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Star Walk - 5 stars astronomy guide
Last changed: Dec 15, 2009
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***Featured by Apple - Best Apps of 2009!***
Special price for the Holidays, give yourself 9k stars and more!
Make Star Walk your virtual astronomy guide and take advantage of the great interface! Star Walk is the perfect tool for anyone who is interested in stargazing, amateurs or more professional astronomers to discover all stars, planets, constellation
Use the Star Spotter function to activate the DIGITAL COMPASS on 3GS only, find your orientation and you will see the sky in front of you in real-time. You can pan the iPhone’s display and watch the stars scroll around.
for iPod Touch users please use manual selection of locations if Wifi is not available.
If you have concerns or feedback about this or anything else please get in contact with us at email@example.com, follow us on twitter.com/starwalk or our facebook group page.
Star Walk features and how to use them:
PICTURE of the DAY: a push notification will appear on the icon to tell you there is a new picture to watch. Go to the left hand corner click on it, select button with exclamation marks and a list of pictures will open in front of you. To know more about the pictures click on -i- on the top right hand corner.
HELP GUIDE: for any doubt on how to use the Digital Compass, the Time Machine, Location Selection and to get in contact with us for any suggestions or concerns click on -?- on the top right corner.
VIEW from the EARTH:
Automatic and manual selection of locations on a 3D globe.
If you have an iPhone 3GS tilt your phone and the ''Star Spotter'' function will be activated, a live representation of what you see in the sky will appear on your display and the sky will start following your movements right, left, up and down.
TIME MACHINE: click on the clock icon and date and time to watch the sky tonight or in a year time.
MOON PHASES: select the moon, click on -i - symbol to enlarge the image and start the clock to watch moon phases.
Wikipedia LINKS: select one celestial corpse and click on the - i - icon to activate the magnifier and read main information about it. To know more click on the -w - icon at the bottom of the table ad the wikipedia page will open up
SETTINGS: with the bottom right icon you are given different options. You can change the screen with night mode, select brightness, put sounds on or off, find and select location and start you list of favorites. Here the -!- will indicate presence of new pictures.
Star Walk reviewed:
''This is the best stargazing iPhone application I have come across.'' Matt Sawyers, The iPhone Blog - 2009
''Star Walk is probably the prettiest of the astronomy guides available for the iPhone and iPod touch.'' TUAW -2009
"I’ve been playing with Star Walk for a couple weeks now and it’s definitely become a favorite app to use for stargazing as well as to show off some of my iPhone’s capabilities to friends and curious strangers." cultofmac favorites - 2009
By: Tannhauser_Gates - Feb 4, 2009
While not as full featured as other programs, the graphics and interface on this application are simply outstanding. The product serves as a great resource to quickly identify stars, constellations, and planets moving along the ecliptic. The included night mode provides a clean resource for viewing at night. Until Astromist is ported from the Palm to the iPhone, this will serve as my primary Astronomy software on the iPhone.
By: Doc.Jules - 26-Feb-2009
Even if you only have a passing interest in the night sky then this app is an absolute must have. Works perfectly on an itouch offline. Enables you to put a place and time (the default is your current location and time) into the system to give you a full colour view of what the sky looks like. What is incredibly useful is that it also has a night mode where you can turn the visuals to red so it doesn't destroy your night vision when star gazing. As previous reviewers have mentioned you get the constellation pictures fading in and out (I still haven't figured out how the ancients came up with the figures for the constellations!). You can search for stars, planets, meteor showers and so forth and the pinch push zooming function works perfectly as well. If this was on a pc or apple computer you would be paying at least £20 for it so £3 is an incredibla bargain!
By: Econ Prof - Jan 2, 2010
I have used astronomy programs on my Mac (Starry Night Pro) and Palm (Planetarium) for years, and while this is a relatively new program, it is powerful and easy to use. The only minus right now, January 2nd, is Santa. I laughed at him flying by the first few times, but I really hope that he will go back to the North Pole soon. Is there a way to remind him that Christmas is over until next December?
By: Private Joker - 26-Jan-2009
Please, if it's possible add an in-application browser, so that when you want to tap the wiki link for more info, you're not taken out of the application. As it is, I won't use the wiki links cus' leaving the app is a real pain in the proverbial. Brilliant idea for the recent update, just hope it's possible to make it perfect, like you see in rss readers, they usually have their own in-app browsers. Hope you read the British reviews.
By: Madmax4 - 08-Jan-2010
My wife isn't happy - I woke her up at 2am to show her how fantastic this is. The front page shows the rise and set times for the sun and major planets. The whole thing orients to your GPS location and time and so it is very easy to identify objects you have seen. If you are out with your telescope it has a list of Messier objects and even highlights which ones should be visible; it then gives you all the information you would want to know together with a good quality picture.Amazing value - have paid a lot more for computer software that isn't nearly so neat.
By: Angus08 - Nov 13, 2008
I love space! This app is well worth the money. The object catalogue is HUGE...just about every star is clickable! I really like all the aesthetic embellishments like the changing sky color, lens flares, and fading constellation silhouettes.The next step I would like to see would be more detailed information on the planets and maybe a distance-from-earth stat for some of the more well known stars.This app works well as a compass and sunrise/sunset predictor too!
By: Markolicious - 16-May-2009
This is a well designed and awe inspiring app. I own plenty of 'night sky' applications, some more complicated & serious, some simpler and practically useless! There is a tendancy to over-complicate things such as this, which is all well and good, but dies it make fir a 'useable' app? This is pitched just right, and despite the complicated algorithms going on behind the screen, it is intuitive, simple and fun. If I had to condense all my astronomy apps into one - this would be it. Perfect!
By: Porkchop1414 - Nov 20, 2009
Just kidding. No viruses! But now that I have your attention, I want to say that this application rocks! It works fine on the iPod Touch and it is accurate. So much information is in this application and as a person who has some knowledge of astronomy, this application functions fine. Very well thought-out app!
For future updates, it would be awesome to add comets and satellites' orbits. I went back to look for Halley's Comet in the 1600s but couldn't find it. It would be a real nice implementation if I could look up the space station and see when and where it would fly over. Just a suggestion. I would suggest this application even more than I do now to my friends and co-workers.
Great for this newcomer to astronomy
By: lapleader1 - Feb 26, 2009
Incredible program for the money and probably even more. The ability to use the iPhone's GPS is really handy if you are a city dweller that needs to take a ride for dark skies. Then the red mode was a great surprise. You always are told to use a red flashlight to read your charts, or planispheres, and there it is ! Built right into the program, and still you are able to access all of the data about the constellations and other objects. The time and date feature is handy also. I am awe struck by this app. This is what you always hope for when you take a chance on an app.
Amazing - even a total novice can find and identify things in the night sky
By: Thor-Dale - 13-Aug-2009
This is the first time I've ever felt compelled to write a review about anything in the iTunes Store.
I bought this in order to try and find the Perseids Meteor Shower last night and also help me identify other stuff up in the heavens.
All I can say is WOW what an awesome App it's the best thing I've downloaded yet!!
So simple and intuitive to use, only cost £2.99 I'm hooked.
I know it's been done as part of the IYA (International Year of Astronomy) to get people interested and involved - well this chap IS interested! Birthday in October...think a decent telescope is in order.
Oh if only there were more Apps like this!!
By: brop52 - Nov 19, 2009
While the app does require a 3GS for the star-spotter function (compass required), it works just fine on any other iPhone or iPod Touch. This is a great app for those times when the sky is clear and you are sitting having a bonfire by the beach. The time machine feature is a big plus to see how the stars move. The UI is clean and looks great. Would recommend this app over some of the other similar astronomy apps.
Beautiful and fun app
By: EnderVR46 - Mar 23, 2009
Star Walk is among the best apps I've used. It presents it's information in a way that makes perfect sense, the interface is fun and has the perfect subtle sound effects. The red horizon line and gray direction arrows are non-intrusive and the way the constellations fade into and out of view is really nice. It located me in seconds and I was finding objects to look at within minutes. Saturn was right where it said it would be. Well worth the price and it has a permanent spot on my iPhone.
By: la512 - Dec 30, 2008
This application delivers everything advertised. The graphics are beautiful and fast. It contains enough data to be very useful, all the Messier objects. I like the fact the 100% of the screen is used for viewing the sky, with 1 touch access to search, info, time, and settings. The time functionality is extremely useful; it really helps me prepare when to view a particular object that I want to find with my telescope. It is a wonderful companion while sitting at my scope. My scope has the ability to find a huge number of objects, but most times I want to hunt for them myself, so I use this as a companion without having to go to my software on my Mac.
-beautiful, intuitive UI
-I would like to be able to zoom out all the way, although it works well enough without it.
-More objects would be nice.
-I would like to see Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons and in the correct location.
-Remove the selection ring when zooming in for info; it is in the way and unnecessary.
-Although I don’t need this at the moment, I can see I will when I go camping. Add a way to set Longitude and Latitude for location so that you can plan ahead when you don’t have a connection and you are not at a specified city.
By far this has been my best purchase on the App Store. I am an iPhone developer; my compliments to the Star Walk product team.
By: Capt 777 - Jan 29, 2009
Wow!!!! A must for the Commercial Pilot. At 35000 feet the view is truly awe inspiring, and finally identifies the objects above. Please, Please, Please!!! add the ability to use Lat/Long for position entry. Flying over the North Pole with no way to enter position is frustrating. Also, this ability would allow the student to view the suns track from another perspective and date. (winter solstice at north pole). Thanks...
By: NilObject - Feb 8, 2009
I was looking for a "good" astronomy app to help me plan some night time photography, and after careful thought I bought this app. Immediately I thought it was a cool app, but as I played with it more and more, I was just amazed at how much thought has gone into the interface. I can't say whether or not this is the best app, but it certainly is so good that I'm not going to be looking any further!
By: Paul.Andrews - 04-Oct-2009
Like others here, I don't often write reviews, but this APP is Fantastic. My wife, daughter and I were recently on a caravan holiday and were in the middle of a field watching the Meteor Showers. At 6 years old there was a constnat stream of questions which we couldn't answer, our next trip is in two weeks time and this App will be over-worked. Well done to the developers for a beautifully designed, educational and fun App, which again shows off the iPhones amazing ability as a handheld computer.
By: musicmanatlanta - Feb 12, 2009
It works better than I could've ever imagined. Cool sound fx aside, the graphics are amazing, and the detailed info is impressive. Basically, you can view any aspect of the universe, pan across the stars by swiping your finger...tap any star / planet / messier for a close-up. AND you can even search for specific things. Even constellations appear as translucent shapes over their stars. It's like having a planetarium in your palm!!!
By: Av8t0r - Nov 21, 2008
I will add to the praises for this great little app. The graphics and interface are top notch, so of course I'd like to see it do more:). My wish list (beyond the deep space objects and night vision updates already promised), a "light slider" that could fade out the dimmer stars to match current viewing conditions, filters to selectively omit classes of objects, and more info in the object database, including photos. Great job, I'm looking forward to the updates!
By: iPhone writer $ - Dec 16, 2008
I like this app for it reminded me and everyone else that we are nothing but grains of sand . This App is simply amazing....i would be shock of sn update for this is very very well done. From where i live like most who are not so fortunate to see the amazing sky. Its marvel and majestic view is uncanny the people who made this deserves 5 stars for they capture the definition of the galaxy onto my iphone.....
By: dλMiλη - 27-Nov-2008
Great app for when using telescope since the Map changes in real time or you can ffw to a specific time. However I couldnt set a location as a default so i have to set to melbourne every time i load the app. How about being able to set to specific long/lat. Also it would be cool if there is an option to allow for atmosphere. So it represents real life as close as possible. Able to tell show when the sun is going to set/rise.Star walk is a quality app easy to use and no lag it. also used many features found in the PC program stellarium.
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