Scope Nights Astronomy Weather

Scope Nights Astronomy Weather

By Martin Dodd

  • Category: Weather
  • Release Date: 2012-08-14
  • Current Version: 2.5.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 121.25 MB
  • Developer: Martin Dodd
  • Compatibility: iOS 9.3+
Score: 4.5
From 367 Ratings


"Every amateur astronomer yearns for clear, dark skies, and this exhaustive app helps you find them." - Sky At Night Magazine 2017 "Several astronomy-oriented weather apps are available, but Scope Nights has become my favorite… it does a fine job of summarizing the data in a clear and understandable fashion." - Sky & Telescope Magazine 2015 "Conventional weather forecasts meet the needs of Earthly dwellers; news of cloud cover when sensible folk are asleep is hardly required. Now via this wonderful App… local forecasts for nocturnal weather… are now available." - Astronomy Now Magazine 2012 If you’re a stargazer, astronomer or astrophotographer, analysing conventional weather forecasts for favourable night time conditions can be very time consuming, you just want to know when to plan your stargazing trip or set up your telescope. Scope Nights analyses night time weather forecast data for you and shows exactly when and where to go for the darkest and clearest skies, as well as offering customisable stargazing ratings to suit your telescope and observing habits, stargazing notifications, and a detailed light pollution map showing nearby dark sky sites and observatories. Finding clear dark skies and discovering the night sky has never been easier! PLAN YOUR OBSERVING WITH CUSTOM STARGAZING RATINGS • View at a glance which nights will be good for astronomy using smart weather analysis with clear stargazing ratings and animated weather icons to quickly see if it’s worth preparing your telescope or planning a stargazing trip • Create custom stargazing ratings using observing thresholds for moon phase, wind, humidity and temperature. Choose night, evening or morning coverage to suit when you observe, the type of telescope, and the type of observing you plan to do. • View at a glance which of your favourite Scope Sites will have the most suitable conditions FIND DARK SKY SITES & OBSERVATORIES • Find nearby dark sky sites with the clearest skies using a detailed light pollution map derived from the latest NASA satellite data • Searchable lists and dark sky map showing certified dark sky places, major astronomical observatories and robotic telescopes DETAILED ASTRONOMY FORECASTS • Long range astronomy forecasts for any location worldwide, compare up to 10 locations up to 10 nights ahead • Local 3-hourly forecasts for UK & USA updated hourly using the best forecast data available direct from the UK Met Office and the US NOAA National Weather Service CUSTOM STARGAZING NOTIFICATIONS • Receive accurate notifications of good or fair stargazing ratings based on your custom thresholds, well before sunset so you can prepare for your observing session • App badge showing the number of sites with good observing conditions for tonight SHARE STARGAZING FORECASTS • Share astronomy weather reports with fellow astronomers via email, social media or print them out for your observatory DETAILED CUSTOM ASTRONOMY FORECASTS • Night time specific astronomy forecasts from sunset to sunrise • Forecast coverage to suit when you observe: All Night, Evening or Morning • Detailed colour coded forecasts: - Moon phase percentage & altitude - Cloud cover - Precipitation probability - Relative humidity - Minimum temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit - Wind direction - Wind speed & gusts in Mph, Knots, Kph or Mps • Moonrise and moonset times • Sunrise & sunset times • Wind speed gust sensitivity switch for those with large telescopes or in exposed locations REQUIREMENTS • Requires a device with iOS 9.3 or later • Requires Internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection • Requires Location Services be enabled to automatically find local astronomy forecast • Requires Background Services be enabled to get stargazing notifications


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Uncannily accurate.

App does a great job of forecasting conditions for astronomy. Its my go to app. Far better than using even the best standard weather apps.
By bayoufretless

Seems reliable and quite useful

I find this app to be useful for a first look at the possibility for decent skies. Your mileage may vary. If you’re a stargazer like me, you know that the weather does whatever it feels like to us poor mortals. But definitely a good thing to have in your toolkit.
By The Higgs


One of my go to Astro viewing weather apps. Its long range forecasts are more correct than not. The graphic display is easy to read and pleasant to look at.
By PPNewton

Scope Nights

Great app. One of my go To Astro tools.
By Chuck147147

Nice app full of bugs

The app is good, and there is no alternative in the market. However, the app is full of various bugs which makes it unusable. The search function is very primitive. The favorite site list keeps dropping earlier saved spots. The list keeps going.
By Aichitang

Good App

Generally accurate & easy to use. Didn't like having to purchase features 1st version included (at much lower price)....but still a very useful app.
By Khancat

Pretty accurate

I rely on this program to plan my scope nights. It’s rarely been off much
By doncjr

Very accurate

My backyard observatory is located about 15 miles inland from the California coast. We are often affected by the marine layer clouds coming in. This app has been a very useful tool!
By Kingsman569

It’s buggy. Save your money

I was really rooting for this app. But it’s so buggy it’s almost useless. When u add one site, it adds it three or four or ten and keeps growing over time. So after 2 sites you’re full. Within a day the takes long to load. It has created itself with so many duplicates. Managing sites doesn’t do anything when u delete the duplicates so you’re left with having to uninstall and start all over again.
By CSlug007

Waiting for it to be accurate

So far it says every night will be bad and has made me lose two trips to my dark sky site. Regret having bought it.
By Krockelein


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