SkySafari Plus

SkySafari Plus

by Southern Stars 250 downloads, 186572 kb


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2012-04-11 17:05
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Have Android 2.2+ on a 1+ GHz tablet/phone? We have a christmas present for you.

As just reviewed in Sky & Telescope magazine, the iOS version of SkySafari is "revolutionary" and a "game-changer". Now here for Android, SkySafari will change the way you do astronomy!

SkySafari Plus adds a hugely expanded database - and wireless telescope control - to our basic version. Make sure you have at least 450 MB of free space on your SD card for SkySafari Plus to download this database from our server the first time it runs! (See troubleshooting tips below if you have problems with the download.)

SkySafari Plus shows you 2.5 million stars, and 31,000 deep sky objects - including the entire NGC/IC catalog. It shows the Solar System's major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes over 4,000 asteroids, comets, and satellites with updateable orbits. It can point your GoTo or "Push-To" telescope anywhere in the sky, using your Android device's built-in bluetooth or WiFi, and our SkyFi wireless or Starry Night BlueStar bluetooth serial adapter.

SkySafari accurately shows you the sky from any place on Earth, at any time up to one hundred years in the past or future. It includes 1100 encyclopedic descriptions of the constellations, stars, and planets written by professional astronomers. And it contains over 800 images from NASA space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the world's foremost astro-photographers.

If you have an Android device with a compass, SkySafari Plus can help you identify stars and planets by holding your phone next to them. Tap the Compass button (or tilt your phone up toward the sky) to activate the compass. Now, as you move the phone around, the sky chart follows your motion. Search for any object in the sky, and follow the arrow on screen to find it!

SkySafari has a "Night" button to preserve your dark adaptation as you're exploring the night sky. The Time Flow feature lets you animate the night sky using simple VCR controls - follow the motion of the stars and planets as SkySafari compresses days, months, and years into a few seconds.

SkySafari's streamlined user interface puts the universe at your fingertips - and turns your Android device into a 21st-century telescope controller. SkySafari is your celestial travel guide!

Why should you pay for SkySafari Plus when Google SkyMap is free?

For starters, even the basic version of SkySafari includes ten times more star data than Google SkyMap. Our deep sky database contains thousands of NGC/IC objects, not just the 110-object Messier catalog.

Our apps contain hundreds of built-in images, and include thousands of object descriptions, written by professional astronomers. Google SkyMap gives you Wikipedia links - which don't do you much good when you're out in the field, away from Wi-Fi or data network connections.

Our Plus and Pro versions can control telescopes; Google SkyMap cannot. Google SkyMap cannot reproduce basic astronomical phenomena like lunar eclipses and Jovian satellite shadow transits. Our apps, by contrast, were developed by passionate astronomers with a penchant for quality and accuracy. We make a living from our products, and we stand by them.


Is SkySafari Plus having trouble downloading its data files? Is it running slowly? Check our web site for help:

Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions about SkySafari Plus for Android:

If all else fails, send us an email - we're, and we're happy to hear from you.

Recent changes:
Release 1.2 contains many fixes to the star and deep sky object database! After updating, SkySafari will ask to download the fixed database. You don't have to do this, but the app will nag you until you do. If you have trouble downloading the new database, see this page:

There are too many other improvements to list here! See our website for details:

Latest version: 1.2 (for Android version 2.1 and higher, supports App2SD)
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