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A number of users of the free Distant Suns-Lite application have asked what the difference was between that and the paid version. The biggest is simply that the paid version will let you set the date/time, whereas DS-Lite only shows the sky for the current time. The paid app also has a number of navigation accelerators, more data, clock acceleration to study the motions of the planets, and a number of other smaller tweaks. Also, DS-Lite will stay as is, save for any bug fixes. Whereas Distant Suns will continue along a path of regular upgrades. That said, if you have DS-Lite and it serves all of your needs, great! But if you want a richer experience than pick up the other one. After-all it’s not THAT expensive. And you’ll feel better afterwards.



  1. Yes, definitely I will make sure those work in the Lite version. And I do intend to add many of the NGC objects, but haven’t worked out a scheme yet to manage all of the thousands of extra items yet. Just a lot of work to compile them, get images, etc.

  2. I’m having fun with the lite version, but it doesn’t show any DSOs, even if I’ve selected Galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters!

    Is that a bug? Or do you only get the deep space objects with the paid version?

    • Oops! I only discovered this a couple of weeks ago. I may have thought at the last minute to remove the deep-sky objects but only got halfway. I’m going to be issuing a small bug fix release in the near future, so will add that into the hopper.

        • Robinson
        • Posted June 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm
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        Thanks for replying–hope you’re going to add the DSOs to the lite version rather than remove the pref setting!

        In any event, I’d suggest changing the App Store description for it and to make clear that the paid has the Messiers.

        I have Starmap Pro, but I’d be tempted to add DS if it included NGC objects, too!

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