Sun Surveyor Lite takes the mystery out of the sunrise, sunset and magic hours, helping photographers and filmmakers scout the best locations, plan effectively, and get the perfect shot. Solar Industry (PV) Professionals, architects, real estate agents, and gardeners will also find a wealth of empowering, interactive features.

The 3D Compass and detailed Ephemeris provide a wealth of information about the largest natural light source in the galaxy:

- Predict and plan for the golden hour, blue hour and every sunrise & sunset
- Visualize the sun's path throughout the day or through the year

Additional features:

- Visual time machine - take a quick glance at the light for a day, or dial in desired compositions easily
- Twilight times - civil, nautical, astronomical
- Solstice and Equinox visualization
- Sun shadow information - calculate the length of shadows cast by objects
- Magnetic declination compensation

Check out the Full Version of Sun Surveyor for more:

- Live Camera View - augmented reality projections of the sun and moon paths, pinpoint the time the sun or moon will be at a particular location in the sky
- Interactive Map View - plan a remote shot or PV array placement, interact with a top-down perspective of sun and moon paths and events
- Street View Panoramas - 360 degree spherical panoramas with selected sun, moon and milky way events overlaid, where available
- Moon Information: moon position, moonrise, moonset, moon phases, apogee, perigee, distance and a Super Moon finder
- Show clients the quality and quantity of seasonal sunlight at a remote location
- Understand potential shade of surroundings and discover any obstructions
- Create images of the summer and winter Solstice & Equinox paths for a site
- Prepare night photography shots with the Milky Way & star trail features
- Offline usage (excludes Map View, Street View) - enter coordinates, save & load locations with no data connection or GPS available
- Measure distance, and difference between elevations, and vertical angle differentials with the Map view
- Import and export Google Earth .kmz/.kml locations

What's New

Version 2.0.5

- SDK Updates; minor bugfixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Very cool!


This is a review of the Lite version, the full currently costs about $6 USD.
The 3D Compass is a very neat toy to help locate the sun.
The details of the sun position can be very useful for everything from picnicking, to hunting/fishing, to photography.
The help file is a bit lacking. There are a few features on the compass not properly detailed in the file.
If you're looking for app to track the sun, this will work fine.

Great app!


This is such a cool app! There are so many things that you can do with it. My favorite part is the 3D compass where you can tell exactly where the sun is at any time. You can even use your camera, and if you point it at the sun, it will tell you exactly where the sun is going.

Best in class


Simply the best app for sunrise, sunset, twilight, blue hour, sun position, etc. Visual and list form. Not just for photographers and solar professionals, great for birdwatchers and setting up camp! I like it so much I upgraded to the paid version even though I didn't need the extra features!


Adam Ratana
27.6 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPad.
English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2018 Adam Ratana


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