Hi, Am now using Kstars and Ekos, but is there a complete guide to this software, maybe one I can download and print out to form a reference book of some sort. KStars is a graphical desktop planetarium. It plots the positions of stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets in the night sky for any date. (part of the KStars Handbook accessible through the Help menu). • Set the time ahead by a couple years to see the effects of precession.

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From an object’s popup menu, you can open its Detailed Information Windowwhere you can examine positional data about the object, and query a huge handboo, of online databases for professional-grade astronomical data and literature references about the object. If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight?

However, KStars is more jandbook a simple night-sky simulator. Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects. HiPS all-sky progressive overlay provide stunning views from numerous surveys spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum. Questions and Answers 9. Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: Ekos supports highly accurate tracking using online and offline astrometry solver, autofocus and autoguiding ksstars, and capture of single or multiple images using the powerful built in sequence manager.

KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. In addition, KStars includes D-Bus functions that allow you to write complex scriptsmaking KStars a powerful “demo engine” for classroom use or general illustration of astronomical topics.

This includes highly accurate GOTOs using astrometry solver, ability to measure and correct polar alignment errorsauto-focus and auto-guide capabilities, and capture of single or stack of images with filter wheel ktars.

We kstare very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: Pablo de Vicente Core Developer: You can select from numerous catalogs compiled from different earth and space based missions. There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool which shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time. For the amateur astronomer, it provides an observation planner, a sky calendar tool, and an FOV editor to calculate field of view of equipment and display them.


INDI State color kstxrs. The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth. List of Tables 3. Our Astrocalculator tool provides direct access to bandbook of the algorithms hanbdook program uses behind the scenes, including coordinate converters and time calculators.

Akarsh Simha Core Developer: Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky. For students and teachers, it supports adjustable simulation speeds in order to view phenomena that happen over long timescales, the KStars Astrocalculator to predict conjunctions, and many common astronomical calculations. Find out interesting objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs.

The display includesstars to 9th magnitude million with addon catalogs13, deep-sky objects Messier, NGC, and IC catalogs hanebook, all planets, the Sun and Moon, hundreds of comets and asteroids, the Milky Way, 88 constellations, and guide lines such handbooj the celestial equatorthe horizon and the ecliptic.

Jason Harris kstars 30doradus. For advanced users, KStars provides Ekos, a complete astrophotography suite for Linux. You can add your favorite objects to your observing wish-list using the Observation Planner tool, which allows you to plan your observation sessions professionally.

KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair. James Bowlin Core Developer: Several popular CCD cameras, webcams, and computerized focusers are also supported.

It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars.

It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth. The display provides a compelling interface to a number of tools with which you can learn more about astronomy and the night sky. Carsten Niehaus Core Handbok You can even attach your own Internet links, images and text notes, making KStars a graphical front-end to your observing logs and your personal astronomical notebook.

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You can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. Heiko Evermann Core Developer: To see how object appears in the eyepiece under different telescopes and field of views, use the Simulate Eyepiece View tool to render a simulated view of what you see. Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: You can also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu. Hundreds of objects provide links in their popup menus to informative web uandbook and beautiful images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

The KStars Handbook

There is a context-sensitive popup menu attached to each displayed object, which displays object-specific information and actions. The display includes up to million stars, 13, deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets, asteroids, supernovae, and satellites. You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs. Table of Contents 1. Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7.

The KStars Handbook

Credits and License Index. Deep-sky objects Handboik 7. However, KStars is not just for students. Enable HiPS all-sky progressive overlay to fetch high-resolution images and display them directly in the sky map. Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to hzndbook common astrophotography tasks.

KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the major planets in our solar system. This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.