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GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide to the Night Sky

By GoSoftWorks

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

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

--- 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 astronomy apps?

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

• Designed specifically for efficient outdoor use.

• Touch free identification — No need to keep touching the screen to identify what you see in the sky. Great for those cold nights with gloves on!

• 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.

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

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

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

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

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


• Heads up object name, brightness and distance
• Contains all stars visible to the naked eye
• Magnitude adjustment for viewing conditions
• Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.

• Looking for a planet, star, 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, 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 8.1.0

- iPad Pro support
- iOS 9.1 updates
- Time lapse control bug fix

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Customer Reviews

GoSkyWatch 4.6.0

Fantastic!!! Best program of its kind that I have found. The more I use it the more I discover things that it is capable of doing. (Like tracing out the sun Analemma as a function of time.) I input my own location with a high degree of accuracy and find extremely good accuracy in everything else that it calculates. I find the accuracy of the program to be Impressive. The display is very realistic as to the relative brightness of the stars and constellations, just the way you see them. You are to be congratulated for creating such a versatile program. Being able to choose between ordinary time, the mean solar day or sidereal days is very useful. In fact, that is what allows you to see the Analemma traced out over the course of a year choosing the time for displaying the result by a simple flick of your finger.

A joy to use and learn from

I have a few star watching apps but this is the best to use. Easy and intuitive and I use it every night to try to learn more about the night sky. Los Angeles doesn't have a lot of the sky visible because of the air and light pollution but I'm lucky that I live a distance from some of it. I love the options and scan the sky looking for planets, major stars and constellations.
Took me a while to notice there was an option to limit visible only and explained why I couldn't find some stars that I knew by name but didn't show up.
Highly recommend this to anyone, even if it just whet your appetite for something with a little more sophistication , but I'm not there yet and from what this has to offer, it will be quite a while.

Fantastic Demo for the Sky Observer App

A fantastic application for demonstrating the full potential of the iPad device. It is an intuitive tool for connecting anyone with the night sky, anyplace on earth they may be.

I would be nice to add data from the NASA and JOL sights for live artificial satellite tracking, identifying and pointing out objects as they pass overhead. Adding data for transient astronomical events, like comets and visible nova might be nice. Maybe including some more asteroids would also be good.

Great job and excellent job drawing together all the talent it must have took to make this interactive sky chart possible and doing so artfully.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide to the Night Sky
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.1.0
  • Size: 101 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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