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



I think that to varying extents this can be said of any charting 
software. I realize that different programs have different databases 
they use and one may lack objects that another has, but I have used 
other programs both scope side and to print out charts to use as 
described here.
William
On Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at 08:10 PM, Don Clouse wrote:
> I can second Gary's opinion of MegaStar though I don't use it in quite 
> the
> same way.  I've never taken a computer in the field with me but I have 
> used
> charts produced with MegaStar to locate several objects (e.g., Sky Atlas
> 2000 - either edition - doesn't have the entire Herschel 400 on it).
> MegaStar has dozens of catalogs in it.  I use in extensively at home to 
> plot
> observing lists.  I also use it to produce charts which I use to 
> accompany
> articles in our club newsletter.  It's a very versatile, useful tool 
> indeed.
>
> Clear skies,
> Don Clouse
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lew Gramer <dedalus@alum.mit.edu>
> To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog - Discussion
> <netastrocatalog-announce@atmob.org>
> Cc: GMYERS2@carolina.rr.com <GMYERS2@carolina.rr.com>
> Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:57 PM
> Subject: (IAAC) Re: [Planetary_Nebulae] Megastar or The Sky..and at the
> scope
>
>
>>
>> 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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