SkyMap Pro Sample 1

General Map View

General screen shot


The picture above shows a typical view of the SkyMap Pro 10   program window, as seen when the program is first run. Note that the picture above is much more "crowded" than the program appears in real life, since the window has been shrunk to fit into the space available on this page.

In the picture above, we are looking southward at the sky as seen from northern England at 1am on December 3rd, 2003. The thick white curved line running along the bottom of the picture represents the horizon (the grey shaded areas at the lower left and right of the map are parts of the sky currently below the horizon), with the thinner straight and curved lines representing lines of constant altitude and azimuth. The zenith (the point directly above your head) is the point at the centre of the top edge of the map, where the lines of azimuth converge. The curved line running left to left-to-right across the central part of the map represents the ecliptic.

The map shows stars to magnitude 5.5 (as indicated by the "S:5.5" indicator on the status bar at the bottom of the window), with constellation "stick figures" switched on to aid identification of the constellations. Constellation names are shown using the standard IAU 3-letter abbreviations (either full names or abbreviations can be shown). Stars are displayed using an approximation to their true colours in the sky.

The planet Saturn is prominent in the southern sky, just below the ecliptic

Along the left, top, and right side of the map window are the various "toolbars" which provide the main method for controlling the program - these can be "undocked" from the map edge and positioned anywhere on the screen. Notice that the button labelled "S" to the left of the map window is shown "pressed in", indicating that we are looking at a southern map view.