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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
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I'm deperately looking for a telescopes.json file created by the Stellarium TelescopeControl plugin (and maybe a points.json as well ... don't know what that is for, though). The file(s) is/are normally located in $HOME/.stellarium/modules/TelescopeControl/ (Linux, I think it's a similar directory in Windows or MacOS). The files could be created in Windows and then copied to my Linux folder, but I don't have a native Windows machine and issues with the emulated one as well.
Background: Stellarium won't let me add my telescope, as the configuration dialog won't disappear when pressing the OK button (see here for details: https://sourceforge.net/p/stellarium/discussion/278769/thread/fae0bc91/). According to the mentioned forum post this situation can be resolved by copying the telescopes.json (and maybe points.json) into the telescope plugin folder. I've searched the internet over and over, but cannot find copies of that files. Would be great if someone could share them with me. I'm aware that I will have to edit the files to fit my setup, but without knowing what the fies look like, I don't know where to start.
Also, if anyone has had the same issue with the "Add telescope" dialog not closing in Stellarium, please share your solution, if different from what I'm aiming for.
Thanks in advance,
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!! 😀