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4TH April 2005

See the Sky as Never Before with New Starry Night™ Pro Plus version 5.0
Full-colour AllSky CCD Mosaic Takes Observing to the Next Level

Avanquest and Imaginova are pleased to announce the latest release of Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0, the most innovative product to date in the award-winning Starry Night astronomy software line. The new version includes all the features, data and images of Starry Night Pro version 5.0 PLUS the AllSky CCD mosaic, a full-colour photograph of the entire night sky visible from Earth. Combined with more telescope control options and easy-to-use integration with Diffraction Limited’s MaxIm DL/CCD imaging software, Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 is an essential tool for astrophotography.

Licensed from Main-Sequence, publisher of Desktop Universe, the AllSky mosaic is the first-ever, full-colour CCD image covering the sky from pole to pole. The mosaic was painstakingly stitched together from 20,000 individual images taken using a custom telescope incorporating an Apogee AP9E scientific grade CCD camera. Main-Sequence aligned the tiles with astrometric accuracy, allowing the Starry Night team to precisely match up the mosaic with the Starry Night computer generated stars and databases. Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 users can now smoothly and swiftly explore a full colour photograph of the entire night sky, to a limiting magnitude of 14-15.

In addition, Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 users have at their fingertips more ways to enhance the pleasure of their sky-watching experiences. Through an innovative plug-in to MaxIm DL/CCD advanced imaging software (sold separately), users can create and add their own astrophotos to Starry Night. Users simply find a target with Starry Night, capture the image with their telescope and camera, process the image with MaxIm DL and automatically import the pictures back into Starry Night.

The improved telescope control features of Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 make it even easier-to-use for unsurpassed astronomical observations with supported computerised scopes from Orion®, Meade® and Celestron®.

Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 also includes: the bonus SkyTheater DVD, a 104-minute movie that takes viewers on a voyage throughout the solar system; the Starry Night Companion, a bonus 192-page illustrated astronomy book; and a Quick Start User Card.

Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 retails at £149.95 inc VAT and is available from or by calling 01752 895100, it is also available from Broadhurst Clarkson & Fuller. Starry Night Pro Plus version 5.0 software is Windows® XP and Macintosh® OS X 10.3 compatible.

About Starry Night…
Starry Night is regarded as the world’s most realistic astronomy and planetarium software and is used by beginners, hobbyists and academics around the world. The New York Times described it as “a beautifully constructed desktop planetarium that is easy to use”. Starry Night is used by Sir Patrick Moore who has commented “Starry Night is a splendid program. I use it personally and, of course, we use it on the Sky at Night.” Other titles in the range include Starry Night Complete Space & Astronomy Pack (RRP £29.99), Starry Night Enthusiast (RRP £49.99) and Starry Night Pro (RRP £99.99).

About Imaginova …
ImaginovaTM is a branded multimedia company that captures people's fascination with space, science and technological innovation. The company was formed in 1999. Its brand franchises include: Space News®, the premier business-to-business international news weekly dedicated entirely to the commercial and military space and satellite communications businesses; Space at the Crossroads and Strategic Space annual industry conferences; Starry Night™, the world's leading family of astronomy products; and, a web site that offers rich and compelling space, astronomy and technology content, including information, education, entertainment and business news.

About Avanquest Global Software Publishing
Avanquest, part of the BVRP Software Group, is a leading provider of complete software publishing solutions to meet the global sales and distribution needs of developers. As a fully integrated network of international value-added software publishers, Avanquest combines experienced product management, sales representation, package and product design, public relations and supply chain management systems, with proven direct retailer relationships in 90 percent of the world's software markets. Additional information can be found at and

Contact Details
Product Information
Katie Forman
Tel: 01752 241468

Press Information – review copies
Natalie Dowse
Tel: 01962 835000

General sales
Tel: 01752 895100

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