Details and specifications of Skymap Software's SkyMap Pro 9 , (GBP inc VAT RRP £). A CD-ROM planetarium and star-charting program for Microsoft Windows 98 or later. Written by astronomers, for astronomers. SkyMap Pro is equally suited for use by both the casual "star gazer" and the serious amateur or professional astronomer, although its. [Buy now] or call us on 0870 766 3699
SkyMap Pro 9 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.
Although SkyMap Pro 9 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 printed tutorial manual and detailed "on line" help system provides extensive operating instructions and reference information.
SkyMap Pro 9 is the end result of more than fifteen years of development work (work on the program started in 1986) and the program is used by many thousands of astronomers all over the world. The program's evolution has always been primarily guided by feedback from existing users of the program, thus making it the ideal tool for use by the practical amateur astronomer.
Amongst the basic facilities of SkyMap Pro are the following:
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.
Display more than 15 million stars as faint as magnitude 15. Brighter stars are displayed with (approximately) their true colours.
Display more than 200,000 deep sky objects - star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and so on. 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.
Display the positions of the Sun, Moon, and major planets. Positions have an accuracy of a small fraction of an arc second.
Display the names, official boundary lines, and "stick figures" of all 88 constellations.
Display the positions of all known asteroids and comets. SkyMap Pro is supplied with a catalog of all "numbered" asteroids (more than 45,000), and an extensive database of comets. Updated asteroid and comet catalogs can be downloaded free of charge from this web site.
Display a wide range of different coordinate grids and scale lines showing altitude/azimuth, RA/dec, ecliptic and galactic coordinates.
Display pictures from a large collection of photographs and CCD images supplied on the SkyMap Pro CD-ROM. It is very easy to associate your own photograph with any object on the map, thus building up a library of astronomical pictures closely linked to SkyMap Pro.
Add your own "annotations" to a map, including text labels, lines or arrows, eyepiece field of view circles, camera and CCD field of view rectangles.
Display background images from the RealSky® CD-ROMs (not supplied).
Print high-quality star charts on any printer supported by Windows.
SkyMap Pro has many powerful features primarily targeted at the more "advanced" user. These include:
A powerful search facility allows any of the millions of objects in SkyMap Pro's databases to be easily located.
Detailed information can be displayed about any object known to SkyMap Pro, either by clicking the object on the map with the mouse, or locating it using the search facility. Complete information from many different professional data catalogs is available; this can be copied to the Windows clipboard from where it can be pasted into any other application, such as a word processor. You can add your own notes to the supplied information for any object.
A large library of telescope and eyepiece data is supplied. "Field of view" circles showing any combination of eyepiece and telescope can be drawn on the map - ideal for finder charts intended for "star hopping".
The path of any moving object such as a planet, asteroid, or comet can be drawn on the map as a line labelled with the date and magnitude at specified intervals - ideal for comet or asteroid finder charts.
A tabular "ephemeris" can be created for any planet, comet, or asteroid. Choose any (or all!) of more than 30 different items of information to display. This allows you, for example, to display a table showing the times of sunrise and sunset every day for a year, or to show the coordinates and magnitude of a comet for a period of several weeks.
Accurate positions of major planetary satellites can be displayed on the map. The four "Galilean" satellites of Jupiter, the eight largest satellites of Saturn, and the five largest satellites of Uranus are shown. For Jupiter, the planet's belts and zones, the position of the "Great Red Spot", and and transits, shadow transits, occultations, and eclipses of the Galilean satellites are all accurately depicted.
Asteroid positions can optionally be computed using either the Lowell ASTORB database or the Minor Planet Center's MPCORB orbit database, both of which can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. Both databases are updated daily and contain the latest orbital elements for all known asteroids.
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