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Software Bisque TheSkyX Professional Edition Astronomy Software - Macintosh - SKYXPROMACSN

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Software Bisque TheSkyX Professional Software


TheSkyX Pro is used by astronomy professionals and advanced amateur astronomers around the world. Control your observatory dome as well as your computerized telescope mount with this native Mac OS X (Universal) or Windows application, add custom sky databases, perform periodic error correction on the Paramount ME, integrate with CCDSoft Version 5, and perform astrometric solutions with Image Link. Those are just a few of the highlights of TheSkyX Pro, and we haven’t touched on the multitude of Sky Chart features that make TheSkyX software from Software Bisque the ultimate solution for knowledge-hungry amateur astronomers everywhere.


Features Unique to TheSkyX Professional Version



  • Support for Optional Astronomical Catalogs: TheSkyX Pro Database Add On supports the following catalogs:
    UCAC3, NOMAD (requires the optional TheSkyX Professional Edition Database Add On), and 10x Palomar Digitized Sky Survey (via web or disc-based)


  • Telescope Control: Supports Software Bisque's Paramount ME and Paramount MX Robotic Telescope mounts.



  • Add Custom Sky Databases: Generate a Sky Database (SDB) from any text source (from Simbad, VizieR, Aladin for example).



  • Advanced Paramount ME Periodic Error Correction: The functionality from PrecisionPEC for Windows is now integrated into TheSkyX Professional Edition's native Paramount ME and Paramount MX interface. You don't need to purchase additional software to get the ultimate periodic error correction for your mount.


  • Image Link: Image Link and precision automated astrometry. "Plate solving" has never been easier, faster, more reliable or more accurate.


  • FITS File Support: Open, view and save FITS format photos and display the FITS header information directly from TheSkyX Pro.


  • Automation/Scripting: TheSkyX Professional Edition includes an extensive scripting/automation model, and is backward compatible with TheSky6 Professional Edition's scripting/automation model. This allows you to use TheSkyX Pro with third-party Windows observatory control applications.



  • Mosaic: Easily photograph an area of the sky that is larger than a single CCD or film photograph can cover, or to systematically survey sections of the sky (as when searching for comets or asteroids).



  • Create Tours: Create, view and generate Quicktime movies of astronomical events.



  • Photo Overlays: Overlay your CCD or other photos directly on the Sky Chart.



  • High Resolution Star Charts: Export high-resolution (vector- and raster-based) star charts.



  • View Digitized Sky Survey Photos: Access Digitized Sky Survey photos from the web or using the RealSky or Digitized Sky Survey media-based formats.



  • CCDSoft Integration: Integration with CCDSoft Version 5 (identical to TheSky6 Professional's integration with CCDSoft).


  • Camera Add On: Basic SBIG CCD camera control (on both Mac and Windows) for automated pointing calibration.



  • Automated Telescope Pointing Calibration: Automated telescope pointing calibration (a.k.a. "automated mapping" or "automap") makes collecting your pointing data a breeze.


  • Astronomical Dome Control: Optional Dome Control Add On that can control your dome (similar to AutomaDome for Windows).


  • Database Add On: The optional TheSkyX Professional Edition Database Add On includes new star and other object databases (including the 80 GB NOMAD star catalog and the 8 GB UCAC3 star catalog, and the 10x Palomar Sky Survey.



  • Multi OS and Six License Add On: Optional Multi-OS and Six License Add On covers all your operating systems and observatory computer installation needs.

More Features of TheSkyX Professional Edition



  • Native Telescope Control: If you have a computerized telescope or mount from a major manufacturer like Celestron, Meade, Takahashi, AstroPhysics, Losmandy, iOptron, Orion, Sky-Watcher, or Vixen, adding this software to your PC or Mac (this is the Mac version) will allow you to control your telescope from your desktop, and do so from a screen that is rich with graphics and celestial details. Telescope control is tightly integrated with observing lists, TPoint, FOVI-based Star Search, Sky Charts, and more.

  • An Astronomical Object Database! A giant selection of astronomical catalogs will be at your fingertips when you choose TheSkyX Pro Edition. Besides the standard database of over a million objects, you will also have access to the Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog, the Hubble Guide Star Catalog, the General Catalog of Variable Stars, the New Suspected Variables catalog, the Washington Catalog of Double Stars, the Messier Catalog, the Principle Catalog of Galaxies, the NGC, the Index Catalog (IC), Planetary Nebulae, Lorenzin, SAC, Herschel, Caldwell, and more!

  • Field of View Overlay: Overlay your own telescope’s field of view indicator on Sky Charts. Choose from a database of hundreds of telescopes, eyepieces, and cameras to define the field of view, or create a custom FOV if you desire.

  • Custom Observing Lists: Create and save custom observing lists. 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 Pro Edition makes generating an observing list from this complex query a simple task.

  • Custom Star Chart Elements: Add custom chart elements, including objects like stars & galaxies, areas of interest,labels, chart scale, Telrad Finders, arrows, lines, ellipses, and graphics.

  • Option to Add TPoint: Add the optional TPoint from the SkyX menu bar. If you add TPoint, you will be able to improve your GoTo telescope’s pointing accuracy


  • Display an Interactive Star Chart: Input any date & time from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 to show a beautiful star chart for your location. Click the North, South, East, West or Look Up buttons to see what the sky looks like from your location. Show any field of view, from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.



  • Contains a HUGE Database of Over a Million Objects, Including:


    • Solar System

    • Sun

    • Mercury

    • Venus

    • Earth (in 3D Views)

    • Earth's Moon

    • Mars

    • Mars' Moons

    • Io

    • Europa

    • Ganymede

    • Callisto

    • Jupiter

    • Jupiter's Moons

    • 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)

    • Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog of 1 million stars

      • Also included:


        • 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’s you “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.

  • Predict and Watch Simulated Iridium Flares Directly from TheSkyX.


  • Comes with Animated Tours to Help You Learn, Including:


    • 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

    • Rotation and Phase of Venus

    • 10-year View of Saturn from Earth

    • Venus and Mercury Annual Paths

    • What was that? Iridium Flare Sample

    • Winter Constellations



  • Includes Stackable Windows for the Most Commonly Used Features: The Command Center window contains tabs to access the most frequently used options. By default, this window is placed to the left of the Star Chart, but can be moved to the right side, or appear as a moveable "floating" window.


  • Let’s You Find Objects Easily & Quickly: TheSkyX Pro Edition has a friendly but powerful Find command so you can easily locate any object from TheSkyX's astronomical databases. 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 About Celestial Objects When Available, Including:



    • Object type

    • 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


  • 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

    • New Mexico Skies

    • Software Bisque Observatory

    • Very Large Array

    • Winter Star Party


  • Quickly Set Chart Options with Chart Elements: Turning on and off the many different object classifications or "chart elements" is easy with the Chart Elements tab on the Command Center.


  • Display Reference Lines & 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:





    • Asterisms

    • Asteroids

    • 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:




    • 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.



  • Display Comets, Asteroids & Satellites: Show the positions of up to 1000 comets, 1000 asteroids, 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 can be updated from the web by entering the object's name.



  • Limit the Magnitude & Size of Displayed Objects: 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 235 Degrees to 30 Arc Second Fields of View: Reveal the wonders of the Celestial Sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.



  • Compute & 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).



  • Rotate the Sky Chart: Use the Rotate tab on the Orientation > Navigate dialog to rotate the Sky Chart to any angle.


  • Print & Export Star Charts: Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use.


  • Create Publication Quality Star Charts, Graphics & 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.*


    *Please include the text "Copyright Software Bisque, Inc. www.bisque.com" when publishing star charts generate by TheSkyX




  • Show Photo-Like to 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.


  • Show the Chart in 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.


  • Preserve Dark Adaptation with Night Vision Mode: Show the entire screen (and the entire desktop) predominantly red to preserve the eyes' dark adaptation (or night vision).



  • Show Detailed Constellation Figures: Show detailed drawings for all or selected constellations.


  • 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.




  • 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 High Res Images of the Moon using the Moon Viewer: 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.





  • Find & 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.



  • 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. Print and/or save as a PDF.


  • Look North, South, East, West, or Up: You'll never be lost in space! Automatically adjust the star chart for your location to look North, South, East, West or straight up (at the Zenith).


  • Navigate to any Coordinate: 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.


Minimum System Requirements - Mac



  • 2 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor

  • Macintosh OS X version 10.5 or later, including Snow Leopard (OS X version 10.6), Lion (OS X version 10.7), Mountain Lion (OS X version 10.8), Mavericks (OS X version 10.9) and Yosemite (OS X version 10.10).

  • 1024 x 600 display resolution with millions of colors

  • 512 MB RAM

  • 64 MB video RAM

  • 2.5 GB disc space

  • Mouse or other pointing device

  • DVD-ROM

  • Mouse or other pointing device

  • Keyboard
Description
Description

Software Bisque TheSkyX Professional Software

TheSkyX Pro is used by astronomy professionals and advanced amateur astronomers around the world. Control your observatory dome as well as your computerized telescope mount with this native Mac OS X (Universal) or Windows application, add custom sky databases, perform periodic error correction on the Paramount ME, integrate with CCDSoft Version 5, and perform astrometric solutions with Image Link. Those are just a few of the highlights of TheSkyX Pro, and we haven’t touched on the multitude of Sky Chart features that make TheSkyX software from Software Bisque the ultimate solution for knowledge-hungry amateur astronomers everywhere.

Features Unique to TheSkyX Professional Version

  • Support for Optional Astronomical Catalogs: TheSkyX Pro Database Add On supports the following catalogs: UCAC3, NOMAD (requires the optional TheSkyX Professional Edition Database Add On), and 10x Palomar Digitized Sky Survey (via web or disc-based)
  • Telescope Control: Supports Software Bisque's Paramount ME and Paramount MX Robotic Telescope mounts.
  • Add Custom Sky Databases: Generate a Sky Database (SDB) from any text source (from Simbad, VizieR, Aladin for example).
  • Advanced Paramount ME Periodic Error Correction: The functionality from PrecisionPEC for Windows is now integrated into TheSkyX Professional Edition's native Paramount ME and Paramount MX interface. You don't need to purchase additional software to get the ultimate periodic error correction for your mount.
  • Image Link: Image Link and precision automated astrometry. "Plate solving" has never been easier, faster, more reliable or more accurate.
  • FITS File Support: Open, view and save FITS format photos and display the FITS header information directly from TheSkyX Pro.
  • Automation/Scripting: TheSkyX Professional Edition includes an extensive scripting/automation model, and is backward compatible with TheSky6 Professional Edition's scripting/automation model. This allows you to use TheSkyX Pro with third-party Windows observatory control applications.
  • Mosaic: Easily photograph an area of the sky that is larger than a single CCD or film photograph can cover, or to systematically survey sections of the sky (as when searching for comets or asteroids).
  • Create Tours: Create, view and generate Quicktime movies of astronomical events.
  • Photo Overlays: Overlay your CCD or other photos directly on the Sky Chart.
  • High Resolution Star Charts: Export high-resolution (vector- and raster-based) star charts.
  • View Digitized Sky Survey Photos: Access Digitized Sky Survey photos from the web or using the RealSky or Digitized Sky Survey media-based formats.
  • CCDSoft Integration: Integration with CCDSoft Version 5 (identical to TheSky6 Professional's integration with CCDSoft).
  • Camera Add On: Basic SBIG CCD camera control (on both Mac and Windows) for automated pointing calibration.
  • Automated Telescope Pointing Calibration: Automated telescope pointing calibration (a.k.a. "automated mapping" or "automap") makes collecting your pointing data a breeze.
  • Astronomical Dome Control: Optional Dome Control Add On that can control your dome (similar to AutomaDome for Windows).
  • Database Add On: The optional TheSkyX Professional Edition Database Add On includes new star and other object databases (including the 80 GB NOMAD star catalog and the 8 GB UCAC3 star catalog, and the 10x Palomar Sky Survey.
  • Multi OS and Six License Add On: Optional Multi-OS and Six License Add On covers all your operating systems and observatory computer installation needs.

More Features of TheSkyX Professional Edition

  • Native Telescope Control: If you have a computerized telescope or mount from a major manufacturer like Celestron, Meade, Takahashi, AstroPhysics, Losmandy, iOptron, Orion, Sky-Watcher, or Vixen, adding this software to your PC or Mac (this is the Mac version) will allow you to control your telescope from your desktop, and do so from a screen that is rich with graphics and celestial details. Telescope control is tightly integrated with observing lists, TPoint, FOVI-based Star Search, Sky Charts, and more.
  • An Astronomical Object Database! A giant selection of astronomical catalogs will be at your fingertips when you choose TheSkyX Pro Edition. Besides the standard database of over a million objects, you will also have access to the Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog, the Hubble Guide Star Catalog, the General Catalog of Variable Stars, the New Suspected Variables catalog, the Washington Catalog of Double Stars, the Messier Catalog, the Principle Catalog of Galaxies, the NGC, the Index Catalog (IC), Planetary Nebulae, Lorenzin, SAC, Herschel, Caldwell, and more!
  • Field of View Overlay: Overlay your own telescope’s field of view indicator on Sky Charts. Choose from a database of hundreds of telescopes, eyepieces, and cameras to define the field of view, or create a custom FOV if you desire.
  • Custom Observing Lists: Create and save custom observing lists. 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 Pro Edition makes generating an observing list from this complex query a simple task.
  • Custom Star Chart Elements: Add custom chart elements, including objects like stars & galaxies, areas of interest,labels, chart scale, Telrad Finders, arrows, lines, ellipses, and graphics.
  • Option to Add TPoint: Add the optional TPoint from the SkyX menu bar. If you add TPoint, you will be able to improve your GoTo telescope’s pointing accuracy
  • Display an Interactive Star Chart: Input any date & time from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 to show a beautiful star chart for your location. Click the North, South, East, West or Look Up buttons to see what the sky looks like from your location. Show any field of view, from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.
  • Contains a HUGE Database of Over a Million Objects, Including:

    • Solar System
    • Sun
    • Mercury
    • Venus
    • Earth (in 3D Views)
    • Earth's Moon
    • Mars
    • Mars' Moons
    • Io
    • Europa
    • Ganymede
    • Callisto
    • Jupiter
    • Jupiter's Moons
    • 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)
    • Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog of 1 million stars
      • Also included:

        • 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’s you “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.
  • Predict and Watch Simulated Iridium Flares Directly from TheSkyX.
  • Comes with Animated Tours to Help You Learn, Including:

    • 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
    • Rotation and Phase of Venus
    • 10-year View of Saturn from Earth
    • Venus and Mercury Annual Paths
    • What was that? Iridium Flare Sample
    • Winter Constellations
  • Includes Stackable Windows for the Most Commonly Used Features: The Command Center window contains tabs to access the most frequently used options. By default, this window is placed to the left of the Star Chart, but can be moved to the right side, or appear as a moveable "floating" window.
  • Let’s You Find Objects Easily & Quickly: TheSkyX Pro Edition has a friendly but powerful Find command so you can easily locate any object from TheSkyX's astronomical databases. 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 About Celestial Objects When Available, Including:

    • Object type
    • 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
  • 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
    • New Mexico Skies
    • Software Bisque Observatory
    • Very Large Array
    • Winter Star Party
  • Quickly Set Chart Options with Chart Elements: Turning on and off the many different object classifications or "chart elements" is easy with the Chart Elements tab on the Command Center.
  • Display Reference Lines & 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:

    • Asterisms
    • Asteroids
    • 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:

    • 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.
  • Display Comets, Asteroids & Satellites: Show the positions of up to 1000 comets, 1000 asteroids, 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 can be updated from the web by entering the object's name.
  • Limit the Magnitude & Size of Displayed Objects: 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 235 Degrees to 30 Arc Second Fields of View: Reveal the wonders of the Celestial Sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.
  • Compute & 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).
  • Rotate the Sky Chart: Use the Rotate tab on the Orientation > Navigate dialog to rotate the Sky Chart to any angle.
  • Print & Export Star Charts: Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use.
  • Create Publication Quality Star Charts, Graphics & 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.*

    *Please include the text "Copyright Software Bisque, Inc. www.bisque.com" when publishing star charts generate by TheSkyX

  • Show Photo-Like to 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.
  • Show the Chart in 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.
  • Preserve Dark Adaptation with Night Vision Mode: Show the entire screen (and the entire desktop) predominantly red to preserve the eyes' dark adaptation (or night vision).
  • Show Detailed Constellation Figures: Show detailed drawings for all or selected constellations.
  • 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.
  • 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 High Res Images of the Moon using the Moon Viewer: 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.

  • Find & 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.
  • 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. Print and/or save as a PDF.
  • Look North, South, East, West, or Up: You'll never be lost in space! Automatically adjust the star chart for your location to look North, South, East, West or straight up (at the Zenith).
  • Navigate to any Coordinate: 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.

Minimum System Requirements - Mac

  • 2 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • Macintosh OS X version 10.5 or later, including Snow Leopard (OS X version 10.6), Lion (OS X version 10.7), Mountain Lion (OS X version 10.8), Mavericks (OS X version 10.9) and Yosemite (OS X version 10.10).
  • 1024 x 600 display resolution with millions of colors
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB video RAM
  • 2.5 GB disc space
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • DVD-ROM
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Keyboard
Specifications
Specifications
Model Number SKYXPROMACSN
Warranty Software Bisque 2 Year Mechanical, 1 Year Electronics
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