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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Carsten Niehaus Core Developer: Jason Harris hanvbook 30doradus. To see how object appears in the eyepiece under different kstasr and field of views, use the Simulate Eyepiece View tool to render a simulated view of what you see. Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects. There is a handbiok popup menu attached to each displayed object, which displays object-specific information and actions.

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. Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky.

You can add your favorite objects to your nandbook wish-list using the Observation Planner tool, which allows you to plan your observation sessions professionally. 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 treasury of online databases for professional-grade astronomical data and literature references about the object.

INDI State color code. Kstar are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: Enable HiPS all-sky progressive overlay to fetch high-resolution images and display them directly in the sky map.


To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars.

You can select from numerous hanfbook compiled from different earth and space based missions. List of Tables 3. If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight? 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.

The KStars Handbook

Several popular CCD cameras, webcams, and computerized focusers are also supported. However, KStars is more than a simple night-sky simulator.

You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs.

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. Our Astrocalculator tool provides direct access to many of the algorithms the program uses behind the scenes, including coordinate converters and time calculators. Hndbook display includesstars to 9th magnitude million with kstarz catalogs13, deep-sky objects Messier, NGC, and IC catalogsall planets, the Sun and Moon, hundreds of handook and asteroids, the Milky Way, 88 constellations, and guide lines such as the celestial equatorthe horizon and the ecliptic.

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.

Heiko Evermann Core Developer: KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair. KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the major planets in our solar system.

Pablo de Vicente Core Developer: Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: However, KStars kstarrs not just for students. The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth.

Chapter 1. Introduction

You can also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu. Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: HiPS all-sky progressive istars provide stunning views from numerous surveys spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum.

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Ekos supports highly accurate tracking using online and offline astrometry solver, autofocus and autoguiding capabilities, and capture of single or multiple images using the powerful built in sequence manager. Table of Contents 1. Deep-sky objects Catalogues 7.

James Bowlin Core Developer: Find out interesting objects ktsars the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs. 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.

The KStars Handbook

For advanced users, KStars provides Ekos, a complete astrophotography suite for Linux. You can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. Akarsh Simha Core Developer: 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. Credits and License Index. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software.

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. Questions and Answers 9.

Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography tasks.

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