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NEW!
Orion StarSeek 4 Astronomy App

Orion StarSeek 4 Astronomy AppExplore the Night Sky and Control Your GoTo Telescope with Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch!

  • A powerful and feature-rich astro app that shows you "what's up" in the night sky at any time, from anywhere!
  • Hold your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch up to the sky to identify planets, stars, constellations, and more!
  • Beautiful, customizable star chart interface containing 2.5 million stars, > 31,000 deep-sky objects, and > 4,000 asteroids, comets, and satellites.
  • Control a computerized telescope from your iPhone or iPad (requires optional StarSeek WiFi module).
  • Get a week-at-a-glance summary of cool sky events you won't want to miss!
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models utilizing iOS 7.0 or later.

Buy Standard Edition StarSeek

$14.99


StarSeek 4 is available now for Apple iOS devices and SOON for Android devices! The iOS version is available by download from the iTunes App Store.

Orion's StarSeek 4 is a powerful and easy-to-use astronomy app equally suited to beginning sky watchers on up to hard-core amateur astronomy enthusiasts and telescope users. A significant upgrade from StarSeek 3, the all-new StarSeek 4 adds a hugely expanded database and some terrific new features and functionality, while offering even more advanced wireless control of GoTo telescopes. StarSeek's streamlined interface puts the universe literally at your fingertips.

StarSeek is a "universal" app (in more ways than one!), meaning it works for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

What's NEW in StarSeek 4?

If you've used an earlier version of StarSeek before, here are just some of the enhancements you will enjoy in version 4:

  • New look and feel, app icons, and artwork optimized for latest iOS versions.
  • Rewrite of compass code for smoother, more accurate motion tracking.
  • Apple Maps integration: choose your location from a built-in Maps view.
  • Animated meteor showers, with viewing info and spectacular graphics.
  • New horizon panoramas, and add your own!
  • New and updated descriptions for hundreds of objects. On iPhone, swipe left-to-right to toggle Object Info between data and description. On iPad, both are displayed side-by-side.
  • Completely reinvented scope control panel. Direction controls only appear when the scope is connected, and bigger for easier access.
  • Objects lists under Search are now sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, Dec, and many other properties.
  • New Advanced Search options let you find objects using properties other than their name. For example, you can find all objects of a certain type, within a certain constellation, brighter than a certain magnitude, etc.
  • New Telescope Equipment settings let you enter a list of all your telescope equipment. Select different combinations of eyepieces and telescopes to display field-of-view automatically. Set up separate camera and auto-guider FOV. All FOV indicators can be labelled in the sky chart.
  • Now log observations of objects directly from the Object Info view, or show all your observations of any object at once.
  • New Variable Stars list, containing the brightest and best-known variables.
  • Added descriptions for dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites; and many images.
  • Dozens more tweaks, bug fixes, and additions we don't have room to list here!

StarSeek depicts eclipses, conjunctions, transits, and occultations hundreds of years in the future
StarSeek depicts eclipses, conjunctions, transits, and occultations hundreds of years in the future.

StarSeek's gorgeous, interactive display is highly customizable
StarSeek's gorgeous, interactive display is highly customizable.

Leave Earth and explore Jupiter, it moons, and other solar system objects from orbit
Leave Earth and explore Jupiter, it moons, and other solar system objects from orbit.

Go Deep with StarSeek 4!

StarSeek 4 includes 2.5 million stars, 31,000 deep sky objects, the Solar System's major planets and moons, and over 4,000 updatable asteroids, comets, and satellites. Simulate the sky from any place in the Solar System, up to 10,000 years in the past or future. Expand your astronomical knowledge with over 1500 encyclopedic descriptions of the constellations, stars, and planets. Enjoy more than 800 images from NASA space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the world's foremost astro-photographers.

StarSeek 4 lets anyone identify what's in the night sky simply by holding your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch up to the sky! The dynamically changing map will show you "what's up" — literally — as you pan around the sky. Then just tap on an object to get a treasure trove of information about it. Pretty cool! The map is highly customizable, so you can enjoy just the amount and kind of detail you want to see. Search for any object in the database, and follow the arrow on screen to locate it in the sky. Animate the stars and planets with Time controls as StarSeek 4 compresses days, months, and years into a few seconds. Preserve your eyesight with red-screen "night vision" mode as you're exploring the skies. Stay updated with SkyWeek — the mobile version of Sky & Telescope Magazine's weekly column, with interactive sky charts. SkyWeek is accessible from right within the app.

StarSeek's Object Info on the iPad gives you the facts and figures alongside detailed descriptions and a gallery of images
StarSeek's Object Info on the iPad gives you the facts and figures alongside detailed descriptions and a gallery of images.

With StarSeek 4, you can tap the Orbit button to fly into orbit around other objects in the Solar System, and beyond it. Follow eclipses, occultations, and transits! View the planets and their moons as only NASA space probes have.

On an iPad's big screen there's lots of room to check out the planets and their moons. Here the Cassini spaceprobe heads for orbit around Saturn
On an iPad's big screen there's lots of room to check out the planets and their moons. Here the Cassini spaceprobe heads for orbit around Saturn.

StarSeek 4 allows wired or wireless control of Orion's many computerized GoTo telescopes — from the portable StarSeeker 4 line to the large-aperture SkyQuest series of GoTo Dobsonians — as well as Celestron, Meade, and other brands (click here for a list). It can point your GoTo or "Push-To" telescope anywhere in the sky, using your iPhone/iPad/iPod's built-in WiFi along with our StarSeek WiFi Telescope Control Module (sold separately). Plan observing sessions with Observing Lists, log your observations into them, and share them with friends. One you try navigating the night sky with your iOS device and StarSeek, you'll never go back to controlling your telescope with its standard — and rather mundane by comparison — hand controller!

Red; night-vision mode can be turned on to preserve dark-adapted night vision
Red, night-vision mode can be turned on to preserve dark-adapted night vision.

Control an Orion GoTo telescope (or other brands) from your iPhone or iPad
Control an Orion GoTo telescope (or other brands) from your iPhone or iPad!

Tap an object to call up detailed information as well as history, mythology, and science
Tap an object to call up detailed information as well as history, mythology, and science.

Enter your telescope and camera equipment into StarSeek and it can automatically compute the field of view and show it on the map
Enter your telescope and camera equipment into StarSeek and it can automatically compute the field of view and show it on the map.

Controlling your GoTo telescope using StarSeek 4 from an iPad sure beats using the scope's native hand controller
Controlling your GoTo telescope using StarSeek 4 from an iPad sure beats using the scope's native hand controller!

NOTE: There is no upgrade path from StarSeek 3 or earlier versions to StarSeek 4. This is an entirely new app.

For more information, see the StarSeek Telescope Control Compatibility page and the StarSeek 4 FAQ.