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educational software compared:

Astronomy software

What was tested? Nine astronomy packages for PC were reviewed and rated based on features, performance and value for money. Scores ranged from 2 to 5 stars out of 5. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Avanquest Starry Night Complete Space & Astronomy Pack 6

3 out of 5 stars

"... you can learn about any object you encounter just by hovering over it with the mouse." more ... (2 reviews)

   

Avanquest Starry Night Enthusiast 6

4 out of 5 stars

"... In many ways this package is similar to RedShift 6 Premium although, as you might expect for the lower price, it does have a lower specification. ..." more ... (3 reviews & 9 opinions)

   

Focus Multimedia Encyclopaedia Britannica Presents Space

4 out of 5 stars

"... You can learn about galaxies, nebulae, stars, constellations and the universe, continually narrowing your search from the multi-level menus. ..."

   

Focus Multimedia RedShift 6 Premium

3 out of 5 stars

"One of the main selling points for serious enthusiasts is the number of stars in the package's database, and ... this is an impressive 16 million. None of the other programs reviewed here offers more. ..." more ... (2 reviews)

   

Focus Multimedia Teaching You Astronomy Skills

5 out of 5 stars – Best Buy

Teaching You Astronomy Skills from Focus Multimedia has both a reference photo gallery and video gallery, and Computer Shopper were certainly impressed by what they found there in terms of both quality and the range of information available.

   

Grey Olltwit's Software Manned Spaceflight

2 out of 5 stars

"... the content is rather superficial for those wanting to delve more deeply. All space missions up to 2003 get a mention but, in many cases, it's just a one-line entry. ..."

   

GSP Software Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe

2 out of 5 stars

"... published originally in the mid-1990s and whereas basic astronomy hasn't changed much in the intervening decade, the information on the planetary probes is missing more recent information ..."

   

Marinesoft SkyMap Pro 11

4 out of 5 stars

"Although ... not the multimedia extravangze that some of the competing packages aspire to be, it does have 15,000 photographs, links to photos on the web and the option to add your own photographs. ..."

   

Vendor Nation Distant Suns 6

4 out of 5 stars

"This product may not have the same 'wow factor' as some of the other packages reviewed here, but it certainly provides the basics. ..."