The developers of our award-winning Starry Night® software are pleased to announce the release of version 6.3, which is available now for purchase. Starry Night Pro Version 6.3 Astronomy Software is the most robust version yet, with performance-enhancing features such as new planets and their moons and five new horizon panoramas.
Starry Night® has never been better. So don't delay, get the new version 6.3 today!
Increase your in-the-field observing success with Starry Night Pro version 6.3. Use the Events Finder to choose targets, or make your own Observing List for a specific night or for specific objects of interest. Print out three-view starhopping charts customized to your equipment that effortlessly guide you to challenging objects. With extensive data sets, advanced telescope control, and comprehensive observational tools, Starry Night Pro is a powerful program designed for the serious astronomer. Transform your computer into a sophisticated virtual observatory.
New Version 6.3 Features:
- Over 20 new features including:
- 5 New Horizon Panoramas let you observe from several interesting new locations
- Animated trips between planets now use more visually appealing planet avoidance
- Tully database improved to allow for more galaxy types
- Saturn's rings and ring shadows now draw even more precisley, and look much better
- Updated LiveSky links and images
- Spaceship responsiveness dramatically improved
- Shadow Cones can be displayed to show the shadows of orbiting bodies
- NEW- Tully galaxy rendering now implemented as particle systems
- NEW- Universal Time can now be displayed and edited in the toolbar
- NEW- The precessional path of the celestial poles can now be displayed
- NEW- The circumpolar region, based on your latitude, can now be displayed
- NEW- The value of DeltaT has been improved and can now be overridden by the user
- NEW- All planets now draw with softer edges
- NEW- Some lines now draw thicker on high-DPI displays to maintain visibility
- NEW- Various space mission data sets have been broken into smaller, logical segments to improve rendering speed
- NEW- Improved Find feature for multiple objects of same name
- Appulse Event Searching alerts you when the Moon is near bright planets
- Apollo Space Missions feature lets you explore the trajectories of the Apollo spacecraft not available anywhere else!
- Meteor Showers Update makes your meteor shower observations even better.
- Extrasolar Planets Update helps you learn even more about planets beyond our Solar System
- 65 3-D Asteroid Models let you explore these intriguing celestial bodies
- Smooth Window Fading and Transparent Floating Windows
- Distance Spheres can now be added to any solar system body with any radius and color
- Create Observing Lists of astronomical objects using a variety of filters such as magnitude, altitude above horizon, type or database. Quickly see what objects you have observed and which ones you still need to hunt down
- Find targets effortlessly with three-view starhopping charts customized to your equipment
- Select your equipment from expanded default database of over 300 Orion, Meade, Celestron and Vixen telescopes, binoculars, SBIG, Apogee, FLI and Starlight Express CCD chips and more
- Take advantage of improved Digital Settings Circles Support for non-motorized telescopes such as Orion SkyQuest IntelliScope, NGCMAX, Lumicon Sky Vector, Discovery Digital Star Finder, Orion SkyWizard III, and Celestron Advanced Astromaster
- Control your robotic telescope focuser with Computer Controlled Focuser Support (Windows only). Supported models include AstroOptik telescopes, Astrophysics GTO mount, Finger Lakes focusers, Gemini equipped mount, JMI Smart Focus, Meade LX200 and Autostar, Optec TCF-S, and PCFocus.
- Smoothly track and follow satellites with the Meade LX200 GPS telescope (Mac only)
- Recognize 1000+ craters, valleys and more instantly with surface feature outlines for the Moon
- View the locations of 160+ extrasolar planets
- Watch the sun set over Gusev Crater horizon panorama created with data from Mars Rover Spirit
- Explore 10+ Moon panoramas taken by Apollo astronauts
- Select from multiple surface maps of Earth, Moon and Mars
- Customize the sky with 3 additional cloud panoramas
- Mimic effects of the atmospheric scattering
- Customize the look and feel of the controls
- Follow the paths of over 25 interplanetary probes through the solar system
- Zoom in on 3-D models of comets, asteroids, satellites and spacecraft
- Plan observing sessions with Event Finder that instantly displays celestial events, such as lunar and solar eclipses and conjunctions, for months far into the future
- Browse a library of over 100 Starry Night files that demonstrate events such as eclipses, planetary alignments and close-ups of galaxies and planets
- Controls most popular brands of robotic telescopes, including Orion SkyQuest Intelliscope, Meade LX200 and Autostar, Celestron Nexstar series and all ASCOM compliant scopes:
- Synchronize your telescope's internal gaze direction with Starry Night
- Home Scope moves your scope to home position for easier computer-to-star alignment
- Park, unpark and set the park position of your scope, which is ideal for scopes placed in a permanent location or in one position for several days. Simply unpark the scope and start observing immediately without having to perform a star alignment again or recalibrating
- Quickly center the Starry Night view on the onscreen telescope position marker
- Configure slew limits prevents the telescope from moving outside a user-defined horizon in both altazimuth and equatorial configurations. This helps protect your valuable equipment from hitting the mount or tripod of the telescope.
- Simulates telescope handbox control
- Nudge your scope by seconds, minutes or degrees
- Displays scope altitude and azimuth readout
- See the sky from any location in the universe up to 700 million light years away
- Visit 16,000,000 stars
- Access 500+ million stars online
- Explore PGC Catalog of 980,000 galaxies
- View Zwicky catalog of 9134 clusters
- Select objects from dozens of databases for double stars, quasars and pulsars
- Automatically download Digitized Sky Survey images
- View Milky Way in 12 wavelengths, from infrared, radio to X-ray
- Create custom constellation sets
- Add your own horizon panoramas
- Add custom field of view indicators to match your telescope eyepiece, binoculars, CCDs or DSLRs
- Rotate FOVs directly onscreen
- Turn on more than one indicator at a time, especially if you are using a primary scope and a finderscope
- Flip the view to match your telescope, finder or binoculars
- Store comments and images on individual targets in the Log Book
- Export positional data for any object over a specific time span and interval from Ephemeris Generator
- Build your own databases
- Display dynamic Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams
- Activate night vision mode for in-the-field use
- Deepen your explorations and understanding of the universe with over 100 interactive multimedia SkyGuide tours
- See how stars and constellations change over time from 99,999 BC to 99,999 AD
- Create QuickTime™ VR movies
Starry Night Pro version 6.3 includes:
- DVD-ROM of Starry Night software for Windows and Macintosh
QuickGuide to Starry Night
- If you want to spark your child's curiosity about the night sky, you want Starry Night Constellation Adventure
- If you want a great introduction to astronomy or are looking for a gift, consider Starry Night Complete Space & Astronomy Pack
- If you are ready to explore more of the Universe and prepare for your first night out under the stars, consider Starry Night Enthusiast
- If you want telescope control, extensive data and comprehensive observational tools not found in any other program, consider Starry Night Pro
- If you want the world's most powerful astronomy software with unparalleled observation tools and the world's only full-color photograph of the entire night sky, there's only one choice: Starry Night Pro Plus
Also Improved in Starry Night Version 6.3:
- Pluto now classified as a Dwarf Planet in the orbit selector
- Satellite eccentricities now imported from source file
- Moons can be added to dwarf planets
- User-specified images are now rendered on moons
- New update technology built directly into Starry Night. Will check for updates automatically if registered
- Added more features that can help Customer Support track down issues
- Exported data of the sky view now contains a header row
- Horizon drawing improved when looking at the nadir
- Spaceship speed controls work when Starry Night time is stopped
- Telescope name indicated in Windows 3-pane print settings dialog
- Satellite eccentricities imported from source file
- Allows adding/editing planet surface images and 3DS model assignments
- User-specified images can be rendered on moons
- Optimized One-pane printing FOV
- Cardinal points can now be controlled independently of horizon using horizon layer labels
- Robust observing list filters available
- Comets are now correctly indicated on printed output
- Observing lists now display the object's constellation
- Coordinates export in the format selected in the preferences
- Peak times for Meteor Showers are now listed
- Ambient sound has been restored
What happens if I only have OpenGL 1.4 and not OpenGL 2.0? Will Starry Night version 6.3 run?
In Starry Night version 6.3, the graphics default settings are not any more graphics-intensive than version 5. The 2 things that are new and may not be supported are:
- The daytime sky shader. This is also OFF by default. All this does is give that pretty gradient sky look during daytime/twilight.
- Animated horizons. Again, this is OFF by default, and Starry Night will automatically determine if it'll work on your machine (and then disable -gray out- this option). If it IS enabled and it does not work well, this option will be automatically disabled the next time the program is started up.
The ONLY new features which require a better video card than Version 5 are the two eye-candy features listed above. Overall, the other graphics in the application will not be affected if you only have an OpenGL 1.4 card.
To run Starry Night Pro version 6.3 you need:
- A DVD-ROM drive is required for the installation of Starry Night Pro version 6.3 on your computer.
- Windows: Requires Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP, 500 MHz or higher processor, 128 MB RAM and 2 GB of hard disk space. 64 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card (OpenGL 2.0 is required for features like shaded sky and animated grass). Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024x768. DVD-ROM drive required for installation.
- Recommended Graphics Card: 128 MB nVidia GeForce 6600 (or higher) or ATI Radeon X800 or higher.
- Macintosh: Universal Binary runs natively on Intel and PPC Macintosh computers. Requires OS X 10.3.9 or higher, G3 450 MHz or higher processor, 128 MB RAM and 2 GB of hard disk space. Will not run on OS 9.x or earlier. 64 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card (OpenGL 2.0 is required for features like shaded sky and animated grass). Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024x768. DVD-ROM drive required for installation.
- Basic support for joysticks recognized by Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP and Mac OS X.
- Requirements for Video DVD: Home DVD player and TV, or computer with DVD player.
If you own an earlier version of Starry Night Pro 6, click here to update to Starry Night Pro Version 6.3.
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