SkyMap v1.0

William B. Blair (
Sat, 23 Mar 1996 11:14:57 -0700

>>My standard comment is : Use a prediction program like SKYMAP
>>(by Rob Matson) which also gives graphical output.
>This output is nice, but, sorry Bjoern, I don't find the program easy to
>use for beginners.  I've tried for a few hours and still can't get it set
>up.  The Doc file seems wrong, unclear, and lacking enough details.
>Probably if the documentation were improved, the program would be more useful.
>So, I still prefer QUICKSAT.

Well, to each his own, I guess.  I had no problem at all getting SkyMap set
up.  As a matter of fact, I found it to be the easiest to set up of any
tracking program that I've used.  If you have any questions about it, please
ask via direct email.  BTW, version 2.0 is in the works, according to the

As far as Quicksat is concerned, are we talking about the same program?
I've used v2.1 on the PC and the need to _manually_ edit an ASCII control
file whenever the user wishes to change a program parameter seems
unbelievably archaic (to put it mildly).  This procees would seem to me to
be far more
of an obstacle for beginners than any presented by SkyMap's intuitive
Windows-based user interface.

But, like I said, to each his own.