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SkyMate Pro:  The Navigator's Almanac FAQ's:

When will the new version of Skymate Pro be released?

Skymate Pro 2012 is now in pre-release for beta testing by users.  

For more information on Skymate Pro 2012 and how to download the beta version software [Click Here]

Pre-release testing has been extended until Dec-2016 with release 3-2016-G.
Will Skymate Pro run on Windows 7/8/10?

Skymate Pro v1.05 will NOT run on the latest 64-bit versions of Windows 7.   It is a 16-bit software program which will only run on 32-bit systems.

Microsoft does provide an XP-Mode compatibility free update to Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate & Enterprise). This add-on allows the earlier windows programs to run on 64-bit.    Download Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC

Skymate Pro 2012 is the latest version and it will run on Windows 7.   The new version is now in pre-release user testing.  
For more information on Skymate Pro 2012 and scheduled release [Click Here]
Is SkyMate Pro Y2K compliant?

This applies to the original 16-bit version:

SkyMate Pro version 1.05 is fully Year 2000 Compliant.   All dates are entered as individual fields to avoid confusion and errors that often occur with various international settings.   On Almanac functions where only a year is used, the year is selected from a list.   The almanac range of years SkyMate Pro is 1900-2100.  

Versions earlier than v1.03 WILL encounter problems when calculating dates in the year 2000 if those dates are entered using TWO DIGIT YEARS.   Years entered in two digit format will be assumed to be in 19xx.  

If you are still using an earlier version of SkyMate Pro, you should download the latest version at this time.   For more informaton on SkyMate Pro: The Navigator's Almanac, Click Here
Why is the sunRISE (LT) date often different from the sunSET (LT) date when doing an Almanac Body calculation?

This applies to the original 16-bit version (v1.05):

The Almanac Body function in SkyMate Pro provides the instant almanac information for the time/position that is used for the calculation.   The Rise/Set/Transit calculations are based on the UTC date that is used --- not the LT date.   All Local Time values entered on the tool bar are converted to UTC dates.   The astronomical formulas in SkyMate Pro calculate Rise/Set/Transit values for the selected UTC date.   Results are then displayed in both LT and UTC times.   Depending on your time zone correction the LT displays for the transit calculations will be on different dates, although the UTC calculation will be for the selected date.

Since most of your (LT) Rise/Set calculations will actually occur on two different (UTC) dates, if you are trying to get the SuRise and SunSet value for the same day, you will need to do a '2nd estimate' calculation to obtain both values.

Do your first calculation to obtain the SR or SS for the current (LT) date.  

Reset the Lat/Long DR position to reflect the vessel's new position for the 2nd calculation.   Change the local time so that the UTC date is before/after (depending on your E/W location) from your first calculation.  Recalculate the Almanac to get the 2nd transit infomaton.

This process should provide you with your Rise/Set times for the same (LT) day.   The key thing to remember is what UTC date is being used.  You will also find that when you cross between East/West longitute time zones that the Rise/Set dates will reverse since UTC will be ahead/behind your position.

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