SkySafari 4 Pro
Developer: Simulation Curriculum Corp.
Current Version: 4.4.1
Last Updated: 12 months ago
Download Size: 1.1 GB - Download
***SkySafari Pro for Mac OS X has been upgraded! This is the old version. To get the latest SkySafari Pro for Mac OS X, search for SkySafari 5 Pro in the Mac App Store!***
SkySafari 4 Pro has an absolutely huge database of astronomical objects! It contains everything in SkySafari 4 Plus, and adds over 1.2 GB of data, including 25 million stars from both Hubble Guide Star catalogs, over 740,000 galaxies down to 18th magnitude, and over 630,000 solar system objects - including every comet and asteroid ever discovered. It simulates the view from anywhere in the solar system - or beyond it - at up to a million years in the past or future.
SkySafari 4 Pro includes NASA's latest Moon and Mars maps, with 8x the resolution of any other SkySafari version. It's an astronomical encyclopedia, with over 1500 encyclopedic descriptions of the constellations, stars, and planets written by professionals. And it includes 800 images from NASA space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the world's foremost astro-photographers - now in breathtaking high definition on your Mac!
SkySafari 4 Pro takes advantage of Apple's latest Mac OS X features. It understands multitouch gestures and supports full-screen mode. Its responsive, fluid interface borrows from the best of SkySafari for iOS.
All this is built into SkySafari 4 Pro - you don't need an internet connection to use it. SkySafari 4 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. If you're serious about astronomy, it's a deal you can't afford to miss.
If you've used SkySafari Pro before, here's what's new in version 4:
* Apple Maps integration: choose your location from a built-in Maps view.
* Animated meteor showers, with complete viewing information and spectacular graphics.
* New horizon panoramas: Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco, Uluru (Ayers Rock) Australia, and the top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Or add your own!
* New and updated descriptions for hundreds of objects.
* Objects lists under Search are now sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, Dec, and many other properties.
* New Advanced Search options let you find objects using properties other than their name. For example, you can find all objects of a certain type, within a certain constellation, brighter than a certain magnitude, etc.
* New Telescope Equipment settings let you enter a list of all your telescope equipment. Select different combinations of eyepieces and telescopes to display field-of-view automatically. Set up a separate camera and auto-guider FOV. All FOV indicators can be labelled in the sky chart.
* Now log observations of objects directly from the Object Info view, or show all your observations of any object at once.
* New Variable Stars list, containing the brightest and best-known variables in the sky.
* Added descriptions for hundreds of small moons, asteroids, comets, satellites; and many images.
* All full screen images in Object Info now include hi-res versions for the iPad.
* Database now contains Guide Star Catalog 2.x stars to magnitude 15 - total 25 million (up from 15 million in SkySafari 3 Pro).
* Database now includes the complete General Catalog of Variable Stars and Washington Double Star catalogs.
* Dozens more tweaks, bug fixes, and additions we don't have room to list here!
1) Fixes incompatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.8 thru 10.8.x.
2) Fixes problem with configuring Celestron Wi-Fi Telescope Access Point mode.
Most Helpful Reviews
By far the best astronomy app, both OSX and iOS - SkySafari has been my one and only astro app for years. For Mac OSX, it is by far the best value for dollar. It blows other apps, costing literally hundreds of dollars more, out of the water. It has a beautiful and functional interface. The OSX and iOS versions complement each other well. As another reviewer mentioned, I use the OSX version for planning and post observation information. I use the iOs version with their SkyFi WiFi module and my iPad to control my goto Celestron scope. The combination allows quick movements to new objects, so we spend a lot more time looking instead of searching. Evenings are much more productive. The OSX version can also control the scope, but a laptop is a bit more cumbersome than an iPad. Not the app’s problem! But the best part is the unsurpassed support by the Simulation Curriculum staff. They are very active in responding to problems and are continually updating and improving the program. Their regular updates are partly the reason reviews for the current version are sparse. I heartily recommend this leader, par excellence, of astronomy apps.
More Reviews for Current Version
Good software bad customer service - Purchased software and within six weeks a new version came out and no free or reduced cost upgrade. Their customer service said that I missed their one month window to which I was not notified about. I was told that “loyal” customers were given the opertunity to upgrade.
I love it. - I just bought this app, i havent even scratched the surface of all the options and things to see, but with in 10 minutes i was able to do exactly what i hoped it would allow me to see, perfect. If you love space and want to be able to see an event in space from any object, location or time then this is the app, I dont usually spend $60 on an app, but this is definitly a pro tool. Thanks
Good performer, great price, excellent support - I've been using SkySafari Plus on my Mac and various flavors of it on my iPhone for a year now. It does everything I need for armchair astronomy and scope control while visual observing, and at a fraction of the price of other contenders. I've had several interactions with the tech support people on this produce, and they've been uniformly friendly, helpful, and fast.