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  1. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.18.2

    Stellarium 0.18.2 has been released today! Full list of changes: - Added GUI improvements for AstroCalc tool - Added elongation support for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Added support decimal degrees format for AstroCalc tool - Added handle keypressing for list of matching objects in AstroCalc/WUT tool - Added filters for enlisted objects in Search Tool/Lists tool - Added filters for list of matching objects in AstroCalc/WUT tool - Added new textures for moons - Added column with angular distance from the Moon into AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Added special case for partial solar eclipses in AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Added centering text for headers in AstroCalc/Phenomena, AstroCalc/Ephemeris and AstroCalc/Positions tools - Added "clear" button for search of artificial satellites in the selected group (Satellites plugin) - Added additional context for term 'Transit' (GH: #215) - Added artwork for some Maori constellations - Added support Abell Catalog of Planetary Nebulae (Abell, 1966) - Added distances for some planetary nebulae (DSO) - Added possibility to select all constellations through scripts and hotkeys - Added new language (Urdu) - Added additional level of checks for JSON documents - Added Lokono sky culture - Added support to add/subtract calendric month through hotkeys (GH: #232) - Added support 'ESO/Uppsala Survey of the ESO(B) Atlas' - Added processing the 30x HTTP codes for Quasars, Pulsars, Historical Supernovae, Bright Novae, Meteor Showers and Exoplanets plugins (GH: #236, #231, #229, #227, #226, #225, #224, #223) - Added visual magnitudes and sizes for Abell planetary nebulae - Added support Milkyway saturation effect (GH: #175, #242) - Added Henriksson solution (2017) for Schoch formula for DeltaT (1931) - Added actions (without default hotkeys) to toggle Moon and Minor body scaling - Added script "Jupiter and triple shadow phenomena" - Added script "Jupiter without Galilean satellites" - Added script "Occultations of bright stars by planets" - Added script "Mutual occultations of planets" - Fixed sorting rules for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Fixed Moon HiPS rendering during eclipse - Fixed URL of API for "Location from network" feature (GH: #218) - Fixed some errors in DSO catalog - Fixed crash in the combination: constellation is selected and sky culture has been changed - Fixed Earth shadow on scaled Moon during eclipse - Fixed auto-enabling landscapes when setObserverLocation is call (LP: #1783752) - Fixed position of Jupiter moons: updated theory to L1.2 (GH: #222) - Fixed cross-index data issue (DSO) - Fixed the term for altitude above sea level (GH: #247) - Fixed desync bug with IAU Constellation and constellation borders (GH: #246) - Fixed reserved identifier violation issue (GH: #243) - Fixed trouble with selection priority of nomenclature items for celestial bodies in deep shadow (GH: #239) - Fixed parsing error in constellation IAU borders lookup (GH: #241) - Fixed compiler warnings when GPS support is disabled (GH: #240) - Fixed potential crash for Meteor showers plugin - Fixed crash (segmentation fault) for sporadic meteors with max ZHR - [SUG] Fixed bibtex link - [SUG] Fixed links for HCG data (GH: #212) - Updated scripts - Updated behaviour of deselectConstellations() method (LP: #1780951) - Updated Epimetheus texture - Updated behaviour of "clear" button for Search and AstroCalc/WUT tools - Updated list of locations - Updated list of DSO names - Updated behaviour of Oculars button on bottom toolbar: hidden by default - Updated default bookmarks of Solar System Editor plugin (GH: #180) - Updated script 'Partial Lunar Eclipse' - Updated default host for GeoIP service - Updated the appdata file (GH: #234) - Updated behaviour of Location dialog: allowed to use resort GPS location at next startup and disable IP query when GPS is used - Removed support of terrible Qt plural forms Download new desktop edition you may here: https://stellarium.org
  2. As you know we use version 0.90.0.xxxx for "unstable binary packages" of Stellarium and those packages may have a new interesting features for testing. In any way version 0.90.0.xxxx has a lot fixes of bugs and it may be interested for users, who are preferred used "bleeding edge" of software. I've created this topic for informing community about new interesting features for testing for one side, and get a feedback (with reports about problems, of course) from testers-voluteers in other side. Let's try make Stellarium better by together. Today we published version 0.90.0.9270 with 3 interesting features: - support GPS devices to getting coordinates for observer location - support RTS2 in Telescope Control Plugin - support to asterisms in skycultures (Alt+A and Alt+V to toggle lines and names visibility) Binary packages to donwloads (and full list of changes): https://launchpad.net/stellarium/trunk/0.90.0
  3. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.18.1

    Stellarium 0.18.1 has been released today! Full list of changes: - Added dithering support - Added filtering for pulsars - Added option for Telrad - Added nomenclature for Charon - Added new time steps for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool - Added support Mandarin Chinese language - Added support of hi-res screenshots (GH: #141) - Added few small improvements for Quasars plugin - Added tooltips for color buttons in Pulsars plugin - Added option to hiding invisible satellites in markers mode (GH: #145) - Added angular size for the estimated values of coma and gas tail for comet - Added support decimal degrees for size of DSO - Added improvements for proportional size textures for large DSO (GH: #159) - Added atmospheric mixing and extinction handling to Toast Survey (GH: #158) - Added Korean translation for landscape description (GH: #170) - Added shortkeys for change light pollution (GH: #171) - Added rise, transit and set times for celestial objects (GH: #169) - Added info about duration of the solar day - Added scripting function to retrieve environment variables. - Added changeability of magnitude limit for stars through keyboard shortcuts (GH: #174) - Added Korean ISL File and Update iss.cmake (GH: #185) - Added allowing storing script output to absolute path - Added equatorial radius / diameter info for Solar system bodies - Added calculation of equatorial rotation velocity for Solar system bodies (except comets) - Added 2 more lines to ArchaeoLines plugin - Fixed load the HiPS sources through proxy - Fixed creating screenshots on retina displays - Fixed behaviour Macbook's touchpad - Fixed result of dithering color components with exactly zero tail - Fixed dithering for OpenGL ES2 - Fixed enabling various lines when Telrad is enabled (GH: #109) - Fixed error in DSO catalogs filter - Fixed bug when screenshots folder can't be changed via GUI (LP: #1764084, GH: #144) - Fixed compile with Qt5.10 (Windows/Visual Studio 2015) (GH: #139) - Fixed visibility of splash screen (GH: #142) - Fixed rendering asterisms names - Fixed editing telescope properties for Telescope Control plugin - Fixed memory leak of Bayer pattern texture in StelPainter (GH: #154) - Fixed HiPS server requests (GH: #156) - Fixed infotext brightness when planets are switched off - Fixed crash after customization of absolute/relative scales - Fixed operational status string for satellites - Fixed incorrect pair counts in constellationship.fab files (GH: #167) - Fixed color issue for formatting infostring - Fixed selection in AstroCalc/Positions tool - Fixed fullscreen toggle on Mac OS X (GH: #193) - Fixed User Agent string for HiPS - Fixed the SSO isolated trails checkbox. (GH: #199) - Fixed a rendering bug with spheric mirror distortion (LP: #1777320) - Updated behaviour of Toast: lazily creation of the grid - Updated help of Telescope Control plugin - Updated HiPS behaviour: try to use caching as much as possible - Updated user agent string for HiPS browser - Updated nomenclature list - Updated main GUI - Updated GUI of plugins - Updated Satellites plugin - Updated GPS handling - Updated list of contributors - Updated catalog of pulsars - Updated behaviour of Search Tool for craters - Updated Quasars plugin - Updated format for DSO's size - [SUG] Updated year for copyright notices - Updated Korean Star Names (GH: #173) - Updated hyperlinks for DOIs resolver (GH: #187) - Updated CMake rules for Windows/MSVC (GH: #183, #188) - Updated textures - Updated Scripting Engine: extended behaviour for includes files in scripts - Updated the code: remove some redundant calls to increase code readability. (GH: #184) - Updated the code: replaces foreach macro by C++11 range-based for. (GH: #195) - Updated the code: remove gVector, use Vec3d instead. (GH: #197) - Updated the code: C++11 auto to replace complicated hand written types. (GH: #196) - Updated the code: disable debug logging on OpenGLES mode. (GH: #201) - Updated the code: remove the null pointer check after new. (GH: #202) - Updated the code: check struct size by using static_assert. (GH: #203) - Updated the code: put dwarf galaxies and h400 tables into static array. (GH: #204) - Updated the code: call getDecYear in getDeltaTByEspenakMeeus. (GH: #205) - Updated the code: remove some new/delete pairs, just use variables on stack. (GH: #206) - Updated CMake code: enable persistent usage of C++11 standard for compiling (GH: #192) Download new desktop edition you may here: http://stellarium.org And bonus for fans: first beta release of StellariumWeb - https://stellarium-web.org/
  4. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.18.0

    Stellarium 0.18.0 has been released today! The major changes of this version: - Added support Hierarchical Progressive Surveys [HiPS] (Hello visualization of multiwavelength universe in the Stellarium) - Updated and extended AstroCalc tool - Added support a Hickson Compact Group collection - Updated code and data A huge thanks to the people who helped us a lot by reporting bugs! Full list of changes: - Added support Hierarchical Progressive Surveys [HiPS] (Hello visualization of multiwavelength universe in the Stellarium) - Added patches for TeXLive - Added Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional) translations for InnoSetup - Added Dnoces star name - Added check relative paths for AppImage (or something similar) packages - Added hook for creating an AppImage application - Added optional building 3rd-party INDILib when Telescope Control plugin is disabled - Added manual commands for NSEW movements in Telescope Control plugin [INDI-only] - Added computation of solar eclipse magnitude and solar eclipse obscuration on Earth (special case) - Added option to allow adding some sky background color (GH: #71) - Added Moon age computation (GH: #73) - Added "Western (O.Hlad)" sky culture - Added support common names of pulsars - Added some DSO images - Added calculation of synodic period - Added AstroCalc/Monthly Elevation tool - Added optional Sun, Moon, Astronomical Twilight and Nautical Twilight lines for AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Added Battlesteads Observatory into locations list - Added a special case of computations (lunar eclipse) into AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Added two new signals to manage wide dates changes with various steps - by months and years - Added new option to the AstroCalc/AltVsTime and AstroCalc/ME tools - Added support a Hickson Compact Group collection - Added tools for select color of planetary labels and trails - Added option to suppress drawing large halo around bright stars. (GH: #105) - Added Tesla Roadster orbital elements - Added config options for font size of cardinal points - Added visualization of civil twilight line in AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Added 'Artificial objects' into Search/Lists tool - Added feature to store and retrieve selected HiPS - Added bottom bar GUI button for HiPS display - Fixed spheric mirror effect inputs with retina display - Fixed visualization issue for ephemeris markers due refraction (GH: #51) - Fixed building Stellarium on *BSD systems (GH: #52) - Fixed texture name - Fixed behaviour of DateTimeDialog (LP: #1409935) - Fixed behaviour of Compass Marks plugin - Fixed issue for creating a multiple Screenshot directories (GH: #60) - Fixed cmake for OSX - Fixed data race condition by mutex in Telescope Control plugin - Fixed few C99 warnings - Fixed rules for MSVC linker - Fixed Phoebe's absolute magnitude - Fixed some DSO positions (data is obtained from NED database) (GH: #64) - Fixed FSF address - Fixed missed license info for the new code - Fixed version of DSO catalog - Fixed inconsistency of calculations in AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Fixed crash due missing file MSVCR120.dll (GH: #101) - Fixed backward orbiting of Uranus moons (GH: #107) - Fixed search Hydra constellation (show IAU numbers for moons) (LP: #1752784) - Fixed crash when opening Configuration window (beta 0.90.0.15828) (GH: #111) - Fixed crash when landscape invalid - Fixed translation action in HipsMgr - Fixed name of action for TOAST DSS - Fixed very jerky (unusable) trackpad navigation on OS X (LP: #1705832) - Updated Russian and German translations for InnoSetup - Updated list of cardinals names - Updated target rules for OSX - Updated AppStream info - Updated default catalog of pulsars - Updated Indian Vedic skyculture - Updated list of nomenclature on the Titan - Updated zlib to version 1.2.11 - Updated toggling of atmosphere, Milky Way and Zodiacal Light - Updated Telescope Control plugin - Updated AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Updated focus rules for Search Tool - Updated stellarium.appdata.xml file - Updated behaviour of AstroCalc/ME and AstroCalc/PC tools - Updated the behaviour of Satellites plugin: the plugin will be disabled when date is changed for a month or year to avoiding stupid computation - Updated select priority rules for DSO - Updated help info in the plugins - Updated info in Help window - Updated metainfo - Updated textures for Solar system bodies - Removed outdated data
  5. I’m going to do a 1 or 2 month tour of Europe in my camper van this spring and I would like to visit a planetarium either in Europe or the UK, preferably avoiding London and Paris or other major cities with low emission zones. I visited the planetarium in London when I was a child and thoroughly enjoyed it but I see it is now closed. I am planning to visit the space centre in Leicester on my way home which seems to get mixed reviews regarding having a lot aimed at children. I was surprised at how many planetariums there actually are with a google search. Can anyone recommend one, or a good public observatory? TIA
  6. Beulah

    Planetarium Show: Our Sun

    Planetarium Show: Our Sun Event time: 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre Join Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth and be taken on an exciting planetarium journey of our nearest star, the Sun. You will have the opportunity to observe the Sun through their specialised solar telescopes. Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm. Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.
  7. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.18.0RC1

    Dear users of planetarium and possible translators! We plan to release version 0.18.0 near spring equinox day and all strings for translation are freeze now. You may download version 0.90.0.15855 (also known as 0.18.0RC1) to testing current status of features and translations. If you can assist with translation to any of the 119 languages which Stellarium supports, please go to Transifex website and help us out: https://www.transifex.com/stellarium/stellarium/dashboard/ Full list of changes between versions 0.17.0 and 0.18.0RC1 are: - Added support HEALPix surveys (Hello visualization of multiwavelength universe in the Stellarium - over 300 surveys available right now!) - Added patches for TeXLive - Added Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional) translations for InnoSetup - Added Dnoces star name - Added check relative paths for AppImage (or something similar) packages - Added hook for creating an AppImage application - Added optional building 3rd-party INDILib when Telescope Control plugin is disabled - Added manual commands for NSEW movements in Telescope Control plugin [INDI-only] - Added computation of solar eclipse magnitude and solar eclipse obscuration on Earth (special case) - Added option to allow adding some sky background color (GH: #71) - Added Moon age computation (GH: #73) - Added "Western (O.Hlad)" sky culture - Added support common names of pulsars - Added some DSO images - Added calculation of synodic period - Added AstroCalc/Monthly Elevation tool - Added optional Sun, Moon, Astronomical Twilight and Nautical Twilight lines for AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Added Battlesteads Observatory into locations list - Added a special case of computations (lunar eclipse) into AstroCalc/Phenomena tool - Added two new signals to manage wide dates changes with various steps - by months and years - Added new option to the AstroCalc/AltVsTime and AstroCalc/ME tools - Added support a Hickson Compact Group collection - Added tools for select color of planetary labels and trails - Added option to suppress drawing large halo around bright stars. (GH: #105) - Added Tesla Roadster orbital elements - Added config options for font size of cardinal points - Added visualization of civil twilight line in AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Added 'Artificial objects' into Search/Lists tool - Fixed spheric mirror effect inputs with retina display - Fixed visualization issue for ephemeris markers due refraction (GH: #51) - Fixed building Stellarium on *BSD systems (GH: #52) - Fixed texture name - Fixed behaviour of DateTimeDialog (LP: #1409935) - Fixed behaviour of Compass Marks plugin - Fixed issue for creating a multiple Screenshot directories (GH: #60) - Fixed cmake for OSX - Fixed data race condition by mutex in Telescope Control plugin - Fixed few C99 warnings - Fixed rules for MSVC linker - Fixed Phoebe's absolute magnitude - Fixed some DSO positions (data is obtained from NED database) (GH: #64) - Fixed FSF address - Fixed missed license info for the new code - Fixed version of DSO catalog - Fixed inconsistency of calculations in AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Fixed crash due missing file MSVCR120.dll (GH: #101) - Fixed backward orbiting of Uranus moons (GH: #107) - Fixed search Hydra constellation (show IAU numbers for moons) (LP: #1752784) - Fixed crash when opening Configuration window (beta 0.90.0.15828) (GH: #111) - Fixed crash when landscape invalid - Fixed translation action in HipsMgr - Fixed name of action for TOAST DSS - Updated Russian and German translations for InnoSetup - Updated list of cardinals names - Updated target rules for OSX - Updated AppStream info - Updated default catalog of pulsars - Updated Indian Vedic skyculture - Updated list of nomenclature on the Titan - Updated zlib to version 1.2.11 - Updated toggling of atmosphere, Milky Way and Zodiacal Light - Updated Telescope Control plugin - Updated AstroCalc/AltVsTime tool - Updated focus rules for Search Tool - Updated stellarium.appdata.xml file - Updated behaviour of AstroCalc/ME and AstroCalc/PC tools - Updated the behaviour of Satellites plugin: the plugin will be disabled when date is changed for a month or year to avoiding stupid computation - Updated select priority rules for DSO - Updated help info in the plugins - Updated info in Help window - Updated metainfo - Removed outdated data You may download prepared binary packages on our official website - http://www.stellarium.org (see Beta link on top bar )
  8. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.16.0

    Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version (based on Qt5.6 but it can still be built from sources with Qt5.4) that introduces some new features and closes 38 bug and wishlist reports. New features include - RemoteSync plugin, which allows running several connected instances of Stellarium. - Non-spherical models for solar system objects like asteroids and small moons. - Solar system config file is now split into two parts. - AstroCalc feature extension: What's Up Tonight, graphs, ... - DSO: Addition of catalogs of peculiar galaxies and planetary nebulae (standard edition of catalog contains over 83,000 objecs; extended edition of catalog contains over million objects) - New Skycultures: Belarusian, Hawaiian Star Lines - Telescope plugin: support for the RTS2 telescope system. - Location can now be read from a GPS device. A huge thanks to the people who helped us a lot by reporting bugs! Full list of changes: https://launchpad.net/stellarium/0.16/0.16.0
  9. It looks like my 2,5 years daughter shows an interest in learning astronomy. Already knows names of all planets and most important moons of solar system. I would like her to learn constellations (she can already identify Orion) and I thought apart from showing her patterns on the sky as well as on the piece of paper it would be nice to get home planetarium. Does anyone have any recommendations for good quality one?
  10. Tom Johnson aka Scopedog is organising a start party on Peebles on the evening of 8th March 2014 at Kingsland Primary school from 18:30 - 22:30. PLease feel free to copy print and repost the flyer. Astrostuart
  11. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.15.2

    A first release candidate of Stellarium 0.15.2 was published today. Could you test how he works on your computer? List of changes between version 0.15.1 and 0.15.2RC1: - Added new algorithm for DeltaT from Stephenson, Morrison and Hohenkerk (2016) - Added use QOpenGLWidget - Added new option to InfoString group - Added orbit visualization data for asteroids - Added calculation of extincted magnitudes of satellites - Added new type of Solar system objects: sednoids - Added classificator of objects into Solar System Editor plugin - Added albedo for infostring (planets and moons) - Added some improvements and clean up of code in Search Tool - Added use ISO 8601 to date formatting in Date and Time Dialog (LP: #1655630) - Added "Restore direction to initial values" in Oculars plugin (LP: #1656085) - Added the define for GL_DOUBLE again to restore compilation on ARM. - Added calculation and show of horizontal and vertical scales of visible field of view of CCD (LP: #1656825) - Added caching for landscapes, including preloading and some other manipulation via scripting. - Added binning for CCD in Oculars plugin - Added textures for DSO - Added a mean solar day (equals to Earth's day) on the Sun for educational purposes - Added transmitting map of object info via RemoteControl - Added int property handling with sliders - Added a scriptable function to retrieve landscape brightness. - Added Spout licence.txt to Windows installer script - Added displaying solstices points (LP: #1670046) - Added extension of objectInfoMaps per object, most useful for scripting (LP: #1670412) - Added tentative fix for crash without network (LP: #1667703) - Fixed indirect dependency to QtOpenGL by QtMultimediaWidgets (LP: #1656525) - Fixed text encoding in installer (LP: #1652515) - Fixed changing value of n.dot in tooltip when ephemeris type is changed (LP: #1652762) - Fixed mistakes in DeltaT stuff - Fixed typos in AstroCalc tool - Fixed visual style for spinup/spindown markers - Fixed missing cross-id of Epsilon Lyrae (LP: #1653388) - Fixed updating a list of Solar system bodies in AstroCalc tool when new objects added or objects was removed - Fixed calculation of period for comets on elliptial orbits - Fixed prediction of Iridium flares (LP: #1643311) - Fixed saving visibility flag for Bookmarks button (LP: #1654164) - Fixed refraction for Satellites (LP: #1654331) - Fixed wrong parallax and distance for IC 59 (LP: #1655423) - Fixed updating a text in Help window when shortcuts are changed (LP: #1656001) - Fixed saving flags of visibility of Milky Way and Zodiacal Light (LP: #1656067) - Fixed memory leaks - Fixed few reports of Clang static analyzer - Fixed double clicks causing crashes (LP: #1656525) - Fixed packaging QtOpenGL in Windows/macOS packages - Fixed handling a log lines with missing newline char - Fixed a bad-value crash in ArchaeoLines plugin - Fixed an invalid escape sequence in RemoteControl plugin - Fixed bug in Search Tool (LP: #1655055) - Fixed doing a screenshots (do it via FBO - solution for QOpenGLWidget) - Fixed work a button for ArchaeoLines plugin - Fixed calculation and rendering CCD frame in Oculars plugin - Fixed an memory leak with the spheric mirror distorter, and removed stencil buffer from the effect FBO (we don't need it for our rendering) (LP: #1661375) - Fixed tile-based render performance (always glClear all buffers at the start of the frame) (LP: #1661375) - Fixed glClear alpha channel usage (glClear alpha to zero instead of one) - Fixed Scenery3d cubemap rendering (restores rendering) - Fixed crash, when location 'Sierra Nevada Observatory, Spain' is chosen (LP: #1662113) - Fixed NetBSD and OpenBSD build by linking glues with Qt5::Gui. - Fixed size for few DSO textures (NPOT textures for ancient GPUs) (LP: #1641773) - Fixed crash, when missing a stars catalog from the middle of list (e.g. stars4 is missing and we tried zooming) (LP: #1653315) - Fixed crash for configure color of generic DSO marker (LP: #1667787) - Fixed date limit in AstroCalc tool (Set a minimum possible date limit for the range of dates for QDateTimeEdit widgets) (LP: #1660208) - Fixed escaping of symbols for Simbad Lookup (LP: #1669088) - Fixed DE431 mismatch (LP: #1606583) - Allows SkyImages in all reference frames and deprecate the old explicit core.loadSkyImageAltAz() type commands - Updated rules for usage of custom time zones (the custom time zone may be use in all time now) (LP: #1652763) - Updated shortcuts - Updated rules for source package builder - Updated URL of DSS collection - Updated detect of OS - Updated deployment rules for Windows installer - Updated script for building Stellarium User Guide - Updated GUI for set coefficients for custom equation of DeltaT - Updated list of contributors - Updated ArchaeoLines and Gridlines options to RemoteControl pages - Updated Tongan sky culture - Updated catalog of DSO - Updated common names of DSO - Updated star names (LP: #1664671) - Updated Solar System Screen Saver. - Updated Oculars plugin - Updated Satellites plugin (Let's start looking to the Iridium on 15 seconds before flash) - Updated plist data for macOS - Removed code for automatic tuning star scales of the view through ocular/CCD (LP: #1656940) - Code clean-up - Prevent an unnecessary StelProperty change - Changed the way the OpenGL format is set once again Download page: https://launchpad.net/stellarium/trunk/0.90.0
  12. alexwolf

    Stellarium 0.13.66.0

    Today Stellarium 0.13.66.0 has been published for public testing. We are refactored the GUI for deep-sky objects and catalog of the their objects. Plus we introduced few new options for DSO. Other big features for current beta: Iridium flares, accurate calculations of the ecliptic obliquity, calculations of the nutation and cross-index data for DSO and stars. Please help us test it. List of changes between version 0.13.3 and HEAD (0.13.66.0): - Added accurate calculations of the ecliptic obliquity. Finally we have good precession! (LP: #512086, #1126981, #1240070, #1282558, #1444323) - Added calculations of the nutation. Now we optionally have IAU-2000B nutation. (Applied between 1500..2500 only.) - Added new DSO catalog and related to him features (LP: #1453731, #1432243, #1285175, #1237165, #1189983, #1153804, #1127633, #1106765, #1106761, #957083) - Added Iridium flares to Satellites plugin (LP: #1106782) - Added list of interesting double stars in Search Tool - Added list of interesting variable stars in Search Tool - Added cross-identification data for HIP stars (SAO and HD numbers) - Added sinusoidal projection - Added draw DSO symbols with different colors - Added labels to the landscapes (gazetteer support) - Added a new behaviour for drawing of orbit for selected planet - drawing of the orbits of 'hierarchical group' (parent and all their childrens) of the selected celestial body (disabled by default). - Added an option to lower the horizon, e.g. for a widescreen cylindrical view with mostly sky and ground on lower screen border (LP: #1299063). - Added various timeshift-by-year commands (LP: #1478670) - Added Moon's phases info - Rewriting the Meteor module and the Meteor Showers plugin (LP: #1471143) - Updated skycultures - Updated Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese translations of landscapes and skycultures - Updated data for Solar System Observer - Updated color scheme for constellations - Updated documentation - Updated QZip stuff - Updated TUI plugin - Updated data for Satellites plugin - Updated Clang support - Updated Pluto texture - Using a better formula for CCD FOV calculation in Oculars plugin (LP: #1440330) - Fixed shortkeys conflict (New shortkeys for Scenery 3D plugin - LP: #1449767) - Fixed aliasing issue with GCC in star data unpacking - Fixed documentation for core.wait() function (LP: #1450870) - Fixed perspective projection issue (LP: #724868) - Fixed crash on activation of AngleMeasure in debug mode (LP: #1455839) - Fixed issue for update bottom bar position when we toggle the GUI (LP: #1409023) - Fixed weird view of the Moon in Oculars plugin when Moon's scaling is enabled - Fixed non-realistic mode drawing of artificial satellites - Fixed availability plugins for the scripting engine (LP: #1468986) - Fixed potention memory bug in Meteor class - Fixed wrong spectral types for some stars (LP: #1429530) - Change visibleSkyArea limitation to allow landscapes with "holes" in the ground. (LP: #1469407) - Improved Delta T feature (LP: #1380242) - Improved the ad-hoc visibility formula for LDN and LBN - Improved the sight opportunities when artificial satellites are passes (LP: #907318) - Changed behaviour of coloring of orbits of artificial satellites: we use gray color for parts of orbits, where satellite will be invisible (LP: #914751) - Improved coloring and rendering artificial satellites (include their labels) in the Earth shadow for both modes (LP: #1436954) - Improved for landscape and lightscape brightness with/without atmosphere. Now even considers landscape opacity for no-atmosphere conditions. - Reduce Milky Way brightness in moonlight - Enhancement of features in Telescope Control plugin (LP: #1469450) Download link (Windows 32 and 64 bit, OS X): https://launchpad.net/stellarium/trunk/trunk
  13. Today Stellarium's development team published version 0.90.0.9732 with support of outlines for deep-sky objects. We use the compatible with SkyChart (Cartes du Ciel) format of file for storing an outlines data for deep-sky objects. For example the outline for M42 is represented by this lines: 05.56401 -05.49880 start M 42 05.56759 -05.39201 vertex 05.56635 -05.31749 vertex 05.57158 -05.21922 vertex 05.57601 -05.21716 vertex 05.58830 -05.30164 vertex 05.59140 -05.34341 vertex 05.59028 -05.37076 vertex 05.59008 -05.38175 vertex 05.59581 -05.37159 vertex 05.59943 -05.47123 vertex 05.59912 -05.65838 vertex 05.59520 -05.73212 vertex 05.58490 -05.68102 vertex 05.56948 -05.57675 end First column is right ascension in decimal hours, the second column is declination in decimal degrees and third column is command (start, vertex, end). The command 'start' has name of DSO also. Our outlines.dat file was partially got from CdC/SkyChart. Now we want to get a volunteers, who can help us create a good outlines for big deep-sky objects for two projects - Stellarium and Cartes du Ciel/SkyChart.
  14. For years I've been a loyal user of Stellarium, it's very simple to use and provides me with most of what I need. I would unreservedly recommend it as an essential tool to anyone starting out in astronomy. The great folks behind it are very active and continually working on improvements and new features. But there are several other free planetarium programs including Cartes du Ciel and C2A and a few more. I discovered C2A a few days ago, and it has some interesting features, especially for observation planning. There a pop-ups to show when an object will be visible, a graphic of Moon phases etc. and a built-in log book facility. You can also add a very wide range of object catalogues. So, what are people using? And what are the pros and cons of different programs?
  15. As in the Title, there was a planetarium on the antiques and collectables television programme, "Four Rooms" tonight - just finished. Sold for £1000 but could have done better at up to £3000. The seller was happy though as he wanted the money for a school to buy an astro camera for their observatory and that was the amount he wanted.
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