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wrong filter assigned
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  Creating/Exporting Obstructed Horizon?
Posted by: gcisko - 2019-03-19, 08:53 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)

I have a fairly restricted viewing area at home. Because of this I Looked for and found the obstructed horizon feature. I think I have it created fairly close to reality. You certainly can see the effect when you select an object and the red line in the Night Bar abruptly ends. 

The problem is I may have to create another home location. I manually entered the GPS coordinates. SkyTools uses Degrees, minutes, seconds instead of the decimal numbers given in google maps which is what I used for my city. I can probably select a city within 20 miles, but I would really like to understand manual GPS entry. And of course obstructed horizons... 

Thanks for any help or tips. 


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  wrong filter assigned
Posted by: gregwjones - 2019-03-19, 12:54 AM - Forum: SkyTools 4 Support - Replies (1)

I am adding a new imaging system and I am trying to assign the filters for it. When I select "Astrodon Ha 3nm" and click "Assign This Filter" what actually appears in the right hand list is the "Astrodon B" filter.

A screen shot is attached.

Please look into this.

Thank You,
Greg Jones

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  ST4i screen too big
Posted by: gregwjones - 2019-03-18, 04:21 PM - Forum: SkyTools 4 Support - Replies (2)

While trying to setup a new imaging system to a new install of ST4i on a laptop I ran into this problem.

When I tried to add a new camera, the Edit Camera Data window was too large for my display so that I could not see the bottom row of buttons to complete the edits. A screenshot is attached. I could not drag the Edit Camera Data window up far enough to see the bottom row of buttons. Also, I could not resize the Edit Camera Data window.

I had ST4i in fullscreen mode and the Windows Task Bar was hidden at the bottom of the screen. My screen size is 1920 x 1080.

I had to kill ST4i is order to continue doing anything else.

Please look into this.

Greg Jones

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  Data for ZWO Filters ?
Posted by: jim_v - 2019-03-16, 01:47 PM - Forum: Deep Sky Astrophotography - Replies (4)

Hi Wink 

Does anyone have data files for the ZWO LRGB and narrow-band fiilters ( https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/wp-...SI1600.jpg )?


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  Observing List question
Posted by: gcisko - 2019-03-15, 09:53 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (2)

I have had Sky Tools 3 for a few years and I simply am unable to figure out the following. I create a Showpieces Observing List for today. They show up in "simple mode" but not in "observing mode". When I select "observing mode" I get "0 objects out of 17 meet visibility criteria". I have all the observing filters pretty wide open (all classes, all constellations, above horizon, Twilight/Moonlight ok, Ignore Difficulty. 


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  SkyTools 4 Imaging Update Delayed
Posted by: theskyhound - 2019-03-15, 03:45 PM - Forum: SkyTools 4 Support - No Replies

Hello everyone,

I mentioned several times recently that there is an impending update for SkyTools 4 Imaging. Unfortunately a storm left our office without power for two days, and I have a trip planned for this weekend. It may be Monday before the update appears.

I know some of you have been waiting for this update for some time, and I very much appreciate your patience!

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  St4i hung during a stx import
Posted by: gregwjones - 2019-03-11, 07:39 PM - Forum: SkyTools 4 Support - Replies (3)

I was importing the set of observing lists from the Texas Star Party website and one of them failed to import into St4i. These are all .stx files.
The file that failed to import is attached here.

St4i simply hung up and stopped responding while trying to import this file. When I restarted st4i the observing list was listed in the Target List, but it was empty.

Please take a look.

Thank you,
Greg Jones

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.stx   TSP 2000 Glorious Globulars.stx (Size: 583 bytes / Downloads: 2)
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  Another Visual Sky Simulation issue?
Posted by: chrisp9au - 2019-03-11, 11:14 AM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Support - Replies (6)

Running Windows 10, SkyTools 3 Standard.
In the Visual Sky Simulation, why are globular clusters devoid of stars in the display?
For example, the attached Visual Sky Simulation display of 47 Tucana, Zero stars?
It's the same for any globular that I select.
Thank you.

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  Visual Sky Simulation issue?
Posted by: chrisp9au - 2019-03-05, 05:08 AM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Support - Replies (2)

When I go to the Visual Sky Simulation for an object by hitting the 'T' key,
I would anticipate that the object would appear in the centre of the Naked Eye field, 
at the centre of the Finder circles, and in the centre of the Eyepiece field.

This is not happening for me!  

Selected object is many degrees away from the centre of the Finder and at the edge of the Eyepiece display.

Is there a way to reset the display so that objects are centered?

Thank you

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  Bitdefender Problems Continue
Posted by: theskyhound - 2019-03-04, 06:22 PM - Forum: Developer's Corner - No Replies

The anti-virus software Bitdefender has been wreaking havoc with SkyTools 4 Imaging installs, and is now doing the same with SkyTools 3. It is apparently removing or blocking database files during the installation of SkyTools. When started, SkyTools can fail in any number of strange ways. This has caused a great deal of trouble and cost me a lot of my time, reaching the point now where the first thing that I ask when a customer seeking support is what anti-virus is running.

If you run into obvious head-scratching problems soon after installation, please uninstall SkyTools. Delete the "SkyTools 3" or "SkyTools 4" folder in your Documents area. Disable Bitdefender. Re-install. Note that deleting these folders will delete all of your custom data, so I do not recommend doing so if you have spent a great deal of time configuring your instruments. If you don't want to lose your data, please contact me for support.

Database files are very unlikely to harbor dangers to your computer. But more to the point, it is unconscionable for Bitdefender to be removing or interfering with your database files without a big obvious warning to the user. The failure to do so means that I cannot recommend that SkyTools users continue to use Bitdefender. The anti-virus that comes with Windows is sufficient and does not interfere with the working of your software.

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