What additional databases can I add?


    Meteor Showers
    Stephen Hutson's terrific databases of meteor shower radiants (updated for 2001). Both IMO and RASC datasets are included. (
    Macintosh orWindows)

    GCVS (Variable Stars)
    The General Catalog of Variable Stars was submitted by Marion Schmitz and includes over 31,000 variable stars. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Local Group
    Bill Arnett's compilation of galaxies in the Local Group. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    GCVS (Variable Stars)
    Extracted from the General Catalog of Variable Stars (GCVS) Vol. IV & V and Hipparcos Catalog of Periodic Variables & Unsolved Variables. Only stars brighter than 10th magnitude at maximum are included. Compiled by Ray Colley. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    AAVSO Variable Stars
    The 5641 variable stars in the AAVSO catalog, compiled by Mike Fikes. (
    Macintosh orWindows)
    Planetary Nebulae
    Bill Arnett's planetary nebulae by Perek & Kohoutek. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    LX200 Alignment Stars
    The 33 stars used to align a Meade LX200 as compiled by Bill Arnett. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    SAC Doubles
    Bill Arnett's double stars from the Saguaro Astronomical Club. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Supernova Remnants
    Leigh Palmer's Galactic Supernova Remnant catalog compiled by Dr. David Green of the University of Cambridge. (Macintosh orWindows)
    Common Names
    Common names of Deep Sky objects compiled by Hartmut Frommert, revised by Bill Arnett. (Macintosh or Windows)

    Extrasolar Planets
    Catalog of stellar bodies with planetary systems. Based on data from Alex Willman's Extrasolar planets. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Extra-solar Planets
    Confirmed planets around main sequence stars, compiled by Ed Totman. (
    Macintosh orWindows)

    Herschel 400
    Compiled by Michael Desjarlais. (
    Macintosh orWindows)
    UGC Galaxies
    Uppsala General Catalog of Galaxies, compiled by Bill Arnett. (Macintosh or Windows)
    Celestron AAM Alignment Stars
    Markers for the 28 primary alignment stars for the Celestron Advanced AstroMaster, compiled by Greg Miller. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Finest NGC objects
    A subset of the NGC catalog which only includes those objects in the RASC's List of the Finest NGC objects. Compiled by Richard Weatherston. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Nexstar Alignment Stars
    The 40 alignment stars for the Celestron Nexstar 5/8, created by Brandon Beretta. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Hubble Observations
    A Starry Night database showing the position of each HST image in the sky. The data shows which camera took the image and provides a link to the actual image on the internet along with links to more information. There are two different versions of the database. Use the smaller file if you have a limited amount of RAM (less than 32-48MB). The larger data file contains information about the intended target, the date and time the image was taken, the exposure length, etc. You can still get this data using the smaller file but you will have to link out to the internet to get it.

    Small File (4 MB) (Macintosh or Windows)
    Large File (6 MB) (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Nexstar 5/8 Catalog
    All 10384 numbered stars in the Nexstar 5/8 hand controller's database. Created by Alan Touchberry. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Lumicon NGC-SkyVector Digital Setting Circles
    Stars from the SkyVector catalog (most are variable or multiple stars). Created by Alan Touchberry. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Sky Commander Alignment Stars
    The 39 primary alignment stars and Pseudo North used to align the Sky Commander DSC. Compiled by Allan Keller. (
    Macintosh orWindows)
    SkySensor 2000 Alignment Stars
    The 35 alignment stars and Polaris used to align the SkySensor 2000. Compiled by Bob Hillier. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Caldwell Catalog 
    Patrick Caldwell-Moore's list of 109 non-Messier deep-sky objects. Created by Charles Gagné. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Pulsar Catalog 
    A catalog of 706 pulsars. Compiled by 
    Ulf Teräs. Please check author's webpage for details. (Macintosh or Windows)
    Quasars and Active Galaxies Catalog A catalog containing more than 18 000 quasars, BL Lac objects and active galaxies. Compiled by Ulf Teräs. Please check author's webpagefor details. (Macintosh or Windows)
    Globular Clusters Catalog 
    A catalog of 147 globular clusters in the Milky Way. Compiled by 
    Ulf Teräs. Please checkauthor's webpage for details. (Macintosh orWindows)
    Planetary Satellites Database 
    A catalog containing all known moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Compiled by Mike Parkes. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Covington Objects Database 
    A database of 200 interesting stars and deep-sky objects from the book "Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes". Compiled by Michael A. Covington. (
    Macintosh or Windows)
    Urban Deep Sky Database 
    The Astronomical League’s Urban Observing list comprised of 87 deep sky objects deemed suitable for urban locations affected by light pollution. Converted to Starry Night format by Pedro Braganca. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    Astonomical League's Double Stars Club 
    The Astronomical League's list of 100 double stars for their Double Stars Club. Compiled by Mike Benson and formatted for Starry Night by Gene Nickel. (
    Macintosh or Windows)

    These files are in compressed format. After you have uncompressed them, you will find both the compiled databases and the text files which they were built from. Move the files ending in ".ssd" to the "Starry Night <product name>/Sky Data" folder. Macintosh users will have to Ctrl-click on the Starry Night application and select Show Package Contents to see the Sky Data folder. The next time you run Starry Night, you should see additional options in the menus for these datasets.

    The databases on this page are free to use but should not be redistributed without the author's permission. If you build a database that you would like to include on this page, please send us an email.


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      Adolfo Baltazar

      Very helpful information! I wish someone would build an asterism  database.



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      Thomas Barrett

      I'm posting 2 recent databases I built using files from the HEASARC database. The GCVS one includes the Stars from the Wikipedia List of Nearest Stars article and the Exoplanet one is even newer than the one in the video I made about the files here "New SNP Variable Stars & Local Brown Dwarfs Database" The files were made on a Macintosh, if that matters anymore.

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      Keiron Smith

      Hi Thomas,

      I also posted your video to our Facebook page here:http://www.facebook.com/StarryNightSoftware

      Thanks so much!

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      Ann Myers
      Thanks very much Thomas B for sharing the two databases. Very much appreciated.
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      When I try to build the Extrasolar planets database, I get an error: "Catalog ID invalid or out of range"