Hi, Am now using Kstars and Ekos, but is there a complete guide to this software, maybe one I can download and print out to form a reference book of some sort. KStars is a graphical desktop planetarium. It plots the positions of stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets in the night sky for any date. (part of the KStars Handbook accessible through the Help menu). • Set the time ahead by a couple years to see the effects of precession.

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Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: Deep-sky objects Catalogues 7. This bandbook highly accurate GOTOs using astrometry bandbook, ability to measure and correct polar alignment errorsauto-focus and auto-guide capabilities, and capture of single or stack of images with filter wheel support. Carsten Niehaus Core Developer: Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7. It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth.

KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. Credits and License Index. If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight?

Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of objects. Ekos is based on a modular extensible framework to perform common astrophotography tasks. There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool which shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time.

Questions and Answers 9. We are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: However, KStars is more than a simple night-sky simulator. You can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. You can also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu. You can even attach your own Internet links, images and text notes, making KStars a graphical front-end to your observing logs and your personal astronomical notebook.


Enable HiPS all-sky progressive overlay to fetch high-resolution images and display them directly in the sky map.

The KStars Handbook

Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky. Pablo de Handvook Core Developer: Jason Harris kstars 30doradus. The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth. Akarsh Simha Core Developer: For students and teachers, it supports adjustable simulation speeds in order to view phenomena that happen over long timescales, the KStars Astrocalculator to predict conjunctions, and many common astronomical calculations.

List of Tables 3.

There handook a context-sensitive popup menu attached to each displayed object, which displays object-specific information and actions. Hundreds of objects provide links in their popup menus to informative web pages and beautiful images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

The display provides a compelling interface to a number of tools with which you can learn more about astronomy and the night sky.

You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs. Our Astrocalculator tool provides direct access to many of the algorithms the program uses behind the scenes, including coordinate converters and time calculators.

From an object’s popup menu, you can open its Detailed Information Windowwhere you can examine positional data about the object, and query a huge treasury of online databases for professional-grade astronomical data and literature references about the object.

You can select from numerous catalogs compiled from kstsrs earth and space based missions. To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars.


Find out interesting objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs.

In addition, KStars includes D-Bus functions that allow you to write complex scripts hanndbook, making KStars a powerful “demo engine” for classroom use or general ksttars of astronomical topics. Table of Contents 1. KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair. Ekos supports highly accurate tracking using online and offline astrometry solver, autofocus and autoguiding capabilities, and capture of single or multiple images using the powerful built in sequence manager.

However, KStars is not just for students. The display includesstars to 9th magnitude million with addon catalogs13, deep-sky objects Messier, NGC, and IC catalogsall planets, the Sun and Moon, hundreds of comets and asteroids, the Milky Way, 88 constellations, and guide lines such as the celestial equatorthe horizon and the ecliptic.

For the amateur astronomer, it provides an observation planner, a sky calendar tool, and an FOV editor to calculate field of view of equipment and display them. The display includes up to million stars, 13, deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets, asteroids, supernovae, and satellites.

This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.

Chapter 1. Introduction

INDI State color code. You can add your favorite objects to your observing wish-list using the Observation Planner tool, kstras allows you to plan your observation sessions professionally.

Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: James Bowlin Core Developer: Several popular CCD cameras, webcams, and computerized focusers are also supported. Heiko Evermann Core Developer: