SkySafari Plus 1.8

A great Mac OS X application that can be used to visualize major planets, moons, asteroids, nebulae, constellations and much more.

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What's new in SkySafari Plus 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.
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SkySafari Plus is part of a astronomy suite that comes in three flavors: Basic, Plus and Pro. The SkySafari Basic version allows you to visualize more than 46.000 stars, 220 star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and much more.

The SkySafari Plus edition includes all the tools and star databases comprised by the Basic edition, but also comes with a lot more information and allows you to control both wired and wireless telescopes.

As a result, you can use SkySafari Plus to explore the Solar System and analyze major planets through images provided by NASA (photos taken during space missions or captured by the Hubble Space Telescope).

The app allows you to view moons, asteroids, comets, satellites and more. All in all, you will be able to visualize over 2.5 million stars and 31.000 sky objects (the complete NGC/IC catalog).

SkySafari Plus enables you to view the stars position from any location on Earth. What’s more, you can also travel up to 1 million in the past or in the future: the app includes descriptions for all known constellations, starts or planets, so you will be able to view their movement in time.

Last but not least, SkySafari Plus can be used to control various “GoTo” telescope models: Meade (LX-200 Classic and GPS, LX-90, ETX, LXD, LX-400 ACF with AutoStar controllers and Magellan I and II), Celestron (Ultima 2000, NexStar 4/5/8, 5i/8i, GPS, SLT, SE, CG5, CGE, CGEM, CPC), Orion Sirius, Atlas, SkyView Pro, SkyQuest XTg, SkyWatcher mounts with SynScan controllers and many others.

For a complete list of supported telescope models, you should visit the SkySafari Plus page on the Southern Stars website.

To conclude, SkySafari Plus offers you the possibility to explore the Solar System or control your wired or wireless telescope from the comfort of your Mac. If you need access to an extensive stars database and high quality NASA imagery, SkySafari Plus is certainly an option worth considering.

SkySafari Plus was reviewed by , last updated on January 28th, 2014

Runs on: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Intel only)

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