FREE -- DOWNLOADABLE PROGRAMS & FILES
The following files and programs are either freeware or shareware. If you want the complete version of a shareware program, please peruse the distributors website for more information.
Please click the name of the desired program to review and/or download the file.
This is a freeware program that has an outstanding Milky Way display and it allows the observer to
view the heavens from locations in space...beyond Earth.
This is a very powerful freeware program that allows you to see the moon's phases and
features from both visual side and the far side.
This is a powerful freeware program with downloadable updates for new comets and asteroids, and
access to huge star catalogues for deep sky observers.
GeoClock is a shareware program which displays a map of Earth, showing the ever-changing areas of daylight and dark. All time zones are displayed, and you can find out when sunrise or sunset will occur anywhere on Earth. It includes a world map, North America, a Polar view, and a view from "space."
This is a really neat program. It makes an interesting and beautiful screen saver, as well as a utilitarian program.
"Sky and Telescope Magazine" rated this as the best and
most accurate shareware astronomy tracking program.
This program produces sky maps in either a "horizon"
or "detailed area of sky" mode from any viewpoint on Earth.
You may either choose your location from the extensive list, or type in your
latitude and longitude.
There is a search feature, and an imaging program, called Sky Image, which allows you to view and print JPEG's and GIF's, and match them to deep sky objects on the screen. You can click on any object on screen and get information about it.
This program's maps are compatible with any Windows-driven printer. Images are very sharp, and may be printed in colour if desired. Printed images are much sharper than SkyGlobe's printed sky maps, with much fainter stars and much more detail.
This shareware version comes with only 15.700 stars with
magnitudes up to 7. The full version for registered users comes with
88,000 stars to magnitude 8.5.
This is a shareware
program that you can download from the home site listed above. For
beginners, it is easier to use than SkyMap, and has
better graphics than SkyGlobe. The stars are
color-coded by their spectral class. It also features a daytime (blue
sky) background as well as the traditional dark night sky.
This is a freeware program. If you use Basic, you
will find several other programs that you might find useful listed down the
A good Astronomical Software link resource from Sky & Telescope Magazine On-Line will be very helpful. Many different types of programs are available in several formats for computer. Both Freeware and Shareware are listed HERE.
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