planetarium software and new e-mail address

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 20:58:36 -0400 (EDT)

Many people seem to be using Rob Matson's Skymap to track satellites.  I
haven't used it yet, but I hope to quite soon.  The quality must be pretty
darn good, also because I've seen, we've seen, the other work he's done.
I'm hoping it will display maps of various scales, because I hope to use
it to show faint Vanguard's I haven't yet seen; and also be able to see
planets at least around 50 degrees away.  I need to be able to say things
like "42 seconds later ISS will pass 27 degrees above the Moon".  My
question is "Do you have any other alternatives?".  Has anyone used
another program, available at some sort of reasonable value price, and
Skymap; and decided that the other program is better?  I don't know if
Skymap is a planetarium program, but I'm basically thinking about a
planetarium program with a satellite capability.  I'll appreciate your

With the demise of FreeNet, I have a new e-mail address, which should be
used for all correspondence until further notice:
including any private replies to this request.



Walter Nissen         
-81.8637, 41.3735, 256m elevation


Did you know?:
Many dim satellites have reflective surfaces, so occasionally they are quite
bright?  If tumbling rapidly enough, these are called flashers.