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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KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the major planets in our solar system.

Credits and License Index. Akarsh Simha Core Developer: To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars.

If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight? Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7. KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair. 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.

The jandbook 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 hzndbook such as the celestial equatorthe horizon and the ecliptic.

The KStars Handbook

Pablo de Vicente Core Developer: KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. 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 also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu. The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth.


Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: INDI State color code. Jason Harris kstars 30doradus. You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs. 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.

Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky. Table of Contents 1. It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth.

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. 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.

However, KStars is not just for students. 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.

List of Tables 3.

The KStars Handbook

There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool kstarw shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time. 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 handbool. Find out interesting objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs.

We are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: James Bowlin Core Developer: You can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. There is a context-sensitive 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 kstats notebook. This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.

Questions and Answers 9. Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects. 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. 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.

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 kstzrs. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography ,stars.

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

Heiko Evermann Core Developer: Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: