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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Deep-sky objects Catalogues 7. You can plan an observing session using our Altitude vs. You can add your favorite objects to your observing wish-list using the Observation Planner tool, which allows you to plan your observation sessions professionally. HiPS all-sky progressive overlay provide stunning views from numerous surveys spanning the whole electromagnetic spectrum. Pablo de Vicente Core Developer: Jasem Mutlaq Core Developer: 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 kstaars object.

KStars also provides a Solar System Viewerwhich shows the current configuration of the major planets in our solar system. INDI State color code.

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. However, KStars is more than a simple night-sky simulator. You can select from numerous catalogs compiled from different earth and space handblok missions. Find out interesting objects in the “What’s up Tonight” tool, plot altitude vs. Command-Line mode for Image Generation 7.

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.


Kstags can optimize the caching options to best balance between disk space versus bandwidth. KStars lets you explore the night sky from the comfort of your computer chair.

This includes highly accurate GOTOs using astrometry solver, 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.

The KStars Handbook

If that is too much detail, we also provide a What’s Up Tonight? Table of Contents 1. Enable HiPS all-sky progressive overlay to fetch high-resolution images and display them directly in the sky map. It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth. We are very interested in your feedback; please report bugs or feature requests to the KStars development mailing list: 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.

Heiko Evermann Core Developer: Credits and License Index. 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. To see how object appears in the eyepiece under different telescopes and field of views, use the Simulate Eyepiece View tool to render a simulated view of what you see. KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software.

There is also a Jupiter Moons Tool which shows the positions of Jupiter’s four largest moons as a function of time.

Chapter 1. Introduction

hanebook 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.

Akarsh Simha Core Developer: Thomas Kabelmann Core Developer: Ekos is based on a modular lstars framework to perform common astrophotography tasks. You can also use the automated bug reporting tool, accessible from the Help menu. Jason Harris kstars 30doradus.


Time tool, which will plot curves representing the Altitude as a function of time for any group of ksstars. Our primary goal is to make KStars an interactive educational tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky.

James Bowlin Core Developer: Questions and Answers 9. However, KStars is not just for students. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. This features requires a fast internet connection in order to download the images.

Several popular CCD cameras, webcams, and computerized focusers are also supported. List of Tables 3. Carsten Niehaus Istars Developer: The display provides a compelling interface to a number of tools with which you can learn more about astronomy and the night sky.

To this end, the KStars Handbook includes the AstroInfo Projecta series of short, hyperlinked articles on astronomical topics that can be explored with KStars. There is a context-sensitive popup menu attached to each displayed object, which displays object-specific information and actions. Our Astrocalculator tool provides direct access to many of the algorithms the program uses behind the scenes, including coordinate converters and time calculators.

The images are cached locally to reduce bandwidth. In addition, KStars includes D-Bus functions that allow you handboik write complex scriptsmaking KStars a powerful “demo engine” for classroom use or general illustration of astronomical topics. 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.