Virtual Moon Atlas - Beginner's Tutorial
Posted 03 December 2005 - 10:56 AM
That is a mighty fine tutorial, Erika :waytogo:. I sure wished I had this tutorial when I first found out about the VMA - would have made it a lot easier to used the program back then .
It is my fondest wish that you'll expand your tutorial to the "Intermmediate Tutorial" . The VMA has now become features rich and there are lots of features that the "graduated" Beginners may not even be aware of or what they do. I look forward to see it .
Posted 03 December 2005 - 12:54 PM
All you would-be lunatics out there, commence downloading!
Posted 03 December 2005 - 01:12 PM
I do think the system requirements are not correct. I can run the latest pro on a P3 800 with 32meg geforce 2 graphics card. Yes it is OpenGL but no where near as resource hungry as even an opengl game 4 that is years old.
Posted 03 December 2005 - 02:00 PM
The system requirements came from the VMA site for the Pro Version and I believe it was brought to that standard so that we can use all the functions without delay and for smoothness. You will not need all that for the Beginner's version. Photonovore, one of our lunartics in the Lunar Observation forum, is able to run the most recent VMA Pro version on a 1ghz windows computer with 256mb ram. It was a little bit slow in loading, but other than that, had no problems running it. Mardi (Photonovore) has since then added more RAM, which speeded things up a bit. I would suggest adding more ram if needed to adjust for this...which I have recently done myself.
For anyone wishing to look further into a discussion we are having regarding this tutorial, please visit Beginner's tutorial on VMA in the Lunar Observation Forum .
Posted 04 December 2005 - 04:00 PM
I've been playing with it a little, and the only flaw I can find is their estimate of the "minimum instrument required" to find and examine some of the features on the moon. I think they over estimate the size scope that is needed on at least some of the features. One of the first things I ever did with a 60mm scope was to sit with a moon map and ID the features around Plato one night, and it certainly doesn't take a 100mm refractor to see and identify Pico Mons, even for someone with hardly any time at the eye piece.
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Posted 05 December 2005 - 02:39 PM
Carl, I'm excited that you still have your first lunar observation in store. All areas of astronomy fascinate me, but I do have to admit that our Moon gives me the most enjoyment. Especially as it seems ever changing and there's much at hand to learn about it. Good luck and I wish you wonderful views....and don't forget to check in with the Lunar Observation forum to assist or for you to share your observations. We're always thrilled to hear of the moon through other's eyes.
Jim, I didn't consider making a PDF. Thank you for the idea.
Scott, let me entice you with the wonders of Lady Luna! She's always happy for a visit.