Starmap 2 Astronomy App for iOS, Apple Watch, and Apple TV Devices

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[] Grenoble, France - Independent developer, Frederic Descamps today is proud to announce the release of Starmap 2 version 1.2, an important update to his animated astronomy app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV devices. Starmap 2 is a planetarium app that works for stargazers at any level, from students to experienced professional observers. The app offers the power of a professional sky atlas in a convenient app.

The free version of Starmap 2 offers everything an avid sky watcher needs for an evening of stargazing. The app offers access to solar system objects, (including the brightest comets and asteroids), meteor showers and stars. The app also offers viewing of deep-sky objects, such as nebulae and galaxies, celestial object data, two animated and narrated stargazing modules, and much more, all in an easy to use iOS 9-optimized package. Users requiring more capabilities will appreciate the access to a selection of convenient in-app purchases that enhance the stargazing experience.

Features (Some require in-app purchases):
* 2,500,000 stars
* Tycho 2 catalog
* SAO catalog
* 8,300 stars with physical characteristics
* Maximum magnitude 16
* Messier catalog
* Full NGC/IC/Caldwell catalogs
* Abell/SAO/HD/HIP identifiers
* All common dark and bright nebulae catalogs
* A complete moon map with 9000 features
* 13,000 deep sky objects with physical characteristics
* Complete ephemeris for 25,000 sky objects
* Full solar system ephemeris, including planets satellites
* Moon phase calendar
* Moon map with 9900 references
* Meteor zones
* Searches by text and ids
* Featured objects selection
* Automatic selection of the best observable objects

"Our Starmap astronomy app has been available since the first day the App Store opened, and has been featured a number of times in the App Store, and the app has won a number of prizes from various astronomy publications," says Starmap CEO Frederic Descamps. "Starmap 2 is the result of years of improvements and enhancements we've made to our app. It has a totally new interface, a version for the Apple Watch, and now includes a version for the new Apple TV."

Starmap 2 Telescopes & Optics:
* Telescope control through Wi-Fi for most devices
* Eyepiece view with real apparent sizes of objects
* Optics database with barlows, focal reducers, CCDs, finders
* Dual and single reticles
* Equatorial and azimuthal reticles
* Fast change of optics with pinch and zoom

Starmap 2's Apple TV version offers a fascinating animation mode, which is available in all versions. The animation mode is ideal for dealers who wish to showcase the amazing capabilities of the new Apple TV set top box. Dealers who wish to learn more about the Apple TV app are encouraged to visit the "Starmap 2 on the Apple TV" website.

"While Starmap on an iOS device is more of an individual experience, on the Apple TV it becomes an entertaining and informative group experience," continues Descamps. "I tested the Apple TV version in two settings. The first was in a classroom setting, with a teacher who was telling his first graders about an upcoming partial solar eclipse. The students in the classroom made use of Starmap's replay mode to show an animation of the moon passing in front of the sun. The second test was in a TV shop, using a projection television and a translucent screen. A number of customers gathered to watch the beautiful animations from the Starmap Apple TV app. It was no surprise that the items displayed just beneath the screen sold more than usual that afternoon."

Starmap 2 Observation Capabilities:
* Full night-vision red mode
* Telrad
* Orientation and search arrow
* Live time changer
* Integrated lamp
* Supports portrait and landscape mode
* Coordinates display
* Full control of colors of map items
* 500 cities database
* User locations
* GPS/Gyro and compass support

Starmap 2 also includes a number of features for users of the Apple Watch. The app keeps things simple, treating the Apple Watch as a second screen for the user's iPhone, displaying helpful information such as sunrise and sunset, the rise time for visible planets, astronomical dawn, and more. The app uses Watch Face Complications to display the next three night-time sky events, and uses the Watch's Time Travel feature to display the information for future happenings in the night-time sky.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
* Includes Apple Watch and Apple TV versions
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* Universal App
* 120 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Starmap 2 1.2 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. The free version offers a view of the sky at the user's current location, and a minimum of search options. Convenient in-app purchases offer: A $4.99 (USD) standard version, which offers basic catalogs, and access to customizations and settings, as well as extended search capabilities. A $14.99 (USD) pro version that gives access to all options, including all planets, close satellite views, all known comets, dwarf planets, up to 500,000 asteroids, meteor shower calendars, all artificial satellites, a moon map, a 3D model of the universe, and up to 500,000 stars and 23,000 deep sky objects. Also available are the Starmap Stories, which is a collection of 31 animated learning modules, which are available for $0.99 each, or $9.99 for the entire collection.

Based in Grenoble, France and Berlin, Germany, Starmap was founded by independent developer Frederic Descamps in 2008. Descamps is a professional astronomer and has been practicing in the field since his youth. He holds a PhD in electronics/physics engineering, with a thesis on the electronics of particle detectors, including those at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and DESY in Hamburg, Germany. Descamps started the Starmap mobile application as a hobby, and it has now turned into a business. Copyright (C) 2015 Frederic Descamps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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