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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Four All-Star iPad Apps for Camping

Is the iPad coming to a campsite near you? It saves its weight in maps, guidebooks, novels, songs, and more. Here are four top apps for hikers.

by: Anthony Cerretani

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GoSkyWatch Planetarium (Courtesy Photo)
GoSkyWatch Planetarium (Courtesy Photo)
Campwhere (Courtesy Photo)
Campwhere (Courtesy Photo)
Maplets (Courtesy Photo)
Maplets (Courtesy Photo)
Army Survival for iPad (Courtesy Photo)
Army Survival for iPad (Courtesy Photo)

GoSkyWatch Planetarium $6
Never geeked over an app? You will now that you can finally identify all those stars overhead. Just point your iPad to the night (or day) sky and watch constellations flash to life: Leo, Andromeda, Perseus, and countless others.  No connection in the backcountry?

No problem—either search by location or enter your campsite’s GPS coordinates into the app before you leave, save the location, and launch when you arrive at camp. Turn on night mode to convert the color scheme to red and black for better viewing. Even offline, a star’s constellation, distance, rise, and set pop right up.

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