This quick and easy to use app has been designed with stargazing in mind, helping you find the clearest nights for observing sessions up to 5 days in advance.
Scope Nights provides a quick and easy night time weather forecast for telescope and binocular owners. Accurate weather data is taken direct from Met Office DataPoint so that weather conditions such as cloud, wind and rain can be analysed and rated to show which nights will have the best stargazing conditions.
After working as a meteorologist, obtaining a degree in Applied Physics and Astronomy, and with fifteen years industry experience as a software engineer, Martin Dodd (@eggmoonstudio) decided to create Egg Moon Studio as an independent mobile app development business and as a way of combining his technical and creative skills.
Scope Nights is Martin's first app and was, he says "an obvious first choice given my interests and experience". As an amateur astronomer himself he hopes fellow stargazers will find it an indispensable tool for finding clear skies.
The Scope Nights app is a paid for app, currently available on iPhone at $1.99, you can download it from the iPhone appstore.
There's no shortage of weather-related apps for the iPhone, but there's only one specifically made for amateur astronomers... Our resident weather maven, who uses more than half a dozen apps and websites to prepare predictions, gives Scope Nights two thumbs up for it's consistent accuracy. (Sky & Telescope, Hot Product 2013)
Launch those fireworks! Blast that klaxon! How many of us have laboriously prepared our observing equipment under a clear ceiling, only to have it blotted out by a wall of cloud seconds after we are ready? Or, waited forlornly with undue optimism under leaden heavens for signs of a crack in the sky? At last, here is the help we need... (Astronomy Now, November 2012)
Last updated: 5 February 2013