RE: [MaxImDL] Question RE: Starry Night Pro


Mar 17, 2012

 


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#48805 Mar 17, 2012

Is anyone using "Starry Night Pro" as Telescope Control. I have the Special Edition version Orion gives you when you buy a mount but it is another $250 to upgrade to the full version. Is it worth the money? Is there another software that is better? I have an older unsupported verision of "The Sky" but the company wants full price to get the latest version and I understand that they charge big time for support. I talked to them via phone and I came away with the very distinct impression that unless I drive a Ferrari and consider The Hilton a second rate hotel I shouldn't be contemplating their software. Your input, help, opinions would be much appreciated.

Thanks Jerry



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#48806 Mar 17, 2012

I have used Starry Night pro for a few years. I have only recently used it

for telescope control. It's a nice package, with all the standard bells

and whistles.



I was making a leap into astrophotography (bigger, better camera, purchased

MaximDL Pro) and thought I needed something different for telescope

control, observation planning, etc. So I popped for "The Sky". Their

support is great. I went for this package due to the ability to do image

solutions. I liked the fact that it would take a FITS image and match it

exactly to the map.

Regarding support, I had an issue just the other day.... posted it on the

support board and had an answer within the hour... downloaded the daily

build and my problem was solved.



The one package that now looks very interesting to me is SkyTools 3 Pro by

Skyhound. The Observation planner looks really nice.... database goes to

20th magnitude... and it's a little cheaper than either Starry Night or The

Sky. It comes in at about $180. There's a trial version available... you

might want to give it a try. If I hadn't already spent the money on The

Sky X pro, I would be checking this one out.



Good luck!



FS

On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM, adogdocz docz@...> wrote:



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> Is anyone using "Starry Night Pro" as Telescope Control. I have the

> Special Edition version Orion gives you when you buy a mount but it is

> another $250 to upgrade to the full version. Is it worth the money? Is

> there another software that is better? I have an older unsupported verision

> of "The Sky" but the company wants full price to get the latest version and

> I understand that they charge big time for support. I talked to them via

> phone and I came away with the very distinct impression that unless I drive

> a Ferrari and consider The Hilton a second rate hotel I shouldn't be

> contemplating their software. Your input, help, opinions would be much

> appreciated.

> Thanks Jerry

>

>

>





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#48813 Mar 18, 2012

Hi Jerry.



I have the limited Orion edition of SN and had a fully functional version of SN Pro 6 (for trial). I stopped using SN, I had intermitent crashes of the Pro version with Win 7 64bit, and their support was very unsatisfactory. Plus some other issues, in brief I didn't like it.



I am now using "Carte du Ciel" (Skycharts), a rather good free software, ASCOM compliant, which you should consider (www.ap-i.net/skychart/start). It all depends of what you expect from a planetarium software, i.e. simple scope control and all standard functionalities (most planetarium software have these) or more. Starry Night has much more sophisticated functions and is more graphical, which can be useful for educational purposes for example.



"Stellarium" is free also. ASCOM compliant but with the addtition of "Stellarium Scope".



Good luck.



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "adogdocz" docz@...> wrote:

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> Is anyone using "Starry Night Pro" as Telescope Control. I have the Special Edition version Orion gives you when you buy a mount but it is another $250 to upgrade to the full version. Is it worth the money? Is there another software that is better? I have an older unsupported verision of "The Sky" but the company wants full price to get the latest version and I understand that they charge big time for support. I talked to them via phone and I came away with the very distinct impression that unless I drive a Ferrari and consider The Hilton a second rate hotel I shouldn't be contemplating their software. Your input, help, opinions would be much appreciated.

> Thanks Jerry

>



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#48816 Mar 19, 2012

I have SN pro, but like TheSkyX way better. Especially if you are going to pay for it.



I don't know if this is piracy or not but if you go to starry nights site (which is down right now) and click registration, you will get a full version key for free.



If the manufacture gives out free keys on their site, is it considered piracy?



Dave Goodyear

KB2 Networks Inc.









From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of adogdocz

Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:13 PM

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Subject: [MaxImDL] Question RE: Starry Night Pro







Is anyone using "Starry Night Pro" as Telescope Control. I have the Special Edition version Orion gives you when you buy a mount but it is another $250 to upgrade to the full version. Is it worth the money? Is there another software that is better? I have an older unsupported verision of "The Sky" but the company wants full price to get the latest version and I understand that they charge big time for support. I talked to them via phone and I came away with the very distinct impression that unless I drive a Ferrari and consider The Hilton a second rate hotel I shouldn't be contemplating their software. Your input, help, opinions would be much appreciated.

Thanks Jerry







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