Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Utility Program
Author : Richard Hanson
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: CONSTELLATION, Superior, £6.99
Compilation Release(s) : 1989: PRES GAMES DISC 5, PRES, £9.95
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+ and Master 128
Supplier : SUPERIOR, Department C, Ground Floor, Regent House, Skinner
Lane, LEEDS 7
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
This fascinating program enables the user to "view the stars" from any point on the Earth's surface, on any date and at any time. A total of 455 stars in 50 constellations may be viewed, and the "telescope" may be moved up, down, left or right, zoomed in or zoomed out. The stars can be displayed by magnitude or constellation.
Instructions' Source : CONSTELLATION (Superior) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
This well written program enables the user to view the stars from any point on the Earth's surface on any date and at any time - all without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Your monitor can now show a vast array of more than 450 stars in 50 major constellations. For your part, move the telescope-display up, down, right or left as well as zooming in or out, all via the keyboard.
The well constructed program allows you to view the heavens in two different ways - as you might observe by looking up into the night sky by the varying magnitude of the stars and secondly, the display can be changed to show each constellation by a code of letters. For example, a group of letter Gs indicate the position of the constellation Gemini.
Using this letter code, all fifty constellations are listed, the accompanying notes giving additional information to the user.
All in all a very good educational package which is simple to use. Amateur astronomers might also like to consider this one if they're fortunate enough to own an Electron.
Ken Smith, ELECTRON USER 2. 4