In the screen captures below.... I was careful to set everything identical in both our feature programs.... the identical stars are marked "a" through "f"... and the star "Wesen" (a second magnitude star in Canis Major) is in the center of both screen shots
THE SKY (BELOW)
STARRY NIGHT PRO (BELOW)
It is my suggestion that beginning astronomers select Starry Night Pro as the photo-realistic behaviour of this software more closely matches what is seen with the eyes.... (and through telescopes... as the software progessively reveals dimmer stars as it is zoomed in).
The Sky undoubtedly has more raw data on the objects (in the Level 4 version).... but as an astronomical learning tool if falls short and I would not recommend it for beginners.
© copyright 2006 Stephen E. Mendes, Barbados.