TheSkyX Student Edition for Windows
- Software Bisque
TheSkyX Student Edition
Latest Update Of The World Class Astronomy Software TheSky.
TheSkyX Student Edition can help you plan your observing sessions. It can control your go to (or push to) telescope with ease. You can even print out star charts to share the wonders of night sky with your friends and family. It'll make pursuing your passion for astronomy just plain fun.
Minimum System Requirements.
PC 1.5 GHz or faster processor Intel Pentium 4, Pentium M, Pentium D processor or better, or AMD K-8 (Athlon) or better 512 MB internal RAM OpenGL 1.5 and later Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP (32- and 64-bit Editions), including: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition* Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Windows 7 Professional Edition Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Windows 7 Home Basic Edition Windows 7 Starter Edition Windows Vista Ultimate Edition* Windows Vista Home Edition Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Business Edition Windows Vista Enterprise Edition Windows XP Professional Edition* Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Windows XP Media Center Edition
1024 x 768 display resolution with true color 128 MB (minimum) video RAM 1.25 GB free disc space DVD-ROM drive Mouse or other pointing device Keyboard *TheSkyX Student Edition for Windows is a 32-bit application, and is compatible with either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of these operating systems.
MAC 1.25 GHz G4 PowerPC or faster processor or 2 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor Macintosh OS X version 10.4.8 or later 1024 x 768 display resolution with millions of colors 512 MB RAM 64 MB video RAM 1.25 GB disc space Mouse or other pointing device DVD-ROM Mouse or other pointing device Keyboard
TheSkyX Student Edition is your astronomy toolkit; loaded with features you want whether you're planning your next observing session and under the stars. The table below lists many of the significant features.
Display an Interactive Star Chart Looking up at dusk. Looking North. Input any date from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 and any time of day to show the simulated star chart for your location. Click the North, South, East, West or Look Up buttons to orient the chart as it would appear from your backyard. Change the magnification to show any field of view, from 235° to as small as 30 arcseconds. Large Databases of Celestial Objects and Photos Large databases of pictures and photos. Photo Viewer window TheSkyX is packed with information on millions of objects and thousands of interesting photographs. View and find the planets, dwarf planets, the Moon, comets, asteroids, satellites, and thousands of the most popular non-stellar objects from the Messier, NGC and IC catalogs and approximately 1 million stars from the Hipparcos-Tycho star catalog (complete to about 12th magnitude).
Databases of Objects and Photos Solar System Sun Mercury Venus Earth (in 3D Solar System) The Moon Mars Mars' Moons Jupiter Jupiter's Moons Io Europa Ganamede Callisto Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Comets (up to 1000) Asteroids (up to 1000) Satellites (up to 10,000)
Non-Stellar Objects 7,431 objects from the New General Catalog (NGC) Index Catalog (IC) Stars Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog, 1.2 million stars Hubble Guide Star Catalog,
TheSkyX also includes: Over 13,000 images from the NGC and IC Catalogs. Photos of every object in the Messier catalog. Photos of solar system objects, including images from the Mars Rover and other space missions. Over 1000 high-resolution photographs of the moon.
Show What's Up Tonight What's Up? Report Hertzsprung-Russell diagram
Specify the viewing time, your optical aid (naked eye, binocular, or small telescope) and which objects you're interested in seeing; TheSkyX's What Up? command automatically generates an observing list for you, complete with detailed descriptions about many deep- space objects, photographs, and Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagrams for stars.
You can scroll through the report, and watch the star chart update to show you exactly where to look for the object.
Create and Show Field of View Indicators (FOVI)
Choose your equipment from a database of hundreds of telescopes, eyepieces and cameras or define your own, then show an overlay on the Sky Chart. Predict and Watch Iridium Flares Predict and watch simulated Iridium Flares directly from TheSkyX.
TheSkyX comes with animated tours that you can watch and learn basic concepts about astronomy.
Supplied Tours include: Sun's Analemma Angular Size of Mars Equatorial Coordinates Horizon Coordinates Mercury Evening Visibility Mercury Morning Visibility Moon Cycle - Size and Phase Motion of Barnard's Star 24-Hour Motion of Saturn's Moons Rotation and Phase of Mercury 2008 Rotation and Phase of Venus 2008 10-year View of Saturn from Earth Venus and Mercury Annual Paths Winter Constellations
Stackable Windows for Commonly Used Features Stackable windows allow access the frequently used commands. By default, windows are stacked on the left of the Sky Chart, but can be moved to the right side, or appear as a moveable "floating" window.
Tours window - Watch animations related to many interesting astronomical concepts. Find window - Easily locate any object by name, catalog number and many other designations. Chart Elements window - Lets you turn on and off, or filter by upper and lower magnitude or angular size, elements on the Sky Chart, including:
Non-stellar objects (Type C, elliptical, lenticular, spiral, irregular galaxies and clusters of galaxies; bright, dark and planetary nebulas; open and globular clusters and clusters plus nebulosity; probable NGC stars, other NGC objects)
Solar system objects (the Moon, planets, small solar system objects including Pluto, comets and asteroids, the Sun, and planets' moons) and satellites.
Stellar objects (stars, double stars, suspected variables and variables).
Date & Time window - Includes controls to specify the current date and time, including a calendar control showing the phases of the moon, a context menu button to set specific times (now, sunrise, noon, sunset, midnight, morning, new moon, first quarter, last quarter, full moon, moonrise, moonset, vernal (spring) equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox, winter solstice or any Julian date), advance/retreat time controls and more.
Labels window - Turn on and off the names of objects, including: asterisms asteroids comets common non-stellar objects direction markers (NSEW) Messier objects meteor shower radiants planets, dwarf planets, the moon, planets' moons, and the sun stars, including the Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, and common names
Photos window - Show color or black and white photographs for thousands of deep-sky objects.
Find Objects Simple Find A list of common names that match the letters you type appears automatically. Advanced Find Every object is "searchable" from a tree list. The friendly, powerful Find command lets you easily locate any object in TheSkyX's astronomical databases. All objects in the databases are listed in a "tree list" and sorted by type (star, double star, galaxy, cluster, etc.). Just double-click on the name to find it, or specific classification, including: Finding Stars by: Common name (a list of common names that match the letters you type appears automatically) Bayer designation Flamsteed designation General Catalog of Variable Star (GCVS) designation Non-stellar variable star (NSV) designation Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Catalog number Struve designation Washington Catalog of Double Star designation Finding Non-stellar objects by: Caldwell number Common name Herschel number Index Catalog number (IC) Lorenzin Catalog number New General Catalog (NGC/IC Project) number Principle Galaxy Catalog number (PGC) Principle Galaxy Catalog cross-reference number Zwicky designation Arakelian Catalog of Galaxies designation Catalog of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies (CGCG) designation David Dunlop Observatory Catalog of Galaxies designation Fairall Catalog of Galaxies designation Karachentseva Catalog of Galaxies designation Kazaryan UV Galaxies designation Kiso UV Galaxies designation Second Byurakay Survey designation Tololo Galaxies designation Uppsala General Catalog of Galaxies (UGC)designation University of Michigan Catalog of Galaxies designation Virgo Cluster Catalog of Galaxies designation Weinberger Catalog of Galaxies designation Planetary Nebula designation (PLN) Saguaro Astronomy Club Deep-Space Object catalog (SAC)
Finding Solar System Objects: Comet's by name Asteriod by name or number Moon Satellites Sun Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto
Finding the Constellations by: Common name Abbreviation
Find 70 Common Asterisms The object's name appear in green letter if it's currently above the horizon, or in black italicized letters when it's below the horizon.
Get Detailed Information on Celestial Objects Object Information reports are configurable to show as much, or as little information as you need. Click on any object, or use the Find command to show extensive information on celestial objects, including: Object type (star, cluster, galaxy, nebula, etc.) Right ascension and declination coordinates (current) Right ascension and declination coordinates (Epoch 2000) Altitude and azimuth coordinates Object magnitude* Common name* Catalog number (including cross references to other catalogs), for example M42 or NGC 1976v.* Description of the object* Visual magnitude* B magnitude* V magnitude * Parallax* Proper motion* Sidereal time Distance from Earth (in light years or parsecs)* Rise, transit, set times The constellation to which the object belongs Equatorial and horizon-based coordinates Other object and catalog specific data Position angle (as measured from the celestial pole) from the previously identified object Phase or percent illumination* Air mass
*Please note that not every database or every object in a particular database used by TheSkyX contains information about every parameter listed above. For example, most astronomical catalogs do not contain an object's distance to Earth information.
Select Different Photographs for the Panoramic Horizon Software Bisque Observatory New Mexico Skies Mountain horizon. Choose from several supplied custom panoramic horizons, including: Cayman Island scene Desert scene Forest scene Grand Mesa, Colorado Ice Lake, Michigan Mountain scene Mt. Wilson Institute Observatory Very Large Array Winter Star Party
Quickly Set Chart Options with Chart Elements Chart Elements tab. Turning on and off individual, selected or all object classifications or "chart elements" is easy with the Chart Elements window. Display Reference Lines and Photos Reference Lines and Reference Photos Show the following reference lines and reference photos: Constellation Figures from: Astronomy Magazine H.A. Rey Patrick Moore Sky & Telescope Magazine TheSkyX Wil Tirion Milky Way Galaxy Isophotes Black & white photo Full color photo Constellation Boundaries Most popular Asterisms Ecliptic line Equatorial Grid lines Galactic Equator Horizon Grid lines Meridian True North Arrow Display Object Names (Object Labels) Object Name Labels TheSkyX can show the name and labels for the following objects: Asterisms Asteriods Comets Common Non-stellar Objects Constellations Direction Markers (NSEW) Messier Objects Meteor Shower Radiants Planets, Dwarf Planets, Moons, Sun Satellites Star Labels Bayer Designation Common Star Names Flamsteed Designation
Configure the Appearance of Stars Star Options dialog Adjust the appearance of the stars by: Brightness Contrast Gradient Size of surrounding halo Spectral color
Customizable Toolbars to Access Commands You Want Orientation Toolbar Toolbars positioned around the Star Chart Six standard toolbars contain buttons to access the most frequently used commands. You can also add your own custom toolbars and choose only the buttons and commands you need. The size of the buttons on the toolbars are configurable, as well as the content of the buttons (show a graph, or text or both on the button). The position of the toolbars is customizable. Show them as separate windows, or drag and drop them anywhere around the Star Chart window. Chart Status window Chart Status window with configurable report The Command Center contains a Chart Status window that shows a continuously updated information about the current chart. Choose from the following list of status report options: Date Time Julian Date Universal Time (UT) Local Sidereal Time (LST) Location Description Latitude Longitude Time Zone Elevation Screen Center Right Ascension (RA) Screen Center Declination (Dec) Screen Center Right Azimuth (Az) Screen Center Altitude (Alt) Screen Field Width Screen Rotation Cursor X position Cursor Y position Cusor Constellation Cursor Right Ascension/Declination (RA/Dec) Cursor Azimuth/Altitude (Azm/Alt) Show/Hide Scroll Bars Show/hide horizontal and vertical scroll bars for easy chart navigation. Look North, South, East, West or Up Never get lost in space! Automatically adjust the star chart for your location to look North, South, East, West or straight up (at the Zenith). Zoom Box Zoom to Pre-defined Fields of View Minimum (30 arcseconds) Telescope (1°) Finder (10°) Binocular (50°) Wide Field (180°) Maximum (235°) Custom Field of View dialog Built-in command to show the following fields of view: Minimum (30 arcseconds) Telescope (1°) Finder (10°) Binocular (50°) Naked Eye (100°) Wide Field (180°) Maximum (235°) Or, define any number of custom fields of view using the Custom Fields of View dialog. Navigate to Any Coordinate Navigate to any coordinate using the Screen Center tab on the Navigate dialog. Navigate the Celestial Sphere Use the Navigate dialog to: Position the center of the chart at any equatorial (right ascension/declination/Epoch) or horizon (azimuth/altitude) coordinate. Center the chart on any ra/dec using a 360 degree chart of the celestial sphere that shows the constellation boundaries and figures. As you move the mouse, the current equatorial and horizon coordinates and constellation name are shown. Control the Date and Time Command Center's Date & Time tab. Custom Time Flow Increments and Rates dialog. Date & Time toolbar. Input any date from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 and any time to show a beautiful star chart for your location. The Date & Time tab on the Command Center Window provides many different tools that allow you to quickly set any date from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 and any time, including: Use Computer's Clock button to set time to now. Date & Time Control to manually enter any date and time. Calender control to set any date. The control also displays the phases of the moon for each month. The Date & Time tab allows you to specify specific times, including: Now (computer's clock) Sunrise Noon Sunset Midnight Morning (begin twilight) Evening (end twilight) New Moon First Quarter Last Quarter Full Moon Moonrise Moonset Specific Julian Date The Date & Time tab allows you to control the rate that time changes, or the increment of time to advance or retreat in time. The default increments include: 1x 10x 100x 1000x 10000x 1 second 1 minute 1 hour 1 day 1 Lunar Month 1 Year Sunrise Sunset Start Twilight End Twilight You can define custom increments and rates using the Custom Time Flow Increments and Rates dialog. The Date & Time toolbar allows you to set the Date & Time as well as specify the direction and rate of time.
Choose your location on Earth By default, your location on earth is detected automatically from the web. Or, Select your location from a list of over 1200 cities, star parties, observatories and other sites on the List of Locations tab. Select your location by clicking on a map of the Earth. Regions of Daylight/nighttime are shown on this map for convenience. Enter your USA zip code. Automatically retrieve your location using your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address. Manually enter your location by specifying a description and your longitude, latitude (in hour/minutes/seconds or decimal degrees), elevation, time zone and Daylight Saving option (DSO).
Create Object Paths Create a "path" that represents the future or past positions of the Sun, planets (including Pluto), Moon, comets and asteroids. Find and View Solar and Lunar Eclipses with the Eclipse Viewer Solar Eclipse Viewer. When is the next solar eclipse? Where it visible on Earth? You'll be able to answer these questions, learn about the dynamics of solar and lunar eclipses and more using the Solar and Lunar Eclipse Viewer. Solar Eclipses TheSkyX shows every solar eclipse for the next twenty years (or so) from the current date (starting from any date). Select an eclipse from the list and the three-dimensional view of the Earth gives the local circumstances: Whether or not it is visible from the current location. Annular, total central, annular central, partial, or hybrid designation. Time of eclipse start Time of greatest eclipse Time of eclipse end The line of the central eclipse, and the rise/set curve, shadow limits, and eclipse shadow for the Earth's umbra and penumbra can be shown. You can adjust the viewing distance from Earth using the Solar Viewing Distance Slider. Lunar Eclipses As with solar eclipses, the next twenty years of lunar eclipses are listed. Select one from the list to view it's local circumstances, including: The type of lunar eclipse (partial, penumbral, total) The date and time when the eclipse begins When a lunar eclipse is selected, the Sky Chart is updated to show the Earth's penumbra and umbra and the position of the moon at the start of the eclipse. Find Conjunctions with the Conjunction Finder Conjunction Finder dialog. View of actual conjunction. Select any 2 or 3 planets (or the Sun and Moon) to find the future conjunctions of these bodies. For each conjunction that is located, the Star Chart shows a green laser pointer to help you find it in the actual sky. Show the Positions of the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn Major Jovian moons. Saturn's major moons. View the positions of Jupiter's and Saturn's moons. Display or Print Calendars showing the Moon's Phase and other information Monthly calendar. Show a calendar of any month with the phases of the moon, as well as sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and Iridium Flare occurrences. A full year's calendar can be shown, too. The calendar can be saved (or exported) as a PDF file.
View High-Resolution Images of the Moon using the Moon Viewer Moon Photo Viewer Location of Moon Viewer Photo on Sky Chart's Moon The interactive Moon Photo Viewer is a powerful tool that can: Display photographs of virtually the entire Moon's visible surface. Search for lunar features. Display the name of the nearest lunar feature with a mouse click. Overlay text descriptions (labels) of many of lunar features. Show the longitude and latitude for any point of any location on the Moon. Show the longitude and latitude of the center of images. Outline craters and other features. Expand or decrease the size of the lunar image (by sizing the window). Display a brief history of the source of the lunar feature's name. Show the macroscopic location of the current Moon Viewer image on the Virtual Sky's Moon. Identify and get feature specific information by placing the mouse over the photo. The Moon Photo Viewer can overlay text labels of any or all of the following lunar features, including: Craters Sub-craters Mare (seas) Landing sites Catena (crater chains) Rima (rilles) Lacus (lakes) Mons (mountains) Dorsum (wrinkle ridges) Promontor Vallis (valleys) Other features When the "Highlight Photo's Location on Chart" option is checked, you'll see a blue region on the Sky Chart Moon's surface. This area represents the location of the current high-resolution Moon image. This lets you easily relate the position of a particular photograph its position on the Moon's surface.
View the Solar System in Three Dimensions using the 3D Solar System Viewer Three dimensional system simulator. Use this command to toggle between looking at the sky from Earth or from outer space (anywhere inside our solar system). When this command is enabled, the starry background is turned off by default and only the objects in our solar system are displayed. The default location is an arbitrary point in space. It's above the plane of the ecliptic, just inside Pluto's orbit, looking back at our Sun. View the stars in three dimensions with the 3D Stars tool. You can zoom, pan and scroll around the universe to learn about the relative positions of the familiar (and not so familiar) stars in the Milky Way. Even isolate any of the 88 constellations and view only the stars within its boundaries. Show Detailed Constellations Figures Bevis Constellation Drawings Show detailed drawings for all or selected constellations. Simulate the Daytime Sky The Daytime Sky Mode lets you simulate and how the sky looks during daytime, as well as dawn and dusk. View in Full Screen Mode Have the Sky Chart occupy the entire desktop in Full Screen mode. Preserve Dark Adaptation with the Night Vision Mode Show the entire screen (and the entire desktop) predominantly red to preserve the eyes' dark adaptation (or night vision). Show the Chart as a Mirror Image Mirror image reverses the Sky Chart, left-to-right. This lets you view the sky as you would through a telescope with an erect, but laterally reversed image. Show Photo-Like or Map-Like Star Charts Chart mode reformats the display to look more like what you would see in a book of star charts, or how a printed chart is going look. Create Publication-Quality Star Charts. Graphics and PDF Output Exported chart (JPG) Sky Charts can be exported in portable network graphs (PNG) format, or saved in portable document format (PDF) for publication of charts and graphics to your astronomy club newsletter or web site. * *Please include the text "Copyright Software Bisque, Inc. www.bisque.com" when publishing star charts generate by TheSkyX.
Print and Export Star Charts Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use. Click and drag the mouse and drag the sky chart to change its position. Rotate the Sky Chart to any position angle Screen rotation tab. Use the Rotate tab on the Orientation > Navigate dialog to rotate the Sky Chart to any angle.
Database Manager to Add/Remove Core and Additional Sky Databases (SDBs) Use the Database Manager to: Show or hide only the astronomical catalogs need Import Sky Databases that are generated by TheSkyX Professional Edition. Show statistics about the catalogs and databases used by TheSkyX. Compute and View Stellar Proper Motion Configure Stellar Proper Motion Watch stars move over time due to proper motion. Show proper motion arrows (or proper motion "vectors" that specify the magnitude and direction of the star's motion over time).
Friendly User's Guide (PDF) TheSkyX User's Guide teaches you many fundamental principles about astronomy and relates them to TheSkyX software.
Simulate the celestial sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds. Limit the Magnitude and Size of Object Type Filter objects by magnitude (upper and lower) and angular size (upper and lower) Select any object type (or all object types) and easily adjust the upper and lower magnitudes and the maximum and minimum angular sizes of objects that are shown on the Sky Chart. Display Comets, Asteroids and Artificial Satellites Import Comets Import Asteroids Import Satellites Show the positions of up to 1000 comets, 1000 asteriods, and an unlimited number of satellites. Download updated "orbital elements" sets (the frequently updated data that is needed to accurately compute positions) directly from the web. Comets and asteroids by be updated from the web by entering the object's name. Create Observing Lists Observing List Options Observing List (vertical orientation) Observing List (horizontal orientation) The Create Observing List command in the Tools menu can be used to perform advanced searches or database queries that can be used to generate observing lists. The Advanced Query tab offers much more detail regarding your query of celestial objects than the simplified options on the What's Up Setup tab. Suppose you want to create an observing list that contains all the double stars from the Washington Catalog of Double Stars that have a spectral type of G5 in Orion. TheSkyX makes generating an observing list from this complex query a simple task.
Please note TheSkyX Student Edition does NOT include Telescope Control capability. To control your telescope from your computer you will require TheSkyX Serious Astronomer.
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