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I have an iPhone and I've bought Pocket Universe, Star Walk, Distant Suns and Sky Safari, all of which do roughly the same thing.

Sky Safari is by some distance the best of these apps - the amount of info contained in it is encyclopaedic - and the Lite version is as cheap as any of them.

Tim

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I regularly use Distant Suns, Moon HD and GPS Astro on my iPhone. There's also a NASA app with links to all missions, images, videos, launch schedule, sighting opportunities and NASA TV, but it's not available on the Android (yet, anyway!).

Geoff

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My wife has an Android phone and uses Google Skymap.

I have a WebOS phone and use Planetarium in "classic emulator" mode. Superb. The astro apps made for WebOS are not very good: JdiSky should never have been released in its current state and SkyOrb regularly crashes the phone and has a broken search function.

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Norbsoft Skymap is available for Nokia phones from their Ovi shop. It too has night mode and is zoomable, usual date, time and location setting (can be taken from GPS) + horizon. Probably not as extensive in functions as some of the iPhone apps.

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I'm just a beginner and I read the tip for Google Skymap here.

Thanks for that.

But I also found in my Android Market SkEye, in my opinion even better

(although Google has local language-for me Dutch).

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lavadip.skeye&feature=search_result

There you see the app.

I use both of them now, great way to orient myself as a noob!

(and I don't use any advanced features...yet :) ).

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Look at them on App store

That's OK for general info, cost and features, but I'd like to find out what actual 'users' think of the apps as opposed to what the 'sellers' put in their advertising blurb.

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I have a page full of astronomy apps on my android phone.

Favourites being Google Skymap, Where is io, Polar Finder, Golden hour.

As they are all free if you have an android phone just download and try them.

It is possible to run virtual android on your PC to try out aps.

I object to paying for aps so only look at the free ones.

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I have on my android:

Google Sky Map (Excellent)

SkEye (very good)

Space Junk (very good)

These are all free and assuming you have an android phone you should check em out...you can always uninstall them if not to your liking...Theres always a little review with each app and a star rating.

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I swear by starmap on my iphone. Will check out redshift and sky safari to see if they bring anything new to the party but starmap seems pretty comprehensive and there is a night mode too.

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Google Sky Map is really good app..

I'm using it myself for star recognizing and to find constellations..

is working very smooth and I was really surprised how accurate it is..

Star Chart is good as well but it's not working so smooth on my phone..

I'm downloading now Astro Plan and SkEye

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