Planetarium Software

Redshift 7 Premium is a comprehensive guide to the heavens. A huge panorama of the Milky Way, photo-realistic horizons and a 3-D flight out of our galaxy are only a few ways in which Redshift turns astronomy into a breathtaking and inspiring experience. Countless unique features such as telescope and joystick control, over 100 multimedia tours, macro recorder to create your own tours, online access to the Digitized Sky Survey and Google Maps, high quality videos, animations and the extensive help make Redshift 7 Premium the indispensable guide to the night skies.

•Realistic 3-D model of our galaxy with 3-D flights
•More than 2.5 million stars, planets and Deep Sky objects
•Includes exoplanets an dwarf planets
•New Horizon Panoramas für Earth, Moon and Mars
•Direct access to star catalogs SIMBAD and SOHO
•Download of new discoveries and orbital data of satellites, comets and asteroids from the latest object databases on the Internet into the main Redshift database. Updates are provided at least twice a month.
•Comprehensive observation planner for your in-the-field observation
•Direct link to for the exchange of guided tours and workspaces

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Product Kind Price Demo Author/Publisher
Cartes du Ciel free   yes Bruce Skelly
Celestia free   yes Chris Laurel
Digital Universe commercial $100 Syzygy Research & Technology
Hipparchus commercial $50 yes sofTouch APpLications
MacAstronomica shareware $25 yes Easysoft Creations
MacStronomy commercial $60 yes Etlon Software
MPj Equinox shareware $29 yes MicroProjects
Night Vision free   yes Brian Simpson
SkyORB free   yes realtech VR
Sky Sentinel Planetarium commercial $50 yes Procyon
Stargazer's Delight shareware $29 yes Ruedi Schmid
Starry Night commercial $34 - 149 yes Sienna Software
Stellarium free   yes Fabien Chereau
TheSkyX commercial $99 no Software Bisque
Voyager commercial $150-200 no Carina Software
Where is M13? free   yes Think Astronomy
Xephem free   source Elwood Charles Downey

Product Kind Price Demo Author/Publisher
Adastra Freestar free   yes Coeli Software Products
Alien Sun commercial $50 yes EKN Enterprises
AlphaCentaure freeware   yes Francois Nguyen
AstroMB commercial $50 yes MBCAA
AstroViewer shareware $12 yes Dirk Matussek
Astronomica shareware $25 yes Piotr Czerski
Atlas du Ciel shareware $50 yes Mario Groleau
Coeli - Stella 2000 shareware $49 yes Coeli Software Products
Coelix commercial $28 no
Cartes du Ciel free   yes Patrick Chevalley
Celestia free   yes Chris Laurel
Celestial Maps free   yes Ovidiu Vaduvescu
CoolSky shareware $25 yes Piotr Czerski
CyberSky shareware $28 yes Stephen Michael Schimpf
C2A freeware   yes Philippe Deverchere
Dance of the Planets commercial $95 - 145 no ARC Science Simulations
Deepsky Astronomy Software shareware $25 - 43 yes Steven S. Tuma
Deep-Sky Planner commercial $72-$81 no Knightware
Deep Space commercial $79 yes David Chandler
Desktop Universe commercial $199 yes Main Sequence Software
Distant Suns commercial $35 yes Mike Smithwick
Earth Centered Universe shareware $55 yes Nova Astronomics
EasySky commercial $45 yes Matthias Busch
Electric Astrolabe free   yes James E. Morrison
Epoch 2000sk commercial $149 - 179 no Meade
Expert Astronomer commercial $12 no MediaMart; Expert Software
GrayStel commercial £75 no GrayStel Software
Guide commercial $89 no Project Pluto
HNSky free   yes Han_Kleijn
Home Planet free   yes John Walker
HyperSky commercial $50 yes Willmann-Bell
Kagayaki shareware $40-120 yes Seeds Box
MegaStar commercial $129 yes E.L.B. Software
MIRAPLA free   yes MSB
MoonCalc free   yes Monzur Ahmed
MyStars! shareware $17 yes Relative Data Products
Night Vision free   yes Brian Simpson
NGCView commercial $50 yes Rainman Software
Nuit free   yes René Meader
OpenUniverse free   yes Raœl Alonso
PC-Sky commercial $39 no CapellaSoft
Perseus commercial $190 yes ELitalia
Planetarium Gold commercial $20 no JC Research
PlanetWatch shareware $20 yes Galen Raben
PRiSM comercial $150 no Axilone Multimedia
Power Age Sky Simulator shareware $35 yes George Dragandjikov
Redshift commercial $60 no Maris Multimedia
RIA3D Live Solar System commercial $30 yes
Sky3D shareware $35 yes Corvus Software
SkyChart III commercial $50 yes Southern Stars
Sky Atlas commercial $20 yes Piotr Bednarczuk
Skyglobe shareware ? ? KlassM Software
SkyMap commercial $55 - 89 yes Chris Marriott
SkyPlot shareware $10 yes Gerry Santoro
SkyTools commercial $99 no CapellaSoft
Solar Kingdom commercial $49 yes Silverfrost
SPICA free   yes Guillaume Richard
STAR Atlas:PRO commercial $66 no Paul Mayo
StarCalc free   yes Alexander E. Zavalishin
StarChartGL free   yes James Fitzjohn
Stargaze free   yes Ray Middleton
Starry free   yes  
Starry Night commercial $34 - 149 yes Sienna Software
StarScape commercial $70 no Zephyr Services
StarStrider shareware $38 yes FMJ-Software
Stella 2000 shareware $49 yes Swimming Elk Software
Stellaris shareware $20 yes Nick Heyworth
Stellarium free   yes Fabien Chereau
TheSky commercial $129 - 249 no Software Bisque
Touring The Universe Through Binoculars Atlas free   yes Phil Harrington
Virtual Sky shareware $28 yes Astronomiesoftware Dings
Where is M13? free   yes Think Astronomy
WinStars free   yes Franck Richard

(Linux, Solaris, OS X, etc)
Product Kind Price Demo Author/Publisher
Celestia free   yes Chris Laurel
Cartes du Ciel free   yes Patrick Chevalley
OpenUniverse free   yes Raœl Alonso
KStars free   yes Jason Harris
Night Vision free   yes Brian Simpson
Skymap free   yes Doug Mink
Stellarium free   yes Fabien Chereau
Where is M13? free   yes Think Astronomy
Xephem free   source Elwood Charles Downey
Xplns free   yes Osamu Ajiki
Xsky free   yes Terry R. Friedrichsen

Product Platform Kind Price Demo Author/Publisher
Astromist Palm, WinCE Commercial $16 yes Cyrille Thieullet
Astronomy for the Palm OS Palm Shareware $10 yes Hans Anger
AstroHTML WinCE commercial ? ? SanSoft
Astro Info Palm free Peter Enzerink
Google Sky Map Android free   Google
HPlanetarium HP free   Khanh-Dang Nguyen Thu-Lam
Personal Sky Chart Zaurus commercial $30 yes Clear Sky Institute
Planetarium for PalmPilot Palm Shareware $24 yes Andreas Hofer
Planisphere Palm Shareware $10 yes Ivan Baciga
PleiadAtlas Palm Shareware $10 yes Brian Tung
Pocket Deepsky 2000 WinCE commercial $20 no Steven S. Tuma
Pocket StarCalc WinCE commercial $30 yes RELEX Design Studio
Pocket Stars WinCE commercial $15 yes Nomad Electronics
Pocket Universe WinCE commercial $30 yes Sticky Software
Solun Psion free   David Rushall
SkyVoyager iPhone commercial $15 no Carina Software
Star Map iPhone commercial $12 no Frédéric Descamps
Star Pilot Palm commercial $30 yes Chris DiPierro
StarTrak Psion free   Steve Jones
TheSky WinCE commercial $49 no Software Bisque
VITO AstroNavigator PocketPC commercial $25 yes Eugene Pikalov
2sky Palm commercial $30 yes Kevin S. Polk

Product Kind Price Demo Author/Publisher
Night Vision Night Vision free   yes Brian Simpson
SkyGate commercial $59 yes AstroGrafx
The COSMOS commercial $49 no MENSYS

Note: prices are in US dollars exclusive of shipping/handling charges and rounded to the nearest dollar (and probably out of date).


Sky Survey

The ultimate planetarium is the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, a set of images covering the entire sky taken with professional telescopes. The printed version is extremely expensive but it has now been digitized and is available in 10x compressed form on the Web from STScI and NASA and in 100x compressed form on 10 CDROMs from ASP. The CDROM version can be accessed from TheSky and several others; the online version can be accessed from Starry Night and a few others.

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