Snap Your Own Telescope Photos on New iPad App

Slooh iPad App
Image showing the Slooh iPad app. (Image credit: Slooh Space Camera)

A new iPad app allows anyone around the world to take telescope photos of celestial objects from the comfort of a couch.

The online Slooh Space Camera — an organization that hosts live views and webcasts of cosmic sights from a network of international telescopes — has created an app that allows users to command and control their robotic network of space cameras.

Space fans that download the app can "command a mission" to any object they find on a sky chart. Slooh's professional telescopes will take a photo of the cosmic sight, providing the user with a time, date and observatory-stamped image that will be loaded into the digital skywatcher's personal app.

"Much of the fun will be in 'filling out' your own sky to build your collection, in the app," Slooh president Patrick Paolucci said in a statement. "It starts out blank until you command a Slooh Space Camera. It’s truly your own image, not a photo taken months or years earlier by some unknown facility or astro geek."

Slooh's iPad app is free to download, but commanding a mission costs $1.99 or more. The app also contains information about the various celestial objects that users can investigate on the interactive sky chart.

iPad users can also watch Slooh's live webcasts featuring live space views and expert commentary.

Slooh's new iPad app shows an annular eclipse. (Image credit: Slooh Space Camera)

"It's just too inconvenient for the vast majority of individuals to use a retail telescope without some sort of hands on guidance — not to mention the difficulties with weather, light pollution, poor imaging and timing," Bob Berman, an astronomer affiliated with Slooh said in a statement. The new app allows an easier, simpler way to use a telescope.

Slooh officials are planning on launching an iPhone version of the app later this year, with an Android version due for release in 2014.

Since its launch in 2003, members involved with Slooh have taken 1.8 million photos of 46,000 events and objects in the sky from 80 different countries, officials with the space camera have said.

You can download the Slooh Space Camera iPad app in the iTunes store.

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Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.