Been using Sky Map since it originally released (many smartphones ago lol) Great app for whenever you're curious about that bright planet or star in the sky. I like taking a screen shot of app and post it on facebook with a photo shot of the sky. Wonder if this could ever be added to future additions of the app? Or maybe even photo-overlay? (that would also be a cool way to calibrate chart)
Overall, Sky Map is a great application. It is perfect for the beginner astronomer, as well as those looking to learn more about astronomy, and familiarize themselves with the solar system. It includes many convenient features such as the ability to enable and disable the appearance of stars, constellations, planets, and much more. The feature I enjoyed the most was the ability to “time travel.” I could easily enter a date and time, (past or future), and view the solar system at that moment. This feature also allowed me to observe the changes in space that had occurred, or that would occur between the present and the time selected. Sky Map was able to accurately determine my location, and display celestial objects in relation to my position. An element that should be incorporated into this app is the ability for users to view information about any given celestial object they select. This would provide a more educational experience for those interested in furthering their knowledge about celestial objects, rather than just where they are located. In conclusion, this is an easy to operate, yet highly capable app that many astronomers, both new and experienced will enjoy.
Best - but be careful The only app that could locate me and the astronomical bodies I wanted to find. Be careful with the magnetic clasp on your phone case/cover. I found that if I had the magnetic clasp folded over the back of my phone it would throw off the sensor's alignment. I experimented with this several times.
A Great App For Those Who Like Heavenly Bodies Sky Map has pretty much everything casual stargazers could ask for, that too for the excellent price of free and without ads to boot. Even better, the developers have begun updating the app again after practically abandoning it for a while. In short, this is a must-have tool for all lovers of heavenly bodies (of the celestial kind) :)
This app is a gem. And it worth installing even if only for the sheer hilarity of the license agreement. But it is so much more than that I'm literally able to hold my phone up to a point in the sky and it shows me in real time the stars and planets and their names and the constellations as I pan across the night sky. It takes my breath away. A trillion *s!
Works on Moto G3 but not on the G4 as Moto inexplicably dropped the internal compass. On the G3 the app's sky was always off a few inches, even when the compass was calibrated to high accuracy. Once I took into account the off-kilter view, the info was clear and accurate.
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