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?SNR and exposure window?
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Adding catalog name to ex...
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Problem with #duskflats
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Schedule Browser 404 not ...
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Running SkyTools 3.2j und...
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2 Bodies Appulse
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Special Events to Copy/Pr...
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Current Minor Planet issu...
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  ?SNR and exposure window?
Posted by: Colin Pearce - 2018-02-15, 12:45 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)

i have installed ST3 on my desktop pc and on my laptop.
All settings are absolutely identical but the exposure time windows are slightly longer on my PC and the SNR figures are approximately double what they are on my laptop.
Does anyone know why this is? Surely both installations should be identical in the readouts they give?

Thanks in advance.

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  Adding catalog name to existing object
Posted by: SteveGoldberg - 2018-02-10, 04:04 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (4)

How can another name be added to an object already in the main database?
In the database is object LEDA 2085077. I believe this is the same as IC4617.

When I put in the coordinates for IC4617 into the Designation Search Tool, and bring up the Interactive Atlas, the LEDA object is highlighted.
Therefore I can assume the 2 objects are the same, just different catalogs.
So, can I add IC4617 to the LEDA object in the primary database? Or should I add a new object to the Supplemental Database?
Steve Goldberg

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  Schedule Browser 404 not found error
Posted by: theskyhound - 2018-02-04, 01:34 AM - Forum: Questions for you from Greg - Replies (1)


When I click Schedule Browser from the ACP web interface I get a 404 Not Found error. Apparently I don't have something set up right, but I am not sure what. I do have Scheduler installed. Ideas?


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  Problem with #duskflats
Posted by: theskyhound - 2018-02-04, 01:31 AM - Forum: Questions for you from Greg - Replies (2)


I need your help. I have a simulator set up and it seems to all be working. My location is correct and so is the time. The LST displayed is correct as are the alt/az for target objects.

My plan has an entry for #duskflats in the first line.

My problem is that when I started the plan late this afternoon it went right into getting flats, even though the Sun was still high in the sky. It did what you would expect it to do, by taking a simulated image and waiting for the sky to get darker.

I can't figure out why the system isn't waiting for the sun to set. Ideas?


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Wink Running SkyTools 3.2j under Linux
Posted by: rsipin - 2018-01-31, 11:31 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (2)


Just wanted to let folks know that I've had very good inital results installing my original SkyTools3 Pro media into a machine running Linux Fedora 27 workstation, by first installing PlayOnLinux, and with that the Wine 'emulator'. Initial results are looking very positive. I was able to run the online update to 3.2j, and install everything on my extended data DVD. I'll post more details if anyone is interested in replicating what I've done. Very happy to be running SkyTools again, after ditching windows 10.

-Rick in Colorado

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  2 Bodies Appulse
Posted by: SteveGoldberg - 2018-01-28, 08:42 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (7)

On the Special Events page, Two Bodies Appulses, I am trying to get appulses between Saturn and Iapetus.
I can get Saturn/Titan and Mars/Phobos. But not Saturn/Iapetus.
Parms: Above/Below Horizon, Day or Night, and "Show All Events".
Even though Saturn/Iapetus can be selected, is there a restriction on which satellites can be computed?
Thanks, Steve

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  Special Events to Copy/Print
Posted by: SteveGoldberg - 2018-01-27, 01:19 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (2)

After getting the results from the Special Events function, I would like to "Copy" into Word or Excel all the events.
I can right click/Copy each one individually. Is there a way to select all of them at one time?

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  Current Minor Planet issue
Posted by: masec - 2018-01-26, 04:30 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (4)

One function of ST3 Pro in the Nightly Planner that I don't fully understand is the Observing List > Group: Current > List: Current Minor Planets.

My copy of ST3 doesn't show Ceres (for example) in the current list.  I read in Sky & Telescope that it is currently near opposition.  And I didn't realize it because it doesn't show in my ST3  current minor planet list.  Now, for comets and supernovae I think I can rely on ST3 to list the ones currently visible but I'm not sure.

I call Ceres a minor planet.  I can search ST3 for Ceres and the Object Information calls it a Minor Planet / Dwarf Planet.  I don't understand how it is so favorably positioned for viewing and yet I wasn't aware of it.   I know I can search and create a list in Special Events, General Tab .... But I gradually forget to do so.  

I wonder if Halley's Comet or Hale/Bopp were bright and in the zone, would they also remain hidden because they are classics?

Can I configure ST3 to list the major classical minor planets along with those dozen or so that are currently listed in the Current Minor Planets List?

I think of the Observing List > Group: Current > 3 Current Lists as sort of a clearing house to know which transitory objects are available to view.

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Exclamation GRS Longitude in the ST3j Update
Posted by: Joe Stieber - 2018-01-23, 05:08 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (2)

This item was discussed on the Yahoo e-group, but it should also be mentioned here.

With the update to ST3j, a glitch caused Jupiter's Great Red Spot longitude to be set to 262.0° when it should be 287°. To have ST show the correct position and transit time of the GRS, open the SkyTools Preferences from the planner tool bar, select the Preferences tab, and enter 287 for the GRS longitude.

The latest GRS longitude observations can be found at JUPOS...


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  SkyTools 3 Pro on a MS Surface Pro 4
Posted by: masec - 2018-01-11, 05:56 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)

My Surface Pro 4 has been updated to the Windows 10 Creator's Update. ver 1709  OSB 16299.125

The Night Light feature has made the display almost dark enough to use without a red filter. Night Light allows the whites of the display to morph to a deep amber color.   Unfortunately, it still isn't quite there yet. At a dark site, it is still too bright.  I am encouraged though, if the display can be modified to this degree, it wouldn't take much to expand the display dimming capability to a degree that the Surface could be used in the field without a filter.

I have explored the UEFI (bios substitute) to see if there is a screen intensity modulator built in. I didn't find anything obvious.

Has any other Surface user found settings that make the machine field usable without a Rubylith sheet or the like over the display?

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