TheSkyX Student Edition - Astronomy Software

Posted By : gigizza | Date : 23 Apr 2009 21:21:36 | Comments : 1 |

TheSkyX Student Edition 10.0.1
Win XP and Vista | 483mb | RS.COM
Added full support for Windows Vista

TheSkyX Student comes equipped with all the basic tools to bring depth and breadth to your astronomy pursuits.
For 25 years, Software Bisque has been developing and offering TheSky Astronomy Software to amateur astronomers worldwide.
NEW NEW NEW >>>>> Reported on Sky&Telescope (April 2009)

TheSkyX Student is a native Mac OS X or Windows Vista/XP application that comes equipped with all the basic tools to bring depth and breadth to your astronomy pursuits. TheSkyX Student is a comprehensive and full-featured tool to help you explore and actively develop an understanding of basic astronomy. You can learn the constellations (labeled with their phonetic pronunciation), watch planetary motion over days or centuries, witness solar and lunar eclipses, or show detailed drawings of mythological characters and so much more.
For 25 years, Software Bisque has been developing and offering TheSky Astronomy Software to amateur astronomers worldwide.
TheSkyX Student Edition represents the most significant leap in the evolution of this product. Compared to previous versions, TheSkyX Student Edition is the:
Most Friendly
The new user-interface graphic are easy to see and understand. All commands are designed to be straight forward and clearly described.
Easiest to Use
The user interface has been totally redesigned with an emphasis on ease of use.
Screen updates are up to 100 times faster than in previous versions. Built-in tours and time animations are shown with video-like quality.
Most Feature Rich
with many new exciting features to the world's most powerful astronomy software.

From Sky&Telescope (April 2009):
"...When you launch the program, it uses your Internet connection to establish your approximate geographic location. Of course, you can still do so if you want to use a precise location or if you have no Internet connection. After estimating your location, TheSkyX presents a standard sky display with an uncluttered toolbar along the top of the screen. Buttons can be added to the toolbar by those who wish to avoid navigating menus to perform specific functions. Most of the buttons intuitively represent their functions. (...to toggle on and off coordinate grids, constellation boundaries, and constellation figures...)

...When you move the cursor over any celestial object, a small pop-up window appears with the object’s identification and other pertinent information. This is handy because it eliminates the extra step of clicking on the object to display the information. If you do click, you display a red reticle similar to that on a Telrad finder, which is an aid for navigating the real sky with a telescope.
Clicking and dragging the cursor highlights a rectangular region on the display, and TheSkyX immediately
zooms this view when you click inside the region. I also found that using two fingers on the trackpad of my laptop computer zooms the field of view.

An increasing number of planetarium programs now include the ability to predict the visibility of artifi cial satellites, and TheSkyX is no exception. TLE (two-line element) data for satellites can be imported from a file or directly from the Internet, and TheSkyX will plot satellite paths across the sky.
Particularly noteworthy is that TheSkyX generates flare predictions for Iridium satellites with its own nice little twist. With the click of the mouse, you can simulate a selected Iridium flare on the screen, and it’s shown with an observer’s arm holding a green laser pointer aimed at the moving Iridium satellite.
The program includes several tools for planning observing sessions. A “What’s Up?” feature generates
tables of interesting naked-eye, binocular, and telescopic objects visible at a sunset, midnight, or sunrise.
Any object in the table can be instantly centered on the computer screen with the click of the mouse. Paths of solar-system objects can be generated, which is handy for following comets, asteroids, and planets.
Three-dimensional views of our solar system and nearby stars can be called up and navigated by mouse.
There is a conjunction finder for events involving solar-system objects, and a viewer for solar and lunar eclipses. A calendar with the times of sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, and Iridium flares can be generated.
And there’s a useful lunar map that can be used to identify craters.



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Posted By: KannikaK Date: 21 Sep 2009 11:28:48
Thank you very much.