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November 2016: SkyMap 12

 

SkyMap Pro 12  and SkyMap Lite 12 are released. These new versions are fully compatible with Windows 10 and incorporate a new, fully-functioning help system. They run on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10.

 


Mar 21, 2010: Change to Comet Download URL

The location from which SkyMap comet orbital elements can be downloaded has changed; the new download URL is:

http://www.minorplanetcenter.org/iau/Ephemerides/Comets/Soft01Cmt.txt

To change the download location in SkyMap, select the "File/Preferences/Downloaded Data" menu item, and change the "URL for downloading comet data" to the value above.


Oct 4, 2008: Comet Data Updates

We have decided to stop posting regular sets of comet orbital elements. Our server logs show that they are downloaded very infrequently, and it is easy for users to store such information on a regular basis themselves, should they wish to do so. The previously-posted orbital elements have been moved to a separate page, here.


Sep 24, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 24th Sep, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 11, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 11th Sep, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 28, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 28th Aug, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 21, 2008: New catalog

Added the Van den Burgh catalog of Reflection Nebulae. Thanks to Jeff DeTray for this useful contribution.


Aug 14, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 14th Aug, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 1, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 1st Aug, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 19, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 19th July, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 10, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 10th July, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 27, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 27th June, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 15, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 15th June, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 3, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 3rd June, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 20, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 20th May, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 7, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 7th May, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 23, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 23rd Apr, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 9, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 9th Apr, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 27, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 27th March, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 13, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 13th March, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 28, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 28th Feb, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 15, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 15th Feb, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 30, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 30th Jan, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 17, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 17th Jan, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 5, 2008: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 5th Jan, 2008, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 26, 2007: New Comet Data and Merry Christmas

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 26th Dec, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2008.


Dec 13, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 13th Dec, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 29, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 29th Nov, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 15, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 15th Nov, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 1, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 1st Nov, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 19, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 19th Oct, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 6, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 6th Oct, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 22, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 22nd Sep, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 8, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 8th Sep, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 25, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 25th August, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 11, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 11th August, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 28, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 28th July, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 14, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 14th July, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 30, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 30th June, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 16, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 16th June, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 2, 2007: New data catalog, New Comet Data

A new catalog has been uploaded - the "G2V Star Catalog" containing 688 white stars that can be used to adjust the colour balance of CCD images. A set of comet orbital elements, current for 2nd June, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 19, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 19th May, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 5, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 5th May, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 21, 2007: New comet download URL. New Comet Data.

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 21st Apr, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library. The download URL for comet orbital elements has changed and needs to be changed within SkyMap Pro in order to be able to download New Comet Data from the program. Please see the comet page for more information.


Apr 7, 2007: New Comet Data. Display help pages under Vista

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 7th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library. Added a link to the SkyMap Pro FAQ page for downloading the "WinHlp32" help engine from Microsoft that is required to display SkyMap's help pages under Windows Vista.


Mar 24, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 24th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 10, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 10th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 24, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 24th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 10, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 10th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 27, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 27th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 13, 2007: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 13th, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 1, 2007: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1, 2007, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list of edge-on galaxies in the Spring sky, has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Dec 23, 2006: New Comet Data and Christmas Greetings

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 23rd, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, past, present, and future, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous 2007. From all at the SkyMap team.


Dec 09, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 9th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 25, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 25th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 11, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 11th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 28, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 28th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 30, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 30th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sept 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 28, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 28th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 13, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 13th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 31, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 31st, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 30, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 30th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 30, 2006: New Comet Data, new extra-solar planets catalog

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 30th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog, containing details of all extra-solar planets discovered as of May 18th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 30, 2006: New target lists, New Comet Data

A new target list archive has been uploaded containing two observing lists based on Kepple and Sanner's book "The Night Sky Observer's Guide". This is available on the Target List page of the Library.

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 30th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 31, 2006: New Comet Data, changes to download URLs

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 31st, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.

The software on the "Digitized Sky Survey" web server has changed, meaning that the former picture and background image download URLs will no longer work. The URLs should be changed as follows:

Pictures:
 http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_search?v=poss2ukstu_red&h=10&w=10&r=<radeg>&d=<decdeg>&f=GIF

Background images:
http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_search?v=poss2ukstu_red&h=10&w=10&r=<radeg>&d=<decdeg>&f=FITS

To edit the download URLs, select the File/Preferences/Downloaded Data menu item.


Mar 11, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 11th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 25, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 25th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 12, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 12th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 29, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 29th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 14, 2006: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 14th, 2006, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 31, 2005: New Comet Data, and Happy New Year

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 31st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their valued support during 2005, and to wish everybody a peaceful, healthy, and happy 2006.


Dec 29, 2005: Revised version of Levy catalog uploaded

A revised version of the Levy catalog has been uploaded, with improved data.


Dec 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 28, 2005: New Comet Data, new catalogs

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 28th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new data catalogs have been uploaded - a revised and improved version of the Caldwell Catalog, and a new catalog for the "Levy List" of objects, compiled by astronomer and author, David Levy.


Nov 13, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 13th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 8, 2005, Replacement service packs for "Pro" and "Lite"

Unfortunately the previously issued service packs for SkyMap Pro 11 and SkyMap Lite 2005 had a problem which resulted in the program hanging up if the internal asteroid catalog editor was used. New service packs (service pack 3 for SkyMap Pro 11, service pack 2 for SkyMap Lite 2005) have been released which correct this problem. Apologies to anyone who installed the previous service packs and experienced difficulties as a result.


Nov 6, 2005: SkyMap Lite 2005 service pack 1 released

Service pack 1 has been released for SkyMap Lite 2005, fixing the same issues and described below for SkyMap Pro 11. The service pack can be downloaded from the Service Pack Page of the Library.


Nov 5, 2005: SkyMap Pro 11 service pack 2 released

Service pack 2 has been released for SkyMap Pro 11. This fixes a bug associated with the calculation of the position of extremely distant asteroids, and also handles a slight change to the format of the asteroid catalog resulting from the number of "numbered" asteroids now exceeding 100,000. The service pack can be downloaded from the Service Pack Page of the Library.


Oct 31, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 31st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 15, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 15th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 4, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 4th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 15, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 3, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 3rd, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 14,2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 3, 2005: SkyMap Lite 2005 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of SkyMap Lite 2005. This is a "Lite" version of SkyMap Pro 11 with the more advanced features such as telescope control, observation planning and logging, some data catalogs, etc, removed. Ideal for the more casual astronomer and available at an extremely competitive price. See the Products page for more information, and a feature comparison between SkyMap Pro and SkyMap Lite.


May 30, 2005: New library uploads

A bumper set of new uploads to the library today. A new "Bitmaps" library page has been created for downloading alternate sets of bitmap stars for SkyMap Pro 10 onwards, initially with one new set of star bitmaps. A new "Best Northern Hemisphere Objects" target list has been uploaded, and also a new KHQ catalog containing bright quasars and BL Lac objects. A new set of constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 11 has been uploaded. Finally, we have a new set of comet orbital elements, current for May 30th, 2005.


May 29, 2005: SkyMap Pro 11 service pack 1 released

Service pack 1 for SkyMap Pro 11 has been released, correcting a bug which causes the program to crash when a particular menu item was selected. We recommend all users of SkyMap Pro 11 to download and install this service pack.


May 15, 2005: New Comet Data, new "ConstFig11" tool

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library. A new version of the constellation figures "compiler", ConstFig11, has been uploaded to the Library. This new version of the tool is required to create new constellation figure files for SkyMap Pro 11.


May 2, 2005: SkyMap Pro 11 released

We are pleased to announce the release of SkyMap Pro 11, a significant new version of our star charting software. Full details can be found on our product information page.


May 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 14, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 14th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 1, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 17, 2005: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 17th, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 1, 2005: New Comet Data, new meteor shows data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2005, has been uploaded to the Library. A new meteor showers archive, with information added for meteor showers in 2005 has been uploaded, and is available in several places - the map overlays library page, the data tables page, and the meteor showers external data catalog. Many thanks to Ben Siemerink for this extremely useful resource.


Dec 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 6, 2004: New target lists

A new target list archive, containing 45 target lists for the objects in Tom Polakis' "Celestial Portraits" series in "Astronomy" magazine has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.

Dec 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 16, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 16th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 1, 2004: New target list, New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list for the Ursa Major Project has been uploaded to the Target Lists library area.

Aug 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 23, 2004: New Comet Data, new catalog, updated telescope driver

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 23rd, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog, containing the Gemini Bright Star List has been uploaded. An updated version of the ASCOM telescope driver has been uploaded, fixing a minor bug.


May 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for March 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 15, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 17, 2004: New Comet Data, meteor shower catalog updated

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 15th, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library. The meteor shower catalog has been updated to include information for 2004.


Jan 1, 2004: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2004, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 15, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 30, 2003: New Comet Data, target lists, telescope driver

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 30th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A number of new target lists have been uploaded to the target lists library page. A new version of the ASCOM telescope driver has been uploaded to the telescope drivers library page, fixing a minor bug.


Nov 22, 2003: SkyMap Pro 10 service pack 2 released

Service pack 2 for SkyMap Pro 10 has been released and is available in the Library. All SkyMap Pro 10 users should install this service pack.


Nov 2, 2003: SkyMap Pro 10 released, New Comet Data

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap Pro 10 has been released; full information is available on the Products pages of the web site. Upgrade prices for existing users are on the Ordering page. A new set of comet orbital elements, current for 2nd Nov 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 15, 2003: New Comet Data, new data catalog

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog, the "Select WDS" catalog, has been uploaded to the Catalogs library page.


Oct 4, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 4th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. Due to problems accessing the MPC's FTP site, the asteroid data download link has been changed to the MPC's "mirror" at http://www.astro.cz/mpcorb.


Sep 15, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 1, 2003: New telescope driver, New Comet Data

A telescope driver supporting the ASCOM standard (see http://www.ascom-standards.org for further information) has been uploaded to the driver library. This driver allows SkyMap to control any telescope supported by ASCOM. A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 17, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 17th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 1, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 21, 2003: SkyMap Pro 9 service pack 2 released

Service pack 2 for SkyMap Pro 9 has been released, and can be downloaded from the Library. It fixes a number of minor bugs, and adds one or two minor new features to the program.


Jul 16, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jul 16th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 1, 2003: New map overlay, New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jul 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new map overlay, showing selected regions in the SMC, has been uploaded to the Overlays library page.


Jun 15, 2003: New Comet Data, new "SkyMap Lite" product

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jun 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. We have released SkyMap Lite 2003, a new lower cost "lite" version of SkyMap aimed at the more novice astronomer; full details are on the Products page.


Jun 1, 2003: New Comet Data, map overlay, data catalogs, target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jun 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new map overlay for the LMC has been uploaded to the Overlays page. Two new data catalogs containing objects in the SMC have been uploaded to the Catalogs page. A new target list for the book "Celestial Harvest" has been uploaded to the Target List page.


May 15, 2003: New data catalog, New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog containing the Astronomical League's "Galaxy Groups and Clusters" observing list has been uploaded to the Data Catalogs page of the library.


May 4, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 4th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 15, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 1, 2003

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Catalogs library page.


Mar 15, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 1, 2003: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list to accompany an article in the April 2003 issue of "Sky and Telescope" magazine has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Feb 15, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 1, 2003: New Comet Data, new data table, new data catalogs

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data table containing mutual events of Jupiter's satellites for 2002-2003 has been uploaded to the Data Tables library page. Three new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Data Catalogs library page.


Jan 15, 2003: New data catalog, New Comet Data, new telescope driver

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 15th, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog containing globular clusters in M31 has been uploaded to the Data Catalogs library page. A new telescope driver for the "Sky Tracker" system has been uploaded to the Drivers page of the library.


Jan 1, 2003: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2003, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 22, 2002: 2003 meteor shower information

A data archive containing information about meteor showers for the year 2003 has been uploaded to the Library. The archive contains data tables, a data catalog, and map overlays, so is downloadable from all three of these areas of the library.


Dec 15, 2002: New service pack, New Comet Data, new target list

Service pack 1 for SkyMap Pro 9 has been released, fixing a number of minor bugs. A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list archive, completing the set of "Sky Atlas 2000" target list, has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Dec 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new constellation figures, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new set of constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 8 and 9 has been uploaded to the Constellations library page.. New target lists have been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Nov 15, 2002: New "object notes" import tool, new data

A utility ("NotesImport") for importing object notes from a SkyMap Pro 6, 7, or 8 database into the new database format used by SkyMap Pro 9 is now available for download from the Tools page of the library. A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list containing interesting Hickson galaxy groups has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Nov 8, 2002: SkyMap Pro 9 database export tool released

A utility ("DBLog2CSV") for exporting a SkyMap Pro 9 observing log database as a comma separated value (CSV) file has been uploaded to the Tools page of the library.


Nov 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new target lists have been uploaded to the Target Lists library page.


Nov 1, 2002: SkyMap Pro 9 released

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap Pro 9, a major new version of our astronomy package, has been released and is available for immediate shipping. Please see the Products section of the site for further information.


Oct 15, 2002: New Comet Data, new overlays, new constellation figures

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A set of map overlays for the "Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas" has been uploaded to the Overlays library page. A new set of constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 8 has been uploaded to the Constellations library page.


Oct 6, 2002: New library page for miscellaneous data

A new "Misc" page has been added to the "Data" section of Library to accommodate data which doesn't fit conveniently elsewhere. This currently contains the most up-to-date lists of telescope and eyepiece definitions for SkyMap Pro.


Oct 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new target lists - a continuation of the "Sky Atlas 2000" star catalog, and a list of stars known to have planetary systems - have been uploaded to the Target List library page.


Sep 15, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list of alignment stars for the Meade Magellan I DSC has been uploaded to the Target List library page.


Aug 15, 2002: New Comet Data, target lists, map overlays

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list for the "McNeil 450" list of planetary nebulae has been uploaded to the Target Lists library page. A new map overlay archive containing outlines of the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds has been uploaded to the Overlays library page.


Aug 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list archive containing target lists for charts 7-9 of "Sky Atlas 2000" has been uploaded to the Target List page of the Library.


Jul 15, 2002: New Comet Data, new target list, updated target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list of southern planetary nebulae has been uploaded to the Target List page of the Library. Missing files have been added to the existing "NSOG" and "Uranometria" target list archives.


Jul 1, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 15, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 1, 2002: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A number of new target lists have been uploaded to the Target List Page of the Library.


May 15, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 2, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 20, 2002: New target lists

A selection of new target lists have been uploaded to the target list area of the Library. These new target lists catalog objects in the Abell catalog of planetary nebulae, the Sky Atlas 2000 star atlas, and the Uranometria 2000 star atlas.


Apr 15, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 1, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 16, 2002: New Comet Data, new constellation figures

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new set of SkyMap Pro 8 constellation figures, based on the popular "Skywatching" books, has been uploaded to the Constellation Figures library page.


Mar 2, 2002: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list has been uploaded to the target list page of the Library containing a complete deep sky object list from the "Night Sky Observer's Guide".


Feb 16, 2002: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 1, 2002: New Comet Data, map overlay, target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new map overlay showing the chart boundaries for the 2nd edition of the "Uranometria 2000.0" star atlas has been uploaded to the overlays section of the Library. Two new target lists have been uploaded to the target lists library section.


Jan 19, 2002: New Comet Data, new map overlay, new SMP8 service pack

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 15th, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. A new map overlay showing Sky and Telescope magazine's "Small Scope Samplers" chart areas has been uploaded to the Overlays library page. Service pack 2 for SkyMap Pro 8 has been released and is available for download from the Library. This adds minor new functionality, and fixes several reported bugs.


Jan 1, 2002: New Comet Data, catalogs, constellations

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2002, has been uploaded to the Library. The "Meteor showers" file containing data catalogs, tables, and map overlays, has been updated to include information for 2002. A new set of SkyMap Pro 8 constellation figures has been uploaded to the Constellations page of the Library.


Dec 15, 2001: New Comet Data, new library uploads

A set of comet orbital elements, current for December 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A number of different target lists, data tables, map overlays, and constellation figures have also been uploaded.


Dec 2, 2001: "ConstFig8" tool released

A new tool has been uploaded to the Tools library page. ConstFig8 allows you to create new "constellation stick figures" for SkyMap Pro 8, or to edit the existing ones. It is an updated version of the ConstFig5 tool which did the same job for SkyMap Pro 5-7.


Dec 1, 2001: SMP8 service packs released, new data

Service pack 1 for SkyMap Pro 8 has been uploaded to the Library, fixing a few minor bugs which have shown up since the release of the program. New target lists for "The Observer's Sky Atlas", and the "Night Sky Observer's Guide" have been uploaded to the Target Lists library page. A set of comet orbital elements, current for December 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 17, 2001: New Comet Data, new tools, new data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. The "SMPReset" tool for resetting SkyMap Pro to its default settings has been upgraded to add support for SkyMap Pro 8; this is available from the Tools library page. A new version of the "AstroArt" telescope driver has been uploaded, fixing a bug. A large number of new target lists for the constellations Equuleus to Serpens have been added to the "nsog3" archive on the target list library page.


Nov 1, 2001: New Comet Data, new target lists

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for November 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. New "Night Sky Observer's Guide" target lists for the constellations Sextens to Vulpecula have been added to the "nsog3" archive on the target list library page.


Nov 1, 2001: SkyMap Pro 8 Released

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap Pro 8, a major new version of the program, has been released. Full details of the new version are available here on this web site.


Oct 20, 2001: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for October 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. Target lists for three additional constellations has been added to the "nsog3" target list archive in the Library.

Oct 6, 2001: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for October 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new set of "Night Sky Observer's Guide" target lists, containing lists for nine additional constellations, has been uploaded to the Target Lists library area.


Sep 22, 2001: New Comet Data, data catalog, target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for September 21st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new target lists, one for planetary nebulae and the other containing lists from the "Night Sky Observer's Guide" have been uploaded. A new data catalog containing information about extrasolar planets has been uploaded.


Sep 1, 2001: New Comet Data, telescope driver, catalog, and target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for September 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new telescope driver for the Celestron NexStar 11 computer-controlled telescope has been uploaded to the driver library. A new target list for the "SAC 110 Best Double Stars" has been uploaded to the target list library. A new planetary nebula catalog has been uploaded to the catalog library.


Aug 15, 2001: New Comet Data, new telescope driver

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new telescope driver, allowing shared use of an LX200/ETX telescope between SkyMap Pro and the "AstroArt" CCD control software, has been uploaded to the driver library.


Aug 1, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


July 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


July 8, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 7th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


June 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


June 9, 2001: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 8th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new target lists, containing galaxy clusters and double stars respectively, have been uploaded to the Library.


May 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 1, 2001: New Comet Data, target list, map overlay

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list, containing the SAC "110 Best Objects Beyond the NGC" has been uploaded to the Library. An updated version of the "Sky Atlas 2000" map overlay has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Apr 1, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 31, 2001: New telescope drivers, new data catalog

SkyMap telescope drivers for two new devices - the Losmandy "Gemini" mount and the Takahashi NJP mount with "Astro Scale" DSC - have been uploaded to the Driver Library. A new data catalog - the "Zodiacal Catalog" (ZC) has been uploaded to the "Catalogs" area of the Library.


Mar 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Mar 4, 2001: New SkyMap Pro 7 service pack

Service pack 3 for SkyMap Pro 7 has been released, fixing a number of minor errors. For full details of the fixes and to download the service pack, see the Service Packs page in the Library.


Mar 1, 2001: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list for the SAC "Urban List" has been uploaded to the Target List page.


Feb 15, 2001: New Comet Data, new data catalog

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. A new data catalog, containing the 40 labelled "alignment stars" for the Celestron NexStar range of telescopes, has also been uploaded to the Library.


Feb 1, 2001: New Comet Data, new data catalogs

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library. Four new data catalogs, containing information about infra-red sources and X-ray binaries, have been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 15, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, valid for Jan 15th, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 14, 2001: New SMP7 service pack, new target lists

SkyMap Pro 7 service pack 2 has been released, fixing a memory management bug which could make the program crash. Two new target lists have been uploaded to the Library.


Jan 1, 2001: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2001, has been uploaded to the Library.


Dec 15, 2000: New Comet Data, new meteor shower information

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. A new file containing information about meteor showers for the years 2000-2001 has been uploaded; this contains data tables, object catalogs, and map overlays, and hence is available from all three of these library areas. This is an excellent example of how the different capabilities of SkyMap Pro can be combined to display different aspects of information about the same phenomena.


Dec 1, 2000: New Comet Data, service pack, overlays, target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for December 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. A number of new and revised map overlays and target lists have been uploaded to the appropriate Library areas. Service Pack 1 for SkyMap Pro 7 has been released, fixing a number of minor bugs which have shown up since the program was released; this is available for download from the Library.

Nov 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for November 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 14, 2000: New map overlays

A new "map overlays" section has been added to the "data" page of the Library, leading to a page of downloadable map overlays for SkyMap Pro 7. Four new overlays are initially available in this new library area.


Nov 1,2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for November 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Nov 1, 2000: SkyMap Pro 7 released

We are pleased to announce the release of SkyMap Pro 7, a major new release of the program. For full information, please refer to the other pages of this web site.


Oct 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for October 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Oct 1, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for October 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 30, 2000: New data catalogs

Two new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Library; the "Orion DeepMap 600", and the "SAA 100".


Sep 27, 2000: New data catalog

A new data catalog has been uploaded to the Library containing the 33 bright stars used for the initial alignment of the Meade LX200 range of telescopes.


Sep 21, 2000: New and revised data catalogs

A new data catalog containing a list of IC objects missing from SkyMap's internal catalogs is now available for download from the Library. The meteor showers catalog has been updated.


Sep 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for September 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Sep 9, 2000: Updated data catalog

A new version of the "Hershel 400" data catalog has been uploaded to the Library. This fixes some minor errors in the original version of the catalog.


Sep 1, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for September 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Aug 1, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for August 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jul 6, 2000: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 7 released

Service pack 7 for SkyMap Pro 6 has been released, and is available for download from the Library. This fixes three minor bugs reported in the last couple of months.


Jul 1, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


Jun 15, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


June 1, 2000: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


May 26, 2000: Astro-Physics GTO driver released

A SkyMap Pro 6 telescope driver for the Astro-Physics GTO range of computer-controlled telescope mounts is now available for download from the Library.


May 21, 2000: New data catalogs

Two new SkyMap Pro 6 data catalogs have been uploaded to the Library. These contain respectively the "Herschell 400" and "Herschel II" observing lists, each with object type, magnitude, and constellation data for each object.


2000 May 17: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 15th May 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 May 7: New data catalog

A new version of the Messier catalog, with object type information included, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 May 6: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 6 released

Service pack 6 for SkyMap Pro 6 is now available for download from the Library. This fixes two bugs, related to external data catalogs and labelling of "ground tracks" of artificial satellites.


2000 May 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Apr 18: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 18th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Apr 11: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 5 released

Service pack 5 for SkyMap Pro 6 is now available for download from the Library. This adds a minor new feature to the program and fixes a couple of bugs.


2000 Apr 1: New Comet Data, new target lists

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. The "Night Sky Observer's Guide 2" target list archive has been updated to include additional constellations.


2000 Mar 16: New data catalogs

Two new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Library - one showing the location of meteor showers, the other displaying a shaded "outline" of the Milky Way.


2000 Mar 15: New Comet Data, new target lists

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. Several new target lists have been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Mar 2: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Mar 1: New service pack, target list, data catalog

Service pack 4 for SkyMap Pro 6 has been uploaded to the Library. This fixes several bugs, and adds a couple of minor new features to the program. A new data catalog and target list, both containing the observing lists from Hartung's "Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes", have been uploaded to the appropriate areas of the Library.


2000 Feb 16: New Comet Data, new target lists

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 15th Feb 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. In the Target List area of the Library, new lists for the constellations of Auriga and Cancer have been added to the "Night Sky Observer's Guide" archive, and two new lists created by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) have been uploaded.


2000 Feb 2: New Comet Data and target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 1st Feb 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list for the constellation of Monoceros has been added to the "Night Sky Observer's Guide" target list archive in the Library.


2000 Jan 19: New target lists

New target lists for the constellations of Lynx and Orion have been added to the "Night Sky Observer's Guide" target list archive, available from the Library.


2000 Jan 17: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 3 released

A new service pack for SkyMap Pro 6 is now available for download from the Library. This adds some minor new functionality to the program, and fixes several outstanding bugs.


2000 Jan 16: New Comet Data, new target list

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 15th, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library. A new target list, containing a list of the "reddest" stars in the sky, has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Jan 13: New data table

A new data table showing the dates of all the meteor showers for the year 2000 has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Jan 7: New target list

A new target list, containing data from Kepple and Sanner's "Night Sky Observer's Guide" has been uploaded to the Library.


2000 Jan 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 1st, 2000, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Dec 21: Two new target lists uploaded

Two new "target lists" have been uploaded to the Library. One of these contains all the stars in the Astronomical League's "Double Star Observing List"; the other is a collection of target lists containing all the objects described in the three volumes of "Burnham's Celestial Handbook".


1999 Dec 18: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 2 released.

Service pack 2 for SkyMap Pro 6 has been released. This fixes all known bugs reported since the release of the previous service pack. The service pack can be downloaded from the Library.


1999 Dec 15: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Dec 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Dec 11: New target lists

Two new "target lists" for SkyMap Pro 6 have been uploaded to the Library. These contain the Astronomical League's "Southern Skies Binocular List", and the Caldwell catalog.


1999 Dec 5: New data tables

New data tables for SkyMap Pro 6 have been uploaded to the Library. These show the dates of opposition for the outer planets between the years 1950 and 2099.


1999 Dec 3: New data tables

New data tables for SkyMap Pro 6 have been uploaded to the Library. These show the dates of greatest elongation of Mercury and Venus between the years 1950 and 2049.


1999 Dec 3: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for 1st Dec 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Nov 28: SkyMap Pro 6 service pack 1 released

The first "Service Pack" for SkyMap Pro 6 is now available for download. This fixes all the minor bugs reported since the release of the program, and adds some minor new features.


1999 Nov 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 15th 1999 has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Nov 2: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 1st 1999 has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Oct 30: SkyMap Pro 6 Released

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap Pro 6, a major new version of our popular star charting and planetarium program, has been released and is available for immediate delivery. See the Product Information page of the web site for full details of this major upgrade.

Registered users of any previous version of SkyMap can buy SkyMap Pro 6 at a special upgrade price; please contact sales@wwsoftware.com if you live in North America, or sales@ttp.co.uk if you live anywhere else in the world.


1999 Oct 16: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 9 released. New Comet Data

Service pack 9 for SkyMap Pro 5 is now available for download from the Library. This changes the method used to display deep sky objects, avoiding a common video driver bug which could result in the program crashing on some machines.

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for October 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Oct 1: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for October 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Sep 17: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for September 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Sep 2: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for September 2nd, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Aug 15: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for August 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Aug 1: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for August 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jul 15: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jul 1: New comet and asteroid data

A set of comet and asteroid orbital elements, both current for July 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jun 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jun 1: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 8 released, New Comet Data

SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 8 is now available from the Library area of the web site. This corrects a minor bug associated with planet display, and adds a new feature related to map orientation. A new set of comet orbital elements, current for Jun 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 May 15: New Comet Data, new databases

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library. Two new databases have been uploaded to the Data Catalogs page of the library - a Meade Autostar alignment star catalog, and a Meade LX200 alignment star catalog.


1999 May 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 May 1: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 7 uploaded

Service pack 7 for SkyMap Pro is now available from the Library. This service pack adds a feature to the program which will improve the speed when talking to "slow" telescopes such as the Meade Autostar, and also corrects a minor bug in the display of ephemeris data for asteroids and comets.


1999 Apr 26: New telescope driver for Meade Autostar

A telescope driver for the Meade Autostar has been uploaded to the Drivers page of the library. The Autostar is the computer "add on" for the Meade ETX 90/EC telescope.


1999 Apr 15: New data catalog

A new data catalog for SkyMap Pro has been uploaded to the Data Catalogs page of the library. This catalog contains the alignment stars and non-stellar object catalog for v3.52 of the JMI NGC-Max DSC device.


1999 Apr 15: New constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 5

A new set of constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 5, based on the books "Skywatching" and "Advanced Skywatching", has been uploaded to the Constellations page of the Library.


1999 Apr 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Apr 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Apr 1: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 6 released

A new service pack for SkyMap Pro 5 has been uploaded to the service packs page of the Library. This fixes three minor bugs in the program.


1999 Apr 1: New comet and asteroid data

A set of comet orbital elements, valid for Apr 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the "Comet Data" area of the Library. A set of asteroid orbital elements, valid for Apr 1st, 1999, and containing information for 10,256 numbered asteroids, has been uploaded to the "Asteroid Data" area of the Library.


1999 Mar 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the "Comet Data" area of the Library.


1999 Mar 2: New Comet Data. New data catalog

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Mar 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the "comet data" area of the Library. A new data catalog containing a list of the Hickson compact galaxy groups has been uploaded to the data catalogs area of the Library.


1999 Feb 28: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 5 released

Service Pack 5 has been uploaded to the Library; this fixes two minor bugs related to map annotations, and also makes a minor change to the program's behaviour when the time is changed.


1999 Feb 24: New version of "dss.exe" uploaded

A bug has been reported in SkyMap Pro's "RealSky" support files; attempting to display a background image in one specific area of the sky (that covered by the RealSky plate "XE524") will make the program crash. A new version of the RealSky support files has been uploaded to the web site; we recommend that anyone using the RealSky CDs go to the RealSky support page and download and install the new version of the support files.


1999 Feb 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 15th, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library area of the web site.


1999 Feb 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Feb 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library area of the web site.


1999 Jan 31: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 4 released

Service pack 4 for SkyMap Pro 5 has been uploaded to the Library. This corrects a minor bug affecting the size of the Sun and Moon on a printed map.


1999 Jan 29: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 3 and new tool released

A new service pack for SkyMap Pro 5 is now available for download from the Library. This service pack gives the program the ability to compute asteroid positions using the Minor Planet Center's new "MPCORB" asteroid orbit database. This database, updated daily, contains orbital elements for all asteroids for which predictions can reliably be made, and currently contains data for over 30,000 objects.

A new "MPCORB" tool has been uploaded to the "Tools" area of the Library. This will convert an MPCORB database file into an internal SkyMap Pro asteroid catalog.


1999 Jan 23: New SkyMap Pro 5 constellation figures

New constellation figures for SkyMap Pro 5 have been uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jan 16: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Jan 15, 1999, has beem uploaded to the Library.


1999 Jan 8: New "ConstFig5" tool

A new tool called "ConstFig5" has been uploaded to the Tools page of the library. This tool allows you to edit the constellation "stick figures" used by SkyMap Pro 5, or to create entirely new ones!


1999 Jan 8: New asteroid data and "astorb" tool

A new section has been added to the Library containing updated asteroid orbital elements usable by both SkyMap and SkyMap Pro. A set of asteroid orbital elements current for Jan 8th, 1999, has been uploaded, and a new set of data will be uploaded every few months. A new "astorb" tool has been uploaded to the Tools page of the Library; this converts an "astorb.dat" asteroid file downloaded from the Internet into the format used by internal SkyMap asteroid catalogs.


1999 Jan 8: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 2 uploaded

SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 2 has been uploaded to the Library. This fixes one minor bug, and also allows the program to use the new format ASTORB asteroid database which has been modified to deal with asteroids numbered above 10,000.


1999 Jan 3: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current on Jan 1st, 1999, has been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Dec 17: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current on Dec 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Dec 7: New data catalog

Uploaded to the library a new data catalog containing the alignment stars used by the "Sky Commander" DSC.


1998 Dec 4: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current on Dec 1st 1998, has been uploaded to the Library area.


1998 Nov 20: SkyMap withdrawn, SkyMap Pro 5 demo released

We are, as of today, withdrawing the older SkyMap 3.2 product from sale. No new development had been done on this product for nearly three years, and the evaluation version didn't give an accurate impression of the capabilities of SkyMap Pro.

We've released a demonstration version of SkyMap Pro 5 to allow people to take a look at the product before purchase. This demonstration version comprises the fully functional program and the full manual, but with only a small amount of data compared with the more than 500MB of data available in the complete product. Two versions of the demo are available - a 6MB version downloadable from this site, and a much larger 80MB version which can be ordered on CD-ROM from our publishers for a small fee; this fee is fully refunded if you subsequently buy the product.

Click here to download or order the demo version of SkyMap Pro 5.

1998 Nov 16: SkyMap Pro 5 service pack 1 released

This service pack, available for download from the SkyMap Pro 5 service packs page, fixes two bugs which have shown up since the release of the product.


1998 Nov 16: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 15th 1998 has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Nov 3: SkyMap Pro 5 manual uploaded

To allow you to learn more about SkyMap Pro 5, we've made the complete on-line help file for the product available for downloading. This is the same manual that's shipped with the product. Click here to download the manual.


1998 Nov 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Nov 1st 1998 has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Oct 30: SkyMap Pro 5 starts shipping!

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap Pro 5 has started shipping in the UK today. North American shipment will commence in a few days.


1998 Oct 25: SkyMap Pro 5 information uploaded

A major new release of SkyMap Pro is due to start shipping on November 1st. The product information pages now describe SkyMap Pro 5, with sample screen shots and a detailed description of the new features.


1998 Oct 16: New and updated telescope drivers

A new SkyMap Pro telescope driver is available in the driver library for the Vixen Skysensor 2000 computer-controlled mount. An updated driver is also available for the Meade LX200 which corrects a very minor bug in the previous version of the driver.


1998 Oct 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Oct 3: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Oct 1st, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Sep 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Sep 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Sep 1st, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Aug 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Aug 13: "PPMFix" utility for PPM catalog errors

SkyMap Pro's main catalog for the display of bright stars is the PPM catalog. The version of the catalog shipped with the program is incorrectly sorted; if a map is drawn with a low limiting magnitude (ie a map only showing bright stars), this can cause some bright stars not to appear on the map.

The PPM catalog is large - 23MB in size - so it's not feasible to distribute corrected data files. What we've therefore done is written a program called PPMFix which will "re-sort" the catalog into the correct order on your own machine. This fix is available on the Service Packs page of this site.


1998 Aug 4: New telescope drivers

Two new telescope drivers - for the Meade "Magellan I" and the Sky Engineering "Sky Commander" are now available from the Driver Library section of this web site.


1998 Aug 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for Aug 1st, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Jul 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Jul 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for July 1st, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Jun 27: Improved SkyMap Pro deep sky object database

A new deep sky object database for SkyMap Pro has been updated to the "Service Packs" page of the library. This has significantly improved positions for many galaxies and globular clusters.


1998 Jun 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 15th, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 Jun 10: SkyMap Pro service pack 8 released

A new SkyMap Pro service pack has been uploaded to the library. This fixes several minor (and one major) bugs.


1998 Jun 1: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for June 1st, 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 May 15: New Comet Data

A set of comet orbital elements, current for May 15th 1998, has been uploaded to the library.


1998 May 14: New SkyMap publisher for USA/Canada

We have a new publisher for SkyMap in the USA and Canada. With immediate effect, the program is now sold and supported by:

World Wide Software Publishing
PO Box 202036
Bloomington, MN 55420
USA

Tel: 612-881-7045
Fax: 612-881-7024
Orders: 1-877-889-0588

Orders e-mail: order@wwsoftware.com
Support e-mail: support@wwsoftware.com 


1998 May 1: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements for May 1, 1998, has been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Apr 19: New telescope control DLL

A new version 1.1 of the SkyMap Pro telescope control DLL has been uploaded, and is available from the Library. This provides additional capabilities for people wishing to write telescope drivers for SkyMap Pro; these new capabilities are described in the Writing Drivers page of the Library.


1998 Apr 15: New Comet Data, new catalog

A set of comet orbital elements for 1998 April 15, and a new data catalog, "Cool Galactic Carbon Stars, 2nd Edition (Stephenson 1989)", have been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Apr 5: Two new data catalogs

Two new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Library - the "Herschel 400" list, and the Astronomical League's "Deep Sky Binocular List". Thanks to John Talbot for both.


1998 Apr 1: New Comet Data

A new set of comet orbital elements has been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Apr 1: Service Pack 7 uploaded

SkyMap Pro service pack 7 has been uploaded to the library. This fixes a bug which caused the program to crash when controlling a telescope if the telescope was commanded to move to an object in an external data catalog.


1998 Mar 27: Service Pack 6 uploaded

SkyMap Pro service pack 6 has been uploaded to the library. This fixes a minor bug associated with the display of information for deep sky objects.


1998 Mar 16: Service Pack 5 uploaded

SkyMap Pro service pack 5 has been uploaded to the Library. This fixes a minor bug (it wasn't possible to select a new asteroid catalog), and adds a minor user interface feature.


1998 Mar 15: New Comet Data

Uploaded a new set of comet orbital elements for 1998 March 15.


1998 Mar 6: New/updated catalogs

Several new catalogs have been uploaded to the Library area:

The Herschel II catalog has been updated to include object type information.


1998 Mar 1: New catalogs and comet data

Two new catalogs uploaded to the library: the Astronomical League's object list for their "Urban Club Observing Award", and Arp's catalog of 338 "Peculiar Galaxies".

A new comet orbital element file for March 1st 1998 uploaded.


1998 Feb 28: Messier catalog uploaded

A simple SkyMap Pro data catalog containing the Messier objects has been uploaded to the Library.


1998 Feb 28: SkyMap Pro service pack 4 released

Service pack 4 allows SkyMap Pro to compute planetary positions using Chapront and Francou's "Planetary Series (1996)" method. This gives extremely accurate positions (correct to about 0.005" for Pluto, and 0.001" for the other planets) in the date range 1900-2100 AD. Service pack 4 is available in the Library.


1998 Feb 22: SkyMap Pro FAQ page added

Added a basic "frequently asked questions" page for SkyMap Pro. This is accessible via the main Support page, or through this link.


1998 Feb 20: SkyMap Pro service pack 3 released

A new "service pack" for SkyMap Pro has been uploaded to the Library. This corrects a minor bug in the "Daily Events" and "Day and Night" tools which resulted in the wrong date being shown at the top of the dialog for observers outside the GMT time zone.


1998 Feb 20: New catalogs uploaded

Several new data catalogs have been uploaded to the Library area of the web site. These include a deep field catalog for the region around the galaxy M105, the Herschell II "observing list", and a new set of constellation figures based on those in the book "A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets" by D.H. Menzel.


1998 Jan 11: Constellation figure editor released

A tool called "ConstFig", allowing you to easily edit the constellation "stick figures" in our SkyMap Pro program is now available for download, free of charge, from our library area.


1997 Dec 30: Web site revised and rewritten

The SkyMap Software web site has been completely revised and rewritten - we hope you like the new format!


1997 Aug 17: More questions added to FAQ

A number of new questions (and answers) have been added to the SkyMap FAQ page.


1997 Jun 27: SkyMap wins SIA award

We are pleased to announce that SkyMap has been awarded the prize in the "Home and Hobby" section of the 1997 Shareware Industry Awards. It's very gratifying that a "specialist" product like SkyMap should win an award in a "general" category such as this, especially one in which the winner is determined by voting by members of the general public.