10 Best iPad Astronomy Apps for Stargazing7
iPhone astronomy apps have been quite popular in the past couple of years. Exploring the objects in the sky is fun on an iPhone but even better on an iPad. There is simply no comparison between the experience that you get from an iPad astronomy app and its counterpart for the iPhone. The bigger screen (especially iPad 3’s retina one) makes a whole lot of difference.
If you are into stargazing and want to use your iPad to explore the objects in the sky like never before, these 10 astronomy apps for iPad have you covered:
Luminos: one of the best astronomy apps we have tested on our iPad. It had 3D views of planets and moons. It covers over 2.5m stars and thousands of other objects. Gives you a great bang for buck.
Red Shift: another great looking astronomy app for iPad. It covers over 100k stars and 500+ Deep Sky objects. Provides support for iPad 3’s retina display. The 3D flights to the moon and planets are awesome.
Star Chart: a powerful tool that calculates the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you where they are. Helps you identify objects in the sky too.
Star Walk: provides you with a breathtaking experience with the stars right on your iPad. Can identify the stars as you explore them on your device too.
Distant Suns: one of the most popular astronomy apps for iPhone has now made it to your iPad as well. Gives you access to thousands of objects on your iPad and can help you identify new objects in the sky too.
Planets for iPad: a free application for your iPad that enables you to explore the planets in our solar system and learn new things along the way.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad: contains all the stars visible to the naked eye. This is not only a great learning tool for amateur astronomers, it can also serve as a handy object identification tool. It offers you with information on moon phases and sunrise/sunset times.
Star Map 3D: gives you access to thousands of deep-sky objects on your iPad. It will show you the constellations, stars, planets, galaxies, star clusters, and other objects.
Solar Walk: helps you explore our solar system to your heart’s content. It covers the moons and all the planets in our system. It supports 3D TVs too.
SkySafari 3: has everything you need to explore the stars and other objects. You can use this to identify the stars. The night mode is pretty cool too. The pro version offers even more features.
What’s your favorite astronomy app for iPad?
Sky Safari is by far the best astronomy app for the ipad, in fact it is the best astronomy app period. Even The Sky X and Cartes Du Ciel are not as good.
great apps… I'm really impressed.
If anyone has a recent link to a thorough review of astronomy apps, I would welcome the info. Thanks.
We have reviewed many of them on our YouTube channel. Maybe that will help: http://www.youtube.com/user/appfinders/search?query=astronomy
Thus have I subscribed! Thanks.
We will do more videos. We are trying to get this video thing right. The videos get way too long when we try to compare apps, so we have to find a solution or do long episodes maybe. 🙂 But videos are much better than articles. Much easier to show what these app can and can’t do that way
Videos are a great service. As I mentioned on a different thread, a table of features (left column) and apps (top row) with checks for an apps available features would be a great supplement to the videos.