RTGUI: Real-Time Interactive Windows
Software for Astronomical Observers
Ver. 12 (August 3,
2018): Changes required for Asteroid/Comet position
downloads. Minor bug fixes.
User Interface Enhanced
for Use on Windows Tablet
PCs. see What's
Selected Comet and Asteroid Positions Via the Internet.
Quickly find Planets, Messier Objects, Caldwell Objects, NGC/IC
Objects, Named Stars, Carbon Stars, Quasars, and > 2,500 Double
Stars, by Constellation, Altitude, Magnitude, etc..
NGC and IC data - errors in standard catalogs fixed.
runs on Windows PCs or Tablets - Can Call Skychart.
Very convenient to take out in the
Read the FAQ -
or - Find Out What's new
Visit the RTGUI Facebook Page
Read or Join the RTGUI
Group on "groups.io" . (Original RTGUI Yahoo Group is now discontinued.)
Astro Adventure Weekly's Youtube Video explaining
how to use RTGUI.
RTGUI running on a Windows 8.1 Tablet, with Skychart. It
on any PC or Tablet on any standard version of Windows (not "Windows
"it ROCKS! It's simple, small, and
interfaces to Cartes du Ciel. What more can you ask for?"
- Astronomy author Rod Mollise.
Read his review of RTGUI (Acrobat PDF reader is required).
Copyright (c) 2003-2019 by Robert
Free Windows Program - Controls Most
Self-Extracting Archive Program for RTGUI, Version
12 (download size is only about
If updating to
this new version of RTGUI+S
from an older one, it is not necessary to unpack
the new home location file RTGUI.HOM, saving you the trouble of
re-entering your latitude, longitude, and telescope data.
Press a button for "Goto", or for an 'Instant Skychart' of the selected
RTGUI, Version 12 as a ZIP
(Windows Defender or your Browser
may warn that the downloaded
RTGUI file might be “dangerous,” simply because they do not know what
it is. Just ignore this warning, and install it anyway. If you have any
concerns, you can download RTGUI Ver. 12 as a ZIP file, and virus check
the archive. Over 35,000 people have visited this page since 2005, and
no legitimate security issues have ever arisen.)
the FAQ - or - Read the program documentation
works well with Mike Swanson's Nexstar Control Pad
catalogs into rtgui directory)
Messier Marathon Catalog (3k download, 11k
unzipped. 110 entries)
. Once a year, in mid to late March, is
it possible for mid-northern observers to see all 110 Messier objects
in a single night's marathon observing session. This catalog contains
all of the Messier objects, in the order that you need to observe them
(whatever sets the soonest is "next"!). There is also a separate
catalog for southern observers, with the visible M-objects ordered for
their search. Just search for "M", and keep hitting "next"! (It's
probably also a good idea to print out the list, for your location
Washington Double Star Catalog 1.8 Meg
Download, 8.4 Meg unzipped. Revised Jan. 31, 2006 for compatibility
with new Search Wizard. Includes constellation names for every object.
Complete WDS 2001 catalog, 84,468 entries. Contains virtually every
visual double star known. Don't waste those moonlit nights - observe
thousands of double stars! In addition to the Constellation Names, I
have cross-indexed the WDS with the HR and PPM catalogs, picking up
Bayer (Gam Vir) and Flamsteed (61 Cyg) designations, as well as SAO
numbers, where available. (Entries in the original WDS catalog contain
only the WDS designation, and the DM numbers, so it's hardly
user-friendly.) Separation and magnitude of companion are given, where
available. I know of no other catalog of double stars so complete yet
easy to search. For more information about this catalog, see http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds
PPM.ZIP Positions and Proper Motions Star
Catalog in .RTG format ( 9.4 Meg download, 46.7 Meg unzipped. 468,861
entries). Download Herschel2500.zip Herschel 2500 Catalog for RTGUI. (48kb download) 2010.Download Herschel400.zip 400 Deep Sky Objects from Astronomical League (9kb download) 2010.Download gcvs.zip General Catalog of Variable Stars, 38,624 entries.( 836k download, 4 meg unzipped) 2005.Download Markarian.zip Catalog of 1,470 Markarian Galaxies (80k download, 339k unpacked) 2006.Download gcpd.zip General Catalog of Photometric Data, 152,000 entries. (2.3 M download, 15.5 M unzipped). 2004 Now has constellation abbreviations. Download alds.zip Astronomical League Double Star Catalog (3kb download, uploaded by rapideye.geo). 2004.Download Bennett.rtg The Bennett Catalog of southern sky objects or "A Southern Sky Messier catalog". (16 kb) 2011. This contains all 152 objects and is based on the catalog described at http://www.astrosurf.com/antilhue/Bennett.htmDownload quasars.zip Catalogue of 13,214 known quasars, updated for Search Wizard (264kb download) 2010.Download Sharpless_catalog.exe Self extracting Sharpless catalog of star-forming regions (48kb, uploaded by dsnay). 2008Download VanDenBergh.exe Self-extracting van den Bergh catalog of 158 reflection nebulae (135kb, uploaded by dsnay). 2009.Download RCW.zip RCW Catalog of southern Star Forming Regions (8kb) 2008.
Contains all SAO catalog objects, also has PPM
numbers, & HD numbers, now cross-referenced with data in the
Bright Star catalog. Every entry now has a constellation name. ( For
information on the PPM, see http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/star-catalog/ppm.html
Catalog is in reverse
order, starting with north polar objects and moving southward. This
also places the smaller SAO and PPM numbers at the start rather than