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The Navigator's Almanac
Nautical Almanac & Celestial for the Professional Mariner

Version: Beta Test Release [ 3-2016-G ]

* * * New Release for 32-bit & 64-bit systems * * *

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Beta Test Period:

Skymate Pro 2012 [ 3-2016-G ] is a pre-release of version 2.0 for user testing purposes.   It is fully functional for a limited time. Once the Beta user testing period is complete the final program will be released.  The testing period is expected to be completed by August 2016.

During the Beta test period, additional test versions may be released for further evaluation.   This process is designed to help ensure the final program release has been fully tested on different PCs and operating systems.  Check this web page for release information and updates.

All users should be aware that this program version may shutdown unexpectantly due to programming errors that may still exist.

If you choose to participate in the Beta testing of Skymate Pro 2012, please provide comments and feedback on any inaccuracies or problems you encounter.

Download Skymate Pro 2012   Beta version: [ 3-2016-G ]

What's New:

The code for Skymate Pro 2012 has been completely rewritten from the ground up.   This new version will operate on the latest 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.

What is Required:

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 must be installed on your system before you can run the latest version of Skymate Pro 2012.    If you have had the service packs updated on your PC this Framework should already be installed.   Without the .NET Framework Skymate Pro 2012 will not run.

You can get the latest version of the Microsoft .NET Framework at

VISTA & WINDOWS 7 Users --- IMPORTANT Installation Info::

When installing Skymate Pro 2012 on VISTA and Windows 7 systems you will receive a User Account Control (UAC) prompt to continue.   UAC stops the automatic installation of unauthorized applications.   Select OK to continue installing the program.

Once installed, you will need to set the program properties to allow it to run as administrator.   To run a program as an administrator, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Skymate Pro 2012 icon (either on the Desktop, Start Menu or both) and select Properties
  2. Select the Advanced button
  3. Click Run as administrator.
  4. You will be prompted for a confirmation.  Click Continue.

Container Ship Skymate Pro 2012:  The Navigator's Almanac is a computerized Nautical Almanac. Using an internal almanac for the years 1900-2100, Skymate Pro 2012 will provide Mariners the accurate information needed for celestial navigation at sea.

To maximize the full potential of Skymate Pro 2012, the user should have a working knowledge and proficiency in the terminology and skills of celestial navigation.
Skymate Pro 2012 uses date/time information entered into a DR Toolbar to calculate a number of various almanac functions. The flexibility of the DR Toolbar allows the user to quickly change date/time and position information for the various celestial functions available.  
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Ship's Wheel   Skymate Pro 2012 provides the following almanac information for:
  • Almanac years 1900-2100

  • Sun and Moon

  • Navigation Planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

  • 57 Primary navigation stars as listed in the daily pages of the Nautical Almanac

  • Polaris

  • 115 Auxiliary stars, as indexed in the Nautical Almanac

  • Times of Rise, Set and Transit for each selected body

  • Star Finder chart displays

  • Predicted solar and lunar eclipses for a given year

  • Calendar display of the moon's phases for a given year

  • Calculates compass error

  • Calculates a fix from a set of LOP's - Lines of Positions taken with a marine sextant

  • Calculate navigation sailings (GC, RL) solutions.

  • Print professional looking reports!

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  • Skymate Pro 2012 provides quick and easy almanac calculations

  • Visual star charts calculate locations of stars quickly for AM/PM startime fixes.

  • Professionals add it to your arsenal of software tools as a navigation backup

  • Casual boaters will benefit by using Skymate Pro 2012 as a refresher to improve on celestial skills

  • Excellent teaching tool for instructors of celestial navigation

  • Use to sort through celestial projects submitted by students

  • The user friendly Windows interface makes Skymate Pro 2012 an all-purpose celestial program for mariners.

  • Skymate Pro 2012 almanac calculations providing the user with a flexible celestial program.

  • Best of All - It's easy to learn and use!

* * * Release History * * *
        Skymate Pro 2012
  • 03/09/2012: Beta v2.0.0.0 3-2012-A: Initial release for beta test.

  • 03/28/2012: Beta v2.0.0.1 3-2012-B: Modified Daily Page & Almanac Body layouts.

  • 03/31/2012: Beta v2.0.0.2 3-2012-C: Adjustments to screen displays on all modules.

  • 08/13/2012: Beta v2.0.0.2 8-2012-D: Display adjustments; extended beta test.

  • 04/07/2013: Beta v2.0.0.2 4-2013-E: Adjusted Almanac Body Page; extended beta test.

  • 03/12/2014: Beta v2.0.0.2 3-2014-F: Bug Fix: Sunline LOP; extended beta test.

  • 03/05/2016: Beta v2.0.0.2 3-2016-G: Extended beta test.


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