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Last updated: 16 May 2012

This page is for user comments on Astronomy software for the Windows (including the Meade AutoStar Suite), Macintosh, Android, and iOS systems. Items that are more "review" oriented will be posted on the Astronomy Software Reviews page. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me for posting. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message per the Site Email Etiquette. Thanks. Remember, tips described on this site may invalidate the warranty on your telescope or accessories. Neither the submitter nor myself are responsible for any damage caused by using any contributed tips.

Subject:	Sky Safari for Mac
Sent:	Monday, May 14, 2012 02:51:00
From:	Michael Wheless (
Hello,  I was quite impressed with your willingness to share info on the
experiences you've had with your equipment and software for viewing the
sky.  I am a novice and have several school-aged children who are
developing an interest in astronomy.

I had purchased a few apps for both the iPad 2 and my MacBook Pro (newer
one with OSX 10.7.4).  I have Star Walk, The Night Sky for the iPad and
Solar Walk for both the MBP and the iPad.

I recently became aware of the Sky Safari apps for both the iPad and
Mac.  These seemed more to my liking, but I can't be sure.

I am leaning toward getting the Sky Safari Plus for the MBP.  It seems
to be a bit more sophisticated than the other apps.

I do not have plans to set up a scope.  I am more interested in knowing
what it is I am seeing with my eyes.  Telescopes are just too much
expense for now.

I discovered your excellent detailed review of the Sky Safari and it
prompted me to ask a question.  

As I am a novice, and without scope, do you recommend the Mac or the
iPad app?

Don't be shy as I won't complain to you if I make a choice and am not
happy later.  I just prefer getting personal reviews and your detailed
analysis seemed to give me a clue you were interested in sharing info.


Michael Wheless
Bunga Baybay City Leyte
Mike here: Your decision on where to use SkySafari, Mac or iPad, really comes down to WHERE you want to use it. If you want to use it indoors to help learn the night sky, then the Mac would be the obvious choice. The larger screen of a Mac (vs an iPad) might be useful it you want to show others what's on the screen (as opposed to passing the iPad around). On the other hand, if you want to use SkySafari outside at night, pointing it at the sky to assist in learning, then the iPad is the way to go.

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