Sky Guide

I’ve never been a person that has been overly interested in the night sky. I can certainly appreciate the beauty of it, but I never cared much beyond that. There’s been a lot of apps out there for iOS that try to teach and show people like me what’s above us. I’ve never paid any attention to them.

And then, in Seattle, the guys behind Fifth Star Labs showed me their latest creation: Sky Guide. I’ll admit I was prepared to suffer through hearing about just another app about stars. So I asked what set their app apart, and I was told: photography.

Now I am interested.

Sky Guide’s imagery is made up out of 37,000 photographs taken by one of the guys behind the app over the course of a year. And holy crap is it beautiful.

It’s one thing to show those images, but my absolute favorite feature of the app is that you can slide your fingers to dim or brighten the stars — I love that. The entire app is butter smooth and well done.

I’ll tell you what, I may not use this app very much, but I sure appreciate how well done it is.

The app is Universal and $1.99 on the App Store.

Since I know you guys are probably just as curious as I am, here’s how those photos were shot.

Originally posted for members on: June 19, 2013
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