amateur astronomer yearns for clear, dark skies, and this exhaustive app helps you find them."
- Sky At Night Magazine 2017

"Several astronomy-oriented weather apps are available, but Scope Nights has become my favorite… it does a fine job of summarizing the data in a clear and understandable fashion."
- Sky & Telescope Magazine 2015

"Conventional weather forecasts meet the needs of Earthly dwellers; news of cloud cover when sensible folk are asleep is hardly required. Now via this wonderful App… local forecasts for nocturnal weather… are now available."
- Astronomy Now Magazine 2012

If you’re a stargazer, astronomer or astrophotographer, analysing conventional weather forecasts for favourable night time conditions can be very time consuming, you just want to know when to plan your stargazing trip or set up your telescope. Scope Nights analyses night time weather forecast data for you and shows exactly when and where to go for the darkest and clearest skies, as well as offering customisable stargazing ratings to suit your telescope and observing habits, stargazing notifications, and a detailed light pollution map showing nearby dark sky sites and observatories. Finding clear dark skies and discovering the night sky has never been easier!


• View at a glance which nights will be good for astronomy using smart weather analysis with clear stargazing ratings and animated weather icons to quickly see if it’s worth preparing your telescope or planning a stargazing trip

• Create custom stargazing ratings using observing thresholds for moon phase, wind, humidity and temperature. Choose night, evening or morning coverage to suit when you observe, the type of telescope, and the type of observing you plan to do.

• View at a glance which of your favourite Scope Sites will have the most suitable conditions


• Find nearby dark sky sites with the clearest skies using a detailed light pollution map derived from the latest NASA satellite data

• Searchable lists and dark sky map showing certified dark sky places, major astronomical observatories and robotic telescopes


• Long range astronomy forecasts for any location worldwide, compare up to 10 locations up to 10 nights ahead

• Local 3-hourly forecasts for UK & USA updated hourly using the best forecast data available direct from the UK Met Office and the US NOAA National Weather Service


• Receive accurate notifications of good or fair stargazing ratings based on your custom thresholds, well before sunset so you can prepare for your observing session

• App badge showing the number of sites with good observing conditions for tonight


• Share astronomy weather reports with fellow astronomers via email, social media or print them out for your observatory


• Night time specific astronomy forecasts from sunset to sunrise

• Forecast coverage to suit when you observe: All Night, Evening or Morning

• Detailed colour coded forecasts:
- Moon phase percentage & altitude
- Cloud cover
- Precipitation probability
- Relative humidity
- Minimum temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Wind direction
- Wind speed & gusts in Mph, Knots, Kph or Mps

• Moonrise and moonset times

• Sunrise & sunset times

• Wind speed gust sensitivity switch for those with large telescopes or in exposed locations

• Requires a device with iOS 9.3 or later
• Requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
• Requires Location Services be enabled to automatically find local astronomy forecast
• Requires Background Services be enabled to get stargazing notifications

What’s New

Version 2.5.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Scope Nights 2.5.1 is a maintenance release containing minor improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
574 Ratings

574 Ratings

Macster18 ,

Useful but....

I’ve been using this app since it came out and I do rely on it but the weather info provided to the app is not as accurate as I would wish. I now find myself cross checking with other sources of met data to see what the consensus is.
But my biggest problem now is that the app no longer scales to my iPad Pro. This presents itself as the app screen is too big to fit on my iPad screen. So crucial boxes such as the search box is almost impossible to access. I reinstalled the app but it made no difference. I contacted the developer but have not received any reply.

Dinkydave100 ,

Excellent Stargazing App :-)

Probably the most used App which I have on my phone. It is the most accurate App I have used for predicting if I am going to be getting my scope out during the next few nights, and although I do not really believe what it is telling me in more than fours nights time, I think this is true for any weather forecasting. Would recommend to anyone into Stargazing and one of the upgrades, which gives you a 'Dark Sky' map, is handy when you are travelling and want to find an area to visit with some binos.

midnight12341234 ,

Best Astronomy Forecast - Broken since March 21

This is the most accurate forecast I have found. A truly excellent app and would have received 5 stars except it has had a problem since March 21 ( now September). The app still seems to work for local forecasts I. The Uk but is showing an error message that global forecasts are not working . No update from the developer since March. Still, if you can put up with ok’ing the error message each time you use it it is still the best forecast out there.

App Privacy

The developer, Martin Dodd, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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