SkyMap Pro

SkyMap Pro is a powerful and flexible astronomical companion for your computer, giving you easy access to information which was only available to a select group of professional astronomers a few short years ago. SkyMap combines sophisticated planetarium and map-drawing capabilities with the ability to easily display detailed information on many millions of different objects - stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and so on.

At its most basic level SkyMap can act as a simple planetarium, showing you the appearance of the sky, as seen from anywhere on Earth, for any date between 4000 BC and 8000 AD. With a click of the mouse, you can select exactly which features to display - constellation lines, names and boundaries, planets, comets, "deep sky objects", various scale lines and coordinate grids, and much more. You can scroll the map around to show any part of the sky, easily change your geographical location, alter the time and date, and so on. Want to see the appearance of the night sky from Egypt at the time the pyramids were built? A few clicks of the mouse, and it's right there in front of you.

Of rather more practical use to modern astronomers is SkyMap's ability to act as a sophisticated mapping tool; far more flexible and containing hugely more information than the best printed star atlas. You can zoom in to a practically unlimited extent, displaying stars as faint as magnitude 16, and deep sky objects from dozens of different catalogs. Sophisticated "filtering" capabilities allow you to select exactly which objects to display - for example, you might choose to display only globular clusters from the NGC catalog which are brighter than magnitude 10, and larger than 5 arc minutes in diameter. Once you have a map just the way you want it, it can be printed as a high-quality chart on any printer supported by Windows. Full support is provided for printing in both black and white and in colour.

SkyMap's real power comes from the fact that a vast wealth of information lies behind the symbols you see on the map. Click on any object on a map and SkyMap can display all the information available for that object from many different catalogs. The information can be copied to the Windows clipboard, from where it can easily be incorporated into a word processor, or other Windows application. The quantity ofinformation available is huge - for a bright star, for example, it can occupy half a dozen sheets of paper when printed in a small font!

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Developer: SkyMap Software

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
10Printing and telescope control now both work under Wine 1.0-rc1 and newer. If you have an older version of Wine and want to run SkyMap, just upgrade Wine.Gold1.0-rc130
11Version 11.06 ,updated with service pack 3.Bronze0.9.20.10
DEMOFree version available from the SkyMap website.Gold1.0-rc210