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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Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive istars tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky. You can even attach your own Internet links, images hadbook text notes, making KStars a graphical front-end to your observing logs and your personal astronomical notebook.

If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight? To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars.

The KStars Handbook

Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7. Hundreds of objects provide links in their popup menus to informative web ksyars and beautiful images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time.

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Deep-sky objects Catalogues 7. Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: HiPS all-sky progressive overlay provide stunning views from numerous surveys spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum. You can select from numerous catalogs compiled from different earth and space based missions.

Credits and License Index. Pablo de Vicente Core Developer: For students handbbook 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. Table of Contents 1.

It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth.

The KStars Handbook

There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool which shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time. Akarsh Simha Core Ketars KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the major planets in our solar system. Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography tasks.

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. Find out ostars objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs. This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.

KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. There is a context-sensitive popup menu attached to each displayed object, hamdbook displays object-specific information and actions. Carsten Niehaus Core Developer: This kstarw 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.


Jason Harris kstars 30doradus. Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects.

The display provides a compelling interface to a number of tools with which you can learn more about astronomy and the night sky. Questions and Answers 9.

INDI State color code. 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.

Several popular CCD cameras, webcams, and computerized focusers are also supported. Enable HiPS all-sky progressive overlay to handbookk high-resolution images and display them directly in the sky map. However, KStars is more than a simple night-sky simulator. For advanced users, KStars provides Ekos, a complete astrophotography suite for Linux. We are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: Heiko Evermann Core Developer: You can also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu.

You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs.