SkySafari 6 Plus

SkySafari 6 Plus [Reference] App Description & Overview

SkySafari 6 Plus goes beyond most basic astronomy apps by providing you with a full-featured space simulator with telescope control and Augmented Reality (AR) mode.

Note that there is no discount upgrade path from SkySafari 6 Plus to SkySafari 6 Pro. Choose carefully!

Here's what's new in version 6:

1) Complete support for iOS 13 and iPhone 11. We got you covered and release regular updates.

2) Clouds and Astronomy. Two words that rarely go together. Rewritten from the ground up, SkySafari 6 Plus will (optionally) back up all of your observing data in our secure cloud storage and make it easily accessible to multiple devices as well as from our new web interface,

3) We Have The Best Stars. Precise, modern and deep. We’ve updated our star catalog to use the latest and greatest, UCAC5 star catalog.

4) Observers First. A redesign of our tools puts the active observer first. Quick access to features like your equipment, observing sites, lists, and observations make it easy and enjoyable to get out, observe, and record your observations.

5) Graph It. The completely new graph tool will give a quick visual representation of an object’s altitude above the horizon. Essential for planning your night’s observations.

6) Plan It. Make the most of your time under the stars. Our updated planner is a powerful tool that lets you create a list of targets for your observing session with filters like object types, specific time ranges, constellation, catalog, and more. Plan it and get more done.

7) Say It. Ever just wanted to just yell at your device and tell it what to do!? SkySafari 6 adds basic voice control for a wide range of operations. Say “select Jupiter,” “search for Titan,” “center on Polaris” and SkySafari will do the work for you. Yelling optional. 

8) Tilt It. Every old astronomy app these days lets your tilt and pan your device to show different parts of the sky, but who else lets you control your telescope that way!? “Tilt to slew” is an optional mode allowing you to keep your eye in the eyepiece, and, using the accelerometers in your device, gently translate the movements of your hands into smooth telescope motion.

9) Share It. SkySafari 6 is more than just a mobile app, it’s a new system to help organize and share your observing experiences. With a free signup, you can see and share your observing data from our web portal,! Affordable premium memberships add online editing, so you can not only view, but edit your observations, add new observing sites, manage your equipment and more. Finally, (coming soon) you can view, edit and manage your settings files with SkySafari Web, our fully functional web version.

If you haven't used SkySafari 6 Plus before, here's what you can do with it:

• Hold your device up, and SkySafari 6 Plus will find stars, constellations, planets, and more!

• Simulate the night sky up to 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, conjunctions, eclipses, and other celestial events.

• Learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy! Browse over 1500 object descriptions and astronomical images. Explore NASA space missions! Stay up-to-date with SkyWeek for all major sky events every day!

• Control your telescope, log and plan your observations.

• Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.

• Orbit Mode. Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly through our solar system.

• Time Flow – Follow the motion of sky objects as days, months, and years are compressed into a few seconds.

• Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name.

• Support for Apple Watch!

• Tonight at a Glance: the Sun, Moon, Planets, ISS, and Iridium flares in one handy view!

• Notifications when the ISS will pass overhead, when Iridium satellites flare, and more!

• Much more!

For even more features, and a gigantic database aimed at the most dedicated amateur or professional astronomer, check out SkySafari 6 Pro!

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SkySafari 6 Plus Customer Service, Editor Notes:

- Updated for iOS 14. - Better support for connecting to telescopes through local networks. - Corrections to Japanese localization.

SkySafari 6 Plus Comments & Reviews

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- Good planning CCD camera view

I am impressed at being able to combine my CCD camera view and telescope optics to get a FOV. As I zoom in on a target, the FOV maintains aspect ratio to the target. I’ve checked a few and indeed, the size of the object matches what I’ve gotten on my CCD sensor. This is very handy for planning because some targets would be too big or small for my FOV so I can find a more suitable subject for a photo. App has very good graphics compared to others I’ve used and the size and orientation look correct.

- Challenging but interesting

My daughter wanted a simple app to help her use the telescope she got for Christmas. This isn’t it; it’s much more complicated than we were expecting. I suppose it works, and if you’re a professional astronomer it would make sense. I’m not sure though, because we don’t understand the majority of the features. For peasants like us, the compass feature is all we need, and it wasn’t easy to find, as it’s on a scroll at the bottom. We needed “sky for dummies.” After about an hour into messing with this complicated app, we found Venus on the app and then saw it in the sky, and a little 8 year old was really excited about it. So there’s a win.

- Wifi connection problems

This could be great APP except for some limitations. The positive is, it has a great display of the sky with many helpful tools. One of the tools I like is being able to save my DSO viewed objects. The however is that it is very difficult to acquire a clean link between the iPad and the Celestron Nexstar Evolution mount. With WiFi. With having WiFi as the only available link it becomes useless in a populated area with 2 or more fellow star gazers also using wifi. If they could update the APP to allow a mini USB connection passing thru the Hand Controller. There is another App that I stumbled across That utilized this connection. It uses a mini USB cable that connects to the HC and passes the commands onto the mount. There is also a path for EQ mounts where the connection is direct, bypassing the HC. Even though the APP is free it does not come up to the quality of the user interface and display SkySafari. One thing I said earlier is the ability to save your viewing history and printing out a hard copy. If this app incorporated a USB connection it would have a 6 plus star rating.

- Good app. Confusing reason for update.

This business model of making a new version as a new app, asking users to repurchase it, and removing the old version from the store is confusing. I uninstalled my previous version to install the new version, after being prompted to download the new version from within the app. I realized after installing the new version that features had been removed, and that I needed to purchase this “plus” version to re-enable the features I lost. I couldn’t find the previous version in the App Store, so I just paid for this. The developer has pointed out that the old version can still be downloaded from the App Store in the previously purchased section of my account. Thanks.

- Great app

Very impressed with this upgrade. I had the free version of this before and thought it was okay, nothing special. This version really does everything. I do my image planning and future projects with it. Only reason it's getting 4 stars is that I can't get the laptop version going. It keeps saying that I need the 6 plus version to get in. Which is what I have. Other than that it does everything I need.

- Better Than I Expected!

This app is smooth and powerful. I will like learning how to use this great software. During my first session SkySafari alerted me to an HST pass. My ten-year-old observing partner and I enjoyed watching the low-angle pass on my iPhone almost as much as we would have liked directly observing the orbiting observatory. Tonight I loaded a second copy of this app on my iPad and watched my niece load another copy on her iPhone. It still works great!

- Fantastic app for the stars!

I’ve been using SkySafari + for years. I love that such a powerful App lives on my phone so I can refer to it anytime at home or in the field. It works great to control my Goto telescope for observing and astrophotography, and functions perfectly in remote places where there is no cell coverage. Most excellent for beginners and experienced users a like. Don’t hesitate to get this app!

- Glitch

Sky safari 6 plus seems to have a glitch. The setting for horizon and sky does not work when you show grid with equatorial coordinates. So you set horizon and sky for “opaque” or anything else and you get what you expect with grid set to horizon, but not with any of the other 3 coordinate systems. It used to work and then suddenly stopped a few weeks ago. Very annoying. This works fine on the pro version on my mac.

- Very Detailed!

Having used stargazing apps in the past, both free and paid, this has been one of the easier, more detailed, and user friendly apps. The video tutorials and clearly labeled icons make it super easy to navigate and personalize. I just got my first telescope and this app makes it super easy to locate and observe the night sky!

- I see why it is the choice of most of the astronomers in my local club!

I have used other star finder apps and they are great for casual viewing and learning the night sky. But, if you’ve got a telescope and want to view a wider variety of night objects, this is a great choice. It has so many tools that help locate and log those objects.

- THE Best

SkySafari Plus is simply THE best planetarium/scope control software available on the market. As an amateur astronomer, this is one of the essential tools to enjoy the hobby to its maximum. The ability to plan observing sessions, log observations, and learn about the universe make it indispensable. This app is well worth the investment. Whether you observe using your naked eyes, binoculars or telescopes, this app is for you.

- Great for learning

This app is amazing visually and I love that you can point to two stars and it will tell you the distance those stars are from each other that is awesome. But I can not get app to work well enough with my 5 se and skyq-link when it does sync right it seems to always take the longest route to an object and the controls are not good either to many icons. I see a lot of bad ratings for the Celestron sky portal app but it works great for me.

- Unable to Synch w iOptron AZMP

I have the latest software installed on an iOptron AZMP, and cannot synch to this version of SkySafari. I selected iOptron AZMP and other AltAZ settings in SkySafari and entered the correct IP and subnet, but cannot connect. Tried multiple times but will not connect. F.Y.I. the iOptron AZMP will connect with a NOOK tablet, so the problem is not with the iOptron AZMP, the problem is with SkySafari. Please advise, this is very disappointing.

- The Best astronomy App; Sky Week doesn’t function.

I enjoy the Sky Safari Plus and the Free Sky Safari apps. One problem. There is no longer connection to Sky Week. To contact anyone regarding the issue, you are sent to an off site that simply doesn’t work to get help. I’m hoping someone will see the problem and fix it. It’s been down since January 2020.

- Great app!

Skysafari plus gives me accurate information on the sky! I use it to see what is in the sky now and also check visibilities of upcoming celestial events. Only lacking feature that I could use would "what satellite did I just see?" (Identity viewed satellites).

- Safari indeed

This app has brought me hours and hours of pleasure. I use it to wander our galaxy, requesting information as I go, and because the app also slews my telescope, all I have to do is point where I’m interested in viewing and the telescope follows. Six of five stars ! Omaha Steve

- Needs some polish and attention to detail

This app could be insanely great and well crafted if some more attention to detail was paid. As you can see from the screenshots, the UI has a bunch of slightly janky spacing and padding issues. If these were fixed throughout the app it would feel much higher quality.

- Still an incredible bargain

This app is a must-have for any astronomer. With one foot in visual and the other in imaging it gets used regularly. When on sale it is the deal of the century. I appreciate that the add-ons haven’t been appropriated from regular features and that the support is solid.

- Probably the best sky observation map out there

I love this app. I was looking for an app that would simulate how the planets would look, particularly the size of them using the different optic equipment combinations for my telescope. This app has not disappointed and is now my go to app.

- Best astronomy investment I’ve made!

This software is so intuitive and useful, I stared using many features minutes after downloading. Selection and navigation is quick and smooth. You get a lot for the tiny price!

- Simply the best night sky app

I have been using SkySafari for almost four years now and recently added an AVX to my inventory. Using SkySafari’s scope control has taken my hobby to the next level. Can’t say enough good about it!

- Joe Porter

Incredible software with lots of options and features. Easy to use and provides me with quick access to astronomical events on my IPhone X. A word to the developer’s, Keep up the good work!!!

- Hard getting it to control my telescope.

I like the app but had a hard time getting it to control the telescope. Finally I was able to connect via the app the came with the telescope and then this app finally started to work.

- Great app!

I use this app almost daily on both my old iPad and newer iPhone 6s. It's very useful as both a learning tool and a navigation tool to use while observing.

- Data out of date!

I’m still seeing SkyWeek info from the end of December 2019 and we are in April now. Also the comet is Mag 2? I thought this was going to be fixed in the new year. Would love it if if the compass button was always in reach. Otherwise pretty good app.

- Screen Jitters

Best astronomy app on planet earth. But my app has developed the jitters in compass mode on iphone XR. The screen shakes and the text goes on and off. Maybe a bug. I’ve reset phone, no fix. Help!!! The best app ever!!

- Fantastic!

Can’t say enough about this incredible product! Extremely impressed.

- It’s good

I am still figuring out how to get the best out of it, but this app is worth the cost. VERY nice for traveling to new latitudes. Looking forward to using this app to do visual exploring of Southern Hemisphere stars.

- An indispensible program

Whether you are planning an observing session, star-hopping to a dim and obscure planetary nebula, or simply learning more about astronomy, SkySafari is the amateur astromer’s ultimate companion.

- Great APP for Star Gazers

Love this APP Tracking stars, comets and planets. Follow SpaceX and the ISS, track Hubble... Learn something new every time you log in. Great Virtual App’s as well.

- Decent on fixed stars; couldn’t point to comet Neowise...

Search & align always nearly 40 degrees off, but good on any fixed stars - not sure what the issue is. Date & time of night seemed O.K.

- Zero Support

Before you purchase any of the SkySafari products you should know that should have any issues, you will receive absolutely no support whatsoever...only referred to a community forum. The producers of this product are too busy collecting the revenue stream to support their customers.

- Safari

Great astronomy application. Easy to use and search for objects.

- SkySafari3

This app is truly amazing! Can’t wait to use it with telescope via Bluetooth!

- Amazing App

This continues to be one of the most useful tools I have for amateur astronomy!

- Brilliant

If your into the night sky or Astronomyy at all this app is a must have.

- CD43

Great app! Educational and informative. Very accurate. Highly recommend it. It is truly beautiful!!!!

- Unstable near zenith

SkySafari 6 Plus does not work as well as SkySafari 5 Plus that I bought last year. When I orientate my iPhone towards zenith, the sky view rotates rapidly and is very unstable. SkySafari 5 Plus does not have this problem. I would like a refund for SkySafari 6 Plus. Thanks!

- The Best App for observations and AP :)

I love the app, it’s my go-to reference :) I use it as an aid both for visual and astrophotography.

- Why did Neowise data disappear?

Apparently comet data "expires" and you need to uninstall and reinstall app (plus version) to refresh the data. And then all your personal settings disappear. Very annoying and badly designed IMHO.

- Skysafari6 plus

Best app for any money, glad I purchased it!

- Might be ok.....

Equipment is entered under “Observe”, not “Settings”. Have not found a way to import SS5 Settings/Equipment yet.

- Perfect App

Best app on the market. The information is nearly limitless and can be utilized by novice casual observer to astrophysicist.

- Best app ever

This app is not just fun but a need for computer assisted astronomy


Awesome amateur astronomers app! They've thought of everything!

- Not working for me.

Very sluggish when connected. Bullseye not moving. Alignment failure. Regret buying the app and Skyfi, waste of money. Couldn’t find support phone number. Want my money back or fix it!

- Not working

Must be some bugs they havent sorted yet but will not connect to my scope. Had to go back to other program. This was a waste of money

- So so app

No real information on usage. No usable manual. It's pretty much learn by hit an miss until one day learn it.

- Why?

I wasted my money on this since it’s seems to be impossible to import my settings from version 5. Deleted!

- Unhappy

App does not work as I had thought and read about. Maybe I just need to play with it some more?

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- weird but cool

I like it because its fun weird just like me lets get to the point i like it because its funny when you put uranis😁

- Upgrade costs

Hey, I’ll start with how amazing these apps are, I have been using SkySafari for a while now, it rekindled my interest in astronomy and I’m out there most nights. Just a little annoyed that I have to pay full price to get pro mode, would like an option to upgrade for a cheaper price considering I already paid for SkySafari 6?

- Quality

Well worth the coin

- SkySafariPlus

Difficult to use, unable to utilise real time/directional

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- Perfection

So easy to use, it almost feels like cheating! Highly detailed, very thorough catalogue of stars to 11-12 magnitude, make simple work of star hopping. Great for the casual or serious observer. Worth every single dollar!

- The must have!

I’m using this software from years.

- Best version yet!

Many confusing or misplaced settings have been moved to more logical locations. I particularly like the more logical Observe button with it's easier record function and putting the expand / contract in one place. The addition of the LiveSky is genius. I could go on for a while; but, best of all is the new pricing! Well done!

- Awesome!

Just what I was looking for...

- A Stellar Companion

This is an excellent stellar companion. As everyone with a phone or tablet knows there are apps, and then there are your favourite apps. The two or three you use everyday, all the time, apps that have become extensions of your connection to reality, and conduits of your creative expression and contribution. For me Sky Safari 6 plus is that app. Its interactivity is intuitive and easy to use. The science is thorough and impeccable, while still maintaining the awe and mystery that first drew us to the night sky. The descriptions are adapted from STARS by Jim Kaler; Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of Illinois and embody the same qualities. I am doing star research from an astrological perspective and Sky Safari 6 plus lists the stars in Ecliptic Longitude, as well as the other co-ordinate systems, so it is very easy to convert this to degree and sign of the zodiac if that is something that interests you. The data is in real time and I use it to check my list (and arithmetic) for accuracy. This exercise means I move around the app often, seeing and learning from its structure, which I highly value. If you love the sky you will love this app.

- Looking good

Setup was easy and smooth no glitches or issues with connections.

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- Great for observation

I use it strapped to my scope

- Had to get a refund

Don’t let my experience discourage you. This app is well made but I found there to be far too many buttons and settings for what it does. I expect efficient simplicity from an iPhone app; this reminded me too much of flashy filler-based android material. I struggled for several minutes as I waited for the app to properly sync up with my time zone. I then was very resentful of the default background area and controls for viewing a patch of sky. I feel that it should be going through my camera and providing an augmented reality environment and just having me move my phone around, perhaps with the way it is setup currently would make a nice optional setup. I ultimately decided to refund it for the price and the unnecessary complexity of the interface.

- Unable to align

Aligning by handset - perfect. Aligning by this app - impossible. Huge fail. This app is a complete waste of money if it doesn’t control the scope. What a piece of crap!

- Crashes in AR mode

This version crashes when AR is selected! Fix this and you get the extra star I’d also like to see an easier way to add an object to the observing list.

- Refund

When I shine it on my shoes it shows it’s a star constellation. Not accurate

- No Tesla Roadster

Can find the Tesla Roadster in space with Search feature.

- Lunar eclipse

I bought the $ 8.00 app to aid watching the lunar eclipse — what a waste

- Fails to connect

Sounded like a good idea, ETX125 with Stella WiFi adapter. I can see WiFi settings page so I know my network connection is good. Tried with both the Autostar and a brand new Audiostar handbox. Alignment successful but no matter what I cannot get the app to connect to the scope. This occurs on both my iPhone 11 and iPad Pro, both with latest iOS. Unable to find any solutions in the forum. $14.99 wasted.

- Avoid this Update !

The past two updates just broke a perfectly fine app. What a disaster: bear the horizon a dark field appears, but size and area changes as you approach from Zenith or Nadir, shifting East and West within that area is creating further distortion of the skies. Please fix this issue asap !! PS. It also effects Sky Safari v5 but not Sky Safari v4 - Authors: please don’t touch it !!!! Update: Comet 289P/Blanpain at -1.7 magnitude ? JPL is estimating only 18.48 ... Hmm, that could explain why I cannot find this brilliant object within SkySafari in the real sky. Update 2: Developers suggest to reset to factory settings. Ok, this worked for the horizon issue - but doesn’t really address the origins of errors. Comet still at -1.8 magnitude ...

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SkySafari 6 Plus (Version 6.7.6) Install & Download

The applications SkySafari 6 Plus was published in the category Reference on 2017-12-22 and was developed by Simulation Curriculum Corp. [Developer ID: 791341744]. This application file size is 737.82 MB. SkySafari 6 Plus - Reference app posted on 2020-10-29 current version is 6.7.6 and works well on IOS 9.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.simulationcurriculum.SkySafari6Plus

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