SkyChart III for Mac

SkyChart III for Mac

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Date Added:
February 16, 2004
Update; $49.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS Classic/X 10.2/X 10.3
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  • Mac OS 8 - 9.2.2
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  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
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    • 5 stars

      "Great \"mid-range\" astronomy program"

      July 15, 2003   |   By dylan3--2008

      Version: SkyChart III 3.6.2


      This review was originally posted on
      I just got a telescope to augment my binocular skywatching, and was looking for a program to help me locate interesting objects in the sky. Ideally it would have a decent built-in database, provide for database extensions, have flexible viewing options (including red "night vision"), and allow observation-logging.

      I narrowed my choices down to Starry Night and SkyChart. Starry Night Pro is definitely the hands-down winner at the "high-end," providing all the features I'm looking for and many more. At $180, Pro was out of my range. Presumably that's why they created Starry Night Backyard, a stripped down version of pro, it is still a little expensive at $80.

      Starry Night has fancier viewing options, and an admittedly nicer interface (heck, it won an Apple Award at the WWDC!), and really fancy features like "ride a comet view mode. However, for actual "at-the-scope" assistance of finding cool things in the sky, SkyChart is better than Starry Night, and it's much less expensive. SkyChart has a night-vision viewing mode, but Starry Night's is only in the Pro version. SkyChart lets you enter objects you've observed, but logging is only possible in Starry Night Pro's upcoming version.

      So, if you're looking for a very nice interface and fancy movies, but not so much help at a telescope, Starry Night Backyard might be better for you. But if you just bought a telescope and want a program to help you learn your way around the sky, SkyChart seems to me to be the winner.

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