Re: SkyMap Confusion

William B. Blair (
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 19:15:11 -0700

>Let me clear up a little confusion about this SkyMap business.  First of all,
>unfortunately, there are at least 2 SkyMap programs.  Mine was first made
>publicly available in 1991.  Some time later a second SkyMap came on the scene
>out of the UK.  The biggest difference between the two is that mine is a
>satellite tracking program for plotting trajectories against the celestial
>background; the UK program is a planetarium program that runs under Windows.
>The UK SkyMap is NOT a satellite tracker.  Now, for all I know there may be a
>third SkyMap program that DOES do satellite tracking, but I haven't seen it

I'm afraid that I'm partially responsible for the general confusion here.
I responsed to someone who had a problem with >SkyMap< that I misread as
being a problem with the >SatSpy<, a program that had been mentioned in a
thread just 
prior to the >SkyMap< thread and which _is_ a satellite tracking program.
been up far too late the night before viewing Hyakutake, I misread the message
subject heading.

>>In a recent message, William Blair wrote:

>> Well, to each his own, I guess.  I had no problem at all getting
>> SkyMap set up.  As a matter of fact, I found it to be the easiest to
>> set up of any tracking program that I've used.  If you have any
>> questions about it, please ask via direct email.  BTW, version 2.0
>> is in the works, according to the author.

>William is talking about a different SkyMap than mine.  I'd be curious to know
>if it actually does satellite tracking, or if it's the UK planetarium program
>I mentioned earlier.  If it DOES do satellites, then it's a new program I'm
>unfamiliar with.  Of course, that's the problem with a generic name like
>"Skymap"...  --Rob

No, William (that's me) wasn't even talking about SkyMap.  William typed
when he was actually referring to "SatSpy."  _I_ can't even believe that did
this.  For adding to the general confusion here, let us all wish that some
errant Chinese
spy satellite fall upon William's rather thick skull.

Bill B.