Sidereal Clock

Sidereal Clock


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.1
File Size:
2.42MB
Date Added:
December 29, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98
Total Downloads:
9,763
Downloads Last Week:
9
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Sidereal Clock is a tiny application that allows users to keep track of local mean sidereal time. The program does function appropriately, but its complete lack of other features or options may be disappointing to some users.

This program may well be the smallest and simplest program we've ever reviewed. Users can enter their time zone or have the clock detect it automatically, and users can also enter their longitude. But that's it. The clock is small, about 1 inch by 2 inches, and displays sidereal time in hours, minutes, and seconds. An online Help file gives a brief description of each of the clock's features. Users access the program's settings by right-clicking on the clock's face, and it may seem at first that the program contains several other features, including the ability to display universal time and use a calculator and alarms. However, attempting to access these features results in a message encouraging users to upgrade to the commercial version of the program. If you truly need a sidereal clock and nothing more, this program is fine. But if you're looking for features of any sort, you're better off with something else.

Sidereal Clock is free. It comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users seeking a very basic way to keep track of sidereal time.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.8

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4 stars

    "Shows local sidereal time accurately. Long nnonn'nn.n""

    December 02, 2012   |   By speters33w

    Version: Sidereal Clock 2.0.1

    Pros

    Small
    Unobtrusive
    Can be set always on top or not.
    Window size changes with font selection.

    Cons

    Takes up space in taskbar when running.

    Summary

    Doesn't deserve low star reviews I read, one couldn't unzip, one didn't know what sidereal time is, and one didn't know local longitude and attempted to click on a pretty small map to get longitude.

    Puts a small clock on your desktop displaying local sidereal time. Must be configured to your local longitude, starts at 0o00'00.0"

    Pretty featureless, but exactly what I want. Accuracy seems fine.

    "Alarms" require a paid upgrade, but I'm not using them anyway

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  • 1 stars

    "I was unable to use the program"

    May 26, 2011   |   By PisceanStarman

    Version: Sidereal Clock 2.0.1

    Pros

    I was unable to use the program

    Cons

    I was unable to use the program

    Summary

    I have windows 7 and internet explorer 9. I was able to download the program sucessfully. I was not able to figure out how to unzip and use the program, so, I deleted it from my computer. If you can tell me how to unzip the program, I will be more than happy to re-download and use it. I will then re-rate it.

    Updated on Jun 4, 2011

    I recently re-downloaded the sidereal clock widget. This time I had no problem opening and setting up the widget. I performs very well and serves the purpose that I got it for; which is to keep track of the setting of the center of the galaxy on the horizon from my longitude. Please upgrade the previous star rating that I gave from one star to five stars. Thanks for such a wonderful widget.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not useful and mostly in the way"

    October 28, 2009   |   By Popejw

    Version: Sidereal Clock 2.0.1

    Pros

    Small program, good if you want a clock

    Cons

    It was just mostly in the way and cluttered up the desktop, the standard clock that comes with windows on the taskbar works well.

    Summary

    I didn't care for the extra clutter on the desktop, it is a redundant program since windows already has a clock on the taskbar. However if you are in need of one this would be a good program for it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Awkward to use and configure,"

    October 27, 2009   |   By rls444

    Version: Sidereal Clock 2.0.1

    Pros

    Not much. I guess it works.

    Cons

    It's difficult to configure, the map too small to get accurate longitude and latitude, and the clock itself unappealing.

    Summary

    Forget it!

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