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What software are you using?

Postby jsc248 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:46 am

[:D]Hi Gang,
I was just wondering what software you are using and which do you recommend. I am using Starry Night Pro v.5 and find it the most informative I've used up to date. In the past I've used Redshift 5, Skymap Pro and most of the freeware available for download. Does anyone out there have any opinions or recommendations that they can suggest? I'd like to hear your opinions.
Co-incidentally as a foot-note I'd like to ask whether anyone out there has the plus packs for SNP 5.
Thanks gang.
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby piglet » Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:10 pm

Hi jsc248.

I am getting Starry Night Pro 5 soon this will be an upgrade from Starry Night Pro 4, Certainly my fav piece of software. Have you tried deep Sky i think it's from the same stable and concerns it's self with Deep Sky Objects a friend of mine has it on his laptop looked really good.

The best software for the Moon has to be this [url=http://astrosurf.com/avl/UK_download.html][u][color=#0000ff]http://astrosurf.com/avl/UK_download.html[/color][/u][/url] it's free and awsome! If you download the texture's aswell you have have Lunar photo's from the recent probe clemintine.

Hope that helps.

James
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Postby jsc248 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:16 pm

James,
I hope this doesn't sound too conceited but I have Deep Sky Explorer and I had forgotten I had it! I think I'll take another look at that now.
I have already downloaded the Virtual Moon Atlas suite and you are right it is excellent. Have you tried HNSky from [url=http://www.hnsky.org/software.htm]http://www.hnsky.org/software.htm[/url]
It is an amazing free planetarium program with with anything from the core program to up to 3GB of data to add-in.
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Postby jsc248 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:16 pm

Hi James,
I've just been back to the site and they have added a new Virtual Moon Pro to the site. Thank you for bringing this to my attention as I'll download this new program now!
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby piglet » Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:23 pm

Hi jsc248,

Your welcome, just downloading that programme you gave the link too now sounds interesting thanks for that [;)].

James [:)]
PS:The Pro version is better i have found be interesting if you find it the same..
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby col » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:33 pm

iv just downloaded that moon programme , its very good thanks james[:D]
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby onemanband » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:33 pm

Winstars 2 which was free on last months cover cd seems to have all of the features that at least the demo versions of retail products I have tried seem to have...plus some !

I am interested in looking at Starry Night Pro 4 which is now available for £30....anyone tried both ? How do they compare ?
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby drbeard » Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:33 am

I use SkyMap Pro version 9. What I like about this package is the accuracy and the ability to calculate things as well as just displaying the sky. It is not as photo-realistic as some packages, but personally I prefer the more schematic representation. The calculation capabilities allow ephemerides to be produced which can be tailored to specific needs. It also handles eclipses very well (one of my pet interests).

Darren
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby 3rd rock » Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:43 pm

Sorry I'm a bit late coming to this thread. I've tried loads of astronomy software and in my opinon, the best without doubt is Cartes Du Ciel

[url=http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/]http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/[/url]

It's a big download and you should also download the first of the two Tycho catalogues, but you won't regret it.

Oh yes, and it's free !
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RE: What software are you using?

Postby qu54856bo » Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:06 am

Sorry if you've heard me say this before, but I am new to astronomy. So for the benefit of others in a similar position, I would like to recommend the DOS version of SkyGlobe which is free to download. It is a fully functional and friendly package and brilliant for planning skywatching or to see how everything moves, by minute, hour, day, month and even millenia!

Don't be put off by the fact it runs on dos because it does this seamlessly whilst in windows environ. I much prefer it to the windows version. Happy to say more about it if anybody wants to know more. I expect the experienced know this one of old.
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