Stellarium review

Stellarium is an excellent free, open-source night sky exploration and mapping software application

5 Star Rating
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Free to use across multiple platforms and as professionally built as any paid-for software, Stellarium feels premium despite the lack of cost. Take a wide view of the night sky to track subjects on any given night or zoom right in to see them in more detail. There’s a wealth of information and history for everything from the planets of the solar system to star constellations and nebulae.


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    Stacks of info on night sky objects

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    Available on every device imaginable

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    Simple and intuitive user interface


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    Objects not as detailed as competitors

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    No space calendar for new launches

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    No star guides or audio descriptions

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There are a few things stargazers want in a night sky viewing/planetarium software, comprehensive libraries of night sky objects, plenty of information, easy controls and search functions and the ability to use it on multiple devices are just a few of the crucial elements. Fortunately, Stellarium ticks all the boxes.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.