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Old 12-08-2010, 10:08   #1
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Recommended Star-Spotting Software ?

Hi folks

Sometimes at night I look up. Sometimes when I do I see some star or planet or gloopy splodge of twinkly bits and I wonder what the hell it is.

I tried to download this program Stellarium but the download wont work. It ever only downloads the first 4 megs

But its sort of what I want. Ya bung in the Lat and Lon and up pops a view of the sky with baring and elevation.

Is there some program (free) that someone can recommend?


Mark

PS the first person who mentions I should take up celestial navigation will get my spinnaker pole shoved where they will see stars
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My Android phone has a Skymap program in it. You just point the phone at what you are looking at, and it shows you the stars/constellations/planets. Pretty cool...
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Same application available on iphone. 100% agree it is a very cool program.....

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I have a starfinder device (not electronic)...doesn't ruin my night vision when I use it at night.

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Hi Mark,

I have been using Stellarium on “StarGazer” for years and have downloaded it on to a few laptops. Not sure what problem you are having now….. (maybe a Turkey thing?)

It is a great program since you can toggle on and off the constellations and art renderings that gave them their names…. Speed up time to see when a particular heavenly body will be visible in your location plus filter on and off a number of viewing options.

Will be interesting to hear from others about similar free downloads
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I know very little about computers but if you are using windows, you might try selecting Download File (and then install) instead of selecting Run Program. Disable firewall? Is there enough space on your harddrive?
I just downloaded stellarium for the first time. I love the look and feel of it. I have been looking for a program like this for a long time. I've tried google and many others (not including phone apps) and found them all unsatisfactory.
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Sometimes computers cannot do it better than analog.

I bring a planisphere. You don't have to print it out plus you can adjust for the time as the stars move across the sky. On some the stars also glow in the dark which means you don't need a flashlight to use it. They also show the whole sky in full detail. They also have infinite battery life.

For celestial nav, they are useful for planning out before civil twilight the approximate azimuth and altitude of the stars you want to shoot. They help you know better which stars you shot.
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I just downloaded stellarium for the first time. I love the look and feel of it.
OK now I am grumpy! LOL

I will try again... of course I am on a megabite measured connection. typical...


Glad you are enjoying it


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Stellarium = awesome

I've used a few:

The ability to include the moons position makes finding "what is that one"? much simpler

(paper / books do not)

Have you got Stellarium up and runnning now?

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Have you got Stellarium up and runnning now?

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Not yet. I got through 35 mbs of the 45 mb download and it stopped. I have to conserve my mbs at them moment


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Hi folks

Sometimes at night I look up. Sometimes when I do I see some star or planet or gloopy splodge of twinkly bits and I wonder what the hell it is.

I tried to download this program Stellarium but the download wont work. It ever only downloads the first 4 megs

But its sort of what I want. Ya bung in the Lat and Lon and up pops a view of the sky with baring and elevation.

Is there some program (free) that someone can recommend?


Mark

PS the first person who mentions I should take up celestial navigation will get my spinnaker pole shoved where they will see stars
Markie--

Almost anything "free" is worth about wnat you pay for it. Never-the-less, if you like we have a few frends in France and if you PM me your itinerary, we can try to get a CD with Stellarium delivered to you. Another option, albeit not free, is Sky Scout | Star Finding | Celestaire, Inc. . A niece piece of gear and very engaging.

Lastly, we're glad to know you and Nick are still alive and well. You know, thosse damned Beneteau's are such poorly constructed boats, we've been woorying about you for months now, the way you take your lives in your hands'n all....

FWIW...

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Try this:

Skyglobe

SkyGlobe

It's fast and you can't beat the price.

You can turn the stars up or down to so that you see only the stars you want.

You can position yourself at many major ciites, but not at your exact lat/lon (I think)

You can run yourself forward and backward in time.
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Works for up here.

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I tried to download this program Stellarium but the download wont work. It ever only downloads the first 4 megs

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Is there some program (free) that someone can recommend?
Yeah, DownThemAll, a Firefox/Swiftfox addon so you can d/l the entire Stellarium program.
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