Cartes du Ciel / Sky Charts
Sky Charts 2.7
by Patrick Chevalley
Home page : http://www.astrosurf.com/astropc
This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the
data in 16 catalogs of stars and nebulae.
The purpose of this program is to prepare different sky maps
for a particular observation.
I originally developed this program for my personal use, because I like to adapt my tools to my needs. In my opinion the functionality of Sky Charts might be of interest to amateur astronomers or students. Therefore I decided to distribute it as freeware. I feel that you should invest your money in buying a good eyepiece rather than to waste it on software!
Terms and conditions
"Sky charts" is a freeware. You can freely install and use an
unlimited number of copies for your personal use or redistribute
it freely with the restriction that you must not modify it and
that you include all the documentation files.
For the conditions and citations of the single catalogs,
please refer to the original descriptions in the files ".TXT" in
the subdirectory "CAT\".
Sky Charts uses catalog extracts provided by these two institutions:
I would also like to mention the US Naval Observatory who kindly supplies the USNO-SA1.0 CD-ROM, the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams for the elements of comets and asteroids and their permission to distribute these files, and Lowell Observatory for the asteroids elements.
The Saguaro Astronomy Club distributes Database Version 7.1
Michael. G. Christensen produces the FITS table with Uranometria 2000 charts boundaries.
Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
Satellite calculations use QuickSat by Mike McCants,
This program is written entirely in DELPHI 5 .
Calculations of the ephemerides of planets between 1900 and 2100 are based on "Ephemerides of planets between 1900 and 2100 Chapront-Francou, Bureau des Longitudes 1996". The program serie96.f was rewritten in Pascal and included in a DLL.
Planet calculations between -3000 and +3000 are based on plan404 by Steve Moshier, a DLL interfaces this C program.
Calculations of the ephemerides of the Moon are based on "Lunar Solution ELP 2000-82B Chapront-Touze, Bureau des Longitudes 1988". The program elp82b.f was rewritten in Pascal and included in a DLL.
Planets satellites calculation between 1997 and 2020 use posxy by J.-E. Arlot, Ch. Ruatti, D.T. Vu et W.Thuillot, Bureau des Longitudes. The program diffpos.f was rewritten in Pascal and included in a DLL.
Many calculations are based on the essential "Astronomical Algorithms by Jean Meeus".
RealSky® CD support uses a library developed by Bill Gray of Project Pluto.
Some graphic files formats use the library "NviewLib.dll" by K. Nishita.
Some graphic components use the Delphi library RXLIB.
Support for GZIP compression format uses ZLIB by Jean-Loup Gailly and Mark Adler.
I would especially like to thank all the people who translate
the program into different languages.
Many thanks to Luca Crivelli and Greg Roberts for their help with the development of the program.