SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, flawless telescope control, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1 recommended astronomy software for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.

Here's what's new in version 6:

1) Complete support for MacOS. We got you covered and release regular updates.

2) Clouds and Astronomy. Two words that rarely go together. Rewritten from the ground up, SkySafari 6 Pro will (optionally) back up all of your observing data in our secure cloud storage and make it easily accessible to multiple devices as well as from our new web interface,

3) We Have The Best Stars. Precise, modern and deep. We’ve updated our star catalog to use the latest and greatest, UCAC5 star catalog. If 25 million stars down to 15th magnitude isn’t enough for you, an easy in-app purchase gets you down to 16.5 magnitude and a whopping 100 million stars!

4) We Have The Best Galaxies. The PGC catalog includes galaxies down to 18th magnitude. Want more galaxies? How about 2.6 million more? An in-app purchase gives you access to the largest galaxy database available for your device.

5) Observers First. A redesign of our tools puts the active observer first. Quick access to features like your equipment, observing sites, lists, and observations make it easy and enjoyable to get out, observe, and record your observations. The observing sessions feature lets you collect your observations into groups that span a few hours, or a few nights.

6) Graph It. The completely new graph tool will give a quick visual representation of an object’s altitude above the horizon. Essential for planning your night’s observations.

7) Plan It. Make the most of your time under the stars. Our updated planner is a powerful tool that lets you create a list of targets for your observing session with filters like object types, specific time ranges, constellation, catalog, and more. Plan it and get more done.

8) Share It. SkySafari 6 is more than just an app, it’s a new system to help organize and share your observing experiences. With a free signup, you can see and share your observing data from our web portal,! Affordable premium memberships add online editing, so you can not only view, but edit your observations, add new observing sites, manage your equipment and more. Finally, you can view, edit and manage your settings files with SkySafari Web, our fully functional web version.

If you haven't used SkySafari 6 Pro before, here's what you can do with it:

• SkySafari 6 Pro will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart has been designed for the ultimate stargazing experience.

• Simulate the night sky up to 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events.

• Control your telescope, log and plan your observations.

• Night Vision.

• Orbit Mode. Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly through our solar system.

• Galaxy View shows the position of deep sky objects in our Milky Way!

• Much more!

What's New

Version 6.1.1

- Switched to using the new GAIA DR2 star data rather than UCAC5.
- Improved catalog search when using Planner.
- Added iOptron CEM-120 scope type.
- Improved accuracy of planetary position predictions.
- Improved memory usage.
- Improvements to syncing data with LiveSky server.
- Added support native Sync command on NexStar and SynScan hand controllers running the appropriate firmware version.
- Added support for setting date/time/location on SynScan controllers.
- Fixed a few small user interface bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
59 Ratings
59 Ratings

Getting worse

I have been a big fan since the beginning of Sky Safari but I am getting tired of the continual updates which seem to bring little function but a lot of instability. Sky Safari 6 pro just crashed on my MacBook for maybe the 20th time since I’ve purchased it. The only feature I appreciate is making it easier to add scope/finder views because they have a database… but I had entered all of this stuff previously (I guess for nothing now).. so while it’s nice for new users, as an old user it added nothing. The constant requests for more money for add ons is getting old as well.

Greed his hit the company that owns this product hard.. Instead of constantly trying to get more customers and sell more stuff, how about making the base product as stable as possible? I really loved the iniitial product and releases… but now it seems it’s just churn for $$’s sake.
I’m also finding the IOS ap even more frustrating as it’s functionality is not consistent across releases. I have the pro mobile version and wanted to throw it away based on it’s ‘what’s best’ listing being incredibilty different from the MacOS listing’. Very disappointing to see a company go from quality to quantity!


Nice program than needs some work on various features

I’ve been a big fan of SkySafari on my tablets and phones for years. To me, for tablets and phones, SkySafari is hands-down the best out there. This computer version is nice but there are some challenges that I hope they eventually overcome. A big one is that the time interface is not at all elegant. One should be able to click on the particular time item one wants to change (i.e., highlight minutes, or highlight the year, etc.) and use the arrow keys to quckly change those. I don’t want to have to navigate through menus simply to change the time. Also, I need to be able to select an object, display it’s info (such as coordinates) and then, while still seeing the info, be able to change the time so see how, say, the hour angle is changing. An interface that might be elegant via touch on a tablet can be very frustrating to use on a computer. Fix these sorts of things and you’ll have a great app.


Outstanding Astronomy App

I’ve loved learning and using Sky Safari Pro. I’ve used it to control my Orion 12” Go-To Dob and now my Celestron Nexstar Evolution HD 8” scopes. I’ve used the iOS version to control my scopes from both an iPad and an iPhone but so far, have not used the OSX version of the program on my MacBook. The OSX and iOS versions take a while to learn the differences but it’s mostly intuitive. I love the observing help Sky Safari provides in their Session planner and observing list functions. I also added the H-R Diagram option to learn more information about each star I observe. I’ve yet to integrate it with Live Sky but plan to work my way into that soon. Unfortunately, I live with many clear skies challenges here in western Washington so my days to use the app are few - not only do we have tall trees everywhere and clouds most of the year, now when we used to have relatively clear skies - we have forest fire smoke!


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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