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Re: (IAAC) Re: [Planetary_Nebulae] Megastar or The Sky..and at the scope



Lew and All,
I just had to reply to this!
May I point our what is obvious to us old timers in deep sky astronomy, and
that is this…
The best things that ever to happen to our hobby is a short list…
1) The invention of the Dobsonian telescope.
2) Burnham’s Celestial Handbook
3) Uranometria 2000.0
4) The Telrad finder
5) MegaStar
Clear Skies,
Toney Burkhart
Lew Gramer wrote:
> Forwarded without permission of the author. This extremely informative
> post on the wonderful "Planetary_Nebulae" list, is from a query sent in
> by IAAC's own Dave Aucoin. Clear skies all,
>
> Lew Gramer <owner-netastrocatalog@atmob.org>
> http://www.visualdeepsky.org
>
> ========================================================================
> >   Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 18:31:37 -0000
> >   From: GMYERS2@carolina.rr.com
> >Subject: Re: Megastar or The Sky..and at the scope
>
> I am slightly (!) biased but....
>
> after working with Emil for many months getting the support built in
> for the interface to the Tnagent boxes (NGCMax and the like) I find
> Megastar to be invaluable AT the scope! If you can hitch up one of
> these boxes and have a laptop at the computer you will find a new
> world of objects to look at. How many times have you looked at an
> object - then gone home and pulled up a rich program (like Megastar)
> and THEN saw what was only 0.5 degr to the right or just below the
> object - "Damn... had I known THAT was there I could have taken the
> time to look for it". Megastar has one GREAT advantage (actually
> many) over the rest - it shows the DSO's in actual position, size,
> AND shape! No one else comes close to this. You can cruuuissse around
> the North American Nebulae or see the smaller clouds that exist IN
> BETWEEN the 2 common segments of the Veil.... and on and on. Some of
> the features I asked for and Emil added were a Zoom capability that
> is selectable by the space bar (this is great when using a RF
> wireless trackball that has assignable buttons), information that is
> detailed and readily available AND viewable as you can set the font
> size and type (I am 8' away on my ladder!). A local Sync capability
> that increases the local accuracy manyfold. And on and on. Emil is
> currently working on the next rev... in it he plans on adding support
> for my just released Servo GOTO card set. With this I will be
> smoooothly (and quietly) viewing the sky at high power as it should
> be.
>
> biased...me....no .... Megastar is THE ONE!
>
> gary
>
> www.RXDesignOnline.com
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