Astronomy Weather Reports is the first award winning astronomy weather forecast app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, providing stargazing weather reports for anywhere in the world.
Scope Nights differs from many astronomy apps as it specialises in astronomy weather forecasts and concentrates on being a practical telescope and observatory planning aid. Scope nights also differs from many weather apps as it uses a unique combination of national and global night-time weather forecasts to compile detailed stargazing ratings up to 10 nights ahead. It also provides detailed weather forecasts and advanced settings so stargazing ratings can be tailored to meet the observing requirements of the most dedicated astronomer, with more advanced features and more national weather forecasts to be added in future updates.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.
Martin is an independent developer based in Liverpool UK specialising in smart & intuitive mobile apps, and entered the mobile software market in 2012 with the release of Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports for iPhone, iPad and iPad touch, recommended as a Hot Product for 2013 by Sky and Telescope Magazine. 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.
Scope Night offers a number of packages avialable at different prices ranging between £0.99 for the basic set of features through to £1.9
"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: 28 March 2014