Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports

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Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports

Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports launched in 2012 and is the world’s first award winning astronomy weather app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, providing astronomy weather reports for anywhere in the world.

Scope Nights differs from many astronomy apps as it specialises in astronomy weather 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 stargazing ratings up to ten nights ahead, including dedicated astronomy weather settings allowing stargazing forecasts to be tailored to your observing requirements. With more advanced features and national stargazing forecasts to come in future updates, Scope Nights aims to be the goto weather app for stargazers worldwide.

Accurate weather data is taken direct from Met Office DataPoint so that forecast data such as weather type, cloud, wind, rain and humidity can be analysed and rated to show which nights will have the best stargazing conditions.

About Egg Moon Studio

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.


​Accurate Stargazing Forecasts

  • Local astronomy weather forecasts updated hourly for USA & UK using the most accurate forecasts derived from NOAA and Met Office, with more countries planned to be added in future updates.
  • 10 night global stargazing forecasts derived from the European numerical forecast model, renowned worldwide as providing the most accurate medium-range global weather forecasts.
  • 3-hourly and 6-hourly astronomy weather forecasts showing colour coded details for moon phase, cloud cover, precipitation probability, humidity, minimum temperature in °C or °F and overnight wind speed, gusts and direction in mph, knots, kph or mps.

Simple, Quick & Easy

  • Shows at a glance which nights will be most suitable for stargazing using smart weather analysis and nightly detail summaries to make it easy to pick the best nights.
  • Receive clear period notifications before sunset so you can prepare your telescope and share your astronomy weather reports via Twitter.

Smart Weather Analysis

  • Filters stargazing weather data only showing relevant forecasts from sunset to sunrise.
  • Analyses weather, cloud cover, wind, humidity, temperature, moon phase and creates stargazing ratings using weighted algorithms.
  • Threshold adjustments for moon phase, wind, temperature and humidity to suit your observing requirements.
  • Wind speed gust sensitivity switch for those with large telescopes or in exposed locations.
  • Automatically find stargazing forecasts for your current location, or find stargazing forecasts for any location worldwide.


"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)

Further Information

Egg Moon Studio Website

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app data provider?

Would be possible to know where the 3-hourly and 6-hourly astronomy weather forecasts data are taken from (i.e. who is the data provider)?

Thank you.

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you can find out if you click on the above link where it says app link

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