CELESTIA or STELLARIUM????

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CELESTIA or STELLARIUM????
Posted by AustroTom on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 9:54 PM

Hi guys,

At it again. I downloaded both programs today. But the learning curve on both is so high, that I wnated to know if you prefer one over the other, so that I put the lesser one on the back burner?

Answers always greatly apreciated.Big Smile [:D]

Thomas

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:00 AM

Hi Tom,

I have both of them and they're great stuffs. I'm not sure for what purpose are you going to use it...I feel Stellarium is better suited for observing, or if you're going to use it as a "map". And the Celestia is for education or something its just a fun...But I would suggest you the Stellarium.

And, have you checked the other programms? HNSKY, Adastra .... there are many free of themSmile [:)]

all the best, Tuugii 

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Posted by AustroTom on Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:36 AM

Hi Tuugii,

Yes, I have been spending more time already on stellarium. I will not look at any other programs for now though, since I STILL do have a day job.Big Smile [:D]

Thomas

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Posted by Bert on Thursday, April 05, 2007 1:41 PM
I use Stellarium myself,I think it's probably the best that's "free" out there and heads and tails above Celestia(which I've used as well)
Bert O'Dell LX200 10" Classic If you have a 14" scope you don't want I'll pay shipping :P Charleston WV
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 05, 2007 2:41 PM

hey austrotom i have stellarium i thats all i use, i havent had it a long time, tkerr told me about, thanks tkerr.

oh austrotom nice truck, well tail gate i guess? got some more pics i love to see them, i got a thing for fords. later

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Posted by AustroTom on Thursday, April 05, 2007 11:26 PM

bigdaddypill,

If I find out how to do it, I will e-mail you some.

 Thomas

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, April 06, 2007 1:24 AM

 Bert wrote:
I use Stellarium myself,I think it's probably the best that's "free" out there and heads and tails above Celestia(which I've used as well)

Have you used Cartes du Ciel?  If so, do you consider Stellarium superior to it?

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Posted by Bert on Friday, April 06, 2007 4:58 AM
Dave yes,I've used Cartes,and I prefer stellarium above it
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, April 06, 2007 9:31 AM

Me too Dave, I've used the Cartes Du Ciel also. Stellarium is much better, its "easy" to use.Smile [:)]

Tuugii 

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, April 07, 2007 9:27 AM

Thanks.  I'll have to have a look at Stellarium sometime.

Dave Mitsky

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Posted by AustroTom on Saturday, April 07, 2007 12:19 PM

Is stellarium capable of guiding a GoTo mount from a remote location?

I played around with stellarium the last few days and although my computer is quite fast, this program taaaaaakeeeeeesssssssfooooooorrrrrrreeeeeeevvvvvvvvveeeeeeerrrrrrr, to change comands.

Thomas

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Posted by chipdatajeffB on Saturday, April 07, 2007 3:33 PM

If you're going to guide a mount using a PC, then start with The Sky -- you'll end up there, anyway.

I know folks who use Starry Night for that, but I've watched them and find that The Sky is much better.

I do have copies of Starry Night Backyard, Stellarium, Celestia, and Cartes du Ciel.

I find that Celestia is very nice for making visualizations such as viewing the Earth from the Moon, and the like. But I do not like it for anything else.

I find that Stellarium is a very good program for locating things in a simulated planetarium view, but it does not seem to have many more features that I'd use.

I find that Cartes du Ciel is pretty much unbeatable for making custom star charts, but it's a bear to learn to use. Even so, I'd recommend it. There are plug-ins and companion programs for it, too -- if you buy the CD version. I recommend you download the free version just to try it out, then if you like it buy the full-up CD version (support your local programmer!).

Having said that, I must add that Starry Nights is very good for making (recording and saving) "tours" and that includes more multimedia options than any of the others if you get the "pro" versions. It is a very nice program. I have no looked at the list of supported mounts ...

Overall I use The Sky. You can often buy introductory versions for about $10 on eBay, then pay under $100 to upgrade it to higher versions (more capabilities) at Software Bisque. Still, if your goal is to drive a mount from your PC, go ahead and bite the bullet on the full-up Pro version. I think you're likely to end up there eventually ...

Just my $0.02 worth ... !!

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Posted by AustroTom on Saturday, April 07, 2007 5:17 PM

Thanks Jeff,

I'll keep that in mind as soon as I'm ready to take the leap away from the good old manual way, to the high tech, stay-in-the-warm-office observation approach.

Thomas

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