reply to post by Gom3z
The app was called "Star Chart"
It has a free trial, but a few features weren't available on the trial.
As for my opinion of Stellarium vs Star Chart, I liked Star Chart's interface better.
I'm not a very experienced user of said programs, but have dabbled with Google Sky, Stellarium and now Star Chart. And, honestly I probably never
would have bought it, but Xbox live indie games are like a new addiction that I have found ever since needing to spend Christmas Gift Cards. Geeze, a
20 dollar game card gets me 20 game! Sorry, I digress.
What I liked about Star Chart is this:
1. You can easily set your position, which then gives you a real time view of the sky over you. Not sure if Stellarium has this feature, but it has
always set me somewhere in Paris.
2. I liked the fact that the stars / planets were moving as I was watching them, in supposed real time. It was just a neat sensation to see Mars
streak across the sky.
3. The program zoomed in enough to get a decent sized representation of each planet in our solar system.
Distant star images are no where close to the quality of Hubble photos that can be found in Google Sky however. But, that being said, they aren't
4. I also liked how brilliantly lit the sun was. I just wish there was defined graphics of the sun. If someone could take the graphics from the
movie "Sunshine" and put them into a program like this, it would have many sun-gazing enthusiasts flock to it.
Side Question : Are there any plugins / layers for Google Earth that allow high quality sun gazing?
5. I liked how I could easily shift the time and see the changes in the sky overhead. Does Stellarium have this feature?
Edit to Add:
Another reason I like this app, is that it does go through my xbox.
Which lets me utilize my High Def TV very easily for high quality browsing.
edit on 15-1-2011 by ThreeDeuce because: (no reason given)