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SkyMap Pro 8

5 Star Pick
License:Demo OS:Win 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP
Rating: Rated 5 Glowing Stars. Submitted:1 Apr 2002
File Size:9.26 MB Price: $69.00 USD (approx.)

SkyMap Pro is a sophisticated star charting and planetarium program. It can display the sky as seen from any location on earth for any date between 4000BC and 8000AD, showing fields of view ranging from the entire visible sky down to a detailed telescopic "finder chart" for a faint galaxy.

The program also provides a powerful set of tools for observation planning and recording. It enables you to easily move the map around the sky, zoom in and out, and rotate the map with a single key press or click of the mouse button.

SkyMap also offers the ability to: Display more than 15 million stars as faint as magnitude 11.5. Display more than 200,000 deep sky objects - star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and so on. Display the positions of the Sun, Moon, and major planets. Positions have an accuracy of a small fraction of an arc second. It can also display the names, official boundary lines, and "stick figures" of all 88 constellations.

The full version of SkyMap Pro is supplied with a catalog of all "named" asteroids (more than 11,000), and an extensive database of comets. Updated asteroid and comet catalogs can be downloaded free of charge. Virtually every object which can be observed in a typical amateur telescope (and many that can't be!) is included in SkyMap Pro's extensive databases.

Although SkyMap Pro has the power to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding user, the program is easy to learn to use, and is primarily controlled with the mouse using simple "toolbars". A comprehensive printed manual and detailed "on line" help system provides extensive operating instructions and reference information.

This demonstration version of SkyMap Pro only covers 'naked eye' objects and does not contain the database functions.

This download is the free trial version of SkyMap Pro. The full version can be purchased directly from the author for around $69.00 USD. See program documentation for details.