Stargazing is a nice hobby to do especially if you live away from the busy streets of the city where light pollution hides the true beauty of the night sky hiding the stars, planets, and even galaxies that are always there and all you need to do is just look up but if you’re new to stargazing, SkEye comes in to let you know what you’re looking at. The app is fairly simple, just punch in your coordinates using GPS location and once you have your current location in, the app can now work offline and will use your compass and gyro to guide you into finding and learning more about those flashing lights in the sky.
The UI in SkEye Needs Refining, But it is Still a Lot More Useful Than Many Similar Apps
The UI is more on the “rugged” side if you please, SkEye doesn’t have much going for it when it comes to presentation, first boot of the app asks for your GPS coordinates so you can get accurate results when you point your device in the night sky. On top of the main view you have various indicators such as your Altitude, Azimuth, Field of View as well as a battery meter to give you a heads up of what remaining juice you have. Below this is the main label for what you’re looking at along with search and option buttons flanking it. Below that is the main sky map in which follows where you orient or point your device as if the camera is your eye in the sky (no pun intended) and anything that gets center crosshairs on the screen gets its information such as name, type, and magnitude. A tap on the screen disables the gyro functionality and relies on manual swipes to scroll through the map.
Feature-wise, the app’s main draw is that it works better than any other free app in the market, take note of the free here. SkEye for Android is a free app that relies on donations instead of ads, the UI is presented to be as educational as possible with no ads to distract or ruin the experience. There’s a PRO version that caters to more advanced users and it’s another way for them to get income. As stated in the about page in the app, the app “is a mobile planetarium that can also be used to guide telescopes” most of the similar apps in the market has annoying ads or bugs that make it a pain to use and having such a humble and clean UI is enough to be a feature in itself.
SkEye can easily be recommended by just saying a few words: it works, it’s accurate, it’s free, and it’s very useful. Those who are interested in gazing at the stars at night to know what exactly is it that they’re looking at should give this mobile application a try.
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