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Which Planetarium

Postby asterixhb » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:26 am

Early this year or even the back end of last, the mag did a comparison of Redshift 6 and Starry Night Pro 6 in which the Redshift version came out top, just.

Up to and including version 4, I always preferred the Redshift, but having tried Starry Night Pro 5 I found this to be more useable as it also had telescope control (even though I couldn't at the time use it). My wife bought me RS 5 deluxe last Chrimbo, but I got so frustrated with the bloody thing that I felt like punching any, if not all, of my wife's cats [:@]. (My dogs are exempt from such justified abuse)

For some reason, with SNP5, I cannot get satellites to be displayed on my laptop even though it works fine on my PC. When I click on the "Find" tab then expand the Earth, all I get is the moon. The satellite option isn't there.

Basically, can anyone help with the satellite problem. If whatever suggested solutions don't work, then which planetarium would you propose, considering that both RS6 and SNP6 have telescope control.

Sorry that this reads a bit long winded, hope it makes sense.
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby parkway » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:43 pm

Have never used Starry Night Pro 5, but wanted to make a suggestion. Have you tried installing the latest updates for it?

[url=http://update.starrynight.com/upgrade/582/Windows/Update%20to%20Pro%205.8.2.exe]http://update.starrynight.com/upgrade/582/Windows/Update%20to%20Pro%205.8.2.exe[/url]

It's a 29.1MB Download which will upgrade 5.x to 5.8.2. Maybe it'll fix your problem. Worth a try.

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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby scarecrow » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:56 pm

For anyone just starting out who doesn't want to spend much but would still like to learn what they can see from their location, Stellarium is pretty good for a free download.

Can see and download it from here:
[url=http://www.stellarium.org/]http://www.stellarium.org/[/url]
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby lukeskywatcher » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:10 am

[quote]ORIGINAL: Scarecrow

For anyone just starting out who doesn't want to spend much but would still like to learn what they can see from their location, Stellarium is pretty good for a free download.

Can see and download it from here:
[url=http://www.stellarium.org/]http://www.stellarium.org/[/url]
[/quote]

Agreed. It is a fantastic program.
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby wombat » Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:46 am

whilst we're on the subject; just to say the latest version of stellarium is available and also the latest version of virtual moon atlas http://www.ap-i.net/avl/en/start.
microsoft worldwide telescope http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx is also updated very recently it's free and rather good.
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby lukeskywatcher » Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:26 pm

Thanks for the heads up on Stellarium Wombat. It has some pretty cool nice new features.I like the fact that i can overlay a RA/DEC grid on the view from my location. It gives me a real understanding of just how high up things are. Something i have always struggled with.
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby pulsar » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:13 pm

Stellarium is absolutely amazing and i also use celestia which is fun, also what about home planetaria like the sega homestar or laser stars these look amazing from the youtube vids, homestar looks well cool with an accurate portrayal of the milky way and the constellations and you can get different discs with the moon or the earth also i really like the meteor function amazing.[:D]
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby wombat » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:00 pm

homestar is the only one i would consider but £140 is £135 more than the stick on glow stars i have now and i don't have the £135 [:(]
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby pulsar » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:20 am

I can't find the homestar available anywhere in the uk they are sold out but laser stars is available from play.com for £89.99 and is still well cool but homestar is cooler.[:D]
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RE: Which Planetarium

Postby gyro » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:36 am

Kev G.

Do you have iTunes on your laptop? SN and iTunes both use 'Quicktime' and a while back an update for iTunes/Quicktime affected SN5 by losing or not displaying all the data base. A separate independant update for the 'Quicktime' player had a similar effect.

There was a fix on the SN site at the time.
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