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Name a Star GiftFrequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

What is a Star Name?
What is a Star Catalog?
What does a Star Certificate look like? What do they say?
Are there any limitations on what I can name my star?
What is the dedication date?
Will my star name be officially recognized?
What does it mean that my star name is saved forever?
Have you ever received any testimonial letters?
Will I be able to see the star I have named?
Where do you publish your registry of star names and can I access it?
Can I get extra copies of my star certificate?
How do I order an engraved star ornament separately?
Can you show me a comparison of your Star Naming service to other services?
Will you be able to ship to my special address?
I am concerned I may not receive my Star Package in time for a special occassion. What do I do?
After I place my order, how long until I receive my Star Package?
If I need many Star Certificates, can I get a volume discount?
I don’t have a credit card, how do I get a star?
Do you have different certificates that say "in memory of" instead of "in honor of"?
I would like to order a Planetarium Software CD, can I do it?
I would like to custom pick my own star, can I do it?
I would like to buy two stars next to each other, can I do it?
How come the star location coordinates you use aren't specified in hours and minutes?
How can I get a free picture of my star and see its location?
I don't live in the United States. How much will your products cost in my currency?
How do I get the free eBook "History of Astronomy"?

What is a Star Name?
With billions of stars in our galaxy alone, very few of them have commonly used names, such as the North Star. The vast majority of stars are referred to by telescopic coordinates or catalog numbers. These unnamed stars are available in our Star Catalog.

What is a Star Catalog?
Our Universal Star Catalog is comprised of a huge list of stars that includes their telescopic coordinates along with designation numbers.

What does a Star Certificate look like? What do they say?
The Star Certificates that we provide you are very attractive. We are constantly getting comments from our customers about how pleased they are when they get their Star Certificate. Click here to see an image of one of our Star Certificates.

Are there any limitations on what I can name my star?
Some people use full names, some people use first names, some people use knicknames and some people use two names. It can be anything. The only real limitation is that the name must be 39 or less letters long.

What is the dedication date?
The dedication date is any special date that you want on your certificate. It can be a birthdate, marriage date, anniversary, Christmas Day, you name it. If you're stuck for a special date it can always be the date that you purchased the star.

Will my star name be officially recognized?
Our registry and star catalog are not coordinated with the scientific community. Therefore, you won’t have some astrophysicist calling your star “John Smith.” They will continue to use the telescopic coordinates, since it is more convenient for them. Naming a star is a symbolic gesture on your part that shows your sincere appreciation for the person being named.

What does it mean that my star name will be saved forever?
We have an agreement with a third party non-profit corporation. This perpetual legal entity operates a trustworthy digital depository whose mission is to retain the database of star names we provide to them forever. They have set up an endowment fund to pay for the cost of storing the Universal Star Catalog for all time. As long as there are corporations on this planet, your star's name is guaranteed to be saved by them.

Have you ever received any testimonial letters?
Yes! Giving a star can be a very emotional experience. We had one person use our service to pop the question. There are many reasons for naming a star, but whatever the occasion or reason, we are very happy that our service helps touch the lives of our customers. Click Here to see one of our testimonial letters.

Will I be able to see the star I have named?
Absolutely! Some of our stars can be seen with the naked eye and some require telescopes for viewing. But, because our star coordinates are so definitively precise, you will be able to locate your star. However, you may not necessarily be able to see your star from your city's location. We recommend planetarium software packages available that allow you to see star charts on a personal computer. The better of these programs will allow you to find your star.

Where do you publish your registry of star names and can I access it?
You can utilize this exclusive service of StarNamer.com simply by clicking on the “Find Your Star” link located on your top left. Once you purchase a star name, you will be given a star registration number, with which you can access our registry completely free of charge. You’ll see your name in the registry along with the dedication date and precise star coordinates.

Can I get extra copies of my star certificate?
Yes...and they’re FREE, too! It’s another exclusive service of StarNamer.com! On your top left click on the “Find Your Star” link. After purchasing a star name, use the registration number you receive to access our registry. Then, enter your email address and click on the button and your certificate will be sent to you via email. Once you receive it you can print it on your computer's printer.

How do I order an engraved star ornament separately?
If you have already purchased a star and know your star registration number, you can purchase the engraved sterling silver finish star ornament separately by clicking here. If you don't know your star registration number, you can find it on the "ContactUs" link to the top left as long as you know the name of the star. Use the "Find Star Registration Number" service request.

Can you show me a comparison of your Star Naming service to other services?
Yes. We have created a product features table to allow you to compare major features of our middle priced star package to comparable products from two other well-established services. Click here for the product features comparison table.

Will you be able to ship to my special address?
We ship to PO Boxes, FPO addresses and ANY address that you can think of. If you currently receive mail there or if your mail forwards to you, you will get your star package. We ship stars to countries all over the world.

I am concerned I may not receive my Star Package in time for a special occassion. What do I do?
If you have ordered your star close to the day that you want to give it to the recipient and you don't think that you will get it on time, there is something that you can do. You must know your star registration number. You can find it two ways. First, look at the receipt that was emailed to you when you placed your online order. Second, you can go to the "Contact Us" link and using the "Find Your Star Registration Number" Service Request enter the name of the star to find your number. Once you have your star registration number, you can use the "Find Your Star" link to get a copy of your certificate emailed to you immediately! You can then use this certificate temporarily until your star package arrives.

After I place my order, how long until I receive my Star Package?
The electronic star certificate ($19.95) is delivered to you immediately by our web server. If you need something quickly, this is your best option. The Star Name gift packages that are $39.95 and $69.95 are printed by us and will ship within two business days after receipt of your order. Standard shipping is delivered by truck from New Jersey, USA. This may take 10 business days or more to get to the west coast. 95% of our orders arrive in three weeks or less. Please be patient especially if you have selected ground shipping. If time is a consideration, we strongly suggest Priority shipping. Priority shipping is delivered by air and requires about two to three days transit time AFTER we process your order. It takes about 7 business days to receive Air Mail in Europe after we ship.

If I need many Star Certificates, can I get a volume discount?
Yes, you can. If you need three stars, we have a special offer on our 3-Pak. The unit price is the same as our normal price. However, you get a discount on the shipping charges. Click here for our 3-Pak offer. Thank you.

I don’t have a credit card, how do I get a star?
Fill out the order-by-mail form on the “How To Order” link. Send that form by mail to our street address with a money order for the amount of your order plus shipping (and 7% sales tax if you are a NJ state resident) and we will process your order immediately upon receipt. We're sorry, we do not accept personal checks.

Do you have different certificates that say "in memory of" instead of "in honor of"?
We're sorry, we only have certificates that say "in honor of" the named person. We hope this isn't a problem for you. However, there is nothing inappropriate about honoring a deceased person. We use this wording on all of our stars and it is quite suitable for a memorial.

I would like to order a Planetarium Software CD, can I do it?
Yes you can! If you need to get a Windows compatible Planetarium Software CD, so that you can locate your star on your computer we can accomodate you and do not charge for the CD. This CD comes free included with your diploma style star package or framed style star package. If you would like to get another we will ship it to you and only charge you for the freight. Click here to order your Planetarium Software CD.

I would like to custom pick my own star, can I do it?
Yes you can! We can accomodate two types of special requests. If you have request for a star visible from a specific city. Or if you have a request for a particular constellation. However, as this is a completely custom and manual procedure, we charge an additional fee for this. You have your choice of either the deluxe framed star package or the diploma style star package. Either package comes complete with Planetarium Software CD and star chart depicting the location of your star. The cost for either package is $89.95 plus freight. You will definitely be pleased with the outcome. Click here to order your CUSTOM star. To see about upgrading/exchanging your existing star package to a CUSTOM star package, go to the "ContactUS" link to the upper left and select the Upgrade/Exchange service option.

I would like to buy two stars next to each other, can I do it?
Yes, we also offer this! If you want two stars that appear in the sky next to each other, we can accomodate you. You will get a pair of star packages so you and your special someone can each have their own certificate package while knowing you will be next to each other forever. Click here to see one of the star charts of a star pair! As this is a completely custom and manual procedure, we charge an additional fee for this service. You have your choice of either a pair of deluxe framed star packages or a pair of the diploma style star packages. Both star packages come complete with Planetarium Software CD and star chart for each of you depicting the location of your stars. Click here to order your pair of stars next to each other.

How come the star location coordinates you use aren't specified in hours and minutes?
Just as one temperature can be represented by two different numbers, Celsius(Centigrade) or Fahrenheit, one star location can be designated by two different systems. Our star coordinates are precise to many decimal digits and are much more accurate than those specified by the hours and minutes system. However, if you need to convert from the decimal system to the hours and minutes system, do the following calculation. To get the hours, divide our RA by 360 and multiply that result by 24. The decimal remainder of that result needs to be multiplied by 60 to get the minutes. For the Declination, both systems range between -90 and 90 but the fractional portion is different. Ours is decimal an theirs is minutes. To make the conversion, the decimal remainder needs to be multiplied by 60 to get the minutes. For your convenience, we have provided an Excel spreadsheet to make the conversion for you. Click here for the conversion spreadsheet.

How can I get a free picture of my star and see its location?
Go to the following link and you can download free software that shows you an actual picture of your star. The good folks at Google.com that provide this free star viewing software are not affiliated with StarNamer. To use their Google Earth software you will need to first convert your star's location data, that is it's right ascension and declination to the hours and minutes system (please see above for conversion). Once you have made this conversion start Google Earth and click on the Sky icon. The program has now made a virtual telescope out of your pc. Find your star by inputting the RA and DEC into Location Search entry field and clicking the magnifying glass. Zoom in or out to get a nice image of your star then click the printer icon to get a printed picture of your star. We hope this has been of help to you however we do not provide support for this software. Click here to get your FREE star picture.

I don't live in the United States. How much will your products cost in my currency?
To find out how much your star package will cost you in your currency find out how much you will have to pay in US Dollars and then Click here.

How do I get the free eBook "History of Astronomy"?
To get your eBook simply click on the following link. Click here.

Buy a star as a unique gift

There are often times when you need to buy a special gift for a loved one but have no idea what to buy. Most people have found themselves in this situation at one point or another and it can be very difficult to wrack your brains to try and think of a gift that will be special and unique. This is especially true if you are thinking of a special gift for your partner and have been together for many years, as the chances are that you have bought them pretty much everything they want or need – within your budget – over the years.

However, one gift that you can give, which is both unique and affordable, is to buy a star for the special person in your life. When you buy a star in the sky as a gift the chances are that the recipient has never been given this gift before and will find it special, unique and romantic, making it a great choice for those that want something really special. You will also find that this is a gift that is very affordable, making it ideal for those that want to stay within budget yet get something that is memorable and different.

Naming stars after someone special

Naming stars after someone special provides an excellent opportunity for you to give something that is truly unique but also comes with many other benefits. The recipient of your unique gift will feel really special when presented with the certificate and gazing at the stars will never be the same again!

You can get a star named after that special person in your life with ease via the Internet, so not only is this an affordable special gift but it does not involve going to any extreme lengths. Yet despite its affordability and accessibility, this gift is certain to surprise and delight the special person that it is destined for.

Naming stars after someone enables you to give something that can be treasured and remembered forever and will have special meaning for the person on the receiving end, which is why this makes such as special and unique gift and solves the age old problem of what to buy for a loved one who already has all the material things that you can afford to buy them.

The benefits of getting a star named

There are a number of benefits to buying and naming a star as a gift for someone. Some of these include:

  • This is a really unique and unusual gift for someone special
  • Naming a star is the perfect solution for someone struggling to think of a special gift for a loved one
  • This is a gift that will the recipient can treasure for the rest of their lives
  • You will not have to worry about this gift being stolen or damaged as you would with things like jewellery
  • You can give this gift for any occasion from birthdays and anniversaries to Christmas and Valentine's

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