SkySafari Pro
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Massive-scale astronomy database.   Demo ($49.99)
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SkySafari Pro is for the obsessed kind of observer that wants it all. It contains over 15.3 million stars from the Hubble Guide Star catalog, plus 740,000 galaxies down to 18th magnitude, and over 550,000 solar system objects - including every comet and asteroid ever discovered. Yet it runs just as quickly and smoothly as the basic version.
What's New
Version 1.8:
  • Added 3D models, descriptions, and images of Cassini and Voyager spacecraft, the International Space Station, and Hubble Space Telescope.
  • When you are orbiting an object that itself is orbiting another primary object, SkySafari updates your position so that the primary stays at the same relative position.
  • Chart center longitude/latitude now remembered correctly when app relaunches after exit.
  • Improved performance when drawing many faint solar system objects. Default solar system magnitude limit is now 20, as opposed to unlimited; settings files now restore unlimited (infinite) magnitudes correctly.
  • Now displays orbit epoch for satellites and solar system objects in Object Info. Conjunction, opposition, eclipse dates in Object Info now show the first such event taking place any time in the next 2 years, and the math runs much faster now.
  • Fixed bug where two or more automatic solar system data updates could happen simultaneously, which could result in missing objects in some categories. Discards partial solar system data updates; all files must now download successfully before SkySafari will accept the updated data.
  • Fixed small error in position computation for some geosynchronous satellites.
  • Fixed problem preventing some stars from being drawn when very far away in interstellar space.
  • Added support for telescope axis encoders on SiTech controllers in Push-To mode.
  • Implemented fix for alignment problems with encoder systems on clock-driven equatorial mounts.
  • Fixed undersize-buffer problem preventing some JavaScript commands from being sent to TheSkyX Server for controlling Software Bisque Paramounts correctly.
  • Fixed problems drawing orbits with eccentricity very close to (but not exactly) 1, like that of comet PANSTARRS.
Version 1.8:
  • Added 3D models, descriptions, and images of Cassini and Voyager spacecraft, the International Space Station, and Hubble Space Telescope.
  • When you are orbiting an object that itself is orbiting another primary object, SkySafari updates your position so that the primary stays at the same relative position.
  • Chart center longitude/latitude now remembered more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Frank-O'Connor reviewed on 15 Feb 2013
An excellent astronomy package that competes with the high end (Voyager and Starry Night) at a budget price. It's one of the few apps that I've come across that works with Location Services on the Mac, the database (whist not as extensive as Voyager or Starry Night) is better than all other packages I've used, and the feature set is extensive. Has a somewhat quirky interface, and auto-reverts to the last screen you used rather than a default ... which I find a tad different from other packages ... but looks like becoming one of my top three in short order.
[Version 1.7.3]


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Holypoly commented on 04 Jun 2012
The latest release of SkySafari Pro for Mac OS X is 1.5, released 9 May 2012. Here are the new features and bug fixes included in this release:

You can now orbit other objects in the solar system! Select an object, then click the new Orbit button in the toolbar to fly into orbit around it. If you select the Sun or any other star, you will fly far above the Sun, where you can see the whole solar system. Once in orbit, swipe to move around. New buttons in the lower left and right corners let you fly toward or away from the planet. When you're ready to return to Earth, click the Home icon at the bottom of the sky chart.
A new super-hi-res Moon map based on imagery from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has 8x the resolution of any other SkySafari version. When viewing from Earth, the Moon is always a disk with its correct phase. The Moon's dark side now shows faint earthshine, and appears sky-colored in daylight. The sky darkens when solar eclipses take place.
New maps of Earth and Mars have twice the resolution of the previous version. You now see the surfaces of Venus, Earth, and Titan without atmospheres or clouds. Mars's moons Phobos and Deimos are now shaped realistically. Saturn's moon Hyperion tumbles chaotically. Venus - or any other planet - now always shows as a black dot when transiting the Sun. Planet surface grids are drawn more accurately.
Planet and moon surface features are now labelled. So are the landing sites of every spacecraft that humankind has ever sent to any other moon or planet.
Object Info descriptions for the planets and constellations have been rewritten. Learn about the mythology of the planets, the transit of Venus, and total solar eclipses!
Object Info now shows angular separation between the currently selected object and the Sun, the previously-selected object, and the chart center. Object Info also shows opposition, conjunction, eclipse, and transit dates for solar system objects, as well as their apparent motion rates in the sky. Physical ephemeris data are shown for planets and moons.
Asteroid, comet, and satellite orbits have been updated with the latest 2012 data. A few new minor moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto discovered since 2008 have been added. You can now show orbits of asteroids, comets, and satellites if you select them. Numerous other small solar system computation and graphics bugs are fixed.
You can now search for objects by typing a number without any catalog prefix. Searching for "104" will now find Messier 104, NGC 104, star HR 104, and asteroid (104) Klymene.
You can now use the chart center as the telescope alignment/GoTo target by clicking the target label in the scope control panel. This lets you enter and GoTo to the exact set of coordinates of the chart center, or align on a point like the zenith (+90 altitude).
Improved app icon and splash screen.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Toxicatomicdog rated on 01 Jan 2013

[Version 1.7]



jaleide rated on 23 Feb 2012

[Version 1.1.1]



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Holypoly rated on 10 Feb 2012

[Version 1.1]



ilwetrittche rated on 10 Feb 2012

[Version 1.1]


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Date:17 Jul 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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SkySafari Pro is for the obsessed kind of observer that wants it all. It contains over 15.3 million stars from the Hubble Guide Star catalog, plus 740,000 galaxies down to 18th magnitude, and over 550,000 solar system objects - including every comet and asteroid ever discovered. Yet it runs just as quickly and smoothly as the basic version.


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