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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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  OpenAstronomy log support
Posted by: rbakay - 2018-01-11, 04:58 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)

Hello Greg!

I want to ask you to do support for the OpenAstronomy log. Today, many programs support this format. It is important for me to synchronize my notes and observations between SkyTools and SkySafari 6, as well as with other programs.

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  Can't see any charts at all
Posted by: jmadamik - 2018-01-08, 02:45 AM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (3)

I really can't make heads or tails of this software. I was sold in about two minutes a few years ago when a club member made a presentation about SkyTools. It looked so amazing that I had to have it, and we could even get a discount with a group buy. I was 'all in', so to speak. I had been happily using Megastar for years with no issues, but SkyTools just looked amazing and I wanted to try it.

After looking at the demos online, I am still really impressed how anyone could be this brilliant or have enough time in one lifetime to create this software.

But, all I can manage to do, so far, is to bring up a list of, say, open clusters, but if I try to view the interactive atlas, naked eye sky, etc. for one of them, I just get a more or less blank screen with no star chart. When I click on some things to try to bring up the star chart, a window comes up telling me that SkyTools stopped working and I have to close it. Then I start the software again to try something else to get it to work...with no success.

There are many other things that don't work, but that one is the key feature for me - the interactive sky. Another issue is that double stars don't even give me a list (not to mention not being able to see them on the interactive sky - I can't even get the software to display a list). I also can't get a list of, say, all the Bayer stars or Flamsteed stars in a constellation, and most other features I could name simply don't work.

I can't imagine what is causing these issues. I'm using a Microsoft SurfacePro 3 and Win10. I don't have problems in general with this machine. Any clues what might be going wrong? Thank you for your help.  -Jason

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  The real reason I was up at 3:00am Sunday – Jupiter & Mars conjunction
Posted by: Dennis - 2018-01-07, 05:27 AM - Forum: Solar, Lunar and Planetary Imaging - Replies (1)

I was hoping that the tightly spaced Jupiter/Mars pair would clear the trees before the dawn sky brightened too much – the trees blocking my Eastern Horizon had grown considerably in the last 12 months. Rolleyes
Tantalising glimpses of Jupiter and the 4 Galilean Moons materialised on the LCD on the back of the camera as the topmost branches swayed in the light breeze when finally, Jupiter and Mars cleared the top of the trees and I could get to work recording this close conjunction.
I took several frames at varying ISO speeds (ISO100 to ISO3200) and shutter speeds (1/8 sec to 30 secs) so I could later select frames that showed the field stars (Jupiter and Mars grossly over exposed) and the disc of Jupiter with the equatorial bands.
A little bit of Photoshop magic allowed me to combine the sets and produce this composite. Smile
PS -  According to ST3 Pro, the separation between Jupiter and Mars was some 14 arc mins, less than ½ diameter of the full Moon. Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 7th Jan 2018 at 4:15 am AEST (UT+10).


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  Minor Planet List type ID request
Posted by: ncwolfie - 2018-01-02, 06:06 PM - Forum: Minor Planet and Comet Astrometry - Replies (5)

Doing minor planet astrometric work, I will often use SkyTools3 to generate an observing list of minor planets (alongside of the Minor Planet Centers list generator). I concentrate mainly on NEO's and use the database search tool to put my list together, I am able to single out what particular type asteroids are, Aten's, Apollo's etc. However when I generate my list, the only ID shown of the minor planets selected is the name and or number ID. Is there a way to also list what type of asteroid it is? For example, I print out a list of asteroids visible for the night. While I could see what type of each was in the database search, once I create the list and print it, I only have names and numbers, nothing to tell me the types. It would be great if the types were also listed. Maybe I am overlooking something.

Thanks and best regards,

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  Supplemental Data Download
Posted by: Attila - 2017-12-31, 01:26 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)


I have a long term problem in ST3Pro (Win7/64) using Supplemental Data Download function.
If I download and am refreshing any Minor Planet Data package, the program will be waiting a lot for Stellar, Deep Sky and Skymarks checking (sometimes 4-5 minutes!!!) after completing minor planet data  refreshing.

How may I shorten this long and needless (?) part of this process?


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  MS Surface Pro Display Issues
Posted by: E Mark Smith - 2017-12-18, 03:35 AM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Support - Replies (1)

I just got around to installing SkyTools 3 on my MS Surface 4 Pro.  I was having the display issue with the maps that was noted in the support section on the SkyTools website (graphical overlay portion of the display is confined to the upper left of the map on all of the chart views).  I went through the entire troubleshooting section:

1.  Display driver is up to date.
2.  Turning the scaling off DOES solve the chart issue but makes the list view unreadable.
3.  No matter what other settings I try (resolution and font size combinations), if I fix the Chart view, the list view is unreadable.

Ideas?  I can send screen shots if desired.

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  Comet Page
Posted by: Paul Alsing - 2017-12-14, 05:35 AM - Forum: Bright Comets - Replies (1)

Is there still a comet page?  A google search provides many results, but virtually all of them give me this message...

This site can’t be reached

observing.skyhound.com’s server DNS address could not be found.   -or-

The webpage at http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

What's up?

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Question Yahoo status?
Posted by: blakesphere - 2017-11-30, 10:24 PM - Forum: Beginners Forum - Replies (1)


Obviously, there's value in the old Yahoo!Group in terms of archival messages, files, etc.

Do you have plans to turn off new message posting there?

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  Nereid, third largest of Neptune’s moons – Brisbane 27th & 28th Aug 2016.
Posted by: Dennis - 2017-11-28, 04:28 AM - Forum: Solar, Lunar and Planetary Imaging - Replies (1)

Looking forward to Nereid being included in ST4 - thanks Greg. Smile

In the meantime, here are a couple of images of Nereid taken from my back yard on 27th & 28th August 2016.

Taken using a Tak Mewlon 210, Tak x0.8 Reducer/Flattener and an ATIK 414 EX camera. I captured 75x60 sec frames on 27th Aug and 37x120 secs on 28th Aug. Images were calibrated, aligned and stacked using CCDStack2 and finished in CS6. You can easily see the movement of Neptune, Triton and Nereid against the field stars over the two nights of 27th & 28th August 2016.
The full size originals have a FOV of 15.2 x 11.3 arcmin at 0.65 arcsec/pixel. The 1024x768 crops have a FOV of 13 x 9.7 arcmin.



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