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Starry Night Pro

by Imaginova
Windows, Mac
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000053U78
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 29, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,114 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


This CD is a visually appealing guide to the planets, stars, constellations, and over 70,000 galaxies. Starry Night Pro comes with stellar databases, movable horizons, Internet updates, and a 240-page guidebook, Starry Night Companion, by John Mosley.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing Starry Night Pro 3.1 for Windows June 5, 2001
Starry Night Pro meets almost all of my "perfect program" requirements. The learning curve, while not steep, isn't eased very much by the program's documentation. It is certainly usable right out of the box, but the deeper features take a bit of poking around to find. This is one of those programs that you'll want to keep the manual nearby when using, at least for the more esoteric functions.
However, the manual appears to have been rushed to press. (... acquired Sienna Software in May, 2000, and it's possible that the usual confusion which follows such acquisitions is to blame.) There are quite a few inaccuracies in my copy, the first of which I noticed when registering the program. Being told to look for the registration number at the front of the manual was confusing until I figured out that whoever wrote this was using an eyepiece which reversed east and west. The number is actually in the back.
There are a lot of frustrating little things like that in the manual. and there are no help files included with SNP. Clicking on help brings you to a FAQ on the Starry Night website. This is a Bad Thing. If I'm using SNP to guide a telescope from the back yard I shouldn't need to string a phone cable outside to the laptop when I need help with the program.
The online FAQ itself is okay, but it often refers you back to obscure text files located on the SNP CD-ROM itself rather than directly answering your question. To understand every feature of SNP you'll need several things - The manual, access to a modem so you can read the online FAQ and a subscription to the SNP support group at ..., where you can browse through the archives. To be fair, the support through ... is excellent and very prompt. The Starry Night support guy that hangs out there does a great job.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain at twice the price... December 10, 2001
Teaching astronomical concepts in the classroom has always been tricky. For this reason, astronomy education has suffered in many middle and high school curricula. The advent of the desktop computer has changed this situation dramatically. Now, using any PC, students and teachers can simulate the appearance of the night sky, and demonstrate concepts and effects that are almost impossible to visualize.
There are dozens of such programs, available for Windows PCs and Macs. They differ chiefly in three ways: 1) ease of use, 2) available features, and 3) ability to realistically portray the sky.
Starry Night Pro distinguishes itself primarily in categories 1 and 3, though it's no slouch in features. As a planetarium program, Starry Night Pro can display a beautifully drawn daytime or nighttime sky, with accurately portrayed celestial objects, both in position and appearance. With easy-to-use and intuitive VCR-like controls, you can put the sky in motion and simulate sunsets, daily motion, watch an eclipse, or simulate just about any event you can imagine. One of my favorite features, new to version 3 of SNP, is the ability to simulate the same event in two different windows on screen. For instance, simulate the June 21, 2001 eclipse from on the ground in Africa, and simultaneously watch it from outer space, and watch the moon's shadow creep across the continent.
Other demonstrations, solstice and equinox conditions, illustrations of daily and annual motion of the skies, retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon-and many more -- are easy to set up and can be saved as documents for quick future reference.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Astronomy tool April 17, 2001
By Tim
After buying Starry night Backyard i decided to move up to SN Pro. The difference was amazing. If you own a telescope you have to buy this product. There are nearly 20 million stars so you see everything exactly as you would through your telescope. Another nice feature is the eyepiece view. You can actually program your telescope and eyepieces field of view into the SN Pro so what see on the computer is even more exact to that of your telescope. Overall there isn't much better than this for a computer planetarium.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novice? YOU'LL LOVE IT!!! February 2, 2002
Finally, one that WORKS! Set your home location & 24 hrs a day you can enter! Fast frwd clock & get a night view JUST AS YOU'LL SEE IT! Or, if you're into it you can switch to scope (inverted) view of ALL, just planets, satalites, galaxies, whatever, with or w/o local ground light, and ZOOM to view whatever from any object! I've just started, but it's the finest program I've got. Tossed Red Shift (et al), no contest! Sometimes I leave it on just to notice the sky darkening! Zoom, identify, shows moon in phases (and everything), it's all you could ask for!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly powerful astronomy tool November 28, 2002
I just started working with Starry Night Pro and am simply amazed with how comprehensive it is and how simple it is to use. After reading just four or five pages of instructions, I am able to research the universe from my desktop (too much light pollution in my neighborhood to do it from my backyard).
Here are just some of the things that you can do within minutes of installing the software...
1) View and track progression of stars, quasars, man-made satellites, planets and constellations from your (or any) location and time zone
2) View the starry night as if you were in another location (or time) in the universe (e.g. the Moon, Pluto, Sirius, or last week or a thousand years from now)
3) Export Starry Night images to other applications
4) Make quicktime movies of celestial events described by the Starry Night software
* Easy to use but POWERFUL astronomy tool
* Excellent instruction manual
* Good tie in from the Starry Night application to astronomy resources on the web
* Obviously created by folks with a love and passion for the science of astronomy
* MUST HAVE for anyone interested in astronomy
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