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Just a couple of Questions about the Stellarium Program,

1. Is it in real time & accurate, so if i zoom in on say saturn the face i see on the program is what you would see looking through a Scope or is it just a representation.

2. When i down loaded the program was it in full or should i now update the extra database for Star maps etc.

3. Should i follow real time atmospheric conditions so i can only see whats there if i look up, At the moment i have it set on zero LP no fog etc.

Great program thanks for the advice on the download jahmanson it will come in very handy for learning the Night Sky.



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1. Yes, the planets and their moons etc are in the correct real-time positions and rotations. Of course, stellarium lets you zoom in much further than you practically can with a small telescope but the software is supposed to represent what the sky looks like.

2. I find there are enough stars in the supplied catalogue for my purposes. (the brightest)

3. Not a bad idea. I actually took a panoramic photo of my back garden and imported it as a landscape into stellarium. Now I know exactly what I will be able to see every night!

Stellarium is a very useful tool for planning an observing session, it gives you a good idea of what you will be able to see and where you can find it. I tend to zoom to the FOV I expect to be getting with any particular eyepiece

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