An essential tool for every astronomer. The star atlas that makes it really easy to pick the best objects, make your own observation list and use it when you are outside + free Apple Watch app!
Ad Astra contains detailed maps of all 88 constellations, descriptions of more than 1200 of objects: star clusters, planetary nebulae, galaxies, double stars and variable stars. All within reach of amateur telescopes and in a lot of cases, also viewable in binoculars.
If you like an object, just press the + sign next to it to add to your personal observation list. When you go outside at night, use the large maps in the special red night vision mode to find the object and start observing.
Ad Astra covers both the northern and southern skies. And supports both your iPhone and iPad, you only have to pay once to use Ad Astra on both devices!
Ad astra is made for everyone who likes to explore the heavens with a reliable tool. If you are done with planetarium apps and up for some real star gazing, this is your way to go deeper.
Ad Astra has been built upon open Astronomical data. It features deep sky objects up until visual magnitude 12. What do you want to see tonight? Start now.
We received some great reviews from around the globe, just a small sample:
Great app! *****
by rmac500000009 - Version - 1.4 - Jun 19, 2015
Great app if you want to learn the night sky. Better than any book atlas I own.
Ad Astra - A very useful app for the backyard astronomer *****
by Labelme - Version - 1.4 - Jul 11, 2015
Just discovered this very useful app. It brings all the constellations at the tip of your finger. Very nice when observing at the telescope. There are plenty of useful astronomical apps - planétariums, planning apps, etc. but very few atlases and this one is very nicely designed. The free app convinced me to get the Pro version... I suggest you give it a try...
Old school *****
by Smokin' Now - Version - 1.4 - Apr 12, 2015
Reminds me of my old Norton Star atlas, great observing notes and observation list. If you want a good guide to the night sky this is what you want.
We do our utmost to deliver you the best software and data available in the market, but of course we cannot guarantee - nor will we accept any responsibility regarding - the proper functioning or accuracy of both. Data sources can change over time. You can not derive rights from this information. By downloading and using Ad Astra - Sky Atlas you accept these terms.
v1.7 - Fixed a bug that made the app show you the wrong language.
- Adapted the Apple Watch app to Watch OS 2 - it works great again!
- Fixed some tiny lay out issues. Thank you for pointing these out!
Ratings and Reviews
The free version is worthless. Given that the app hasn’t been updated in a very long time (it doesn’t fill the screen on my iPhone X), I’m hesitant to try the “pro” version. The free version gives you a static image of each map. It would be useful if you could zoom and identify the coordinates of objects. But you can’t. You can sort of eyeball coordinates but that’s not the best way to know where to point your scope. (Mine is an old school refractor, no go to mount, just setting circles so don’t go throwing your shade my way about not knowing about astronomy). This is at best a one star app. Two stars in the hope that the pro version is actually useful.
Does not do what it’s supposed to
There’s no information about constellations or objects. There’s no settings or menu. There’s no option to make a list of objects. Basically it’s just an image of the constellations from sky atlas. Pretty useless without the functions it claims to have.
Best Graphics for star charts
Buy the add on. It’s worth more than the cost.
The app keeps asking me to review. Very annoying. The charts are great but the constant pop up to review is not nice.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.