Astronomical Constellations App?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by ryanx, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. ryanx macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I wonder if any of you know about an astronomical constellations app for the iPad.. from what I know there are quite a few, but I'd like to buy the most professional one..

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    GoSkywatch Planetarium for iPad gets me around the sky quite nicely.
    You point your iPad at a hunk of sky, and the App tells you what you're looking at; or you can switch off the magnetometer and use the map as a conventional atlas.
    The star atlas doesn't go much beyond magnitude 6, if that, but there's a decent collection of deep sky objects, nebula, clusters, galaxies, included.

    The App'll also tell you which constellation is currently directly under your feet. ;)
     
  3. reputationZed macrumors 65816

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    I think you need to quantify what you mean by "most professional". Some of the more expensive apps are capable of sending coordinate data to position a telescope. This feature is probably very useful to amature astronomers who have access to the required equipment but would be overkill for stargazing. I have Distant Suns 3, which is @ $10 and the NASA app which is free, both of which I'd recommend for stargazing with the unaided eye
     

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