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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:51 am 
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Have been rooting around the planetarium software listed in the sticky here. I must say the link given is a list that is looking badly out of date:

http://astro.nineplanets.org/astrosoftware.html

Lots of software there that is old or simply not around anymore.

Moreover, there is no commentary, review or recommendation. Just a long list :(

Anyhow, prompted by Kieron's comments, I downloaded Stellarium. It's not reached version 1 yet but I must say I am very very impressed.

This is what I like about it

- Pleasing, slick interface (very much Unix X-Windows style, which I love)
- goes down to Mag 9.5 which is good for most star hopping
- easy to slew directions, time, magnifications
- dead easy image flipping
- clear data on screen like alt, az, fov, time
- open source and so free
- Nice db of DSO's and very clear representation of them on the charts (a great big throbbing cursor box)
- totally full screen and with optional red lighting, so easy to dim to the minimum when at the scope
- Multiplatform - I'm able to load it on my Linux laptop :)


I have little else to compare it to beside my Pocket PC Pocket Stars... but I am well impressed. At only version 0.8 this one should get better and better.

8)

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 Post subject: Re: Stellarium
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:28 pm 
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Paul S wrote:
Lots of software there that is old or simply not around anymore.

Bill Arnett gives his email address (follow the link at the bottom of the page). Why not show your appreciation of his efforts by dropping him a line listing the broken links?

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Nice. I found it by looking at all those screengrabs in the Sky At Night Magazine. :)

I love the red-light mode too. However, after taking it out with me to my local field last week, I must say that I lost my night-vision a tad - though I expect that this is more the fault of my laptop not being able to dim the brightness far enough though.


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KieronWilkinson wrote:
more the fault of my laptop not being able to dim the brightness far enough though.


Too true. It's a real problem. Both my laptop and pocket pc have only stepped brightness modes, so at the lowest level of brightess (which isn't low enough) the next step is just off :(

Sadly, the hardware/software implementation varies by manufacturer so there are no driver add-ons around that give you more control. I suppose some sort of screen shield might work.

At least with my pocket pc I can turn the display off and then front-light the lcd panel.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:12 am 
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That is a nice idea. I'll find and find a shield, thanks.

What I resorted to was to angle the screen to the sky (adding my own little bit of light pollution!) and look at it near to parallel of the screen. I guess that's the best I'll get, and it is probably better than most laptops since it is only a 12" screen.

If only I could get Stellarium for my Psion 5mx ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:15 am 
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davep wrote:
Why not show your appreciation of his efforts by dropping him a line listing the broken links?


Have done. But my main point is that there is alot to get through on that list and no reviews / recos. Hence my mini review of Stellarium.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:52 pm 
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Paul S wrote:


I see that the eightplanets.org domain was taken a while ago. Mr nineplanets.org isn't going to be happy :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Stellarium
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:23 am 
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Paul S wrote:
I see that the eightplanets.org domain was taken a while ago. Mr nineplanets.org isn't going to be happy

I don't know - I rather like his response (the graphic at http://www.nineplanets.org/).

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