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Guide 9.0 has been released. Click here for more information.

Having trouble installing Guide 8.0 (or earlier) in Windows 7, 8, or Vista? Click here for the (simple) fix.

This site last updated 2011 December 7. Click here to see what has changed recently.

Updated Guide 8.0 software posted 2011 September 6. It's recommended that all Guide 8.0 users download and install the current update. It adds many new features (listed at the link) and fixes several bugs. (No updates for Guide 9.0 have been posted as yet.)

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About Project Pluto: Project Pluto supplies astronomical software, both commercial and freeware, to amateur and professional astronomers. The foremost product is the Guide DVD Star Chart, a powerful general-purpose charting/desktop planetarium tool. The main purpose of this program is star chart generation, and it is unsurpassed in this area; but it also provides immense amounts of data on the objects displayed, ephemerides, telescope control, and other useful features.

The Find_Orb orbit determination software can take a set of positional measurements of an asteroid, comet, or natural or artificial satellite, and determine its orbit.

Very useful! Mailing list for Guide users!

Click here for a Japanese version of parts of this site.

Click here for an HTML version of the Guide users manual.

There is a list of particularly interesting events to simulate using Guide.

Some information about the precision of planetary positions and other aspects of Guide is available.

Some people who have seen the current support for the above languages have asked about adding more. Some information on translations has been added to this site.

Some data on custom telescope control (complete with correction for mechanical errors) through Guide is available here.

Where Guide users are: (22 Jun 1999) Click here for a world map showing where Guide is used. (There's also a map showing where Guide is used in the United States.)

The background shading shows the path of the August 1999 solar eclipse, since Guide's "geographic display" was really added for only the purpose of showing eclipses and occultations. But the orange symbols give a rough idea as to where Guide users are.

If you're a current Guide user and would like to display this dataset on Guide charts, click here. (Given the file at that link, you will be able to zoom in for greater detail.) The dataset/chart was built out of both pure curiosity and as an example of how "user-added datasets" work on geographical data.

As the above chart shows, there is currently a Guide user at the Davis Station in Antarctica, as well as one at the South Pole research station, so Guide is now used on all continents. About half of Guide users are in the US and Canada, with a lot of users in Western Europe, Australia, and Japan, plus a few scattered throughout the rest of the world (there is one user each in Tahiti, New Guinea, Siberia, Iran, and Pakistan, for example). Oddly enough, while there are a few dozen users in Hong Kong and South Africa, there are none at all (so far) in the rest of Africa or in mainland China.

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