Spyglass [Navigation] App Description & Overview

Spyglass is an essential offline GPS app for outdoors and off-road navigation. Packed with tools it serves as binoculars, heads-up display, hi-tech compass with offline maps, gyrocompass, GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, Sun, Moon and star finder, gyro horizon, rangefinder, coordinate converter, sextant, inclinometer, angular calculator and camera. It saves your custom places and waypoints, navigates precisely to them later, shows them on maps and using real-time augmented reality displays detailed GPS info, measures distances, sizes, angles, and does a lot more.


Accuracy improvement techniques, special compass modes and calibration methods available in Spyglass only make it a real instrument – the most advanced and accurate digital compass.


Spyglass operates in 3D and uses augmented reality to show real-time object positions, info and directions to them overlaid over camera or maps.

Save current position, add points from maps, manually enter location coordinates and bearings, add stars by hand or use a built-in star catalogue.

Find saved places and objects later simply by following directional arrows.

Spyglass tracks multiple targets simultaneously and shows their info – distance, direction, azimuth, elevation and estimated time of arrival.

Copy, paste and share locations, coordinates and map links using many supported formats.


Find and track your location and get detailed real-time GPS data – coordinates in dozens of formats, altitude, course, current, maximum and vertical speed, using imperial, metric, nautical and surveying units.


See your and targets’ positions on maps using different map styles and alternative map providers – plan waypoints and measure distances. Offline maps optimized for retina displays are available for download.


Track positions of stars, Sun and Moon with arc second precision – use them as a reference to calibrate compass for maximum accuracy.


Measure distances to objects in real time with a rangefinder reticle similar to sniper sights.


Find out heights of objects and distances to them – measure visually and calculate dimensions and distances.


Take pictures overlaid with all available GPS, positional and directional data.




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- Night mode color themes for maps - Bug fixes

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- Elite Quality App

This is one of those rare apps that you come across every so often that truly demonstrates the power of what an application on a smart phone can do. I personally have only come across a handful of apps that are what I consider "elite". This App works flawlessly. The design is very slick and minimal which I equate to quality. I could honestly see this application being something that you would see on a screen in the cockpit of a jet aircraft. After using this app for only a short time, it becomes obvious that the creator of this app has the Swift/Objective-C programming language mastered. I honestly wish that the author of this app would create a Celeste you'll start tracking app as I know it would be five stars as well. By this up with confidence if you are looking for a top-tier application that turns your smart phone into a precision measuring instrument.

- One compass to rule them All

This is a powerful app without crass commercial distractions. It is a powerful navigational tool. Valuable to hikers, hunters, rock hounders, cyclists, automobile GPS, boaters, and any others who wish to use the most comprehensive compass based navigational tool for iOS. Built in accurate calibration with celestial objects, moon, sun, and Polaris (viewed thru your device's camera) is in addition to the GPS compass toolset that other navigational apps use. Great map overlays, satellite maps, and ability to share locations to other spyglass users. You can also share to users of tomtom , wayze, google maps, and other GPS and maps systems. Very cool. As long as you have battery life, you will never be lost with this app. There is a learning curve. If you can read and comprehend on a 20th Century 7th grade level, then you can learn how to use Spyglass. Great videos and comprehensive manual. Use them to get the most out of the app. I rarely leave reviews, but this app deserves its props and unabashed accolades. Bravo to the Spyglass team. Top quality, the definitive compass and navigational tool. Buy it and be done in this genre of apps.

- Not holding saved location

I just downloaded this app for remote area use in a very vast forest hunting area, but first I decided to test this on my property because getting lost and not able to find your vehicle is a very scary feeling!!! I put up a post holding it up in the air with a concrete block, I add the current location as taught by the videos, I walked 200 yards away, the app showed the post that it was on the ground in front of me on the ground when the post was 200 yards behind me. At first I thought I did something wrong, I tried it again marking the post area from the ground or to the tip of the post in the air. Still same result, I tried a different target which was my personal vehicle, this time I saw the marker to my truck literally glitch slowly moving to the east. I thought this app would help me get to my vehicle i mean it said off road, wilderness, but I guess they DIDNT MEAN OFFLINE! I was shocked that this app wasn’t dont what I thought it would. I’d like a developer to contact me, in the meantime I’ll be buying a map a REAL ALUMINUM COMPASS, and ranger beads!

- Good documentation

As apps do more and more, and become increasingly complex, it’s essential to have some sort of user guide if you’re to use all the capabilities. Spyglass does, and has done so for years. I appreciate that. In addition, the Spyglass developers keep the app up to date, and add *real* improvements periodically, not just pretty pictures that take up space but don’t improve functionality. I appreciate that as well. There’s a small but steep learning curve to use this app. But you’ll quickly see what it’s all about, and you’ll start nodding your head and smiling, as I did when I first used it.

- Phenomenal UI

Such an interesting and helpful source of information on long drives. However, I have one suggestion: in car mode, using trajectory for bearing is essential. I hope the developers will incorporate a similar function for horizon calibration. Since there is no reliable mount that will eliminate shifts in a phones vertical movement, a user can never be confident in the accuracy of the horizon calibration. I imagine a calculation with the shift in elevation could provide adequate data. I would prefer reliability and consistency over precision with this feature while enabled. Thanks for reading!!

- Unique & Handy

Spyglass has many unique and useful features setting it apart from other navigation tools. The use of virtual reality display, offline capability, and datum library add-on shows great potential. I am disappointed in the accuracy of the waypoint display compared to other VR apps like my star finder. Otherwise, I would use it in my search & rescue operations. I recommend that the developer build on this great concept and improve the accuracy.

- Wonderful App!

We have used this App In all the national state parks that we have visited - and where I could definitively mark the spot where I found a new dinosaur foot print up in the Delicate Arch trail which was great fun. I only wish whoever made this app could make a replacement for the Intellicast computer weather site which is now gone. Thank you for this wonderful app who ever you are. My husband who went to MIT (astronautics) loves this app also.

- The best navigation system on the App Store

This is well worth your money. I haven’t been able to find anything that is even close to SpyGlass on the App Store or on Google play Store. Hands down the absolute best full featured GPS system with much, much more than you can expect.

- Now for ....

Great work. The compass gets in the way sometimes. It would be nice to turn it off sometimes. The only other feature I would like to see is the ability to enter a saved point and specify another saved point as a destination and it give a distance. At present I have to enter my saved points into another app to obtain a distance, big pain. This is the only reason I cut a star.

- Brilliant!

The amazing Spyglass is an extraordinary tool, tapping iPad's geolocation capabilities with the kind of precision that can save a lost hiker, navigate treacherous terrain, and aid ordinary navigational needs. It's depth of features and functions should be a benchmark for app developers everywhere. If Columbus had this, he’d be in India.

- Update waypoint management

While this is one on the most impressive of navigation apps on the market, it’s waypoint management is severely limited. Requires iTunes to get data into app. With iOS 11, iCloud, and files app... PLEASE update the waypoint management and import function and utilize these new modern methods. Many folks don’t even use iTunes anymore.

- iPhone XR issue

The version 3.9.9 of Spyglass does not allow one to read both the north and west GPS coordinates at the same time. Due to the XR’s screen configuration, either the north or west GOS coordinates are blocked from view. Otherwise, it’s a nice GPS app with a lot of uses.

- Spyglass App

Started playing with map and compass again after several years. Spyglass provide great info for current location and being able to take a screenshot is super fun. Way good. YoMikeB

- Outstanding Product

Well thought out and designed. Easy to use with training assistance. Have used it many times in remote applications. Very accurate. Easily worth its minimal fee.

- Great tool

Calibration using visual land marks, satellite areal map and sun make this a very accurate tool. Accuracy is there if you know how to set it up. Metal is no longer an issue when finding an azimuth. Remote tree and building heights is another favorite use of this powerful tool. Take the time to learn this app. Still using frequently and am really impressed. One improvement would be an option for large text for bearings. Or a separate azimuth mode with larger bearing text.

- Does not work in iOS 14

Until now this app was fantastic. Now, the compas does not work at all. No change in settings. Edit: The app Is working again. Developer responded quickly. Thank you!

- Godsend for my son

My 18yo son is visually impaired. This app helps him get around in new places, such as camping and mission trips. He’s headed to college in the fall and is already inputting locations to help him navigate campus. Thank you for improving his quality of life.

- Professional Navigation Level

This is "the real thing" in terms of professional navigation. • Novices be ready for a steep learning curve. BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF MANUALS ON Mr. Pavel’s interweb site. • Morons like me can’t even figure out how to begin using it. • I got it when it was free about 3 years ago and I still have not successfully used it even once. • I just bought a $4 compass at a local camping store and now at least I know how to find N, S, E, and W. • But I’m an idiot. • I highly encourage regular people to buy this app.

- Fascinating app.

This is unique so far as I know. It is my go-to for latitude and longitude. Also elevation. There are lots more levels that I have not learned to use. I wish the documentation were more extensive.

- Way points seem to disappear after updates?

All of the way points I had saved are no longer there. Makes it difficult to get back to my back country hunting spots.

- I LOVE SpyGlass!

Whether I am flying (piloting), surveying my properties, hiking, or traveling down the road, SpyGlass gives me useful information, and brings me pleasure. And for me, it is also a very useful tool for teaching students.

- Spyglass is amazing

We use Spyglass to keep track of where things are and it's amazingly accurate. Used it for years snd would not trade it for the world!

- Consistently does it’s job

This consistently allows me to take photos with location, direction, and time stamps. It is very useful for journaling in the field!

- Perfect compass

A iPhone with compass must have period thanks for the update I have both wanted to support this developer this is what the iPhone compass should be just get it.

- Fantastic Cross Country Navigation App

I've always been very pleased using this app to navigate while hiking. Easy to add waypoints and destinations and the base map is very useful.

- Worth the price

The free app is so good that I bought Spyglass because the developer deserves to get paid for the tremendous work put into this application.

- Free app does a lot.

The only thing I would like is a better way to see all of your way points.

- Can’t do without it!

My favorite app by far! Being a pilot, it gives me aviation quality navigation on every hike.

- Perfect Companion

For either the Pro or the Novice this app is indispensable. Its flexibility and multiuse options make it indispensable for the nature buff as well as the casual occasional observer. It seems to be accurate and repeatable.

- The map overlay is fantastic.

A Very clever we sail in west Michigan it is very handy when going into new ports to help find slips and food etc. a full 5 stars.

- Excellent

Spyglass provides more information than I expected. An excellent program.

- Useful

Handy app to have. So useful it is hard to know where to start. If you have a scout troop this is what you need

- It could use updating for iPhone XR

The display notch in IPhone XR and others cuts off the top line displays of coordinates. Otherwise it a perfect app.

- Outstanding

If I was at war, lost in the middle a forgotten battlefield, I would use this app to save my life and get me home. New Mexico

- Very capable

This app can do so much -- much more than I know how to do but am learning. Wonderful and powerful app.

- Great App

This is one of the few apps that immediately gives your position in decimal degrees This is a super feature for 1st responders, esp. wild land fire fighters.

- Great app

I found using this not in military and civilian life has been instrumental to Mission success love this app keep it coming

- Five star app!

Greatly useful with features unmatched by other similar apps. Great job!

- Ok app. Could do more

Works. Could add date and time to data for each waypoint. Could easily add a mode to record points per time elapsed--e.g. 1, 5, ... minutes.

- Can’t get any help

Had to get a new phone number and now I guess I have to pay again for the upgrade I have been emailing support and they won’t answer me so I guess this is worth 1 star. Only because I can’t get the help I need. Sad because I really liked this app.

- Has it’s limits

Perhaps it’s the limits of the iPhone, but trying to find property marker pins it consistently had me going in circles within 30’ of the correct spot. Even when I found the pin and hovered above it, it told me my spot was 10’ to the west, then 16’ to the northwest, then 13’ to the southeast, etc.

- Great Multi Use App

I have used this app for many years for Photography and hiking. It’s the greatest!

- This app is fantastic!

This app rocks if you learn how to use it you will never be lost.

- Awesome

Excellent app. Really like the sextant function. Detailed instruction manual. Functions well on my 5s. Recommending to all my friends.

- Love it.

The product is great and continues to improve over time. Great job.

- Outstanding app

So much info at ones finger tips, a pleasure to use

- One of the best apps

Great app for navigating in any setting. I wish my GPS was set up like this.

- Awesome navigation tool!

Great app when off the map.

- Love this app

I have had this app for a long time and love to show it to people!

- Great app

I love the features and that it even works with airplane mode

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- Excellent Mapping

I found this app to be very useful to map and relocate land subdivision points. Could be a bit more use friendly with saving to Dropbox or other iCloud backups.

- Gardeners friend

Just the handiest app gadget I own. If you are a gardener/horti-type - get one!

- Really useful app

Could the “tiny” sun and moon symbols be larger (ie readable), and could the app use OSM maps offline that are already on the phone.

- Great for Sailing Navigation

An exceptionally useful App to support navigation while sailing. The Gyrocompass is a great option for checking the accuracy of any installed magnetic compasses. Using an iPad mini mounted on a bulkhead the app provides a great touch screen navigation tool using the maps display option for coastal passage making. The current speed and bearing displays are large enough to monitor accurate course keeping. The celestial object default indicators for sun, moon and Polaris combined with the sextant functions are an easy to use bonus. Great value for a relatively small outlay!

- Never provides a correct direction direction

iphone 11. The iPhone compass will point South not North. It’s a pain but consistently 180deg out. Spyglass can be anything from 20-90deg out.

- Excellent app

I wanted an app that overlays current position over the google satellite photo. This is important for 4WD tracks that don't show on maps. You can spend $180 and still get a lousy map without the tracks. This is a gem, it's the Google photo, so all the tracks are fully visible... Excellent app, excellent....

- Rangefinder for archery

I purchased this app to estimate target range and angle for field archery. After some time reading the user guide to work out how to use that feature, I discovered that you need to know the size of the target for the calculation to be correct. Fortunately targets are a standard size, so this is possible. Once I get a chance to measure them, I intend to test the accuracy at my club! This is a very cool app with many features to show off.

- Spyglass

Basically liked it. Useful to have a compass and to know the location. Bit disappointed that the big arrow is not there when you are out of wi-fi.

- Great stuff.

An excellent app. I had it years ago on the iPhone... Utilizing the map interface and pre-set waypoints allowed me to navigate through dense undergrowth and deep valleys in a National Park North of Sydney, Australia without adhering to trails. Just going headlong into the scrub, frequently checking my bearing, and intermittently referring to the maps allowed me to pop out on tracks and trails with pin-point accuracy.

- You have to know yer stuff!

As an international airline pilot, I am fascinated with this app and am OK with most of the technical jargon ....... but to the layperson you will probably struggle with it a bit, and no, I am not bignoting myself, just an observation. I doubt the zoom is really 5X and at that setting everything is very grainy but this may be more due the camera on my iPad2 than the app itself! So what use is it? Probably none as the are much better GPS apps out there but if you like this sort of thing to play around with, go get it! There is plenty to keep you interested!

- Great little app with huge features

G'day to all, I have had this app for a few weeks now and it is like an onion, I just keep finding great way to use the app. If you like map and the like you will love this app. Richard

- Spyglass is Great.

This is one of my most used Apps. Compass, Level, Sun/Moon Locator are the functions I use most. Plus it looks extremely cool and is a great way to show off your iPhone to your buddies. Solid.

- A very cool app! when it works...

Fantastic idea and extremely useful for the ones who know about navigation. The only problem is that sometimes the map function does not work. The rest is really fine.

- Keep Clear

Verry dissappointed, the concept is amazing but the compass aftera short duration stopped working altogether. Itried unloading and reloading the app and now just does not work at all. As for the map side of things, the app wont let me put the loacator over half the world. In a (box shape) it takes in a slight part of the eastern sea board of the US as far north as the southern tip of Greenland and south as cape horn tracking east to in line with the middle of the Indian ocean up to a central point in Russia. As for the Star/Sun tracking locator, this side of things just did not work at all. As i said, great concept but way too many glitches or what I should say...... That it just does not work! To my fellow app users, Stay clear untill it is sorted!!!!!!

- Help

The camera needs a switch you have keep tapping to many times How do use the stars /star? I need a help line before I bin it Dissatisfied Mkie

- Not intuitive

I've found it too unintuitive and complicated to be really useful. I've read the manual and that isn't much help - it just reinforces the confusion. I'm sure it's very clever but I wouldn't buy it unless you are already familiar with all the instruments. The Polar Star isn't that helpful in the Southern Hemisphere. Should be a crux alternative.

- Brilliant

To have all this capability in a phone app is just amazing. Well worth spending the time to learn all the features

- Mr

I have to agree with jarjah on this one. Fantastic app but pretty redundant without updated maps. Especially in an up and coming place like Darwin Australia. Lotta places here that aren't on the map. Not really good enough yet.

- Great App, highly recommended

This is a brilliant app. Use it extensively, great through Central Oz and anywhere else I've used it. Well worth having.

- very interesting

Very nice and interesting gadget. Very useful too for determining where to go without being distracted. Well worth having.

- Winner

Sick app, delivers much more than expected. As said, better support would be appreciated. 5 stars though (Y)

- Rather unimpressive.

I expected more from this app. The compass works ok but no better than the free version and the colour control is just daft. The maps are not saved, so the app is useless for navigation when beyond wifi range, which is where something like this would be of most value

- Great app

Really good, accurate and works wherever you go. I was in the Antartica and the app worked as well as the ship tools.

- Fantastic App

Easy to use and great accuracy. Can even use it to find my car in a large carparks!

- Awesome App

Although I am not an international airline pilot, I can still appreciate this app without struggling. I am not big noting myself either.

- Practical and well designed

Very practical way to help you get around in unfamiliar places. Interface design is also excellent.

- Totally cool app

This app is really cool just wish that the map it uses was a bit more up to date but yes have to give a 4 star 5+ if they update that map :-)

- Incomplete

Needs ability to add remote waypoints via maps or google earth... Otherwise; Brilliant.

- Excellent

Very impressed with the capabilities of this one. Even useful for getting a fix on astronomical events.

- Great program

Great program, does everything I need it to do

- Fantastic app!

Love this app. I use it to find all my fishing locations. Keep up the good work! :)

- Awesome app!

Totally worth it for the price, very useful when out and about

- Brilliant app

Excellent for giving elevations and distances in many different applications

- Nice app

Can't say I'm using it to its full potential yet, but it seems to be doing all the right things

- Wozza1958

What a great and useful app! Works well and its a lot of fun as well as being practical.

- Love it off line functionality

Great nab app that works off line

- Great app

One of the best apps I ever bought regarding functionality, price, stability and documentation. Congratulations, good job!

- Excellent

I used to like this app, but after the recent update I absolutely love it! Heaps of new functionality added (and refined). A polished and incredibly detailed tool. I does so much, I don't know of another app that could rival it's versatility. I only wish I got to use it more.

- Awsome

Well worth it. Does everything it says it does.

- Excellent !

This is a very useful tool for navigation

- Useful App

Lots of great features! Even works as a GPS out of range. Looking forward to fully utilizing this nav tool.

- Feedback

Screen freezes when attempting to open setting, etcetera, after last update.

- Handy little app

Very useful for finding your way around

- Very happy

Gives grid references to within 5m of a fortrex. Impressive

- great application

I am a professional aviator/instructor and can recommend this application to any navigation enthusiast for lots of fun as well as serious hobby

- Fun

Just a random fun thing to have on your phone. (mainly just to show off)

- Excellent

Cant believe how great this works and easy.

- Great App

Highly recommend

- Great app

Really enjoying this app, works well

- Mr

Fantastic App, use it to find my way around my massive mansion!!!

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- Excellent

Great app. Been using it lots.

- Great App

Buy this app, it is awesome!!!

- No UTM coordinates

Not suitable for UTM requirements. Difficult set up. Not intuitive. Good compass.

- Excellent.

Very good.

- Amazing, fun, and Accurate

Get the full app, read the manual and thoroughly enjoy this amazing navigational app!

- Spyglass

The YouTube videos are vague but I'm sure this is worth every penny once you figure out how to use it I messed around with it seems ok

- Spyglass does what the author says.

It works fine. It's actually pretty straightforward, and the software manual is helpful and clear. All this is about as good as it gets in iOS land, don't you think?

- Awesome App

I used it up north (Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord). Very accurate and easy to use.

- Pavel is a god

These series of applications are worth buying, every single one. This app specifically has so many features it's hard to even go through them in one sitting. There is basically no point in getting any other 3GS locator. This one does it all, with every piece of wonderful information the 3GS can provide. Not a pointless spartan list of bad design that requires endless page flipping: there's plenty of screen real estate on the iPhone and this app uses it. Beautiful: well done Pavel.

- Amazing navigation tool

This is all you need. Still trying to figure certain parts out. They need a more helpful PDF help&faq file. Knowing how to properly use each feature would be nice.

- Nice app

Great app with nice features. The see through effect makes it a great compass for orienteering.

- Great App

A really good multifaceted app that seems to be quite accurate. Easy interface but needs to be brighter for sunny day use. Well worth the money.

- Simply the best

Need I say more.....1000$ utility for a couple dollars.....mmmmm, a real no brainer.....buy it. The arties(army artilery)pay 10 grand for half of what this does, buy it......dude is a genius and he doesn't even know it......Pavel, you can be selling this to LM or any other Artie makers......our program is a nasty beast, thank u eternally......some work on the range and such, will take this to a whole new audience......like the Army coders.

- Magnificent

I'll be busy ... Wicked App!!

- Best app ever

Do the job and more.... ;)

- Bad orientation

This app doesn't show at all the right orientation of waypoints or stars or planets. It's at least 30 degrees off the right location. I regret buying this. My feedback is that it only looks cool to see those numbers floating around but the actual orientation of objects and the angles don't work as intended.

- Not useful for real reality...

The app is inaccurate because the compass built into the iPhone 5 is inaccurate. One minute it shows the sun 15 degrees to the right of its actual position, the next minute it's 10 degrees too far to the left. Same thing with bearings and waypoints. This being tested far from magnetic interference. Also the battery lasted less than an hour on a full charge and the phone got very hot since all of the sensors were activated at once. This would not be useful for anything beyond taking the dog for a walk. I will stick to my real compass/map. They show more information, more accurately, and in a shorter period of time than any cell phone ever will. This app could potentially send you off in the wrong direction and put you in a life threatening situation.

- Northern BC Oil & Gas

Very usefull

- Well done, but has calibration issue

For those looking for a sophisticated compass/direction/bearing app, this is absolutely fantastic. For those more typical users who still haven't used their devices built-in map app to guide them along roads or sidewalks showing their movement and the direction they are facing live on the satellite image view, I'd say this more advanced but also very limited/specific compass app would be of no use. Note that this is not a full/typical navigation app as most people think of them (and it is not meant to be, so that is not a drawback), it will store locations, but only use them for showing straight line bearing/direction/distance from your current point. It is basically an advanced compass, it has amazing features and capabilities, making it probably the ultimate compass available. It also includes a few additional compass/angle/elevation related tools. As stated in the app description, it will store the location of your parking spot or hotel, but it will not guide you there (unless you can walk/drive there in one straight line through buildings, etc), and it will not track movement - it is an advanced compass, you will have to manually navigate using the map. If an advanced compass is what you want, this is it - with one issue - calibration is extremely difficult to do. I don't mean calibration of the compass/direction, that works great (and in most cases automatically), I mean horizon and elevation, which mostly affect the HUD, the main feature (as I see it) of this app. If you don't care about those aspects, this is not an issue. To fully calibrate, you have to calibrate six orientations, each time manually positioning your device on two axis at the same time to references you find/create (e.g. horizon level side-to-side and device also perfectly vertical) then pushing the button. It works, but is a real nightmare and a great deal of work to do. I found my camera is oriented perfectly within the case of my devices (iPhone, iPad), but orientation sensors were a bit off (around 5 degrees) on both devices, so it did need calibrating. It would be far better if the app could be calibrated like the many 'bubble level' apps, no external references needed, and super simple to do, and actually far more accurate as well. A quick way to check if calibration is out in one orientation (my way to check, not the authors): lay device flat on a table, and tilt it around very slightly, the angle reading should hit and max at -90 degrees, if not, you're out. Great app (but please redo/improve the calibration method)!

- Useful and Accurate

Very nice application. Great range of effective features. Requires the user manual available from the developer's website to make full use of the application.

- Great app

Highly recommended, more features than you can imagine... It does take a bit of time to fully grasp.

- Review

Spyglass is a good tool to teach you horizon flying positions and more

- Outstanding.

Feel like a pilot without leaving the ground.

- Good app

Functions as advertised... Will keep trying products from this company

- Spyglass

I love it! It fires my imagination...I am planning some off roading in Montana and Alberta with it. Very helpful stuff.

- Excellent

Très complet, presque trop complet même.

- Brian

Awesome App. Really cool

- Spyglass

Très bon compta très précis et de bons outils A+++++

- Awesome!

I've been looking for an app that does well offline for travel and navigating in developing countries with no data, or where roaming makes data very expensive. I can bookmark a location and find my way back, see which direction and how far, and bookmark locations from a map when I am online or from raw coordinates. This was very useful on my last 2 trips, because I did get lost, and easily found my way. Also, you can keep cabbies honest with this app!

- Love this APP!!!

Awesome anytime u need to track your way back. Very usefull and fun tool.

- SpyGlass

Very cool and great for daytime astronomy

- J'adore cette Apps!

Une des applications les plus utilisées sur mon iPhone!

- Very useful!

Found this app very useful and use it often at work. On collision scenes it is quick to open app and take screen shot to record all the relevant information I need from coordinates, orientation and elevation. Worked good on vacation too to plot hotel and places to visit. Agree with other review to be able to add captions to pics

- Good augment reality app

Not bad for the price. A little gimmicky but solid.

- Complicated

Before purchasing I would advise going to their website and studing the manual. I suspect this is an amazing app but is going to take a lot of patience to find out. And the buttons are far too small.

- cool App!

Love it! fun

- Has it all plus

I use it for sailing, construction, you name it. I am glad I found this app before I wasted money on others. The rangfinder is fantastic and quick.

- Fabulous

Once in a while an app shows up that really amazes me. The first was Shazam and Spyglass has the same effect on me. I recommend this to any sailor or budding astronomer. Thanks for the cool tool!

- Universal App

Everybody will benefit from this app. It helps you understand your position relative to points around you and the stars! Will also increase your IQ :P

- Very cool. Good work.

Good woork

- Does not seem accurate

My GPS in my 3GS is accurate. My compass is also accurate. But unlike the screen shots shown in this app's description, objects like the moon and sun do not appear as shown ... they are 20 to 40 degrees off. Waypoints that I create do not seem to account for altitude. I created one at work. When I went home (home is uphill from work) my work place was shown to be higher than my home. Disappointing. Wish they had a free version of Spyglass I could have tried before purchasing. Would have saved me a few bucks.

- Good job.

Needs more instruction on how to use it. Very cool app. I keep finding new ways to use it.

- Awesome

This is a great tool to have. Love all the features

- Damn Cool

I've bought a few AR apps now and this is my favourite one so far.

- Lastupdate2015??

I love this app- had it for years! PLEASE update it to the current higher resolutions & ios & if you can, *More colors, or green glow in the dark effects or something would rock😉👍 It is so disappointing when our favourite apps are abandoned by their developers..

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- 10/10

Cette App vaut vraiment la peine d'être payer! Aucun bug et elle est vraiment précise. Je la recomande a tout ceux qui aime les randonner ou les activités de plein air.

- Great for Geocaching

Awesome app! It's full of powerful navigation tools. I have recently started geocaching and I have used this app to help navigate to a cache or two. I do wish I could easily pull the coordinates of a cache into the app.

- ???

NOT intuitive.


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- Roland Salerno The Diver Underwater Maintenance, LLC

I had this App for so many years it always works and it’s an invaluable tool...🔵🐠🔵

- 4X4

This app is a cool way to glance over and see info you want to know.

- Great App

I like having the camera to mark coordinates.

- Destination “Beep”

Everything works fine, except... no “beep” when approaching/arriving Target Destination. Please fix.

- Captain

As a retired airline, I certainly enjoy the real-time information..

- Great app

The altitude reading Is very good for navigation using a contour map.

- The Best APP

An all-in-one navigational APP. Excellent practical features. Good value for money.

- This is spot on

Altimeter is spot on also

- Found issues

I have been using this app for long and I love this app. But since a month ago, I am getting following issue; 1. Speed meter is not working. 2. Own position is not showing accurately. Hope these issues will be fixed shortly. Thank you

- Great for metal detecting

I love the app for marking my favorite spots and logging of any finds.

- Still the one

The best Apps for Planetarium, thanks.

- Great tool

A must have app for the outdoors enthusiast

- What happened

First got this compass was awesome, but now for some reason it stopped working, won’t rotate, just like a real one that’s old and beat up. I payed for this one too.

- Spyglass

The best

- Review

I really have no reason to use this app but as a science geek, I love it.

- Great app

This app is great, all that’s missing is a Watch app

- It want stay calibrated now

It gets off and will not calibrate. It used to be right on.

- I’m not flying an F-16

So I don’t need 500 pieces of info. I need a simple, functioning compass. This isn’t for me.

- Amazing app!

Read the descriptions. It does all that. The manual is quite long, but easily absorbed. You start getting the hang of it right away. The positional features of the iPad are not perfect; they require some nursing to get accurate readings, so don't expect this to do the impossible. But if you are patient and willing to do what it takes to get accurate readings, this DOES do the impossible! At least, it seems like it should be impossible, yet this does them! I find this easiest to use if the iPad is in a holder (non-metallic) that can strap on your hand. Griffin makes such a thing, but it may take a little modification to get it just as you need it. Otherwise, it's too easy for a thumb to touch something on-screen and cause you to have to start over in your readings. But outside of accidental taps, it works. Period. This makes use of all the communication, positional, magnetic and kinetic features of the iPad 3G. It's like having your own HUD (Heads Up Display) and with much of the same capabilities. (doesn't fire missiles, as far as I know.) ;^) This is a new generation of applications that simply go beyond what most of us ever dreamed possible.

- Well-crafted App

I’ve had this app, in its various updates, for several years now, and it still is leaving me shaking my head. It’s true that - as some reviewers have said - if you’re in the wilderness and your phone runs out of battery, you would do well to have an old-fashioned iron compass. But this is something far more sophisticated. AR combines bearings, distance measurement (mil scale), fine calibration by position of sun, moon, Polaris…or any of the 100 or so major stars that you can choose. Can be set for magnetic north, true north, “gyro” compass (based on your initialization, just as in aircraft gyro compass), integrates with GPS, stores maps you use once while connected to data. If this were a stand-alone device, it would come closest to some of the high-end TI scientific calculators, in terms of usability, versatility. This dev has done some other interesting apps, too, but while they are extremely detailed, this is the most accessible of his projects. But be sure to print out the manual, and (as he suggests) read it a bit at a time, not trying to internalize it at one sitting.

- Buy this (Spyglass) instead of Commander Compass

This is the real deal. If you are looking for the ultimate compass navigating tool for your iPhone your look is over. Spend the $4 and be done with it. The second you open it up, you will realize the tremendous achievement in software and hardware you hold in your hands. I haven't read all the reviews yet, but there's a SWAT sniper who's used this on missions and a Coroner who's used on search and rescue. Even if you're just a geek who wants something along the lines of luke's star wars binoculars, this app's for you. The developer has done a great job putting both user's manual and quickstart guide on his website in both pdf and epub (ibooks compatible) format. The Author has a chart and statement answering a question I had before I purchased: Buy Spyglass instead of his other app Commander Compass. The paid commander compass is a legacy app and he keeps it up to support those earlier buyers. This one is the one you want if you are buying for the first time! Or if you're a Commander Compass owner who wants the cool HUD and other great features! :)

- More accurate than expected

I was shopping for a handheld compass for my sailboat, and ran across a thread on one of sailing forums that mentioned this app. I was a bit skeptical of an app's accuracy, but the app looked cool enough to try. First thing I did was to check the compass against the compass in my Nikon binoculars. At first I was disappointed, because the reading was about 20 degrees off, but after a bit of fiddling, I realized the app was showing true north, rather than magnetic north. I adjusted the settings to make the app show magnetic, and then the app and my binoculars showed exactly the same setting. Amazing! After that, I started playing around with the other features and reading the manual (a must for such a sophisticated app), and I must say that I am blown away by this little app. I'm an app developer myself, and I am truely impressed with the features and finish of this app. Bravo to the developer(s). Highly recommended.

- Unique and useful

Surprisingly there isn't a similer app out there. I can't find another app that simply and easily allows you to set waypoints for direction when roads don't matter and all you need is an app that says "It's that away!" There are a couple good more full on high feature GPS apps like AccuTerra and MotionX but sometimes you don't need all that. And unlike MotionX's horrid interface, Spyglass is fun to use! There are some issues that I found with it: the text and tracking markers on the compass are way too small, which makes it hard to just glace at it to see if you are heading in the right direction. This alone docks it a star in my book. It would also be nice to tap on the circle waypoint marker on the compass to get the title of the waypoint with distance & elevation. Since as of right now you can't get that info until you aim it in the direction. This is especially annoying with stars as you gotta hunt waving your phone around up in the sky. The ability to add downloadable maps (OpenTerrainMap) would be pretty awesome too, but I can't fault it for not having that function.

- Dissatisfied

I'm very dissatisfied. This app is inaccurate. I tested out this app and the built in compass app on phone and phone compass passes the test every time lets say. On the apple compass I put my phone facing the direction 180 South and then switch to this app and it say 185 south did other tests as well and the Apple compass is most accurate. No need to buy this app waste of money! I tried to use save current location and have that location set and lock right in front of my door at home outside. I go walk a couple blocks come back to the saved location and that location I saved shows around 18 feet away from my door out in the yard away from were I saved it at. I tried and tried and can't get a accurate location. I wanted to buy this app to bury gold,gas and can goods in a few different locations and this app prevents that from happening. So yeah waste of money and I don't believe at all military uses this app. Thanks and sorry for the bad rating just being honest. I'm not complaining I know people like to say o he's complaining this and that but, from my experiences and messing around with this app I'm only telling the truth and the app leaves me dissatisfied.

- More than a compass

The compass is exceptional. In addition to other information, it also gives you the latitude and longitude. There is a camera function that can also take a snapshot of the compass (with the latitude & longitude, the date and the time). There are even more functions if your iPad connects to the Internet. Even if you do not know how to use all of the functions at this time, it is there for you, when you do want to learn. There are always plusses and minuses, so . . . While you do not need an Internet connection to use the compass, you still need to watch your battery power. So it might have some drawbacks on the water, or in the wilderness, if one does not have a the ability to recharge the iPad. Having said that, there are still a LOT of places you can use it. Try it, you will like it.

- This app WILL save ur life if u r a pilot

I'm in awe of this app. It literally is a portable cockpit HUD. Someone please tell me another app that has all this info crammed into one screen and it's all live. Altitude, speed, magnetic bearing, coordinates, time, artificial horizon, manual markers (u simply click and it's like a pin in space), google map, and that's just the main stuff. Very customizable with colors/ displays. If u r a pilot or have a desire to have the functionality of a real cockpit on ur phone, this is The One u want. Seriously I can't believe it's this cheap. If u lose ur instruments while IFR this app saves ur life all u pilots. A friend of mine in college became spatially disorientated in a thunderstorm flying with the old steam instruments and lost his life. May someone's life be saved with this. I'm picturing a gyro or even electrical failure while in the clouds and nowadays just whip out ur phone wow how cool.

- Great app that takes advantage of great hardware!

Compliment sandwich... So I've been using this app for a couple years, and it answered every geodetic curiosity I've ever had. I did have an issue with an update/reinstall with the new iOS. Long story short... Just go to your purchased apps under "purchased" in the update tab of the App Store and reinstall. That is the only hiccup I have had with this app ever. Customizable to the N-th degree; I have used it for so of the most obscure to the most common tasks and it never has failed me (spotting gunfire support[trial for curiosity only] to finding my way home [impaired] in a new country). I highly recommend it for all folks of all strokes.

- Missing just one little thing

Not sure if this is on apple or this app, but wish this app would pull gps coordinates without being connected to the Internet. I use this app to do site surveys in remote locations, and if I do not pre-load the "location service" gps coordinates, it will not display GPS data at all on the iPad 2. If this was rectified, I would give this a 5/5 in a heartbeat. Other than the aforementioned issue, I love this app. It allows me to document a site not just with pictures and try and keep all the azimuth readings straight, but to just take the screenshot and know that whomever looks at it late will see and understand exactly where, at what angle, and azimuth the picture was taken, making it very easy to identify possible LOS communications obstructions, or sources of interference.

- I love This App

This is my introductory app to "Augmented Reality", and I am glad I got this. It is very fun and interesting and since I hate driving on road trips longer than30 miles, and driving them for that matter, This makes me a better navigator. I set trip-tics and other stuff on the map so we can plan on trips. My only complait is this app will use my iphone 4 battery like water through a sieve. I dont know if this is an issue that can be fixed in a future version. Otherwise, I am very happy with this app. If you are looking at an AR app for navigation, I recommend this one. but be warned, battery power will take a hit so travel with a charger.

- Great for those geocachers out there.

I was trying to find an app for my iPad that would allow me to manually enter in coordinates and navigate to them. This really comes in handy for those puzzle caches that lead you through multiple jumps to a target. This app really fit the bill and I love to use it. Just keep in mind that this needs to be updated for the iPad 3 and does not display correctly on it. It is still useable, and I AM going to keep using it. The compass is showing in a 3" x3" circle in the upper left and the heads up is in the center basically in iPhone/iPod mode.

- Not for the novice navigator.

This a crazy amazing app. How many apps out there come with a 62 page PDF manual? ... This one! This app is so high-tech. I'm not that knowledgable in navigation at all. This app has a brilliant display interface. Learning how to use all the features is hard though. If you visit the website on this app there is a video section. I thought that was great since I'm a bit of a visual learner. Turns out the videos are crap and just about useless. The person in the video does say a word so it's kind of hard to understand what he is doing with the app. If you think about buying this app, you should probably be an already serious navigator.

- Landnav made easier!

This app is great for those that already have a background in skills for land navigation. If you are military or have serious need to get from point A to point B where there are no road signs then this is the app for you! By setting up to two way points as well as sun and other data while pointing your compass you will easily be able to orient to your position and will likely be able to run and not have to move slowly to your next position. Travel the world and this app is a must have! Highly reccommended!

- It's a Toy. A very cool Toy.

Works great, gorgeous, well designed. But let's be honest......you're never going to use this thing other than for a cool novelty. No one is wandering into the wilderness with nothing but an iPhone app to navigate them out.....and really no one is wandering into the wilderness period. You're going to pull this thing out and show your hunting buddies how cool it is, or use it to waypoint your way from the bar to the urinal and back. That's why it's so cheap....I bought it just because it looks cool and makes me feel like I can go spelunking. If you claim this is an essential tool to navigate your off-road adventure or next wild camp outing, then you need to get a different hobby.

- Great App!

This is a very useful tool for those who love the outdoors. Especially hiking, walking, and almost anything where an instant airial view would come in handy. Now you can see over that next hill, now you can invision the 9th hole before you ever actually see it. Now you can head directly to the water source because you have seen where it is in conjunction to where your now standing. Yes boys and girls, this is the one you'll want to take with you anywhere you think you'll need to see the road before you actually get there. REBII

- Instrument panel capability

This app is not intended for use as an airplane's flight instruments, but it works for that purpose better than the current crop of apps that were actually designed for aviation. The heading indicator and the attitude indicator are far more responsive than other similar apps. I have no doubt this app could be a lifesaver in a cockpit situation where vacuum or electrical systems have failed. If the text information were made larger, readable by a pilot at a longer distance, it would be a well-rounded cockpit tool for all in-flight situations.

- Great App with a million different uses

This app is great for nav, tagging locations. It's extremely sophisticated and I truly hope the developer continues adding to it. I would love for some sort of vehicle HUD extension to arise from this as a foundation. It really is an amazing app begging to be used in ways beyond its current use. Of the developer of this app were to crowd source finding for a HUD hardware extension of this, I would absolutely go all in for it. Can't say enough about the skills it took to make this app. A bargain. Buy it and see for yourself.

- Awesome App

I would highly recommend this app! I have had it for about a year and the developers keep adding new features to it. Some complain about it's accuracy, but let's be real here, this is am iPhone app, and quite an affordable one at that. One suggestion I would like to make. When tagging a location, like a car in a parking lot, allow the option to save the tag on a memory so that when the app is closed and reopened, the tag can be retrieved.

- Really intelligent!

I bought this app on a whim. Glad I did. While it works great it does take some work on the iPod. You have to orient to device before using it. This can be toward North, the Sun, Moon or any known object. I found. compass less than reliable because of magnets in the iPod affecting the compass. Once you get it set up it is fantastic! Just point it and go. One word for you GPS dependents, the distance is as the crow flies not driving. If I had an iPhone with compass this app would auto-orient and I would give it 5 stars. Just so you know that last star is not a rap against Spyglass.

- Must Have For Outdoor Guy

Since I won the lottery and have countless hours to wile away I find this app one of my favorites during my hours of metal detecting/civil war relic hunting, finding edible mushrooms in the Tennessee woods, amateur astronomy/astrophotography, wildlife photography, hiking, camping and trout fishing in the Cherokee Mountains. Include my maps apps, Internet access, sketching and reference apps on my iPad, and I can spend days if not weeks roaming the woods of East Tennessee with my M4A3 and 35mm Cannon slung over my shoulder and I'm in heaven.. Yes Virginia, There is a God!!

- Truly Incredible !!!

I do search and rescue work as a volunteer. This is an amazing app that turns your phone into a heads up display like on aircraft. Everyone I have shown this to us stunned. I don't fully trust it for really serious work as the phone can be effected by magnetic fields but for general use it's great. (In other words if I was in the woods searching for a child I would stick with a good reliable magnetic compass and a good GPS.) Outside of this sort of thing it's really a great app!

- Great App!

Great App, Augmented Navigating. I'm throwing away my nuvi because this is the most complex simple program I have seen for navigating on the I-phone, I-Pad. It takes a while to absorb the complexity of the program, but once you have it down its the most simple thing to use. It has multiple features that I have not used yet. Highly recommend for hiking, bike riding, driving, walking, star sextant and many other activities. Thank you Paully Ahafonau!

- SAR user

I do a lot of backcountry navigation for search and rescue in the NW. There are three fundamental features missing in Spyglass to prevent it from being useful for SAR. It does not allow the user to manually enter waypoints. Many times we will receive multiple waypoints that define a search area. These waypoints are not decernable from viewing satellite imagery and must be entered manually before entering the field. Secondly, most SAR work is done using UTMs as the primary coordinate system and Spyglass uses variations of DMS as the 'primary'. Spyglass must allow the user to work in UTMs as the primary coordinate system. Lastly, Spyglass must allow the user to create and store tracks without cellular coverage.

- I own this app and this app owns me

I love this app, and while it has some issues, it's clear the developer has much invested thus far and I am confident updates will fix reported problems - no I do not know the developer as it seems like my review is a shameless brag, but I will say it is refreshing to see real world value and features in apps because there sure are a lot of people out there who will take your money and give you crap in return.

- Very helpful tool

This is a great app and I use it frequently. It seems to draw a lot from the battery so I wouldn't use it as a GPS but the other features are well worth the money spent. The range finder alone is one of the best I've found for the phone. The documentation is a little hard for me to understand being a novice with some of the technical aspects of the app. Overall, you won't go wrong downloading this app.

- I love this application .

I love this applications. It has multiple applications for those individuals who enjoy versatility and precision when it comes to the outdoor modes of transportation. Slight delay in map download backgrounds while in motion; however, I believe that's gonna be with the network and my phone processing capability. Minor recognition but other than that awesome piece of software . I would recommended to all my friends

- Freezes, crashes, lugs on iPhone 4.

Despite recent update aimed at fixing iPhone 4 problems in iOS. 7.1.1 Spyglass interface still lugs ,making the application difficult if not impossible to mange. Compass arrow jumps all over the "place" when phone held parallel to the floor; it shows "right" direction only when phone is held in vertical position (to the ground) Maps function still faulty. Please fix it and recheck carefully application's current compatibility before release.

- Fantastic & Fun

Great application! The features and settings available within this app can make this a simple compass to a ton of information. I find it fun and fascinating to explore the more complex settings and learn more about what I am looking at by using the very useful PDF Users Guide. This is a well thought out app and design. I can only imagine what the future updates will bring to this already amazing app!

- Best app I've seen

A very useful and fascinating app. Amazing number of features takes a while to learn, but it is very well designed and user friendly. Very fun to play with for the outdoorsy geek. Read the full user guide to really get it. Only suggestion would be that the user guide be revised in clearer english; some parts are ambiguous. (And despite what other user said, it is FAR more than a HUD with a compass in it.)

- Good, but needs updates

Gimmicky app that could be fairly useful with some stability and functionality updates. It is entertaining at the very least. Disagree with most reviewers as I was able to figure out the app's few features fairly quick. Symbology could use a guide in the settings menu. An update to filter the jittery movement of the compass and waypoints to smooth things out would be helpful. Perhaps it is the iPhone 4's GPS, but the height also doesn't seem to work and my position drifts up to 0.06nm.

- Swiss Army Knife for Cartographers

This is a handy tool kit for those interested in anything that relates to mapping or surveying. You can effectively put away your Brunton pocket transit or Surveymaster and enjoy fine accuracy and multiple sighting computations. The app is FUN for those with a tendency toward measurements. Three dimensional survey becomes a snap for the weekend wilderness rambler and the camera function makes a fine mapping notebook adjunct. Try it, you'll like it.

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sebastian moran

@albertjmoriarty *glances at you before taking your hand holding the spyglass and looks at the bridge* hold steady you bastard i can't make a mistake *wraps my hand around your wrist and looks more closely* okay our cue should come any second one now hopefully Mycroft doesn't do anything stupid

albert moriarty

@mcransebastian *rolls eyes playfully and takes your hand and steps outside with you* what an drama queen *glances over at the bridge using a spyglass before turning around and giving you a playful smirk* this should be fun


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Spyglass (Version 3.9.13) Install & Download

The applications Spyglass was published in the category Navigation on 2009-10-04 and was developed by Pavel Ahafonau [Developer ID: 319585607]. This application file size is 23.93 MB. Spyglass - Navigation app posted on 2020-06-24 current version is 3.9.13 and works well on IOS 9.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.paully.spyglass

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