Star Charting Apps for iPhone/iPod Touch. Review by Dan Schroeder, Physics Department, Weber State University (Opinions expressed here are mine, not those of WSU.)
Update badly needed! This review was last updated in early July 2009, but even then I didn't have time to bring it fully up to date. Now it has fallen even farther behind the times, as three new developers have introduced star-charting apps and several of the older apps have gotten major upgrades. Here's a summary of the new developments as of 21 December 2009: Planisphere is a great new app in the bargain price range: only $0.99.
Owners of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch are fortunate to have a great selection of low-cost astronomy applications, available from the iTunes Store. All of the seven serious star-charting apps have these basic features: In choosing one or more of these apps to purchase, you should ask yourself questions like these: Star Walk - iphone astronomy application. Stargazing guide Find your way across the sky.
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