Planetarium Software Options & List
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: ruebel1-ga
List Price: $175.00
16 May 2006 12:06 PDT
Expires: 15 Jun 2006 12:06 PDT
Question ID: 729444
I am investigating different software offerings for a unique need we have. I am a part of a museum that will have a planetarium and need a list of companies that provide first rate software that will display astronomically correct "fly bys", "fly tos" and the like. We also need the software to be editable or programmable for creating different simulations.. The only one i know of is Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater Division's offerings. It is expensive software so if I could get a list of competing companies with perhaps a few of them with more competitive pricing, it would be most beneficial. Please be sure not to give me any that are noticeably lower quality. Thanks, RJ
Re: Planetarium Software Options & List
Answered By: webadept-ga on 16 May 2006 17:12 PDT
Hi, The highest quality one I know of that is programmable for fly bys, and fly tos, with the largest most accurate database of stars and systems is Celesta. --"It doesn't just show you the sky as it can be seen from earth as most planetarium software does, but allows you to move to and view the universe from any point between the planets and the stars." http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/ Of course you are probably looking for hardware solutions as well as software, which Celesta fails to offer, as it is just software. SkyVision Sky-Skan, Inc. http://www.SkySkan.com ElectricSky? Spitz, Inc. http://www.spitzinc.com VisionDome? Alternate Realities Corp. Durham, NC USA http://www.virtual-reality.com Those are three other comparable packages to StarRider, and lucky enough for you there is a review posted on the web comparing all four of these from a systems administrator's point of view: http://www.griffithobs.org/ipsfulldome.html A good list of other planetarium software packages which may be of interest to you can be found here (though these are more on the level of Celesta): Planetarium Software http://astro.nineplanets.org/astrosoftware.html Thanks for the question and if you need further clarification please feel free to use the Clarification function. webadept-ga
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