In the past few years, we have covered a whole host of apps that can teach you a thing or two about the stars and planets in the sky. They can even show you what you are looking at in the sky. Thanks to these iPhone astronomy tools, you can find dark skies and set up your telescope properly:
Popular iPhone Apps for Amateur Astronomers
Astronomy Tools HD: a mobile astronomy tool that calculates and coverts astronomical distances. It can convert between parsecs, light years, astronomical units, miles and kilometers in real time. It can also determine angle in arc seconds from the distance of an object.
Dark Sky: comes with handy light pollution maps to help you easily locate dark skies all around you. Shows live Aurora Borealis information such as KP value, magnetic field information, and a whole lot more. The app provides you with meteor shower, super moon, lunar eclipse, and Aurora Borealis activity alerts.
Astroweather: a handy app that helps you plan your observations like a pro. It shows you a forecast of events, light pollution map and rise/set times for stars, planets, and moons.
Haru: an awesome iPhone app for amateur astronomers that shows temperature, cloud, transparency, wind, and other relevant information. It has sun position and lunar phase widgets.
ScopeTool: an iPhone app for amateur astronomy that helps you set up your telescope properly. It comes with compass & level, Polaris hour angle/transit calculator, and red/white flashlight options. The app also shows positions of the main moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
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