the best sky map app

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  1. zoran, Aug 7, 2016
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    zoran macrumors 68030

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    Which would you consider to be the best "sky map" application for iOS and why?
     
  2. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Star Walk 2 is very nice, with a rich set of capabilities and is very polished. Some great 3D rendering of objects And only $2.99. Sky Guide is $2.99 like Star Walk 2. Provides more local textual data as opposed to Star Walk taking you to on-line references (but it also has embedded links). Doesn't have the nice rendering of Star Walk.

    Redshift is also very good but pricier at $9.99. Neat fly-to capabilities with good graphics.

    Luminos - excellent but pricier yet at $14.99. Again, neat fly-to capabilities with good graphics. A lot of support for serious use with astro viewing gear.

    I have all four of these and I'd say that for general usage that Star Walk 2 is the best because of capabilities and low price.
     
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    You might want to add how you plan to use the app - casual sky observation, serious amateur astronomy, or something in between.
     
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  5. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well on Android i had GoogleSkyMap and i guess i was contempt. It was free and easy to get a view of things.
     
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    Star Walk 2 is the "next generation" of the original Star Walk:

    https://www.engadget.com/2014/08/24/star-walk-2-mostly-improves-on-the-original/

    http://www.macworld.com/article/260...akes-the-night-sky-look-better-than-ever.html

    (note that both of these articles are from 2014 when Star Walk 2 was introduced and the app has been updated since)
    --- Post Merged, Aug 8, 2016 ---
    If you're looking for a free app, then check out Sky View or Star Chart.
     
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    I removed star walk when i installed star walk 2.
     
  10. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have the original Star Walk, just Star Walk 2. If you look at the expanded descriptions of each, it appears that Star Walk 2 does provide more functionality, a different interface, and more info if you purchase the in-app add-ons (I did):

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-2-guide-to-sky-day/id892279069?mt=8

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-5-stars-astronomy/id295430577?mt=8
     
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