Great app, but non-obvious workaround for gyroless phones I reinstalled this app after over year of not using it on my 1st gen Moto G. It worked in the past, so I was surprised when it didn't work this time (sky not moving in auto mode). Turns out I needed to check the "Disable gyroscope" option in the settings. I actually thought that the compass or accelerometer was a gyroscope equivalent. A more novice user might not have bothered looking for a fix to this known issue.
This app is great. I fixed my mobile to my telescope using a phone holder then lined up on a bright star and set the centre of the map to the same star. As I tracked across the celestial sphere I could identify the star I was interested in, the constellation and other interesting objects nearby. It made my hour using the telescope much more interesting. There is only one thing that is missing. Is it possible to have a digital readout of the celestial sphere at the bottom of the map showing the ascension and declination of the object shown in the dead centre of the map. Perhaps even a faint crosshair drawn on it. This would be very useful for us amateur astronomers out there. A good app.
Still one of the good ones! I had this app before and removed from a previous phone for space. Just never had installed on my (then) newer phone. (Using Note 3) installed tonight, downloaded quickly and was ready to calibrate. Calibration took a couple of trys and did end up using the figure 8 method to do so. (Explained in app) Went from low accuracy straight to high. Everything lined up perfectly. Such a fun app that's also very functional. Now I'm eager to see if it will work just as well on my new(er) phone upgrade.. Note 5.
I love this app it's one of the coolest I've ever downloaded! Super interactive. It's super cool to locate planets and know where the sun or other space objects are at all times. Only thing I wish it did was also mark satellites and such. Tonight the international space station will be at it's brightest/most visible/closest and I was hoping to tide this to locate 8t but it only shows actual space things not human things. Probably good reasons for it (privacy laws etc) I love it overall though! Super helpful to find constellations
I just downloaded all of the recommended and free star finder apps and this one is the best. The others have too many ads, overlays, backgrounds, and are not accurate with size or location in the sky. I'm relaxing on my porch somewhere not quite rural, but not quite urban. I can't see all the stars, but this app made it easy to find every constellation and planet right away.
This app has been amazing for me all summer for educating the public and elementary school groups about the night sky. Unfortunately, a few days ago, it started displaying all the words upside down. Everything is correct, as in North is North, the calibration is accurate, and the stars are in the right positions, but the words are upside down. It's very strange. I don't know how to report this error to the developers other than in my review here. Despite this new bug, the app is still fantastic. Hopefully it will be corrected soon so it's easier to use for my programs.
Workaround for bugs in the Samsung S4 and Note 3 that caused crash on start up.
Workaround for a small number of gyro-less phones that misreport their sensor status causing the map not to move.
Uses gyro by default if supported