Developer: Simulation Curriculum Corp.
Current Version: 1.8
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 260.4 MB - Download
Please note: This is an older version of SkySafari Plus. It has been replaced for SkySafari 4 Plus now!
The newest version of SkySafari 4 Plus is available here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/skysafari-4-plus/id888809986?mt=12
Most Helpful Reviews
Great program but case sensitive search is annoying - I really like this program, it's a good planetarium program with a good amount of depth for an experienced observer. I use both the MacOS version on my iMac and the iOS version on my iPhone, although I haven't used it at the eyepiece yet. My one complaint is that the search function seems to be case sensitive, but only in some instances. For example, when searching for the carbon star WZ Cassiopeiae, if I search for "wz cas" or "Wz cas" (the default capitalization in iOS), it won't find it, but it will if I change it to "WZ cas". However, if I search for it by its Hipparcos designation, it finds it whether I enter it as "Hip 99", "hip 99", or "HIP 99". This is a minor annoyance, I admit, but an annoyance nevertheless which I hope the authors can remedy in a future release. Otherwise, like I said, I really like the program, and I didn't feel that one "quirk" was worth down-rating it from five stars.
It - I use to have Starry Night on my Mac OS 9 and at that time it was the best application I had on my computer. Being over 10 years since Starry Night, I was expecting to be blown away by SkySafari Pro, but I was let down. There are very few advances from the Starry Night I used 10 years ago, such as upgraded graphics and pictures. SkySafari is missing a navigator that lets you control where you are in space, which Starry Night has. SkySafari does offer loads of information which is easy for quick reference if making observations, but nothing you couldn't just google. I would have loved to see this application have would be a better search tool. For example, was not able to look up either of the Megellan galaxies in the search function. Also, I was not able to find timing and places for viewing eclipses, which I was hoping this app would have.
More Reviews for Current Version
Best Mac app - This is the main app I use for my observing. It has everything I need to find what’s visible in the sky each night and on future nights. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in Astronomy either a novice or an experienced observer.
Great app! - I’m new to astronomy and this has been the ver best software that I’ve used for finding objects to look at from my back yard. I also have the iPad app that I use in night mode if I have trouble finding things.
Excellent Astronomy Program - I am an amateur astronomer and docent at an observatory. I use this program all the time. Some of our telescopes are push-to scopes, and SkySafari is extremely helpful in aiming at faint deep sky objects. I’m not sure if this is a feature or an unintended “bug”, but when SkySafari is in night mode (red), all of the other programs on my MacBook Pro also run in red, night mode. This is very helpful if I need additional information from another program without killing my night vision. I have not used it as such, but some of my fellow docents use it to control their telescopes and like it for that. This program is well worth the nominal cost.
Great app - I am just a begginer but I found this app very easy to use and lots of fun. I recommend it highly.
A great tool for Amateur Astronomers and Astrophotographers - I love Sky Safari, it is both a great planetarium program and when used with it’s companion product, SkyFi, makes connecting to and controlling my Meade telescope incredibly easy. I can use my iPad, iPhone and computer to effortlessly tour the sky.