TheSky Imaging Edition

TheSky Imaging Edition combines the power of TheSkyX Professional Edition, with the flexible Camera module and TPoint telescope pointing to help you thrive in a digital world.

Please click here to read why you’ll love TheSky Imaging Edition!

To get started, choose the operating system (labeled OS below) from the drop-down list. The total cost is $595 ($100 for the first year’s subscription plus a one-time $495 sign up fee).

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Description

Cross Platform Capable

TheSky Imaging Edition is available for macOS, Linux  and Windows
operating systems (sold separately).

Carefully Crafted Interior and Exterior

Virtually every feature is designed to emphasize ease of use and
aesthetics.

 

Extreme Performance

Hardware acceleration ensures refresh rates are smooth and fast.

Extensive Imaging Equipment Control

Command your mount, camera, focuser, rotator, guider, filter wheel and more all from one convenient space.

* Want to access every OS? Check out the optional Multi-OS and Six License Add On.

Click on the Standard features tab above to learn more.

Additional information

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OS

macOS, Windows, Linux x86_64, Linux ARM_32

TheSky Imaging Edition User Guide

Standard Features and Sample Screens

TheSky Imaging Edition, on Mac, Windows, Linux or the Raspberry Pi, is your astronomy toolkit and is loaded with features you want.  The table below lists most of the significant features.  In addition to these standard features, TheSky Imaging Edition includes all the features found in the popular Camera Module and TPoint Module.

Feature

Sample Screen

Explanation

Display an Interactive
Sky
Chart

Looking up at dusk.

Looking North.

The flexible interactive Sky Chart shows you the simulated sky.

  • 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.

  • Click the North,
    South, East, West or Look Up
    buttons to orient the chart
    as it would appear from your backyard.

  • Change the magnification to
    show any field of view, from 235°
    down to 30 arc seconds across.

Databases of Celestial Objects
and Photos

Large databases of pictures and
photos.

Photos tab

TheSky is packed with information on millions of objects and thousands of fascinating astronomical 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).

Databases of Objects and Photos

Solar System

  • Sun
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth (in 3D Solar System)
  • Earth’s Moon
  • The Moon
  • Mars
  • Mars’ Moons
  • Io
  • Europa
  • Ganamede
  • Callisto
  • Jupiter
  • Jupiter’s Moons
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
  • Comets (up
    to 1100 at a time)
  • Asteroids (just shy of 1 million)
  • Satellites (up to 10,000)

Non-Stellar Objects

  • 7,431 objects from the New General Catalog (NGC)
  • Index Catalog (IC)

Stars

  • Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog, 1.2 million stars
  • Hubble Guide Star Catalog,  14 million stars
  • TheSkyX Professional Edition distributes a subset of the UCAC4 star catalog that contains approximately 30 million stars more or less evenly distributed across the celestial
    sphere.  This catalog is ideal for determining the astrometric solution of photos with moderate to wide fields of view using Image Link. The limiting magnitude of the UCAC4 Subset catalog is approximately 14.

Optional support for:

  • The complete UCAC4
    star catalog.
  • The complete NOMAD
    (80 GB) star catalog.

TheSkyX also includes:

  • 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
What’s Up Tonight

What’s
Up? Report

Hertzsprung-Russell
diagram

Wide-field
chart showing the location of Saturn tonight.

The simplified observing list includes a What’s Up? query that lets
you specify the viewing time, your optical aid (naked eye, binocular,
or small telescope) and which objects you’re interested in seeing
tonight; TheSkyX’s What Up? command generates a report for you, complete with fascinating descriptions about many deep-space objects, sample photographs of the object (when available), and Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagrams for stars.

You can scroll through each object in the report and watch the Sky Chart update to show you exactly where to look for the object.

Create and Show Field of View Indicators (FOVIs)

FOVI
around the Horsehead nebula

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

Iridium
Flare Report

Predict and watch simulated Iridium Flares directly from TheSky.

Watch
Animated Tours

Tour
showing the Sun’s analemma

TheSky includes animated tours that you can watch, learn, or show others basic astronomy concepts.

Supplied Tours include:

  • 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 2008

  • Rotation and Phase of Venus 2008

  • 10-yeaar View of Saturn from Earth

  • Venus and Mercury Annual Paths

  • What was that? Iridium Flare Sample

  • Winter Constellations

Tabbed/Dockable/Floating Windows

Tabbed windows on the Sky Chart.

By default, commonly used features can be accessed by clicking the
appropriate tab on the left side of the Sky Chart.

List of the standard docking windows:

Tours window – Watch animations related to many interesting astronomical concepts.

Find window – Easily locate any object by name, catalog number and many other designations.

Chart Elements window – Lets you turn on and off, or filter by
upper and lower magnitude or angular size, elements on the Sky
Chart, including:

    • Non-stellar objects (Type C, elliptical, lenticular, spiral, irregular galaxies and clusters of galaxies; bright, dark and planetary nebulas; open and globular clusters and clusters plus nebulosity; probable NGC stars, other NGC objects)

    • Solar system objects (the Moon, planets, small solar system objects including Pluto, comets and asteroids, the Sun, and planets’ moons) and satellites.

    • Stellar objects (stars, double stars, suspected variables and variables).

    • Date & Time window – Includes controls to specify the current date and time, including a calendar control showing the phases of the moon, a context menu button to set specific times (now, sunrise, noon, sunset, midnight, morning, new moon, first quarter, last quarter, full moon, moonrise, moonset, vernal (spring) equinox, summer solstice, autumnal equinox, winter solstice or any Julian date), advance/retreat time controls and more.

Labels window – Turn on and off the names of objects, including:

  • asterisms
  • asteroids
  • comets
  • common non-stellar
    objects
  • direction markers
    (NSEW)
  • Messier objects
  • meteor shower
    radiants
  • planets, dwarf
    planets, the moon, planets’ moons, and the sun
  • stars, including the Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, and common names

Photos
window – Show color or black and white photographs for thousands of deep-sky objects.

Each tab represents a separate window that can be moved and sized to your liking.

Find Objects

Simple
Find

A list of common names that match the letters you type appears automatically.

Advanced tab

All object in TheSky’s
databases can be found in the Advanced list.

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,
including:

Finding Stars by:

    • Common name (a list of common names that match the
      letters you type appears automatically)
    • Bayer designation
    • Flamsteed designation
    • General Catalog of Variable Star (GCVS) designation
    • Non-stellar variable star (NSV) designation
    • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Catalog
      number
    • Struve designation
    • Washington Catalog of Double Star designation

Finding Non-stellar objects by:

    • Caldwell number
    • Common name
    • Herschel number
    • Index Catalog number (IC)
    • Lorenzin Catalog number
    • New General Catalog (NGC/IC Project) number
    • Principle Galaxy Catalog number (PGC)
    • Principle Galaxy Catalog cross-reference number
    • Zwicky designation
    • Arakelian Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Catalog of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies (CGCG)
      designation
    • David Dunlop Observatory Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Fairall Catalog of Galaxies  designation
    • Karachentseva Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Kazaryan UV Galaxies designation
    • Kiso UV Galaxies designation
    • Second Byurakay Survey designation
    • Tololo Galaxies designation
    • Uppsala General Catalog of Galaxies (UGC)designation
    • University of Michigan Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Virgo Cluster Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Weinberger Catalog of Galaxies designation
    • Planetary Nebula designation (PLN)
    • Saguaro Astronomy Club Deep-Space Object catalog
      (SAC)

Finding Solar System Objects:

    • Comet’s by name
    • Asteriod by name or number
    • Moon
    • Satellites
    • Sun
    • Mercury
    • Venus
    • Mars
    • Jupiter
    • Saturn
    • Uranus
    • Jupiter
    • Saturn
    • Uranus
    • Neptune
    • Pluto

Finding the Constellations by:

  • Common name
  • Abbreviation

Find 70 Common Asterisms

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 on Celestial
Objects

Object
Information reports are configurable to show as much, or as little
information as you need.

Click on any object, or use the Find
command
to show extensive information on celestial objects,
including:

    • Object type (star, cluster, galaxy, nebula, etc.)
    • 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

*Please note that not every database or every
object in a particular database used by TheSky contains information about every parameter listed above. For example, most astronomical catalogs do not
contain an object’s distance to Earth information.

Sample Object Information

The table below lists the typical information displayed for
different classifications of objects.

Object Type Information

Stars

Polaris
SAO 308
GSC 4628:237, HIP 11767, PPM 431, HD 8890, B+88 8
Flamsteed-Bayer: 1-Alpha Ursae Minoris
Spectral: F7:Ib-IIv SB** Data from Hipparcos Catalog****Proper motion (mas/yr): RA = 44.22, Dec = -11.74
Magnitudes Bt: 2.756, Vt: 2.067
Parallax: 7.560 mas, 132.2751 pc
Distance: 431.42 light-years, 27283753.74 astronomical units
Magnitude: 1.97
RA: 02h 34m 10.632s Dec: +89°15’58.530″
RA: 02h 31m 49.084s Dec: +89°15’50.794″ (Epoch 2000)
Azm: 359°35’34” Alt: +39°05’34”
Always above horizon. Transit: 05:40
Hour angle: 10h 16m 39.2s Air mass: 1.59
Position error: 0.60 mas

Deep-space
objects

Great Nebula in Orion
Orion Nebula
M42
NGC 1976
Other description: Nebula.
Constellation: Ori
Dreyer description: A magnificent (or otherwise interesting)
object! Theta1 Ori and the great nebula; = M42.
Magnitude: 4.0
RA: 05h 35m 27.3s Dec: -05°26’49”
RA: 05h 35m 24.0s Dec: -05°27’00” (Epoch 2000)
Azm: 279°11’58” Alt: -19°16’00”
Rise: 02:56 Transit: 08:40 Set: 14:24
Size:66.0′
Hour angle: 07h 22m 24.6s
From Polaris:
Angular separation: 94°56’15”
Position angle: +134°09′

Comets,
Minor Planets, Satellites

Satellite: OKEAN 3 (#21397U)
Latitude: 61°15’15” Longitude: 98°01’11”
Height: 633.92
Range: 2623.0 Range Rate: 6.8134.
Phase angle: 68.4
Rates ra: 110.0274 dec:-223.6962 (arcsecs/sec)
RA: 23h 47m 16.6s Dec: +52°14’26”
RA: 23h 47m 11.7s Dec: +52°13’53” (Epoch 2000)
Azm: 09°18’05” Alt: +02°56’44”
Rise: 00:00 Transit: 00:00 Set: 00:00
Hour angle: -10h 58m 58.2s Air mass: 15.25
From Eltanin:
Angular separation: 50°38’20”
Position angle: +52°20′

Planets,
Sun, Moon

Jupiter
Rise: 2:14 AM on 8/20/2001
Transit: 9:39 AM on 8/20/2001
Set: 5:04 PM on 8/20/2001
RA: 06h 34m 48.4s Dec: +22°58’12”
Azm: 291°37’52” Alt: +10°00’36” (with refraction:
+10°05’58”)
Phase: 99.426%, Apparent magnitude: -2.06
Heliocentric ecliptical coordinates:
l: 89°19’16.1″ b: -00°15’12.1″ r: 5.122584
Geometric geocentric ecliptical coordinates:
l: +98°01’05” b: -00°13’37” r: 5.715020
Mean geometric ecliptical coordinates:
l: +98°00’56” b: -00°13’38” r: 5.714970
True equatorial coordinates: RA: 06h 34m 49s Dec: +22°58’13”
Physical Data
DE: 2.15°, DS: 2.32°, Position angle: 4.57°.
Longitude of central meridian:
System I: 72.28°, System II: 170.48°
Correction for phase: 0.33
Apparent equatorial diameter: 34.4
Apparent polar diameter: 32.2Rates RA: 0.0083 Dec: -0.0004 (arcsecs/sec)

 

Select Different Photographs for the
Panoramic Horizon

Software
Bisque Observatory

New
Mexico Skies

Mountain
horizon.

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

Chart
Elements tab.

Turning on and off individual, selected or all object classifications or “chart elements” is easy with the Chart Elements window.

Show Reference Lines and Photos

Reference Lines and Reference Photos

Show the following reference lines and reference photos.

Constellation Figures from:

  • Astronomy Magazine
  • H.A. Rey
  • Patrick Moore
  • Sky & Telescope Magazine
  • TheSky/Software Bisque
  • Will Tirion
  • Milky Way Galaxy (Isophotes,Black & white photo,Full color photo)
  • Constellation Boundaries
  • 70 popular Asterisms
  • Ecliptic line
  • Equatorial Grid lines
  • Galactic Equator
  • Horizon Grid lines
  • Meridian
  • Celestial North/South Arrow
Show Object Names (Object Labels)

Object Name Labels

TheSky can show the names and labels for the following:

  • 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 Appearance of Stars

Sample
star field

Star
Options window

Adjust the appearance of the stars by:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Star gradient
  • Star density
  • Size of surrounding halo
  • Spectral color or custom fill
    color
  • Spectral color saturation
Customize Tool bars to Access Commands
You Want

Look
tool bar

Orientation
tool bar

Tool
bars positioned around the Star Chart

Six standard tool bars contain buttons to access many frequently used commands.

You can also add your own custom tool bars for the commands you
use most.  The size of the buttons on the tool bars are configurable, as well as the content of the buttons (show
a graph, or text or both on the button).

The position of the tool bars can be customized.  Show them as floating windows, or drag and drop them anywhere along the edges Star Chart window.

Chart Status window

Chart Status window with configurable report

The Chart Status window shows a continuously updated information about the current chart. Choose from the following list of status report options:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Julian Date
  • Universal Time (UT)
  • Local Sidereal Time (LST)
  • Location Description
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Time Zone
  • Elevation
  • Screen Center Right
    Ascension (RA)
  • Screen Center Declination (Dec)
  • Screen Center Right
    Azimuth (Az)
  • Screen Center Altitude (Alt)
  • Screen Field Width
  • Screen Rotation
  • Cursor X position
  • Cursor Y position
  • Cusor Constellation
  • Cursor Right Ascension/Declination (RA/Dec)
  • Cursor Azimuth/Altitude
    (Azm/Alt)
Show/Hide Scroll Bars

Chart with optional scroll bars turned on

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

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

Minimum
(30 arcseconds)

Telescope
(1°)

Finder
(10°)

Binocular
(50°)

Wide Field
(180°)

Maximum
(235°)

Custom Field of View window.

Built-in command to show the following fields of view:

  • Minimum (30 arcseconds)

  • Telescope (1°)

  • Finder (10°)

  • Binocular (50°)

  • Naked Eye (100°)

  • Wide Field (180°)

  • Maximum (235°)

Or, define any number of custom fields of view using the Custom Fields of View dialog.

Navigate the Celestial Sphere

Navigate
to any coordinate using the Screen Center tab on the Navigate
window.

Navigate
the Celestial Sphere.

The Navigate window let’s you:

  • 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.
  • View the entire celestial sphere, and click on the constellation
    you want to view.
  • Rotate the Sky Chart to any orientation to match your
    photographs.
Control the Date and Time

The
Date & Time window.

Custom
Time Flow Increments and Rates window.

Date
& Time tool bar.

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,
including:

  • Use Computer’s Clock button
    to set time to now.

  • Date & Time Control to
    manually enter any date and time.

  • Calender control to set any
    date. The control also displays the phases of the moon for
    each month.

 The Date & Time tab allows you to specify specific times, including:

  • Now (computer’s clock)

  • Sunrise

  • Noon

  • Sunset

  • Midnight

  • Morning (begin twilight)

  • Evening (end twilight)

  • New Moon

  • First Quarter

  • Last Quarter

  • Full Moon

  • Moonrise

  • Moonset

  • Specific Julian Date

The Date & Time tab allows you to control the rate that time changes, or the increment of time to advance or retreat in time. The default increments include:

  • 1x

  • 10x

  • 100x

  • 1000x

  • 10000x

  • 1 second

  • 1 minute

  • 1 hour

  • 1 day

  • 1 Lunar Month

  • 1 Year

  • Sunrise

  • Sunset

  • Start Twilight

  • End Twilight

 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

Earth
Map tab on the Location window.

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.

  • Select your location
    by clicking on a map of the Earth. Regions of Daylight/nighttime
    are shown on this map for convenience.

  • Enter your USA zip
    code.

  • Automatically retrieve
    your location using your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP)
    address.

  • Manually enter your
    location by specifying a description and your longitude, latitude
    (in hour/minutes/seconds or decimal degrees), elevation, time
    zone and Daylight Saving option (DSO).

Create Solar System Object Paths

Mercury
morning visibility in 2008.

Create a “path” that represents the future or past positions
of the Sun, planets (including Pluto), Moon, comets and asteroids. The screen to the left shows the position of Mercury each evening for one year.

Find and View Solar
and Lunar Eclipses with the Eclipse Viewer

Solar
Eclipse Viewer.

Example
lunar eclipse view.

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.

Solar Eclipses

TheSky shows every solar eclipse for the next twenty years (or so) from the current date (starting from any date).

Select an eclipse from the list and the three-dimensional view of the Earth gives the local circumstances:

  • Whether or not it
    is visible from the current location.

  • Annular, total central,
    annular central, partial, or hybrid designation.

  • Time
    of eclipse start

  • Time of greatest
    eclipse

  • Time of eclipse
    end

  • The line of the
    central eclipse, and the rise/set curve, shadow limits, and
    eclipse shadow for the Earth’s umbra and penumbra can be shown.

You can adjust the viewing distance from Earth using the Solar Viewing Distance Slider.

Lunar Eclipses

As with solar eclipses, the next twenty years of lunar eclipses are listed. Select one from the list to view it’s local circumstances, including:

  • The type of lunar
    eclipse (partial, penumbral, total)

  • The date and time
    when the eclipse begins

When a lunar eclipse is selected,
the Sky Chart is updated to show the Earth’s penumbra and umbra
and the position of the moon at the start of the eclipse.

Find Conjunctions with the Conjunction
Finder

Conjunction
Finder window.

View
of actual conjunction.

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 Major Moons of Jupiter and Saturn

View
Jupiter’s major moons.

View
Saturn’s major moons.

View the positions of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s major moons.

Display or
Print Calendars showing the Moon’s Phase and other information

Monthly
calendar.

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

Moon
Photo Viewer

Location
of Moon Viewer Photo on Sky Chart’s Moon

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.

View the Solar System in Three Dimensions
using the 3D Solar System Viewer

Three
dimensional system simulator.

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

3D view of the
stars.

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

Bevis Constellation
Drawings

Show detailed drawings for all or selected constellations.

Simulate the Daytime
Sky

Sunset
at the Mt. Wilson Institute Observatory.

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

Full
screen view.

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

Show
Sky 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 displays Sky Chart to look more like what you would see in a book of star charts, or how a printed chart might look.

Create Publication-Quality
Star Charts. Graphics
and
PDF Output

Exported
chart (JPG)

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 TheSky.

Print and Export Star Charts

Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use.

Click to Drag the Sky Chart to Change
Field of View

Click and drag the mouse and drag the sky chart to change its position.

Rotate the
Sky Chart to any position angle

Screen
rotation tab.

Use the Rotate tab on the Orientation > Navigate window to rotate the Sky Chart to any angle to match your field of view or photo’s
orientation.

Database Manager to Add/Remove
Core and Additional Sky Databases
(SDBs)

Database
Manager window.

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 TheSky.

Compute
and View Stellar Proper Motion

Chart
showing proper motion arrows.

Configure
Stellar Proper Motion

Stars’ proper motion lets you:

  • Watch stars move over time.

  • Show proper motion arrows
    (or proper motion “vectors” that specify the magnitude
    and direction of the star’s motion over time).

Friendly and Extensive User Guide

TheSky User Guide teaches you many fundamental principles about astronomy and relates them to TheSkyX software. This document is available in three different digital formats to satisfy any preference:

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

  • Application Help-Based Format

  • Web-based HTML5 Format

Note that a printed copy of the 800+ page TheSky User Guide is not available. If a printed copy is required, Software Bisque can grant permission to have a copy printed and bound by your local printing shop.

Display
235 degrees to 30 arcsecond fields of view

Wide
field showing the Milky Way

Zoomed
in on Jupiter and Europa.

Simulate the celestial sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.

Limit
the Magnitude and/or teh Angular Size of Object Types on Sky Chart

Filter
objects by magnitude (upper and lower)…

and
limit by angular size.

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 Small Solar System Objects,
including Comets, Asteroids and Man-Made Satellites

Import
Comets

Import
Asteroids (numerically integrated)

Import
All Asteroids (over 965,000 known asteroids, and counting)

Import
Satellites

  • Show the positions of up to 1000 comets, all known asteroids (about 740,000 presently),
    and a virtually unlimited number of satellites.

  • TheSkyX can import the updated “orbital elements data sets” (the data that is needed to accurately compute the positions of these objects) directly from the web. Comets and asteroids can also be updated from the web by entering the object’s name.

Create Observing Lists

 

Observing
List Options

Observing
List (vertical orientation)

Observing
List (horizontal orientation)

TheSky makes generating an observing list from this complex
query simple!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.

Advanced control for your Go To or Push To
Telescope

 

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