TheSkyX Professional Edition is the next major release in TheSky's 27 year history.
Many of you have never seen the sky. Not really. If you live in a city or suburb, a pale blue or grey dome looms overhead while the Sun is up, and a darkish brown curtain hangs down at night, with maybe a few sparks of light poking through here and there if the clouds haven’t gathered and the glare from buildings and cars and billboards isn’t overwhelming. The Sun and the Moon are unmistakable of course, but the spattering of stars you glimpse are probably strangers to you. Some of them might even be planets – for most people, it’s hard to tell the difference. All of this is about to change. You have in your hands an extraordinary tool for revealing not just new worlds, but the entire universe. The night sky is an incredible wonderland of diverse and spectacular objects and phenomena. Some of these breathtaking sights are created by tiny particles that ply the fringes of our atmosphere. Others are immense, ancient structures, incomprehensibly far away.
TheSkyX Professional Edition or TheSkyX Serious Astronomer Edition will bring all of these amazing marvels and more to your desktop. It will help you learn the fundamentals of astronomy, the most ancient science, and teach you how to recognize just about everything in the real sky. Whether you’re looking up from the streets of a light-polluted city, or taking in the view from a remote, pitch-black mountaintop, or controlling your distant observatory from Internet, TheSkyX will help you understand what you see and find what you’re looking for. You’ll also enjoy experiences that are only possible through the magic of simulation and virtual-reality programming. Faster-than-light flights through the solar system, out-of-this-world views of the Earth and Moon, and the orbital tracks of hundreds of satellites are just some of the animations built into TheSkyX. Trips through space and time that were once possible only in the imagination will be vividly brought to life on your computer screen.
TheSkyX has something to offer everyone, from the absolute beginner to the most knowledgeable amateur astronomer.
TheSkyX Professional Edition is your astronomy toolkit; loaded with features you want:
- Display an Interactive Star Chart — 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.
- Large Databases of Celestial Objects and Photos — 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).
- Show What's Up Tonight — 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 (FOVIs) — 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.
- Watch Animated Tours — TheSkyX comes with animated tours that you can watch and learn basic concepts about astronomy.
- 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.
- Find Objects — 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.
- Get Detailed Information on Celestial Objects — Click on any object, or use the Find command to show extensive information on celestial objects.
- Select Different Photographs for the Panoramic Horizon — Choose from several supplied custom panoramic horizons.
- Quickly Set Chart Options with Chart Elements — 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
- Display Object Names (Object Labels) — TheSkyX can show the name and labels for objects.
- Configure the Appearance of Stars — Adjust the appearance of the stars by Brightness, Contrast, Gradient, Size of surrounding halo, Spectral color.
- Customizable Toolbars to Access Commands You Want — 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 — The Command Center contains a Chart Status window that shows a continuously updated information about the current chart.
- 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 — Click and drag the "zoom box" on the chart to magnify (or zoom in) to this region. The size (or field width) and the angular separation between the corners of the zoom box is shown.
- Zoom to Pre-defined Fields of View — Built-in command to show fields of view. Or, define any number of custom fields of view using the Custom Fields of View dialog.
- Navigate to Any Coordinate
- Control the Date and Time — 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. 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. You can also select your location by clicking on a map of the Earth
- 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 — 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.
- Find Conjunctions with the Conjunction Finder — 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 — View the positions of Jupiter's and Saturn's moons.
- Display or Print Calendars showing the Moon's Phase and other information — 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 — The interactive Moon Photo Viewer is a powerful tool. 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 lunar 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: 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 Stars in Three Dimensions with the 3D Stars Tool — 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 — 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: 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.
- Print and Export Star Charts — Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use.
- Click to Drag the Chart — Click and drag the mouse and drag the sky chart to change its position.
- Rotate the Sky Chart to any position angle — 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 — 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.
- Display 235 degrees to 30 arcsecond fields of view — Simulate the celestial sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.
- Limit the Magnitude and Size of Object Type — 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 — 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 — 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.
- Control your Push To or Go To Telescope — Astro-Physics, Celestron, iOptron, Losmandy, Meade Instruments, Orion, Takahashi, Skywatcher and many more.
Minimum System Requirements
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 or later
Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP
1024 x 600 display resolution with true color (includes Netbooks)
128 MB (minimum) video RAM
1.25 GB free disc space
Mouse or other pointing device
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The SkyX Professional and Serious Astronomer Edition User Guide