SkySafari makes stargazing a simple pleasure. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, advanced planning and logging tools, flawless telescope control, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Don’t postpone joy. Discover why SkySafari is the #1 recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.
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.
Stargazing is often done on your own but looking up at the stars reminds us that we are all part of a larger interconnected universe. SkySafari 7 brings social stargazing to mobile devices with two new features to help you connect with other like minded people.
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, 3D Galaxy view, and the PGC galaxy and GAIA star catalogs. Enjoy.
+ Many more.
If you haven't used SkySafari 7 Pro before, here's what you can do with it:
+ Hold your device up, and SkySafari 7 Pro 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 100,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events.
+ Control your telescope, log and plan your observations.
+ Optionally backup all of your observing data in our secure cloud storage and make it easily accessible to multiple devices as well as from our new web interface, LiveSky.com.
+ Augmented Reality (AR) mode
+ Night Vision.
+ Orbit Mode. Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly through our solar system.
+ Galaxy View shows the position of deep sky objects in our Milky Way!
+ Much more!
Thank you for your continued support and feedback as we continue to make SkySafari 7 Pro the best version yet. In this update:
+ NEW - option to hide Compass/AR button (settings-appearance & behavior)
+ NEW - option to hide onscreen Info button. When selected, Info button is added to the circular object selection menu. (settings-appearance & behavior)
+ NEW - set color and rotation angle for individual Field of View (FOV) indicators
+ NEW - FOV indicator orientation now matches orientation of sky chart (local & equatorial)
+ NEW - tap & hold telescope Connect button to bring up a menu of your Scope Presets
+ NEW - edit the name of Scope Presets
+ NEW - slew now stops when mount is disconnected during a goto
+ NEW - clone static equipment.
+ Improvement - onscreen FOV indicators no longer limited to only 5
+ Improvement - removed 400 object limit when exporting observing lists
+ Improvement - object info screen in landscape mode on iPad is now split 50/50
+ Improvement - menu popups on iPad have border outline to increase visibility
+ Improvement - event notifications on by default
+ Fix - FOV indicator orientation set to mount orientation when scope connection is active
+ Fix -Visibility section in object info screen is no longer blank when time is stopped
Plus we squashed some bugs, made additional telescope control improvements, and applied other small touches here and there.
Ratings and Reviews
SkySafari 7 Pro
I have been using SkySafari 6 Pro for several years and I have found it to be an indispensable tool for planning astrophotography sessions and for controlling my GoTo telescope drive. When SkySafari 7 Pro was offered, I immediately installed it. I found the user interface to be enough different from version 6, that it took some time to change my procedures to use it.
This problem apparently had something to do with the fact that I had not re-booted the iPad in a very long time because after I re-booted the iPad the crashes stopped. This problem is resolved > 1) Tapping the “Observations” item on my iPad installation causes an immediate crash.
This problem resulted from the changed user interface - it is resolved > 2) In SkySafari 6 there are a number of Field of View Display Options available, including “Show Even if not Connected to Telescope”. This option is critical to planning an astrophotography session. SkySafari 7 does not have this option as well as the other necessary option: “Field Rotation Angle”. Lacking these options makes SkySafari 7 useless for those of us who are planning astrophotography sessions. Please include them in future updates. I think SkySafari 7 Pro has the potential to be as useful as version 6 when missing user interface issues (as described above) are resolved.
Over all, this version 7 is looking like it will be even better than version 6.
Developer Response ,
Hi V.Tyree, thank you for your feedback. We'll look into issue 1 - we' haven't been able to replicate on the devices we have yet and it hasn't been reported by our beta tester group. It would be great if you could reach out to us here support.simcur.com. You might want to try Settings-Revert to Default Settings as well just in case.
On 2), you still have the Scope Display options available, including “Show Even if not Connected to Telescope” and rotation. Tap the option icon (looks like two sliders) on the top right of the Scope Display panel, the button is to the left of the Done button. In a future update, we hope to add rotation handles to non-circular FOV indicators directly on the sky chart, to further make it easier for imagers.
It will take a couple of days to adjust to some of the panels. We updated the Help files to reflect the changes. Thanks again!
Powerful and Indespensible.. Blew me away
This is the best mobile tool to have at the telescope or for casual visual observing or astro-photography that I have ever seen. Yes, the learning curve will take a minute to get the settings the way you like them for your equipment, but there is simply no better way I know of to star hop around the sky in the dark than this.. (Much better than the old paper charts, and DIY coat hanger wire FOV rings laid on the charts with the red flashlight held in my teeth I used back in the day! LOL). It looks to be efficient and is indispensable with GOTO mounts too. The field of view overlays, observing list development and observation logging functions are fantastic. Love it. Just get it. It’s what you need outside in the dark.. (And on cloudy nights!)
I would maybe like to see a future enhancement someday of:
1: The ability to attach PDFs or images to observing log entries for organizing drawn sketches or images I find useful to add to the notes etc.
2: The ability to draw in a local horizon mask to add for trees and houses you deal with in your own yard.. to add as an alternative option to the other panorama shots or perfect horizon line that is in there.
What a great piece of software. Thanks.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the review and the suggestions. Both your suggestions are excellent and I have created tickets so we can discuss with the product development team. Suggestion 2 would be awesome, and we've often thought about it in the past. For suggestion 1, we are working on a project that I think would address this. Stay tuned, lots more to come with version 7.
Needs improvement on accessibility for the blind
I currently give this app only four stars because there are some improvement that needs to made for the accessibility for the blind. There are elements that does not work all that well with Apple’s iOS accessibility feature call Voice Over. This would include there are buttons that are not label nor can you press these buttons. There are settings that are not readable with Voice Over nor can you change these options with Voice Over. Outside of these accessibility issues the app is awesome. Once the accessibility issues get fix I will change my review and I’ll give the app five stars.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thank you so much for the review. We will be looking into accessibility for the blind and how we can improve compatibility with Voice Over.
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