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    I am new to astronomy, but have an opportunity to purchase the SkyX software. It appears to be something I can use for a very long time, no matter what field of astronomy I delve into. Do any of you use or have comments about this software?

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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    Hi Greg,

    I don't have any experience with the SkyX software, but I do use Stellarium (free) on my laptop, and SkySafari on my phone.

    I strongly recommend Stellarium because it just works and it's free. I also recommend SkySafari if you are going to spend money on an astronomy application. Many computerized mounts are ready to connect to SkySafari right out of the box.

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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    SkySafari PR0 is an amazing piece of software and runs on Apple/Android - so nice not to have to have a laptop at the scope when you are doing visual.
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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    I have been using TheSky for over twenty years. It is what I would call professional telescope control and astronomy software. It is used to operate many professional telescopes and at universities. It may have a long learning curve but it is worth every penny that you spend on it.
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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    I own the SkyX and for what I use it for, (planetarium, scope control, observing session planning) has been superseded by all the free titles now available. The four big free computer (not smartphone) titles (IMHO) are Stellarium, Cartes du Ciel, Skytech X, and Computer Aided-Astronomy (C2A). All of these titles can do all that I require and so much more and they cost NOTHING! For what you most likely plan on using the Sky X for can easily be accomplished by all four titles I just mentioned and they won't cost you anything but the time it takes to learn to use them.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    I have used quite a few applications. At one of the observatories I support, we have both The Sky and Starry Night (for desktop computer control).

    You'll find Starry Night to be more user-friendly. It also has better visualization features (it can do a lot of things The Sky can't do).

    The Sky is a bit less friendly but it allows for the addition of add-on modules such as the T-Point model (these modules aren't included... they cost money and they aren't cheap).

    I went with Starry Night Pro Plus... but I DO take advantage of it's visualization and simulation engine (things that Stellarium and The Sky X can't do). I use the visualization to create video clips that get embedded into presentations for outreach purposes.

    Starry Night also allows you to open multiple display views at the same time and sync the time between them. This lets me build visualizations from two different points of view (e.g. watching an eclipse from space and also watch it from the ground at the same time on a side-by-side comparison.)

    (Starry Night is the simulation engine used if you ever visit a planetarium that uses the Spitz SciDome system.)

    If you're using a smartphone or tablet... you want SkySafari. There's a free version which does not include telescope control. The two paid versions (plus or pro versions) both do support scope control and the major difference is the size of the databases (and the pro has improved graphics.)
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    I have always wondered, how does it compare to Sequence Generator Pro as far as image sequencing and control automation?
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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    I have always wondered, how does it compare to Sequence Generator Pro as far as image sequencing and control automation?
    TSX doesn't really have any of this stuff (yet?). It can be used by other automation programs (much like Maxim). If you're using some of the higher-end automation stuff - think ACP - you really have to use TSX or Maxim.

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    Default Re: The SkyX Software

    I'd agree with Tim. Starry Night Pro Plus is fantastic for imaging because it has outlines of a lot of objects. There are a few in other programs but nothing like the number in SNP. You can easily visualize and frame objects - especially nebulae.

    https://www.crowson.com/ASEM/2018-12-05 - SNP.PNG

    It is well worth the cost for any imager. I suspect version 8 will be released soon and there will probably be discounts.

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    I have The SkyX, and compared with Starry Night it is buggy and hard to use. It is really designed to integrate with Software Bisque's line of mounts and unless you're using it to control a high end mount with pointing models and such I wouldn't bother.
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