A Star Catalog visualization and data record retrieval tool.
What is Starcat?
Starcat is a viewer for the Bright Star, Hipparcos and
Tycho star catalogs for use under Windows or Linux. The default catalog is
the Bright Star Catalog with over 9000 stars. The Hipparcos catalog
contains over 100,000 stars (above) and the Tycho catalog over 1,000,000 stars.
StarCats is a visualization tool for these catalogs which also gives direct
access to the catalog record data for any star by pointing and clicking.
Screen Shot 1, Big Dipper, Info Box
Screen Shot 2, Sky, Bright Star Catalog
Screen Shot 3, Orion, Hipparcos Catalog
Screen Shot 4, Orion,Tycho Catalog
Screen Shot 5, Center of the Milkyway,Tycho Catalog
Screen Shot 6, Planets
In addition StarCat shows the positions of the moon, sun and planets for
any given time and location on earth, so can be used to identify any
object visible in the sky. Find out where the sun really was
on the day you were born, or check out the solor eclipse coming up on December 25
(visible in Canada and North US).
You can also print out custom sky charts.
Starcat is currently available for use at version 0.96. See readme file for
installation notes, and known
problems. Watch here for updates.
Where to Get StarCat?
Click Here to download the starcat win32 executable (starcat096_win.zip).
Starcat is open source software under a
gnu General Public License.
The Starcat win32 executable package includes the
Bright Star condensed Catalog data file.
Create a StarCats directory and unzip
the executable and data files to it. Readme file contains
operation notes and instructions for getting and installing the other catalogs.
(or right click and save as)
to download the source code (starcat096.tar.gz) including
The source code includes VC project files (.dsw) and
a makefile to build for use under Linux.
, a free, multiple platform C++ graphical user interface framework
for cross platform compatability.
Astro Catalog Links:
The Hipparcos and Tycho catalogs (as well as many others) are
available by FTP at NASA's Astronomical Data Center:
The Bright Star Catalog is also available at:
The GCVS and NVS catalogs are at:
Astro Software Links:
Celestia is a 3D planetarium. Very cool!
Star Charts is a Free program to draw sky charts
for use with Windows 95/98/NT/2000. A very nice piece of work
with many additonal catalog options.
By Patrick Chevalley.
calculates the position of the Sun, the
Moon, all the planets and 1600 of the brightest stars in
the sky for any time and a any geographical position.
Star gazers can use it to find or identify the planets in a
clear nighttime sky. It can also be used as a compass
when the Sun or Moon is visible.
If you're looking for portable astro software for
your palm, this is the one!
Links to many astronomy software sites.
Also has an astronomy software review database.
Add your own comments.
StarCat Version History:
Added time zones and time setting dialog box.
Added cursor position display.
Current Known Problems:
- Time lapse mode seems to become drag-ass slow
after running some time. Why? I don't know.
- Bad shutdown when in time lapse and app is
shutdown with window frame check box.
- Print setup dialog appears only on first
print, afterwords is skiped over...
C Programing Resources:
V, a free, multiple platform C++ graphical user interface framework
CygWin, a gnu C++ compiler for Windows
April 20, 2000