RE: Freeware sky chart program

From: ccarrington.cs@clearstream.com
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
    trajectories.
    
    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 [mailto:benhuset@skypoint.com]
    Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 16:57
    To: thomsona
    Cc: SeeSat-L
    Subject: Re: Freeware sky chart program
    
    
    thomsona:
    
    I prefer Starry night pro 3.x over Cartes du Ciel, yes it costs $$$ but darn
    well
    worth it.
    Note The Backyard and Beginner versions don't have the satellite support
    functions.
    
    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
    site
      http://www.starrynight.com/en/trial_download.html
    
    Unfortunately you don't get to try the satellite functions.
    
    If you can't afford it then, try http://www.heavens-above.com/ for "FREE"
    star
    charts with
    satellite track info.
    
    --Ben
    
    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
    freeware
    > sky chart program.   Not directly related to SeeingSats, but perhaps of
    some
    > use for planning satellite observing sessions and interpreting
    observations.
    >
    > Anyway, the price is right.
    >
    > FYI and FWIW, caveat lector,  it's at  http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/
    >
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