Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
By Noctua Software Ltd
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
The most realistic sky map to observe stars, planets and constellations!
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map is a fully-featured planetarium for your phone. It shows a realistic and accurate night sky map, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
The sensor control will also enable you to identify a star in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at the sky!
This award-winning astronomy application is finally available on iOS featuring:
* a catalog of over 600,000 stars displayed as a real time zoomable sky map
* a catalog of many nebulae and galaxies, with pictures for some of them
* asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for several sky cultures
* artificial satellites, including the International Space Station
* realistic Milky Way
* realistic landscape and atmosphere with sunrise, sunset and light pollution simulation
* accurate simulation of stars extinction, and atmosphere refraction
* 3D rendering of the major solar system planets and their satellites
* night mode (red)
* GPS positioning, accelerometers control of the direction of view in the sky
Stellarium mobile Sky Map is created by two of the original developers of Stellarium, the Desktop version of this famous astronomy and planetarium stars chart app.
What's New in Version 1.23
- Minor changes
OK but a couple MAJOR problems.
I used the app a couple nights ago and everything seemed as it should be. But tonight I was trying to look back at that night on the app and it's not the same as what it showed then. In fact it was way off. I started setting the date back one day at a time until the moonset was at the right time and the date was 3 days off.
Second problem is finding a city. THERE IS NO WAY TO SEARCH FOR A CITY. If you are trying to find a city, first you have to scroll through a list of every country in the world. So the US takes a while to get to. THEN it shows a scroll list of every city it has in that country. So scroll, scroll, scroll (looking for Sedona - the city list doesn't list a state). First time I got half way there and touched just off the list and it went away. But it didn't start where I left off. Oh no. I had to start over again only to find Sedona is not on the list. Can someone tell me in what universe does this make sense???
Just found out that this app was here. I love the desktop version of Stellarium and the mobile app is just as great. I've bought several other apps, a couple that I've spent more than $13 on in-app-purchases (they got me), but none of them felt right compared to my desktop Stellarium application. Finally I have a version that I can carry in my pocket, with the same lightweight and highly functional software as it's desktop cousin. There's a reason why Stellarium is the most popular software for astronomers people!
I set this up on my iPad and mounted it to my dobsonian telescope to use as a star chart and it has been pretty amazing so far. I don't have it set to motion so I just scroll on the screen to where I'm looking and star hop using stellarium to show me where I'm at by comparing it to my field of view. It's not flawless, but it's better than acceptable for finding deep sky objects, tracking the planets, and even satellites.
One thing I wish was offered was a telrad reticle overlay. That would make this app 100 times easier to use than it already is. The ability to see the size relation on screen and compare it through my telrad would enable me to speed up my star hopping faster than using a goto mount I'd bet.
I only gave four stars instead of five because in motion it seems to be off quite a bit although still useful, and because I feel that adding a telrad reticle overlay would then make it perfect. At least for me.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: Jan 18, 2016
- Version: 1.23
- Size: 54.3 MB
- Seller: Noctua Software Limited
- © 2015 Fabien Chereau et al. (GNU GPL)
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.