Joshua Bury’s latest version of his iOS astronomy observation planning app, Observer Pro 2.1, is available in the Apple App Store.
New updates to the app include:
– The Featured list is now much more useful: your location, local horizon, and the current lunar phase are now used to provide a list of objects that are prime for observing.
– Added option to show an object’s catalog name rather than common name when browsing lists.
– Correct moon image orientation for Southern Hemisphere sites.
– Fixed bug that made it impossible to leave the Observing List screen after rearranging items.
– Other bug fixes and other improvements.
Observer Pro was designed, ground up, specifically for advanced astronomy planning. No more guessing when that galaxy will emerge from behind that dastardly tree; no more estimating how many hours you’ll be able to image an object. Now, answers to these and other critical planning questions are right at your fingertips.
Feature highlights include:
– More than 14,000 deep-sky objects listed, all with close-up reference images – there is no need for additional downloads after the initial installation of the app;
– Measure your local horizon in minutes with your iPhone;
– Unique charts remove all guesswork from predicting object visibility – your house, trees, local mountains, or any other obstructions are factored into all visibility charts;
– Maintains a list of your favorite observing sites, each with its own local horizon, allowing comparison of object visibility between sites to identify the optimum spot for setting up;
– Integration of 7Timer astronomical weather forecasts for your observing sites, viewable without leaving the app;
– In-app tutorial (in Settings) explains how to maximize effectiveness of all of the app’s many features;
– The simple, intuitive interface makes all of the app’s powerful features readily accessible.
Observer Pro 1.1 is priced at $13.99US. For more information, visit the Apps page on the Apple App Store.
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