Starry Night Enthusiast 6 review

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The traditional present to give the geek in your life at Christmas is hardware. And, as we’ve seen over the past few pages, there’s plenty of cool gear to choose from this year. But there’s a lot to be said for software; after all, anyone lucky enough to have a PC, video camera or MP3 player under the tree is going to need something to help them make the most of it.

Starry Night Enthusiast 6 review

Google might now be offering stargazers a glimpse of the universe with its Google Earth software, but it can’t match the detailed sophistication of the long-running Starry Night series. Starry Night takes you on dazzling 3D tours of spacecraft and the universe, taking in beautifully photographed constellations, auroras and supernovas along the way.

While Google will give you a single snapshot of the sky, Starry Night tracks the motion of the stars minute by minute, taking factors such as light pollution into account, thus avoiding disappointment for eager amateurs. Keen astronomers should point their telescopes at the more expensive Pro version, which can control popular brands of telescope and offers the option to print 180-degree sky charts.

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