Version notes

Version number: Varies by device

In this update - Improved rendering of constellation on D3D11 enabled devices. - Other bug fixes and improvements. ----- We appreciate the continued help of users to identify and detail bugs. realtech VR developers are dedicated to updating SkyORB regularly to make sure they deliver the best experience. If you have any issues to report or suggestions to make, please visit our support site: http://www.realtech-vr.com/support/


Features

  • Fast and lightweight.
  • a 3D real-time planetarium with photo-realistic rendering,
  • Comets and satellites positions, with update from the Web for latest entries,
  • Weather forecast from current location
  • Ephemeris including next 60 days astronomy events, including peak day of meteors showers, date of planet elongation and opposition. Including live tiles support.
  • Display day/night terminator on a world map,
  • Powerful universal search engine: type few letter and find a matching nebula
  • Moon phases with dates, including rise and set times
  • Ability to simulate the sky from any place in the world and even from other planet like Mars
  • Ability to move fast forward and backward in time
  • Enhanced for Direct3D 11
  • 3D visualization of the stellar neighbourhood and Milky Way
  • Windows 8 integration with Charm bar search, tiles, and notifications

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1 stars out of 5
· 5/29/2016
upgrade to premium crashed program

After upgrade to premium all controls fail to operate and stuck in one view (planetary) only. Had to uninstall and reinstall free version to get a working app. I paid for an upgrade that does not work. After re-install premium flag not set so if I want to throw my money away again and try it again I have to pay more money. NOPE! Done with this POS.

3 stars out of 5
· 6/8/2016
Fades Out Quickly

I select a view it but it fades out before I can enjoy it.

1 stars out of 5
· 1/3/2016
Can't get my location right.

I tried to install this app on my tablet and it asked if it could use my location, but it marked my location in a large city almost 100 miles away from the town I live in. I uninstalled and reinstalled it three times and it never got my location right. It seems like it should be a better star-gazing app than the one I am currently using if it could only get my location correct.

2 stars out of 5
· 9/28/2015
Needs a LOT of work

The UI is poor. The controls are difficult to use and often require 2 or 3 taps before they react. This is a good idea but it needs a lot of work.

5 stars out of 5
· 7/28/2015

Must have app for any windows fans!! Animations and planet exploration is a sheer wonder and mesmerizing!! Thanks for this awesome app. Keep up the good work!!

2 stars out of 5
· 1/9/2015

Interesting app that had potential but fails to deliver. I was hoping for a more complete set of ephemeris features but this app only really provides sunrise, sunset, and length of day. The UI is pretty confusing and hard to use. My preference in SkyMap for night sky orientation and then a simple weather app for sunrise and sunset. When this app gets a real ephemeris calculation, then it'll be gold.

2 stars out of 5
· 11/15/2014
Doesn't work well

Seems to hang up a lot. Non-intuitive. What few functions I could get to work seemed fine, but commands and gestures weren't consistent across views.

2 stars out of 5
· 10/14/2014

I purchased this app about two years ago, SI I have seen many changes. This app has a lot of potential, but there are design decisions that detract from the experience. Please! Change the star shapes to something useful! Those diffraction spikes are huge and make everything difficult to read.

4 stars out of 5
· 8/12/2014
Fair - Implementation problems

The program itself has potential however it does not work well on my Surface Pro 3. After using it for a short period of time none of the buttons seem to work to switch between the various sections of the application. The problem is that the button "hot spots" no longer line up with their screen icons. Initially I thought this was due to the calibration of the touch screen but using the track pad on the Surface Keyboard it is apparent that they are completely off center. For instance, hovering over the Sky View brings up the dialog for the phases of the moon. It actually takes a reboot to temporarily correct the problem. This essentially renders the program unusable. Probably an easy fix... I will upgrade my rating when this is fixed. Addendum: With this final reboot of the Surface the buttons now seem to work as they should. I am experiencing random crashes when moving back and forth within the program but I have added another star as the controls seem to be working as they should.

2 stars out of 5
· 3/13/2014

Like user Gustavo said, there are several bugs. The hint pop up tells you to tap what looks like a refresh button to enable the point to sky feature, but it doesn't work. Tapping the telescope button over and over seems to activate the point to sky feature, but only randomly. This feature was the main reason for choosing the app. Also, the alignment of what you see in the app, and what you see in the sky with your naked eye, seem to be shifted to the left. They do not line up. If the non responsiveness and accuracy of the point to sky feature, the lower left info box that won't go away and the scrolling issues can be addressed, this will be a REALLY NICE app!