SkySafari 6 Pro

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Description of App

SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, flawless telescope control, Augmented Reality (AR) mode, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1 recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.

Here's what's new in version 6:

1) Complete support for iOS 13 and iPhone 11. We release regular updates.
2) Clouds and Astronomy. Two words that rarely go together. SkySafari 6 Pro will (optionally) back up 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.
3) We Have The Best Stars. Precise, modern and deep. We’ve updated our star catalog to use the latest and greatest, UCAC5 star catalog. If 25 million stars down to 15th magnitude isn’t enough for you, an easy in-app purchase gets you down to 16.5 magnitude and a whopping 100 million stars!
4) We Have The Best Galaxies. The PGC catalog includes galaxies down to 18th magnitude. Want more galaxies? How about 2.6 million more? An in-app purchase gives you access to the largest galaxy database available for your device.
5) Observers First. A redesign of our tools puts the active observer first. Quick access to features like your equipment, observing sites, lists, and observations make it easy and enjoyable to get out, observe, and record your observations. The observing sessions feature lets you collect your observations into groups that span a few hours, or a few nights.
6) Graph It. The completely new graph tool will give a quick visual representation of an object’s altitude above the horizon. Essential for planning your night’s observations.
7) Plan It. Make the most of your time under the stars. Our updated planner is a powerful tool that lets you create a list of targets for your observing session with filters like object types, specific time ranges, constellation, catalog, and more. Plan it and get more done.
8) Say It. Ever just wanted to just yell at your device and tell it what to do!? SkySafari 6 adds basic voice control for a wide range of operations. Say “select Jupiter,” “search for Titan,” “center on Polaris” and SkySafari will do the work for you. Yelling optional.
9) Tilt It. Every old astronomy app these days lets your tilt and pan your device to show different parts of the sky, but who else lets you control your telescope that way!? “Tilt to slew” is an optional mode allowing you to keep your eye in the eyepiece, and, using the accelerometers in your device, gently translate the movements of your hands into smooth telescope motion.
10) Share It. SkySafari 6 is more than just a mobile app, it’s a new system to help organize and share your observing experiences. With a free signup, you can see and share your observing data from our web portal, LiveSky.com! Affordable premium memberships add online editing, so you can not only view, but edit your observations, add new observing sites, manage your equipment and more. Finally, (coming soon) you can view, edit and manage your settings files with SkySafari Web, our fully functional web version.

If you haven't used SkySafari 6 Pro before, here's what you can do with it:

• Hold your device up, and SkySafari 6 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 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events.
• Control your telescope, log and plan your observations.
• 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!

Version

6.7.2

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Yes

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

Simulation Curriculum strives to make their app fully accessible for the blind. They feel that just because a person is blind don't mean they can't enjoy Astronomy.

iOS Version

13.5.1

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

You don't need a telescope to use this app.

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by cyco 2 months 1 week ago

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Comments

Submitted by Peter Holdstock on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hi. As this app cost £24 in the UK, is anybody able to say if they think it is worth the purchase as a completely blind voice-over user? There are also in app purchases as well as the initial cost.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Maybe I *won't* be purchasing then at this point. I was going to, but I didn't realize it was that much. I thought only a few dollars. I'm with ya. If it's worth it, seeing that outer space technology really does interest me, I might get it once saved up, but I'd also wanna make sure first that it really was truly usable, and was worth it.

Submitted by alex wallis on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hi, well the app is certainly accessible with VoiceOver, but i'm not entirely sure what the point of the app is I mean what you are supposed to actualy do with it. I did find when I did a search you get audio guides of objects, for example mars but at this point i'm not entirely sure if the app is worth the money or not i'm just not sure what you do with it if its supposed to help you find out what's around you in the night sky etc.

Submitted by cyco on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The app can do a number of things. The app will turn your device into a telescope.
Even if you don't have any sight you can explore the night sky. If you are not able to be outside at night you can simulate the night sky from your device. You can even explore the universe on your device.
You can get information on different space resources. You can examine the night sky in the past up to a million years and even in the future a million years.
This is just some of the number of things that you can do with this app. There are a lot more.
Yes this app is worth the money. I have been using this app since the summer of 2019.

Hello Michael:

Thank you for bringing this application to our attention. I have a few questions if I may:

1. Do you use a telescope? If so, have you had any experiences with it that you are able to share?

2. Do you live in a location that has very little light pollution? I live in a relatively small city but on some nights it is quite bright caused by human lighting… :-)
3. Back to the telescope issue… If you use one or even if you don’t use one… Are there recommendations contained within the application?

Thank you so much for your time

Submitted by Firefly on Friday, July 31, 2020

I just bought the app and it seems pretty cool, though I did try to observe some planets or stars or astroids etc., but it seems like I need a telescope to do this? Do I actually need a physical telescope? Or can I observe planets another way? It doesn’t seem like observing a planet as possible without an actual physical telescope. The main things I am looking for our sky conditions or conditions of the planets or Something. I do enjoy the notifications the app gives, I am just looking for more information about the observation part of the app. As I did pay quite a bit of money for this app,

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