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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?



    I have been using Guide-8 since version 2 (10+ years) and wonder whether
    there are more suitable programs available. Suggestions were 'The Sky' and
    'Starry Night'. I would like one that can be downloaded and tried first
    for a week or two, and also can read in my extensive CDs of the various
    catalogues. Any suggestions as to which might be the best?

    Lawrence Harris


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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 12:20:52 +0100, Lawrence <lawrence@astronomy>
    wrote:


    Suitable in what context Lawrence?


    Also consider SkyMap Pro, SkyChart III and Cartes du Ciel.

    --
    Pete
    http://www.digitalsky.org.uk

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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 12:35:05 +0100, Pete Lawrence
    <pete.lawrence.nospam@pbl33.co.uk> wrote:


    Yes, I knew that bit was vague! There are a load of features in Guide that
    although good, can be difficult to access. I want to see clearer sky views
    without all the squares and boxes that seem to be impossible to switch-off.
    I do need to be able to import asteroids from MPC and already have the huge
    CD collection from USNO (A series) so I don't want to have to buy it!

    I must give Carte du Ciel a look-at. I had forgotten about that - thanks.

    Lawrence



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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    I seem to remember a review of a few packages by Martin Mobberley in a
    recent mag. Sky at Night mag I think?
    Regards
    Ian.

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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 13:28:03 +0100, Lawrence <lawrence@astronomer.com>
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    There's also SkyTools from www.skyhound.com - an often forgotten
    package that offers a different way to do things. It's good once you
    get used to how it works.

    How's the RCX by the way?

    --
    Pete
    http://www.digitalsky.org.uk

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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    The RCX is waiting for clear skies! I now have it balanced, after
    importing the stuff from USA (TH/AE seem to have fallen asleep on the
    RCX...). Just fitted a new guidescope that should do everything I need, so
    the next stage is PEC and routine imaging. The first PEC measurements were
    encouraging - better than the raw LX200.

    regards

    Lawrence

    On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 13:49:04 +0100, Pete Lawrence
    <pete.lawrence.nospam@pbl33.co.uk> wrote:




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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    I use HNSky, it's free and you can load most catalogues (i.e. USNO,
    tycho,ppm, leda). You can update asteroids/comets,and generally configure it
    to suit yourself. Did I mention it's FREE ?

    www.hnsky.org
    jc



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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 17:07:08 +0100, "john carruthers" <ifonly@z.co.uk>
    wrote:


    How much is it?
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    Pete
    http://www.digitalsky.org.uk

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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    >How much is it?<
    Not very much at all. Very little in fact.
    jc



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    Default Planetarium software - recommendations?

    On Sat, 29 Oct 2005 08:45:48 +0100, "john carruthers" <ifonly@z.co.uk>
    wrote:


    :-)
    --
    Pete
    http://www.digitalsky.org.uk

 

 
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