SkySafari 5 Plus 5/5

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SkySafari 5 Plus

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By Simulation Curriculum Corp.

SkySafari 5 Plus is more than the basic astronomy app, and this is its best version yet! It's a full-featured space simulator with telescope control. Note that there is no discount upgrade path from SkySafari Plus to Pro. Choose carefully! Here's what's new:

1) Tonight at a Glance: the Sun, Moon, Planets, ISS, and Iridium flares in one handy view!

2) Notifications when the ISS will pass overhead, when Iridium satellites flare, and more!

3) Completely new sound effects, and a new look to the sky and horizon.

4) Object lists in the Search menu now show thumbnail images. New options in Advanced Search.

5) Updated object descriptions. Every object now has a description!

6) iCloud sync for your settings and observing lists! Change them on one device, and synchronize your changes across all your Mac and iOS devices!

7) An on-line repository of observing lists from experienced amateur astronomers. A "tour mode" that guides you through objects in each list!

8) An improved deep sky database with Abell and Hickson galaxy clusters, and globular clusters in M 31.

9) A handy Digitized Sky Survey viewer that lets you download images from the DSS!

10) Improved multi-star alignment for telescopes with digital setting circles. Add Barlows and Focal Reducers to your equipment list!

11) Improved OpenGL renderings of the ISS, HST, Ceres, Vesta, Pluto, Charon, and many other solar system objects and spacecraft.

If you haven't used SkySafari Plus before, here's what you can do with it.

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

• Search from our extensive database, and follow the arrow to objects in the sky. See spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets!

• Learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy! Browse over 1500 object descriptions and astronomical images. Explore NASA space missions!

• Control your telescope! SkySafari 5 Plus adds wired or wireless control for Celestron, Meade, Orion, SkyWatcher, and many other telescopes. Point your GoTo or “Push-To” telescope anywhere in the sky! Requires SkyFi (sold separately).

• Plan observing sessions with Observing Lists, log your observations, and share with friends!

All this is built into SkySafari 5 Plus – no need for an Internet connection.

Additional Features:

• 2.5 million stars; 31,000 deep sky objects including the entire NGC/IC catalog; all major planets and moons; over 4,000 updateable asteroids, comets, and satellites including the International Space Station (ISS).

• Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.

• Time Flow – Follow the motion of sky objects as days, months, and years are compressed into a few seconds.

• Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name. Results are sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, and more!

• Orbit Mode – Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly like a NASA space probe through our solar system!

• Apple Maps Integration – Choose your location from a built-in Maps view.

• Horizon Panoramas – choose from six beautiful built-in vistas, or customize your own!

For even more features, and a gigantic database aimed at the most dedicated amateur or professional astronomer, check out SkySafari 5 Pro!

Release Notes

10/4/2017 | Version : 5.3.4 | Size : 372.4 MB
Fixed recently introduced problem with some settings panels not dismissing properly.

5/22/2017 | Version : 5.3.2 | Size : 372.4 MB
1) For highlighted observing lists, you can now highlight only those objects that haven't been observed.
2) Fixed problem in last release where you could no longer connect to Astro-Physics CP3 controllers.
3) Fixed issue where the Lat/Lon in the status bar wasn’t respecting the user's geographic format.
4) Added the "X Real Time" option to the choices for time flow units. You can now do things like flow time at 10 times real time.
5) Miscellaneous other stability fixes.

4/6/2017 | Version : 5.3.1 | Size : 372.6 MB
1) Fix for faint stars in night vision mode.
2) Support for AstroPhysics GTO CP4 Wi-Fi mounts.
3) Added total motion to display of object's apparent motion in Object Info.
4) Miscellaneous stability fixes.


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Comments and Ratings for SkySafari 5 Plus

Worth the investment (5.2.0)
3/4/2017 10:56:00 AM 5/5 By PMMD8
I bought this to control a Meade LX-200 classic, through the SkyFi wireless dongle. It works extremely well — just as described. But I was surprised at how useful the sky map itself is (as opposed to the telescope-control function). I would buy this just for the improvement this sky map represents over the other maps I’ve bought. It’s somewhat more expensive, but it’s good value for money. The interface is easy, the orbit function is (I think) unique) and it provides an object perspective that is new to me. The ability to change time is better than the competition, as is the movie-like forward and backward-time tool. I’m still playing with the observation notes and observation lists. So far I don’t like these very much, but I may not be using them correctly. They don’t allow me to easily mark an object as observed except within a specific observation list. And my notes within a list don’t seem to link permanent to the object if it exists in multiple lists, or when I encounter it outside of lists. Dear Simulation Curriculum: Please either make it easier to figure out how to use lists/notes, or make them better. But that’s my only small complaint. I now use this on cloudy days in lieu of observing just becasue it’s so enjoyable just as a simulation and education tool. Well done. Buy it.

Great Program (5.1.3)
2/5/2017 7:28:00 AM 5/5 By nome di guerre
Been using this for visual observing. Works very well.

The best planetarium and telescope control available (5.1.0)
6/9/2016 6:25:00 PM 5/5 By andrew678122
I have been using SkySafari for about a year and I have to say that it is simply the best available. I previously used a free planetarium program, but SkySafari is so much better, it is more complete, has more functions, is easy to configure, and it even runs faster, plus it’s available for just about any platform. My advice to anyone is: Don’t waste your time, buy SkySafari 5 Plus, you will be pleased with it.

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