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Sky Spy

By Byte Works, Inc.

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Sky Spy is your window onto the night sky.

What's that bright thing in the sky? Point your iPad or iPhone at it, tap the screen, and Sky Spy will tell you! Would you like to know where Mars is right now? Ask Sky Spy, and arrows will appear to guide you to Mars.

You can find or identify all of the visible stars, planets, our Sun and our Moon. You can also find the constellations or find the position of objects in right ascension and declination so you can point your telescope to just the right spot.

Sky Spy uses the position of your iPad or iPhone, including the compass built into iPad and iPhone 3GS and later models, to tell what you are looking at. You’re not left out if you have an older iPhone or iPod Touch, though. Sky Spy will let you manually dial in the compass heading, and will still use the tilt of the iPhone to tell how high you are looking in the sky.

Sky Spy is the ultimate planetarium program, because it helps you look at the real thing—the night sky above you—and labels what you see with clear informative text, common names for stars, borders for the constellations, and guides to help you understand what you are seeing. It's a great example of augmented reality.

Sure, you can use a planetarium anywhere—even Sky Spy works that way—but the very best planetarium is the real night sky with labels from your iPad or iPhone!

What's New in Version 1.2

New in version 1.2:

  • Supports the iPhone 5 4 inch retina display.


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Customer Reviews

Seasick, Unusable App

The chart jerks surprisingly far with each refresh every half second, even if the phone is resting on a table and so is absolutely not moving. Induces nausea. Impossible for handheld use.

On iPod Touch, dragging the compass points is unresponsive and unworkable.

Aggressively burns one's night vision with glaring Find and Advertising screens. Unethical to have such prominent advertising in a paid app.

Flip wheels are unsuited to long lists. Twenty flicks needed to scroll to the bottom of the Find > Stars list!

No provision to use manual locations exclusively. It still hunts for Location Services at launch, and is unaware when it has successfully found a location via WiFi.

Some potential, but is currently in early beta phase and should not be offered for sale.

iPod Touch Gen 2, iOS 4.1.


Update: Contrary to what Jess says, there are indeed ads in this app. A glaring page promotes the author's other apps while burning one's night vision.


This app doesn't locate objects. This app is misadvertised. I want a refund please. Already deleted the app.

Sky Spy
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 0.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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