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Anyone know if this free software is good or not?


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Hi Stargeeza

Cartes cu Ciel is very good software, other good free software is Halo Northern Sky and Stellarium. It's best to try a few as how you prefer the night sky to be presented and what layout you find easiest to use is often a personal thing.

Have a look around for a free version of Starry Night Backyard, that presents the night star in very natural and easy to use way IMHO.

Gaz

BTW Welcome to the forum!!

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There was a version of Starry Night on the cover of Sky At Night CD a couple of months ago. I missed it, but someone else may have it and be able to send it you.

Another good one is Red Shift, which I think is about $30 US to download.

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Ah, I forgot about Redshift!! You can pick up the older versions on Ebay for next to nothing. I got V5 for £4 last year, its a good piece of software but I've learnt to use Starr Night Pro and it does all I need so it makes it hard to justify spending time getting to use anthing else.

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There are some boxed sets of SN on eBay at the moment - around £15 + PP. I think with these you get the full printed manual and other CD's with movies and stuff.

It's the Enthusiast version - ideal I'd say!!

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Cheers dudes .... I have to stick to free stuff coz i'm scint. I'm getting the hang of it slowly (at my age (33 and already braindead)), I got my lattitude and time, and I even found how to track star positions in time. But i dont understand co ordinates yet !!

Thanks for the advice - I need to get that manual !

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