Sky and Telescope
Targeted at casual stargazers, Pocket Stars is an easy way to carry a star atlas
in your pocket — especially if you never go anywhere without your personal digital
assistant (PDA) — and offers much more than the star-name database. While there
is a “home base” edition for desktop PCs, the version for Pocket PC devices makes
the best of the hardware restrictions of pint-size computers, providing easy-to-read
graphics, day or night.
Pocket Stars should please users of many sorts, whether they be simple star gazers,
astronomy students, or ship captains. The interface is intuitive and easy to use,
and the program is thoroughly well designed. It comes as little surprise that the
Pocket Stars has sold over 10,000 copies; the quality of the program is apparent
from the first moment of use. Pocket PC Louisville An ex-Microsoft developer wrote
the program, originally for his own use. It has matured into a commercial product
with an enthusiastic following of customers. Users range from sailors to teachers
to photographers. What makes this package stand out from the other astronomy programs
is a very well thought out user interface, and a very rich set of features... Pocket
Stars stands out, however, in how the features are implemented inside a very intuitive
user interface. Tap & hold, drag, and hotspot features abound and act just like
you think they should.
Just Another Mobile Monday
I have been interested in astronomy since I was a young child. It has always amazed
me to view the "billions and billions" (as the famed astronomer Carl Sagan would
famously say) of objects in the sky. I was probably never as well versed in the
intricacies of astronomy as I liked to think I was, but I have always had a fascination
in learning all that I could. Finding a tool that can satisfy this craving in an
amateur, while also providing advanced tools for users of all skill levels poses
a daunting challenge, and one that is well met by Pocket Stars. This program is
a mandatory addition to the toolbox of anyone interested in viewing or learning
about the celestial objects we look at every night in the sky. It provides numerous
tools which illustrate that astronomy is much more than playing connect the dots
with the stars.
Unsolicited Customer Testimonials
You have a great program! I am a university astronomy instructor and Pocket Stars
is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find for the Pocket PC. The other programs I have
run across have more bells and whistles, but they are mostly not functional given
the small screen to view events and poorly designed navigation features.
Fantastic Star Gazers Utility. This is a wonderful little program. The ability to
easily scroll and zoom in on every object (including galaxies) and the flexibility
of the preferences makes this a superb program. The simplicity of the user interface
makes the product useable within a few seconds. The complexity of the design gives
the user an extraordinary depth of capability and knowledge. What more can I say?
It's a truly great utility. Thanks!!!
- M. Abrams, NY, NY
I must say this is a very cool and powerful piece of software and I'm very impressed
with it. It's the sort of software you'd go out and buy a PDA just to run!
- Mark S, Australia
Great job on the fastanstic program. My Astronomy friends are blown away by this
kind of functionality on a Pocket PC. Cheers!
- Douglas N.
What a wonderful program! One of the reasons I bought my pocket pc was because I
thought I might be able to use it for celestial navigation. I have been playing
with your demo program for about a week and having a ball! Thank you.
- Wade G, Waltham, MA
By the way, Pocket Stars is easily the best piece of software I have for my Ipaq.
I’m a submarine navigator and I use Pocket Stars many times day for ephemeral calculations.
Nothing comes close to it. Thank you for creating such a singularly useful piece
- Paul O, UK.
I just downloaded Pocket Stars as a trial. Even with the limited experience with
it I can see that it's an amazing program. Congratulations!
- Gary S
I've bought Pocket Stars.... it's the best so far for the handhelds.....
I've downloaded Pocket Stars from your website yesterday and really like it. It
is very user friendly. We operate a sailing school in both Maine and the Caribbean.
One of the courses we offer is celestial navigation. We will be using your software
as another tool in our Celestial Navigation course.
- L.W., Portland, ME
Anyway, as a navigator in the US Navy P3 aircraft for many years, as well as an
interested astronomer, I find your software terrific.
- Bob W, Chula Vista, CA
I am a navigating officer in the Canadian Navy. I recently purchased a copy of Pocket
Stars which I use on my Jornada 540 - and the software has proven to be an excellent
tool! ... I look forward to throwing my celesti---- into the trash bin!
- Tim M, Canada
Pocket Stars is one of those apps that when you first use it you know that you have
been waiting for it most of your life.
- Beverly H, Austin, TX
Pocket Stars was one of the few Pocket PC programs that really interested the Aymara Indians.
- Scott Hibbs, travelogue in PocketPC Magazine
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