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OK, my second guide, this took a bit more thinking about cos I haven’t used Stellarium before but I wanted a ‘single device’ option as my other stuff is IOS. I will be using this with my Canon tethered to the PC by an active usb cable so I can do pretty much everything (bar focussing) indoors when it’s too cold outside!
Anyway, this how I did it. If there is a better way I am happy to update this guide. Let me know. Hopefully this is straight forward cos there isn’t a lot of info on how to do this all in one place! I’ve had this working indoors this PM so I’m really excited to try it at night now. Note that you need to be connected to the SynScan WiFi network to control your scope.
1. Download & install Stellarium (I’m using v18) – do not run at this point
2. Download & install Stellarium Scope (I’m using v2016.12.26.330) – do not run at this point
3. Download ASCOM software & install (I used ASCOM Platform63) – do not run at this point
4. Download ASCOM driver from Skywatcher & install
5. Download and install SynScan App (it will run either Alt Az or Eq mounts as needed)
6. Connect to SynScan WiFi & open SynScan app, settings, WiFi and select Access Point mode (which is what I used as it seemed most straight forward). Add naming and security as needed. Note that the unit ‘resets’ to factory settings if powered up and unaccessed for 24 hrs (I have also seen this as 1 hr but haven’t tried it).
7. OPTIONAL TEST STEP OTHERWISE GO TO STEP 8. In settings set to ‘emulator’ if you want to test first. Go back to main screen and ‘connect’ – you will need to select eq or alt az. Note: you can do this part without the WiFi adaptor as it is only testing the software. Go to step 9.
8. In settings, select UDP, go back to main screen and connect (select eq or alt az). Do a star align if you are ready and leave running.
9. Run ASCOM diagnostics, tools, telescope chooser .net – select SynScanMobile Telescope in dropdown box. You may have to select and exit properties before ‘OK’ is enabled.
10. Open Stellarium Scope. Accept the disclaimer, select mount as ASCOM.Synscanmobile.Telescope and connect.
11. Label your Telescope on this screen if you want and then select update Stellarium. Accept all the warnings. If you want to customise further look in ‘options’ for auto start of Stellarium etc. You may need to update Stellarium again via this screen if you change anything.
12. Open Stellarium. It should now be ready with your scope. If you scroll around the reticle should be on the star you last aligned. You are now good to go! Select something in Stellarium and press CNTL and 1 together. Your scope should slew to the new target. Conversely, if you select something on the SynScan App it will show in Stellarium.
13. If you did this all in test mode and have a SynScan WiFi connected you should now be able to go to step 8. You do not need to do the other steps again apart from restarting Stellarium Scope and Stellarium. I have Stellarium auto open in options so I just click on StellariumScope.
Hope that helps anyone interested. I’m happy to update this as needed, or do pics if required.
PS I’m running this on a Win10 Dell Laptop - I have experienced a ‘form error’ bug when looking up stars in the SynScan App but that maybe because I moved the folder to a new location so it can’t find a library or something. It’ll be interesting if anyone else gets this. This does not affect the running in Stellarium so I’ve ignored it for now and will recheck later. UPDATE: 19/04 - I raised this with SW app team. It appears there is a DB missing from the v1.9 zip (previous versions are fine), they are rectifying asap - so it wasn’t me!! 😀
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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.
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 )
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?