Here are some of my tops choices for iPhone apps that will help you plan out your next night shoot! All of these at the very least, offer a free version and will be useful. Some of them have paid versions, either one time or subscription that unlock features. Have fun with these night photography apps!
PhotoPills – this is most people’s go to app for night photography, and top choice and with good reason
The Photographer’s Ephemeris – Excellent app for planning shoots based on what we all chase, natural lighting!
My Moon Phase – Awesome app that tells you moon phases quickly along with golden and blue hours!
Deluxe Moon – It’s always imperative to know the phase of the moon for the dark sky photos. This moon app makes it easy.
iCSC: Clear Sky Chart Viewer – a great true astronomy app for night gazers in general. If you are using telescopes as well, grab this app to help with detailed cloud information.
Sky Live: Heavens Above – A quick app to instantly let you know how good (or bad) the star gazing conditions are!
Sky Guide – My personal favorite on the list, easily locate anything in the sky you desire by holding your phone to the sky. A smooth app with a great interface.
Sky Walk 2 – Another great app to explore the dark skies to their fullest in real time.
Stellarium – A full planetarium for your phone! Made from the developers of the original desktop version.
SAM Star Adventurer Mini Console – Do you have a Sky Watcher tracker? If so, use this for polar alignments!
Alpenglow – It can’t be clear every night, so perhaps keep an eye on shooting at sunset/sunrise too. This app shows the blue and golden hours, along with a sunset quality prediction.
NOAA Weather Radar Live – This is a handy app, even using the free version. Real time radar images, and my favorite is the cloud coverage imaging as seen from space.
I hope you enjoy some of the night photography apps and a few of them come in handy for you! Head over to my Dark Skies gallery and see some of the shots I have taken after using some of these apps to plan with!