Southern Stars Astronomy Products Press Announcement (November 29, 2010)

Posted: November 29, 2010 by Mike Hubbartt in Press Announcements, Space Exploration

I received this press release and wanted to share it since we’ve reviewed their products in the past. Mike


We’re Southern Stars – formerly the mobile products division of Carina Software. As a Carina customer, you’re receiving this notice regarding our mobile astronomy products and plans for the holiday season.

SkySafari is a universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

SkyVoyager is now SkySafari

Our award-winning SkyVoyager iPhone app has been renamed – SkySafari 2.0 is only a month old, and it’s our highest-rated version ever! SkySafari adds a gorgeous new Milky Way display, fast OpenGL graphics, support for new telescope types, and a host of new features that you’ve requested. For more information, click here.

SkySafari 2.0 is a free update for owners of SkyVoyager. If you’re not yet a SkySafari owner, or have a friend or child with a budding interest in the night sky, there isn’t an easier – or more affordable – way to get started in astronomy. SkySafari puts 2.5 million stars, hundreds of astronomical images, and an astronomy field guide written by experts, into your pocket for the price of a pizza – or a cup of coffee:

SkySafari Lite Intro version $2.99
SkySafari Pro version with telescope control $14.99
SkySafari Expansion Pack Adds 2.5 million stars to SkySafari $2.99 (regularly $4.99)

All prices are in US dollars. From now until the end of 2010, the SkySafari Expansion Pack is on sale at 40% off! Click here to purchase from the iTunes Store. And while you’re there, check out…

S&T SkyWeek

Sky and Telescope magazine chose Southern Stars, and SkySafari’s engine, to power its SkyWeek app! Check out S&T SkyWeek on the iTunes Store. It’s an interactive, mobile version of S&T’s weekly “Sky at a Glance” column, and the simplest way to stay informed about the changing events in the night sky.

SkyWire is an Apple-approved accessory.
Requires iOS 4 or later.

SkySafari, meet SkyWire!

SkyWire, our brand-new “Made for iPod” accessory, works with SkySafari to turn your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a 21st-century telescope controller. It’s the simplest and most affordable telescope control solution available for any Apple mobile device! Plug one end into your iPhone, and the other into your telescope controller’s serial port. Voila! You’re ready to drive your telescope anywhere in the night sky.

SkyWire requires zero configuration, and unlike other “iPhone serial cables” advertised on the internet, you don’t have to jailbreak your device to use it. SkyWire ships in mid-December, 2010. You can reserve one today at special pre-release pricing of $79 (USD), along with free shipping or a free telescope serial cable. Click here to do so.

In fact, Southern Stars offers two different telescope control solutions for your iPhone, iPad, or Pod Touch! SkyFi, our award-winning wireless telescope controller, is still available, but selling out quickly. To order, click here.

The Moon gets its holiday colors four days before Christmas this year.

Enjoy December’s Night Sky

As the holidays approach, keep your eye on the crisp, clear winter skies. This is a great time to catch the fading Andromeda Galaxy, the sparkling Pleiades, or the wispy Orion Nebula.

And mark your viewing calendar for the night of December 20th – 21st. This year’s winter solstice features a total lunar eclipse – a holiday spectacle ideally timed for hundreds of millions of viewers across North America. A “christmas eclipse” this good won’t happen again for many years – don’t miss it!

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