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Stellarium – Amazing Planetarium Software – ABSOLUTELY FREE
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Don’t be fooled by it being free – this software is amazing.
Free Image Processing Software
A complete image processing solution absolutely free. You can preview the product and download it absolutely
Free Polar Alignment Software
This is a great utility that will help you with your Polar Alignment on your Equatorial Mount. Small download (polar204.zip) only 49K.
Zip File Contains three files:
Simply create a folder named “Polar FinderScope” and unzip the three files.
Start the Application, by default you will see four hours of reticules.
Click Here to Download (polar204.zip)!
If you own a decent telescope, an R.A tracking equatorial mount and a polar finder scope then this program is for you!
The position of Polaris (the Pole Star) is approx 1degree from the true North Celestial Pole (NCP). If you own a telescope with an equatorial mount, you will probably have a polar finder scope to help you align with the NCP. To get really accurate NCP alignment this program will show you where to put polaris in your sights to be correctly aligned.
– Generates 1,4, or 6 charts to span your observing session.
– OS:Tested on Windows 98 and NT4.0 and W2K (Works on XP and Vista too!)
You will need the Reticule.bmp files to run properly.
1. Printing can be in mono on some printers. I am Looking into it.
Moon Phase Connection
A great website with lots of free downloads for moon phases and lots of information on our nearest neighbor.
The Messier Catalogue
Complete listing of all ‘M’ objects showing locations plus information and photographs.
Check out the weather for your observing site