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, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1 recommended astronomy software for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.
Here's what's new in version 6:
1) Complete support for MacOS. We got you covered and release regular updates.
2) Clouds and Astronomy. Two words that rarely go together. Rewritten from the ground up, 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) Share It. SkySafari 6 is more than just an 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, 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:
• SkySafari 6 Pro will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart has been designed 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!
• Added option to have rectangular custom fields of view.
• Fixed UI bug where the GAIA in-app purchase wasn't showing it installed when it was.
• In the Observation panel, from the More button you can now display the info for the object or center the object in the main chart.
• In the Observations panel, we no longer show sessions without any observations. We also show the number of observations in sessions that do have observations.
• When associating an observing list with an observation, we now show all observing lists rather than just those that contain the object. If the chosen list doesn't have that object in it, we give you the option to add it.
• There is a new option in the Object Info's More button to show all observing lists containing the object.
• Improved resizing of H-R Diagram.
• Various modifications for compatibility with soon to be released Starry Night 8.
• Various stability and performance improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
I have been a big fan since the beginning of Sky Safari but I am getting tired of the continual updates which seem to bring little function but a lot of instability. Sky Safari 6 pro just crashed on my MacBook for maybe the 20th time since I’ve purchased it. The only feature I appreciate is making it easier to add scope/finder views because they have a database… but I had entered all of this stuff previously (I guess for nothing now).. so while it’s nice for new users, as an old user it added nothing. The constant requests for more money for add ons is getting old as well.
Greed his hit the company that owns this product hard.. Instead of constantly trying to get more customers and sell more stuff, how about making the base product as stable as possible? I really loved the iniitial product and releases… but now it seems it’s just churn for $$’s sake.
I’m also finding the IOS ap even more frustrating as it’s functionality is not consistent across releases. I have the pro mobile version and wanted to throw it away based on it’s ‘what’s best’ listing being incredibilty different from the MacOS listing’. Very disappointing to see a company go from quality to quantity!
Still One of the Best
This program continues to be a stalwart part of my stable of SoftWare for astronomy. I use it with my imaging rig for telescope control and planning, and it integrates with the newer INDI platform SW well, as long as the developers include it as an option. I wish SS Pro6 was built with INDI in mind but it still works for me. I have been a fan of SS Pro since its inception So call me a fan-boy! I only hope the feature migration to an online format is limited, because I often view and image where there is no internet or cell signal. I am clueless as to how many astronomers are dialed into the cloud and I consider the hobby a fairly solitary endeavor, so those social aspects don't interest me. But enough about me -- this software continues to be a solid, well developed and user friendly piece of work, one that deserves a place in every astronomer's tool palette. The fact that the developers continue to monitor their users is encouraging, even though they are now part of the Starry Night crew. There are a few bugs but they are normally dealt with quickly. Easily recommended!
Nice program than needs some work on various features
I’ve been a big fan of SkySafari on my tablets and phones for years. To me, for tablets and phones, SkySafari is hands-down the best out there. This computer version is nice but there are some challenges that I hope they eventually overcome. A big one is that the time interface is not at all elegant. One should be able to click on the particular time item one wants to change (i.e., highlight minutes, or highlight the year, etc.) and use the arrow keys to quckly change those. I don’t want to have to navigate through menus simply to change the time. Also, I need to be able to select an object, display it’s info (such as coordinates) and then, while still seeing the info, be able to change the time so see how, say, the hour angle is changing. An interface that might be elegant via touch on a tablet can be very frustrating to use on a computer. Fix these sorts of things and you’ll have a great app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.