What’s New in Observatory 2

Observatory 2 is a major upgrade of Observatory. Its user interface has been completely overhauled, making it more powerful and easier to use. Image overlay and display settings have been enhanced, image calibration has been streamlined, advanced searches can now be performed without creating a Smart Album, and the new Plate Solver automatically adjusts itself to your imaging setup. The orientation of images has changed, to match other software, and internally it now uses Metal Compute instead of OpenCL. USNO-A2.0 and UCAC4 catalog support has been replaced by an internal Gaia catalog up to magnitude 16.

But that’s not all. Observatory 2 is capable of way much more than this:

If you are new to Observatory and 2.x is your first purchase, then all these features are included already. But if you are upgrading from Observatory 1.x, then these new features require the “Upgrade from Observatory 1” In-App purchase.

In addition, with an optional In-App purchase the internal Gaia catalog can be expanded all the way to magnitude 20. That’s more than 800 million stars in total!

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