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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There is a context-sensitive popup menu attached to each displayed object, which displays object-specific information and actions.

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 support. Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects. INDI State color code. This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.

The KStars Handbook

KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the handook planets in our solar system. KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software.

KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time.


Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: 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. You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs.

Jason Harris kstars 30doradus. HiPS all-sky progressive overlay provide stunning views from numerous surveys spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum. 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. However, KStars is not just for students. There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool which shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time.

List of Tables 3.

Chapter 1. Introduction

The display provides a compelling interface to a number of tools with which you can learn more about astronomy and the night sky. Heiko Evermann Core Developer: James Bowlin Core Developer: Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: Kstas Simha Core Developer: 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.

Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7. Credits and License Index.

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


Hadbook an object’s popup menu, you can open its Detailed Information Windowwhere you can examine positional data about the object, and query a huge treasury of kshars databases for professional-grade astronomical data and literature references about the object.

Our Astrocalculator tool provides direct access to many of the algorithms the handgook uses behind the scenes, including coordinate converters and time calculators.

Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky. You can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. Pablo de Vicente Handgook Developer: The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth. Hundreds of objects provide links in their popup menus to informative web pages and beautiful images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. Find out interesting objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs.

We are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs handboo, feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: However, KStars is more than a simple night-sky simulator.

Ekos supports highly accurate tracking using online and offline astrometry solver, autofocus and autoguiding capabilities, and capture of handvook or multiple images using the powerful built in sequence manager. Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography tasks.