By Ben Ellison
One of the great pleasures of cruising to remote anchorages is the chance to experience a starry summer night in its full glory, and the pleasure is enhanced by a better understanding of what’s going on out there. When I mentioned it in my March column on PDA navigation, Pocket Stars 1.0 was already a brilliant Pocket PC tool for learning the planets, stars, and constellations (as well as navigation chores like calculating great circle courses, horizon distances, and sextant sights). Now version 2.0 adds planetarium-style animations and astronomical graphics, and—most important—a PC twin. The prices are nearly absurd at $15 for either program or $24 for both, though they are only available for purchase and downloading online.
Nomad Electronics Phone: (206) 329-6327. www.nomadelectronics.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.