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Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather

By Martin Dodd

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● Experience the real night sky - Go stargazing with Scope Nights award winning astronomy weather forecasts, with high resolution global light pollution map to find local dark sky sites & clear skies, and advanced astronomy weather settings to fine tune your stargazing ratings ● Sky & Telescope Magazine Hot Product 2013 ● Universal app that runs on iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.

Scope Nights is the first award winning astronomy weather app for iOS to provide accurate and detailed stargazing weather forecasts worldwide. Scope Nights is designed to provide the best stargazing forecasts available using a combination of global and national weather forecasts and contains a detailed dark sky map to help you quickly find the best dark sky sites with clear skies, along with advanced settings so stargazing ratings can be tailored for different types of observing. Scope Nights offers various upgrades to choose from depending on whether you want a quick idea whether to setup your scope at home, or whether you want to find the best dark sky site with the best stargazing weather rating. With more advanced features and national stargazing forecasts to come in future updates, Scope Nights is an indispensable tool for astronomers.

Sky & Telescope Magazine - "There's no shortage of weather-related apps for the iPhone, but there's only one specifically made for amateur astronomers… Our resident weather maven, who uses more than half a dozen apps and websites to prepare predictions, gives Scope Nights two thumbs up for it's consistent accuracy."

● Shows at a glance which nights and dark sky sites will be most suitable for stargazing using advanced smart weather analysis and nightly detail summaries to make it easy to pick the best nights
● Receive clear period notifications before sunset so you can prepare your telescope
● Let other people see your custom forecasts and share your astronomy weather reports via Twitter

● Automatically gets stargazing weather for your current location
● Find stargazing forecasts for any location worldwide
● 5 to 7 night national astronomy weather forecasts updated hourly using weather data provided by NOAA National Weather Service for the United States and Met Office for the United Kingdom
● 10 night global stargazing weather forecasts derived from the European numerical forecast model, renowned worldwide as providing the most accurate medium-range global weather forecasts

● Detailed global light pollution map derived from latest NASA satellite data
● Compare the best stargazing sites for each night on one screen
● Map annotations showing tonights stargazing ratings for your favourite Scope Sites
● Map annotations showing latest IDA international dark sky sites & major astronomical observatories
● Searchable list of IDA international dark sky sites updated regularly
● Searchable list of major astronomical observatories

● Choose night, evening or morning coverage
● Filters weather data only showing forecasts from sunset to sunrise
● Analyses weather, cloud cover, wind, humidity, temperature, moon phase and creates stargazing ratings using weighted algorithms
● Threshold adjustments for moon phase, wind, temperature and humidity to suit your observing requirements
● Wind speed gust sensitivity switch for those with large telescopes or in exposed locations

● 3 hourly and 6 hourly forecast details
● Sunrise and sunset times
● Nightly moon phases
● Colour coded stargazing ratings for moon phase, cloud cover, precipitation probability, humidity, minimum temperature in celsius or fahrenheit, wind speed and direction in mph, knots, kph or mps

● Requires a device with iOS 8.1 or later
● Requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
● Requires Location Services be enabled to automatically find your local stargazing weather

What's New in Version 2.1

Scope Nights 2.1 includes new feature requests and bug fixes, plus a high resolution light pollution map designed to help you find local dark sky sites with the best stargazing forecasts. Here’s a list of the changes...

• NEW - iOS8 and iPhone 6 compatibility

• NEW - Stargazing Forecasts For Multiple Scope Sites

With Scope Nights 2.1 you can now get stargazing forecasts for multiple locations or "Scope Sites" as this was the most requested new feature. To change locations you'll need to edit your Scope Sites. You can do this in the Scope Sites page, where you can add, delete or re-order your Scope Sites.

In the Scope Nights page the first location is always your current location and the other stargazing forecasts will be your Scope Sites, and you can swipe the forecasts to move between each site.

The basic version of Scope Nights now gives you stargazing forecasts for your current location plus any other Scope Site, and with the Dark Sky Locations upgrade you can view and compare stargazing forecasts for up to five Scope Sites.

• NEW - Dark Sky Locations Upgrade

This new upgrade lets you add more Scope Sites and there’s a new screen showing the best Scope Sites for each night, along with a dark sky map to help people get away from something just as bad as cloudy skies… light pollution!

• NEW - Night, Evening or Morning Coverage

This is another requested feature that I’ve added to the Astronomer’s Weather Settings. Not everyone can spend all night stargazing so this new setting enables the coverage to be changed to All Night, Evening or Morning. This should give you more relevant nightly summary ratings.

• FIX - Fixed & Improved Astronomy Forecasts

I’ve fixed the global astronomy forecasts to cope with the changes by the weather service provider, and also improved the way in which forecasts are displayed in the app. Each forecast now has a flag to show the source of the weather data. This is useful for those who have applied a national astronomy weather upgrade, so you can see if the forecast is national or global.

• FIX - Bug Fixes & Improvements

Much of the code behind the scenes as been refactored to cope with iOS8. I’ve also ironed out a few bugs so you’ll hopefully find the app easier to use and have added a link to the online help & support to make it easier to find help articles.

If you enjoy Scope Nights 2.1 please take a moment to rate and review in the App Store as it really helps me to keep developing the app.

Clear & Dark Skies!


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Customer Reviews

Not. Very good

Have installed all of the applicable add ons and still find the product frustrating. Mainly due to the lack of help or documentation. My inability to find a way of setting up a personal site location was really a surprise. The web site seems to be only for selling products. The main support system seems to be tied to blogs and the social media sites. When I tried to find info on my present location I received a clear skies chart not the scope nights window. This was on the scope nights web site.

The need for add ons to get the program to work was a real surprise. The add ons needed to use the App will be at least $4 more.

Top rate astronomy weather app!

I have found this app to be just what I need to anticipate weather breakthroughs here in the rainy Pacific Northwest. There is a bit of a learning curve to figure out the meaning of the symbology, but once figured out, the app displays great “at a glance” usability. Once I had learned my way around, I downloaded all the in-app purchases. I couldn’t be more pleased. By mid afternoon the app had alerted me to clearing skies in three of my favored location settings. What a treat! Kudos to the developer!

Frequently Worthless

Great concept, poor execution. It often, actually more often than not, fails to load a forecast. It throws up an error message stating no internet connection found. It must be a catch all error pop up because my devices certainly have internet connectivity at the time the message appears. I know, because when it fails I have to use Safari to look up the forecast on line. Having said, the 25% of time that it does work, it's forecast is sketchy, at best.

Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Weather
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 63.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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