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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 (3)


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 (3)

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 (2)

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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