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Downloading WinStars 2.0

Note: DirectX version 9.0c (or newer) should be installed on your computer. Without this Microsoft library, the program will not be able to function. (You will find it here).

Downloading the installation file:

(This file contains the executable, the BSC5, SAC and Sky2000 catalogues and basic textures.)


Supplemental modules (are only usable after payment of the licence fee):


ASCOM platform for driving your telescope with WinStars 2


Updates :

  • Just use the Update function (in the Internet menu). Use this function till obtaining the following message : "You have the last version of WinStars"


Usefull patch if the update function doesn't work correctly:

  • maj.exe
  • UnZip32.zip

    Unzip these two files in the main directory of WinStars (c:\Program files\WinStars2 by default). For more information about this operation, look at the FAQ.



Landscapes files (must be unzipped in the landscapes directory):

All these pictures are on a FTP server. If you can't download these files, you must activate the passive FTP mode on your web browser.

How to change the Internet Explorer FTP Client mode :

1. Start Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. Click to select the Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility) check box.
5. Click OK.