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GoSkyWatch Planetarium - the astronomy star guide

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***** As seen in Apple's iPad 2 event ***** Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, comets, constellations, galaxies and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore with GoSkyWatch Planetarium.

***** Featured on ABC's "The View"
***** Featured in "Wired" magazine

One download for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We don't think you should pay twice for the same app on a bigger screen.

--- What People Are Saying

"Powerful and easy to use, with excellent animation and the widest zoom range." — D.Schroeder, University professor

"GoSkyWatch Planetarium should not be missed regardless of whether you are a casual or hard-core fan of astronomy." — AppAdvice

"I have more than 10 astronomy apps on my iPhone and this is by far the best. Everything I need and easy to use." — Pat, iTunes reviewer

--- What makes GoSkyWatch different to other apps?

• Easy to use — No buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring.

• Designed specially for efficient outdoor use.

• Touch free identification — Information pops up on screen as you move. Great for those cold nights with gloves on!

• Popup images — No need to keep zooming in and out just to see what is out there.

• Full 180 degree display — See at a glance what is in the sky and where without having to pan around.

• Don't need to hold level — Displays the sky view and information at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait.

• Gyroscope compass auto calibration — No need to calibrate the gyroscope. Advanced adaptive algorithms for smooth and accurate positioning.

• Planets shown with relative brightness to stars — No oversized graphics that prevent you from distinguishing a planet from surrounding stars.

• Unique target identification — Touch drag scheme for greatest accuracy since your finger doesn't hide what you are trying to identify.

• Minimal on screen text — Stars and planets easier to identify since they are not covered by text.


• On screen object name, brightness and distance
• Contains all stars visible to the naked eye
• Light adjustment for viewing conditions
• Red light mode for night vision
• Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.

• Looking for a planet, star, comet, constellation or galaxy? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way
• Search stars and DSOs sorted by name, distance or magnitude
• Moon phase calendar
• Sun rise/set times

• Day, sidereal and time lapse animation
• Over 200 images of planets and deep sky objects
• Messier and Caldwell catalogs with images
• Actual image taken of the Milky Way
• Below horizon display
• Look back in time with the birthday star search. Find out how old you were for the star light seen.

• Constellation images, boundaries and patterns
• Solar system, star, comet, DSO, constellation Wikipedia
• Ian Ridpath's constellation StarTales
• Interactive graphical ephemeris
• Planet, star, constellation and DSO ephemeris data

• High performance graphics
• Easy setup using auto location or built in city list
• Location favorites

* No internet connection required. Internet optionally used for auto location, viewing Wikipedia information and StarTales.

Many more enhancements to come as free updates.

* See web site for video demo

What's New in Version 7.1

- iOS 8 compatible

- Popup 3D interactive planets
- 3D planets added to sky view
- Minor bug fix when returning from background.
- iOS 7.1 motion updates.


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Customer Reviews


I am an on again off again astronomy student. I took a year of astrophysics in college. Looking at my text from that class (@1973) I could not help but be staggered at the difference between then and now. There were no planetarium apps. We had to go to a real planetarium of we wanted that and it was far away and expensive. Now, I can pull this up on my phone, and instantly see the sky above me on my device I have used this app a fair amount over the past month, while looking into astronomy classes through iTunes, and I am amazed at how much this app can do. I like it better than the program the class wanted us to buy....skyx. This is easy to use, pretty easy to troubleshoot and figure out, and a lot of fun. I am purely amateur but this gives me access to so much more than I could ever do on my own in the back yard. I love it. I'd buy it again. Keep on fixin it up!

2.0 improved a lot

The star pointing is really working. Needed only one nearby known bright star to calibrate the orientation to ping point wanted object works almost like Celestron SkyScout. Memory management is still a minor problem but improved over past few update. Display of Deep sky objects improved very much through many free updates and now upto the commercial quality. Object founder is a also very good in utilize the accelerometer works just fine having the potential to put the Celestron SkyScout out of business with good compass support. Best stargazing app ever

User friendly and accurate--highly recommended

Not only does this app display stars and planets, it also shows constellations and Milky Way clusters--very interesting and detailed for the aspiring astronomer and curious looker alike. It provides plenty of options (such as turning on/off planets and grid lines) and information on every celestial body (such as distance, gravity and constellation). I also love how the app shows the galaxy in "telescopic" view; that is, the sky is framed within a circle which makes it easy to see the geometric relationship amongst the celestial bodies.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium - the astronomy star guide
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Navigation
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  • Version: 7.1
  • Size: 27.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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