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Star Product 2012 Astronomy magazine !!!

Discover the power of a professional sky atlas with 2,500,000 stars in the palm of your hand. Point telescopes easily on faint objects using the eyepiece mode. Prepare your observations with the automatic selection of tonight's best objects. With Starmap Pro Edition, add the power of desktops' planetariums to your iPhone™ and iPod Touch™.

Starmap Pro has been an iTunes “App of the Week”. Starmap is the original planetarium app, and has been designed by a professional of the field of scientific instrumentation.

With the iPhone™ compass, Starmap Pro displays the exact portion of the sky you
are pointing at. Hold the device in your line of vision and discover the map
smoothly scanning the sky as you move.

Starmap eye piece mode lets you define your mean of observation and displays the exact map of what you see in binoculars and telescopes. A must have for beginners and advanced astronomers.

Starmap Pro comes with a host of extra features, including Featured section for
special objects in your area, Logbook to track your findings with text, Alarms
to alert you for special events. Starmap Pro also features detailed information about individual galaxies, clusters, and nebulae.

Discover the power of a professional sky atlas in the palm of your hand.
Starmap Pro is an intelligent sky navigation tool, written by a professional of
the field.

With Starmap Pro Edition, add the power of digital planetariums to your iPhone™
and iPod Touch™.

iOS 5 /iPhone 4G optimized.

- 2,500,000 stars
- Tycho 2 catalog
- SAO catalog
- 8,300 stars with physical characteristics
- Maximum magnitude 16
- Messier catalog
- Full NGC/IC/Caldwell catalogs
- Abell/SAO/HD/HIP identifiers
- A complete moon map with 9000 features
- 13,000 deep sky objects with physical characteristics
- Complete ephemeris for 25,000 sky objects
- Full solar system ephemeris, including planets satellites
- Moon phase calendar
- Moon map with 9900 references
- Meteor zones
- Searches by text and ids
- Featured objects selection
- Automatic selection of the best observable objects
- Telescope control through wi-fi for most devices
- Eyepiece view with real apparent sizes of objects
- Optics database with barlows, focal reducers, CCDs, finders
- Dual and single reticles
- Equatorial and azimuthal reticles
- Fast change of optics with pinch and zoom
- Eyepiece mode swapping with a simple device flip
- Full night vision red mode
- Sky and stars brightness adjustment
- Telrad
- Orientation and search arrow
- Photos timers
- Logbook
- Notes
- Alarms on sky objects events
- Live time changer
- Integrated lamp
- Supports portrait and landscape mode
- Compass support for 3GS and 4
- Coordinates display
- Full control of colors of map items
- 500 cities database
- User locations
- GPS/Gyro and compass support

What's New in Version 4.4

Correcting an issue that could prevent the compass to move the map automatically

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Customer Reviews

Great companion to a backyard telescope.

Been using this app for years and have never once found it lacking, or felt a need to try other astronomy apps. It's great.


Ive had this app a few years now but still no manual

Good, but flawed in many ways! Be careful--upgrades have reset toolbars and photos!


On the iPhone now, it crashes every time Featured is chosen!


Each time this app is upgraded, it forgets that 160 megs of photos have been installed!! So, one has to discover that by accident --and then go through a long download. That should not be necessary and definitely needs fixing.

This latest version of the app has done something worse--the app claims all the photoshop bars and photos! are installed, but won't show any in the scrolling list! It responds with a Photos x symbol. And, no, it has nothing to do with my photo settings--I checked that! Oddly, photos still show up in the info windows of individual objects, but not the scrolling list--which is so good for spotting what's up. The only solution is to DELETE all the photos and then re-download.


The latest upgrade reset all the toolbars. It takes a long time and painstaking work to change the icons in each toolbar to what you want. Having an upgrade destroy all that effort and time is horrendous. Be sure to take snapshots of the screen as a record to get things back in order. You'll be sorry if you don't!

The developer is a responsive, decent sort, but this problem reflects poorly on his attention to the program! The upgrade problems lose it a star out of the box.


Pop up photos and info when tapping on an DSO are just wonderful. One tap and you see a mini photo of the object similar to an eyepiece view. But it's very tricky tapping on DSOs. Instead, you often end up getting some obscure star's info.

Excellent eyepiece views, with user customization to fit your collection. But there's only one magnitude setting--and it handles both DSOs and stars, so it's very hard to get a FOV that really represents what you've looking at. (Stars are an odd grey, too; nothing like an eyepiece view.)


Attractive display, including color customization by user and discrete display of DSO names. But the program does NOT show many of the brightest DSOs, including many Messier objects, unless you drill way down to ridiculously small fields of view! That's really a major deficiency in a star charting program! The symbols for star clusters and globulars are too similar, and there is no color customization of DSOs.


The Tonight feature is wonderful, providing a great way of seeing what's going to be up--and permits great filtering by object type, telescope, magnitude or rating, etc. But you're stuck between a choice of listing only two or scores of objects--and the button for switching requires scrolling through all the objects! There needs to be an in-between setting, too, showing say top 5 or 10 in each category.


Customizable tool bars, so that you can group the functions you use most into a couple of toolbars. But the customization is needlessly convoluted, you end up having to use multiple toolbars; it switches every time you use a different command; and it doesn't even include the new Find command from its simplified toolbar (which groups all the various finds together).

Note: I had taken backup photos to have a record of how I had set things up--and it is still a bear redoing the icon sets. Frederic really should provide an alphabetized list to draw on; as it stands now, one has to hunt and hunt to find the icon/command one wants in the maze of icons.


Still, this is one of the best astronomy, planetarium, sky gazing apps available. While SkySafari Plus surpasses it overall, with a better design, better features in many areas, and more frequent upgrades, Starmap Pro is no slouch and makes an excellent app (its photos and one-tap pop up info & photos are the best among all astro apps). At these prices, buy both! Just make sure that you take snapshots of your toolbar customizations because upgrades can reset all that work!

Say, that reminds me. I better go take some screen shots of Starmap's menu palettes!

Starmap Pro
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  • $16.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2014
  • Version: 4.4
  • Size: 96.1 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Seller: Fruduric Descamps

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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