Scope Nights Astronomy Weather
By Martin Dodd
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
If you’re a budding stargazer, an astronomer or even an astrophotographer, sometimes you don’t have time to analyse conventional weather forecasts, you just want to know when to plan your stargazing trip or set up your telescope. Scope Nights analyses night time weather forecast data for you and shows exactly when and where to go for the darkest and clearest skies, as well as offering customisable stargazing ratings, weather alerts and a detailed light pollution map showing dark sky sites and observatories. Finding clear dark skies and discovering what’s out there has never been easier.
PLAN YOUR OBSERVING WITH CUSTOM STARGAZING RATINGS
● View at a glance which nights will be good for astronomy using smart weather analysis with clear stargazing ratings and animated weather icons to quickly see if it’s worth preparing your telescope or planning a stargazing trip
● Create custom stargazing ratings using observing thresholds for moon phase, wind, humidity and temperature and choose night, evening or morning coverage to suit when you observe
● View at a glance which of your favourite Scope Sites will have the best stargazing conditions for the upcoming night
FIND DARK SKY SITES & OBSERVATORIES
● Find nearby dark sky sites with the clearest skies using detailed light pollution map derived from the latest NASA satellite data
● Searchable lists and map of certified dark sky places and major astronomical observatories
DETAILED ASTRONOMY FORECASTS
● Long range astronomy forecasts for up to 10 locations worldwide and up to 10 nights ahead
● Local 3-hourly forecasts for UK & USA updated hourly using the best forecast data available direct from the UK Met Office and the US National Weather Service
CUSTOM STARGAZING NOTIFICATIONS
● Receive accurate notifications of good or fair stargazing ratings based on your custom stargazing thresholds, well before sunset so you can prepare for your observing session
● App badge showing the number of sites with good stargazing for the upcoming night
SHARE WITH FRIENDS
● Share your astronomy forecasts with fellow astronomers via email, social media or print them out for your observatory
ASTRONOMY FORECAST DETAILS & THRESHOLDS
● Night time specific forecasts from sunset to sunrise
● Forecast coverage to suit when you observe: All Night, Evening or Morning
● Colour coded weather details based on observing thresholds:
- Moon Phase Percentage & Altitude
- Cloud cover
- Precipitation probability
- Relative humidity
- Minimum temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Wind direction
- Wind speed & gusts in Mph, Knots, Kph or Mps
● Moonrise and moonset times
● Sunrise & sunset times
● Wind speed gust sensitivity switch for those with large telescopes or in exposed locations
● Requires a device with iOS 9.3 or later
● Requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
● Requires Location Services be enabled to automatically find local astronomy forecast
● Requires Background Services be enabled to get stargazing notifications
What's New in Version 2.5
Scope Nights 2.5 is a free update which includes iOS11 compatibility, support for older iOS9 devices, new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.
NEW - iOS11 compatibility allowing Scope Nights to work on the latest devices.
NEW - Backwards compatibility with older devices running iOS 9.3, allowing more people to freely upgrade to the latest Scope Nights.
NEW - Improved Moon phase forecasts including percentage, rise, set and altitude.
NEW - Long-press gesture on the Dark Sky Map to add new Scope Sites, allowing you to get stargazing forecasts for any location.
NEW - Improved easier to read layouts for summary and detail forecasts.
FIX - Performance improvements and bug fixes.
If you find this latest free update of Scope Nights useful, please take a moment to leave a new App Store rating or update your previous rating. I don’t get paid for app updates, so your review encourages others to buy Scope Nights which enables me to keep developing the app.
Scope nights app
Used this app now for two years and is very accurate! Once it said poor and the sky was clear so I set up my scope and by the time of sunset I was completely clouded in! When it says good it’s clear and when it says poor it’s cloudy! Can’t ask better than that. I highly recommend it.
IOS 11 broke it but developer fixed it
I inadvertently re-clicked a previous review about this issue. Please delete it if you can. Glad to have this app working again. I’ve been using it for years and it is still the best I have found for planning my observing.
Had problems with an older version but the current version is fine
Current version works well and thanks to the developer for contacting me with an improved version to try.
Good app, buy this one!