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Southern Stars Launches SkyFi for USB Telescopes

  (January 26, 2012)

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

Southern Stars, the leader in astronomy applications, launched today its latest version of SkyFi, a patent-pending wireless USB telescope controller for its award-winning SkySafari app. Using SkyFi, astronomers of every stripe can harness the WiFi capabilities of their Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod Touch to aim their telescope at the same astronomical objects they have selected in SkySafari.

SkyFi is the only Wi-Fi device on the market specifically designed for telescope control, said Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis. Now that telescope manufacturers like Meade and iOptron are adopting USB, we wanted to make sure SkyFi was USB-compatible. With SkyFi, our customers can use our apps to direct the latest personal telescopes on the market.
To celebrate, SkySafari 3s basic version, normally USD $2.99, will be free for the duration of MacWorld (Jan 26-28, 2012). The Plus and Pro versions will be on sale at prices up to 50% off.

To download SkySafari 3 from the iTunes Store click here:

SkySafari 3 is the only astronomy app that can correctly reproduce eclipses, transits, and many other astronomical phenomena. With SkySafari 3, you can browse hundreds of astronomical images from NASA and the world's foremost astro-photographers, and explore an encyclopedia of professionally written astronomical content.

SkySafari 3 Pro features an immense database of 15 million stars, 750,000 galaxies, and 550,000 solar system objects - including every comet and asteroid ever discovered. With SkySafari 3 Pro, you can watch near-earth asteroids rumble past the Moon through a backyard telescope, controlled from an iPad.

Southern Stars will demonstrate all versions of SkySafari 3 as well as its desktop offering for Mac OS X. SkySafari's interface has been redesigned from scratch for Mac OS X, using 100% native Cocoa controls. For anyone who wants to experience cutting-edge astronomy software on Mac OS X, SkySafari has no equal. And it's available at a fraction of the cost of traditional astronomy software packages costing hundreds of dollars.

To download SkySafari for Mac OS X from the Mac App Store, click this link:

Joining SkySafari for Mac and iOS at MacWorld is our brand-new Android version. SkySafari for Android now truly makes it mobile astronomy for everyone.

To download SkySafari from the Android Market, click this link:

To find out more about SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android, visit Southern Stars in booth #945 at the San Francisco MacWorld Expo, January 26-28, 2012 - and experience the future of astronomy software today.

About Southern Stars

Southern Stars is a world leader in mobile applications for astronomy, and has been developing planetarium software since 1993. In 2009, Southern Stars developed SkyFi, the first wireless iPhone-based solution for telescope control. That product, and the first version of the SkySafari iPhone app, won a MacWorld 2010 Best of Show award. Southern Stars was the also the first company to ship a Made-for-iPad serial cable for iOS devices (SkyWire). Southern Stars was the also the first company to ship a Made-for-iPad serial cable for iOS devices (SkyWire). To date, Southern Stars' iPhone apps have been downloaded more than 1.2 million times, and are now available for Mac OS X and Android.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Southern Stars has more than three decades of collective experience in developing astronomical software, telescope control systems, and instrumentation.

Tim DeBenedictis
+1 (415) 671-6251

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