Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:26 PM
Are there any other packages available and why no opensource options? I hate to be cheap, but it is really a bummer that I have cough up cash for science!
Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:46 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:55 AM
I'm not sure it's a need for plane solving.
Plate solving for at least 3 known stars is the first step in determining the least-squares plate constants. Either Iris or Elbrus should work for you to do this. Once you have the solutions for 3 star positions, a simple excel program can do the least squares fitting to the plate constants.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:53 AM
Try the freeware astrometry program: "Project CLEA Toolkit for Astrometry (Research Version)":
I started out in astrometry using this program. It's more than capable of producing the accurate measurements needed for submission to the MPC.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:19 PM
Wish me luck, I'm off hunting!
Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:23 PM
Astrometrica would be a good long term investment for than $35 USA dollars.
Very easy to learn and used by many, excellant support.
John D Sabia