Planetarium and Observatory Control



What is it for?
Simple programme that shows the position of true pole with respect to Polaris and other local stars at any time for your location

Price
Free

Pros
Simple and easy to use. Loads in a fraction of a second. I use it every night to get rough polar alignment.

Cons

None




What is it for?
Software for Moon observation and survey. Lets you visualize the real Moon aspect at any time. Also helps to study any lunar formations using feature database and pictures library.

Price
Free

Pros
Works well with some nice images included. Used by the major science establishments such as ESA. It works om a Mac :-)

Cons

None




What is it for?
Navigation around Jupiter and other major planets
 
Price
Free

Pros

Predicts moon positions, transits, shadow transits and GRS appearances. Allows animated mosaics of planet surfaces to be created from your own images. Tested OK on Win XP, Win 7 and Win8.

Cons

None




What is it for?
Navigation around planets and ~100k stars from a moveable observers view (not just your observing location on Earth)

 
Price
Free

Pros

This is a fantastic piece of software. We use this at every outreach event with the public. It's great for visiting every planet, spacecraft and even stars within our galaxy

Cons

None



What is it for?
Conventional planetarium software that also allows telescope control via ASCOM
 
Price
Free

Pros

Limited use but seems to work well

Cons

None



What is it for?
Conventional planetarium software that is simply brilliant for showing where things are in the night sky. We use this every practical session to show what we will observe outside if clear.
 
Price
Free

Pros

Very realistic visual appearance. Works on Win32 and 64 bit, Apple, Linux and Ubuntu

Cons

None



What is it for?
Aladin is an interactive sky atlas allowing the user to visualise digitised astronomical images or full surveys, superimpose entries from astronomical catalogues or databases, and interactively access related data and information from the Simbad database, the VizieR service and other archives for all known astronomical objects in the field.

Price
Free

Pros
Looks very rich in content

Cons

Potentially very complicated




What is it for?
TheSkyX Professional Edition Astronomy Software is an essential tool for observatory control, deep space imaging and scientific discovery, and includes the broadest range of advanced features to enhance your experience under the night skies. It's integrated platform allows for image tracking, aquisition and object location and GoTo.

Price
$329

Pros
Excellent product, used by many members for years.

Cons

Lock in to their non open standards and yearly support costs treat you as a company which is unrealistic



What is it for?
Very good. No longer under development due to author suffering illness, but very good support plus forum. Geared for accuracy rather than fancy graphics. Numerous databases and catalogues. Telescope control via “native” driver or ASCOM. Worth reading the Product Information on the website.

Price
£84

Pros
Very accurate

Cons

No further development

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