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Sky Guide AR

By Fifth Star Labs LLC

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Description

A star app has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find constellations, planets, satellites and more. It’s stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels!

Is it a star or the planet Mars? Knowing what's up in your night sky is now effortless with Sky Guide. Hold your iPhone or iPad up and Sky Guide automatically aligns itself to the stars above you—no setup required!

Have you ever wished you could recognize the constellations but didn't want to study those paper star charts? Sky Guide's interactive experience makes learning your way around the sky intuitive and fun.

Whether you're in search of the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or the next big meteor shower, Sky Guide is jam-packed with information and rich graphics that will satisfy the most curious minds.

Voyage to the past or future with cinematic time controls. Know where the Moon will be later in the evening so you can capture that perfect photo. See what the sky looked like the moment you were born or be an eyewitness to history's greatest comets.

It's a star! It's a plane! No, it's a satellite! Sky Guide features hundreds of bright satellites for you to identify and track. You can also receive notifications whenever the International Space Station flies over your location.

Use Sky Guide anywhere—on your evening dog walk, camping trips or in the classroom. Sky Guide works with or without Wi-Fi, cellular service or GPS, so everything is at your fingertips no matter where you go.

Additional Features:

- Apple Watch: Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location, like when the International Space Station is due to fly over. You can also keep tabs on the latest solar activity or add our super-accurate Moon Complication to your Apple Watch face.

- 3D Touch: Peek and Pop previews of articles from Search. Quick actions from home screen app icon.

- Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets.

- Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders (now enhanced with 3D Touch).

- Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight.

- Huge stellar catalog: 2.5 million stars!

Optional Features:

- Sky Guide SUPERMASSIVE. This extensive add-on gives you access to incredible high definition zooming, 50× larger star and deep sky catalogs, and exclusive cinematic tours. SUPERMASSIVE includes a free two-week trial followed by an auto-renewing annual subscription. (See In-App Purchases section for the price available in your country. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your account settings after purchase.)

Join the millions who have discovered a more personal connection to the stars with Sky Guide. It might forever change the way you look up.

Privacy policy: https://fifthstarlabs.com/privacy
Terms of use: https://fifthstarlabs.com/terms-of-use

What's New in Version 6.5.1

6.5.1
+ Added Chiron and Sedna.
+ Bug fixes and typo corrections.

6.5
With iOS 11, Sky Guide 6.5 adds an exciting new feature: augmented reality! You’ve been so patient and Sky Guide AR is here, at last!

Requirements:
+ iOS 11
+ iPhone 6s and later or iPad Pro and later (includes 2017 iPad)

Finding stars, constellations and planets is easier than ever thanks to augmented reality. To activate it, first tap the center compass button to turn motion on. You will then see a new camera button appear which toggles AR mode.

Some tips for getting the best results from AR mode:

Augmented reality mode works great under a blue, daytime sky, but it has also been designed to function under a twilight and even nighttime sky. When your surroundings are very dark, you may notice some ghost-like trails behind moving objects. This is normal behavior due to the longer camera exposures needed.

Sky Guide automatically tries to adjust the blending of the augmented reality constellations with your real sky but if the constellations are not appearing quite right (if they appear noisy or patchy), you can use a two-finger up/down gesture to fine-tune the blending point.

Sometimes real objects and their corresponding augmented objects are not perfectly aligned. We first recommend giving the compass a few moments to settle in. If things are still not lined up, use a touch and hold gesture to activate the Compass Correction option. Then drag left or right to offset the augmented object until it is aligned with the real object. Sky Guide will retain this offset preference for your current session.

Also in this release, for those with a new iPad Pro: Sky Guide now supports 120 frames per second (requires iOS 11).

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Customer Reviews

Love it, but confused after updates

Had this app for a while and still my favorite. However, I’m confused about the updates. There was a recent update that added Chiron, for example, but it is not listed under the “recently added” section. Additionally, even when I look for it manually, it just points to where the object is, but there is no image associated with the description, nor can you zoom into it. At the same time, other recently added items, such as RS Puppis, has the image and location, but no description (you have to tap on the image of the star within the image - like a star within a star - to get a separate description). Doesn’t seem like the recently added section is working properly within the app. Is it just not updating correctly or am I missing something???

Also, since very recent updates, the star brightness feature that requires 2 fingers to adjust directly on the screen is so overly sensitive that I am constantly having to adjust the brightness as I navigate the sky map. Very very frustrating. Is there no way to lock that feature or disable it?

Otherwise, still amazing.

Sky Guide

I only wish I had this app when I was a kid. This app is so overwhelmingly powerful and deep! I’ve had it for a year and I’m still amazed by it every time I use it.

I may be their best salesman as I tell everyone about it. On my iPadpro it’s even more exciting to use. The absolute only thing I suggest is for the notification of unusual events be increased to maybe 15 minutes instead of 5. I miss stuff because of that. But still, the information content and user friendliness is enormous. Can’t believe it doesn’t cost a lot more. Fantastic.

5 Stars for functionality but... Recent AR Issue

AR stopped working on my 6s Plus after the latest iOS update. It worked fine with 11.0 but either 11.0.1 or 11.0.2 killed it. I just installed the most recent update for the app and it didn’t solve the problem. Please fix soon.

UPDATE: Thanks for getting back with me. After turning Compass Calibration back on under Settings>Privacy>Location Services>System Services, all is well. Not sure why this affected AR but it works now.

Sky Guide AR
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • $2.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.5.1
  • Size: 222 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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