RE: Freeware sky chart program

Date: Mon Oct 21 2002 - 11:17:39 EDT

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    Just a perspective from a beginner: I really struggled to understand and use
    skymap over about a 3 week period (all of the time searching for a better
    program). I have now figured it out and have ditched the other software I
    tried (it makes them redundant). I found the process of learning skymap also
    explained a lot of the principles involved with satellite prediction and
    Even though others might be more pleasing on the eye, skymap is hugely
    powerful and the only thing I have found it cant do for my purposes is make
    this irritating cloud go away!
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ben Huset []
    Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 16:57
    To: thomsona
    Cc: SeeSat-L
    Subject: Re: Freeware sky chart program
    I prefer Starry night pro 3.x over Cartes du Ciel, yes it costs $$$ but darn
    worth it.
    Note The Backyard and Beginner versions don't have the satellite support
    There is now version 4 that will soon come out,  10/28/02, that combines the
    features of 3. with its sister program
    Deep space explorer.
    but I encourage you to download and try both.
    There is a trial version of starry night backyard available from their web
    Unfortunately you don't get to try the satellite functions.
    If you can't afford it then, try for "FREE"
    charts with
    satellite track info.
    thomsona wrote:
    > I've been contemplating buying a copy of Starry Night and, researching it,
    > came across several recommendations for "Cartes du Ciel," which is a
    > sky chart program.   Not directly related to SeeingSats, but perhaps of
    > use for planning satellite observing sessions and interpreting
    > Anyway, the price is right.
    > FYI and FWIW, caveat lector,  it's at
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