I use MegaStar to make star charts to take into the field and to plan my
astrophotography schedule for a particular night. MegaStar has the 16 Million
Hubble Guide Star Catalog stars, the complete NGC Catalog as well as many
other catalogs. The current version displays the Horsehead Nebula as a
recognizable horse head and many other objects have accurate outlines in
MegaStar. It will also control the telescope. If I had a laptop computer
and a CCD camera, I would never have to go outside my motorhome after the
initial telescope alignment! (Boy would that be handy out in the Arizona
desert on those nights that are so cold that I have to put on a sweatshirt
MegaStar was originally done by Emil at E.L.B. Software. I am
a software engineer by profession and I know a "labor of love" when I see
one. MegaStar is a "labor of love".
MegaStar is now available from Willmann-Bell, Inc., P.O. Box 35025,
Richmond, Virginia, 23235. Phone 1-800-825-STAR.
or dial in on http://www.willbell.com and download the free demo copy.
Copyright 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Howard C. Anderson