Welcome to SKY:Lab Astronomy Software - home of STAR Atlas:PRO Planetarium, Star Atlas and Telescope Control
Welcome to SKY:Lab Astronomy Software - home of STAR Atlas:PRO Planetarium, Star Atlas and Telescope Control
STAR Atlas:PRO Astronomy Software
a spectacular Planetarium and Star Atlas
packed with features for astronomers and stargazers of all levels

STAR Atlas:PRO™ frequently asked questions


What type of computer do I need to run STAR Atlas:PRO ?

STAR Atlas:PRO is best suited to all current model desktop and laptop computers, however still works perfectly on older computers.

My laptop only has a USB port, can I still use STAR Atlas:PRO with my telescope ?

Yes. If you have a computer with only a USB connection then you need to do one of the following;

In either case, software is supplied which will set up your computer's USB port as a Virtual COM port and enable telescope communications to proceed via your computer's USB port as if it were a COM port.

How do I upgrade to the latest version of STAR Atlas:PRO ?

Please visit this page that describes the upgrade policy.

Does STAR Atlas:PRO work in the Northern hemisphere ?

Absolutely, STAR Atlas:PRO works in the North and South hemispheres.

Why isn't there a demo version of STAR Atlas:PRO ?

STAR Atlas:PRO is too large of a software package to distribute a demonstration version that would really provide a fair demonstration of STAR Atlas:PRO's capabilities.

STAR Atlas:PRO is not one of the packages listed on the Orbital Elements web page at the Minor Planetary Centre. How does one obtain the elements from the Minor Planetary Centre site ?

STAR Atlas:PRO readily downloads the Comet Orbital Elements in the MPC Format and does not require any special proprietary format, this is the reason that STAR Atlas:PRO does not have it's own comet file format at the MPC web site.

Is STAR Atlas:PRO Australian made and owned?

Yes, STAR Atlas:PRO is developed in Australia, by amateur astronomer, astrophotographer, and career professional software developer Paul J. Mayo. It is 100% Australian owned.

What Operating Systems does STAR Atlas:PRO work on ?

STAR Atlas:PRO runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows from Windows 98 through Windows 10.

Can you add your own Astronomical Images ?

Certainly, you can attach as many Images as you like to each astronomical object.