A few bug fixes:
- Fixed occasional crash when selecting constellations, either from search or by directly tapping on them.
- Star Chart now understands that Pluto has 5 moons, not 4.
- When running in an English variant other than US English, planet/moon order text was not displaying correctly.
Ratings and Reviews
I have a computerised telescope that allows me to just name a planet/constellation and it just zooms in - fantastic. But that requires setting up the tripod etc. This is on my iPad it is quick, instant and easy to use. It has a night function so it is not to bright and shows you star signs etc. Yes I cannot zoom in like I can with my telescope but I do get an instant interpretation of the heavens - excellent all round.
Great app for the casual stargazer
I downloaded this for our camping trip in Australia, but also because the old stargazing app unused to have seems to have been removed from the iStore.
The interface is great, plus it allows you to use an AI mode which means you can simply point your phone/pad and it'll show you what is in the field of view. Remember to set your location in settings, as I forgot to do this a few times and I though the app was malfunctioning, but it just had us at our previous coordinates.
The only negative thing I would have to say is that there are several add on extras, such as satellites and enhanced solar system. I downloaded satellites, meteor showers and enhanced solar system, but in the end I'm not sure these add ins are worth it. There were clearly satellites in my field of view, but the app wasn't showing which satellite it was. In fact, it only lists a few of the big satellites (such as Hubble and the ISS), so unless one of these are in your FOV, it's not worth the add on.
The meteor showers add on is yet to prove useful, but it at least tells me when I should expect a meteor shower and what frequency I scan expect.
I downloaded enhanced solar system, simply for more information about the moons and planets. Pretty useful for informational purposes, and would come into its own when using a telescope to plot to the relevant location in the sky.
A good app, but maybe one too many add ons that could just be part of the core app.
Not user friendly!
I have tried many times to use this app. There are many upgrades available for all sorts of add-on levels, but as soon as one departs from the basic tracking screen, there is no way back ! User is stuck with a non-tracking display And although this mode will show a display of stars etc, and can be switched to planets of choice, pulled and turned by touch. There is no possibility to get back to the original useful tracking screen. There is NO menu to click on or help, just a search glass and settings tab, this is not much help, possible to set location and get a list of “upgrades “ .. while the basic user functions are missing, why would anyone purchase more upgrades ? I do not recommend this app at this time, look for something better ... at least thats what I am going to do. Sadly, I have wasted money on this one.
- ESCAPE VELOCITY LIMITED
- 28.6 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2009 Escape Velocity Limited
- In-App Purchases
- Meteor Showers £4.99
- Extended Solar System £4.99
- Extended Star Catalog £9.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.