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Version 4.0.0 of the free "Hallo Northern Sky" or HNSKY planetarium has been released. For MS-windows and Linux. Any feedback is welcome.
The major changes:
- Improved swipe functionality.
- New improved telescope cursor, the telescope position is now shown as a correct sized and orientated rectangle. Orientation can be set manually with mouse wheel while holding CTRL key down.
- Added possibility to design mosaics. (measuring frame on, hit HOME. To remove rectangle hit CTRL+DEL)
- Goto menu has "slew to" functionality if "track telescope is on".
- Three-state check-mark for asteroids and comets. Grayed=all, checked=auto
- Three-state check-mark for star names. Off=bright stars only, Grayed=supplement stars only. Checked=All star names.
- Vizier online server for star catalogue can be set in settings.
- Server link with APT en CCDCIEL.
- Added PPMXL online star catalog.
- Added Lynds (LBN) supplement containing 1125 bright nebula as supplement and brightest to the deepsky level 3 database.
- Added Hickson Compact Groups of Galaxies (HCG) as separate supplement and to the deepsky level 3 database.
New telescope rectangle:
This is my first post here and I wish to introduce a little program i wrote.
This is a RAW to FITS batch converter. Converter supports many cameras vendors: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji, Konica, Hasselblad and so on.
May be useful for someone who shooting space with DSLR and wanna do a real science, search for variable stars for example.
Program is very simple (see attached screenshot), you just set input directory, output directory and few conversion options.
You can choose how to process color channels from the RAW file.
Possible options is:
- convert RGB to avarage grayscale
- store all three channels as separate images in a one FITS.
- store all three channels in a separate FITS's
- store only one selected channel
Converter supports multithreading conversion, depending on your cpu/cores count.
All data you entered in UI will store in FITS header. Some data (like exposure, date and camera model) may be acquired from the RAW file, this is preferable.
This is a free software licensed under GPLv2 license.
You can get it on github: https://github.com/olegkutkov/Raw2Fits
Program uses libraw library and i highly recommend to get latest stable version of this library instead of using your distro version. If you have multiple LibRaw versions on your system - please carefully check which version you linking and using in runtime. Correct Makefile if needed.
Libraw version older than 0.17 may not correctly extract EXIF data from the RAW files.
Also you will need cfitsio, any version is Ok.
User interface is built with GTK3 toolkit and tested with Gnome 3, Mate and Cinnamon DE on different Mint, Debian and Fedora distributions.
After executing 'sudo make install' command this program should appear in your Applications menu
Hope this program will be useful for someone.
I will be glad to hear your feedback, propositions and bug reports
Not sure I'm in the right place or not but I was hoping someone could help...
I have an Altair Astro GPCamV2 and the box tells you to get the software from http://cameras.altairastro.com/ and that it will only work with Windows!
I was wondering if anyone else has gotten this type of cam working on a Linux os before and what the steps were for doing so. (Other software that will work, terminal commands for the drivers etc.)
thank you in advance ?
I'm currently running Linux on my laptop and just wanted to know the best stacking software is for an amateur to use.
I tried installing registax with wine but it didn't work.
I've tried out PIPP and didn't really get on with it.
So far the only one I've gotten my head around is Siril by free astro.
Would like to know what other software there is that works well on linux that is good for amateurs who have just started playing around with this.
The "Hallo northern sky" planetarium program, a PC application has now a swipe screen functionality. Here a short Youtube impression:
Swipe can be switched on/off in the settings menu. (ctrl-E)
Comments, user requests and feedback are welcome.