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StarTracker app review: enjoy all there is to love about stargazing

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Introduction

Stargazing can be a wonderfully relaxing and educational hobby to pursue and whether you are new to it or been doing it for years here's an app that encourages the activity. The StarTracker app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone encourages users to get outside and start enjoying the night skies. This is a user-friendly tool that helps you explore the stars of the universe. All you have to do in order to use the app is point it at the sky and then a whole new world opens for you.

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StarTracker - Mobile SkyMap

$2.99

Learn About the Night Sky

Here's your chance to learn about the night sky in an engaging and interactive way. The StarTracker app features augmented reality that makes it possible to star gaze with the gyroscope. The way it works is that you hold your device up to the skies and then you'll be able to view more than 8,000 planets, moon, and the sun. As well you can view more than 100 deep sky objects and 88 constellations. What's really great is that the app works without an Internet connection, making this one very versatile.

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The app hasn't been updated in quite some time now; over a year, to be exact. The last update included a bug fix and support for iOS 7. The app has 4.5 out of five stars from users who have called it great and educational. Customers would like to see more features added though and the app become easier to use.

Point your device at the skies and see what appears
Point your device at the skies and see what appears

The Stargazing Experience

With the StarTracker app the stargazing experience is always educational and because of that the app can be enjoyed by all members of the family. The app offers an effective signal processing technique, features a search and lock tool that makes it quick to find items in the sky, and your location can be set manually or automatically with GPS. The AR mode offers a 3D compass will show you the exact location of the items you're searching for and when you find those objects you can snap a screenshot. Screenshots can be shared with your family and friends by Twitter, Facebook, and saved to Photos. The graphics are always sharp and high quality.

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This is really a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about the objects in the sky and it makes the educational experience feel less like school and more like entertainment.

Take screenshots of what you see
Take screenshots of what you see

StarTracker - Mobile SkyMap

$2.99

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The app can be used by adults and kids looking to learn more about the objects in the sky
  • The app uses augmented reality, just point your device at the sky and you’ll be able to see what’s up there
  • The images are high-quality and sharp
  • Take snapshots of what you see and share it with friends and family

Cons

  • Customers would like to see this one made to be a bit more user-friendly

StarTracker screenshot
StarTracker screenshot

Final Thoughts

The StarTracker app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and gives users the opportunity to discover all that is in the sky. Thanks to its high quality graphics and features this one is a fun educational tool.

 

StarTracker - Mobile SkyMap

$2.99
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