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Ch. Legrand
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Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6
      #5520407 - 11/15/12 12:26 AM

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce you that we have just released the new Virtual Moon Atlas "10th anniversary / Pro 6" version !

In 2002 we published the first version of the VMA. Today, for its 10th anniversary, we are happy to present you the new Pro 6 version, the most complete computerized lunar atlas.

Since December 2009, release date of the Pro version 5, we were waiting the datas sent by the recent lunar probes US LRO and chinese Chang'e 2 so that we could format them for use in VMA. It's now done and we also fill this gap period in our production to add new modules and functionalities. We have also update and increase the databases. We hope that all this new work will make your lunar observing sessions still more interesting.

And we can't not forget to dedicate this new version to Neil Armstrong whose "small step and giant leap" have conducted many of us to become amateur astronomers and specially lunar observers.

We will now present you all the news of this version that spread us in the new 10 years coming :

THE NEW "COMMAND CENTER"
Because of the increasing number of modules in VMA Pro version, VMA is launched now from a "Command Center" that gives you a direct access to each module and to the associated documentations.

THE NEW "WEBLUN" (c) MODULE :
We have realized a new special database about the main Web sites dedicated to Moon exploration and lunar surveys.
- General sites
- Lunar atlases
- Lunar probes
- Apollo missions
- Lunar observers associations
- Amateurs lunar pictures
- On line lunar ebooks
- Others lunar sites
The new "WEBLUN" (c) module manages a quick access to these sites. So, if your computer has a WiFi access during your observing sessions, you will be able to consult these sites directly from VMA while observing.

THE UPGRADES OF THE "ATLUN" (c) MODULE
- Upgrade of the terminator dynamic shadows with LRO datas
- New CCD cameras field visualization on the map
- New altazimutal and "Dobson" telescopes dedicated lunar globe orientation

THE NEW "LRO / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter" HIGH RESOLUTION TEXTURE :
We propose you a new texture corresponding to the best released datas of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter probe. It reaches 100 m resolution per pixel. We are waiting a new more precise release in the following monthes. This texure is linked to the new IAU lunar nomeclature.

THE NEW "CE2 / Chang'E 2" TEXTURE :
Chines authorities have released on 2012 february a global lunar map with a 60 m resolution per pixel. We have built a new texture comparable to the LOPAM texture yet available, but with an almost vertical lighting.

THE 5 NEW "HISTORICAL TEXTURES" :
We have formatted for VMA the best digitized versions of old lunar maps in the public domain. You can know compare these pioneering works with today datas. These maps, sure, only show the visible face and the formations positions are sometimes far from the actual one. We propose you the following maps :
- Langenus / 1645 (Version : N & B)
- Hevelius / 1647 (Version : N & B & color)
- Cassini / 1676 (Version : N & B)
- Tobias Mayer / 1775 (Version : N & B)

5 NEW SCIENTIFIC OVERLAYS :
- LRO Surface roughness (Surface roughness according to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter datas)
- LRO Surface slope and roughness (Surface slope & roughness according to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter datas)
- LRO Silicates (Surface silicates amount according to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter datas)
- Chang'e Daytime surface temperature (Surface temperature during lunar day time according to Chang'e 1 datas)
- Chang'e Nighttime surface temperature (Surface temperature during lunar night time according to Chang'e 1 datas)

THE INTEGRATION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION NOMENCLATURE
Jennifer Blue and her team have revised the IAU lunar nomenclature with the LRO datas. We have also revised the VMA databases to incorporate this new IAU lunar nomenclature and to correct an important number of initial mistakes.

THE NEW "ANONYMS CRATERS" DATABASE
The fifth VMA database presents 52 000 anonyms craters compiled by G. Salamunićcar, S. Lončarić and E. Mazarico. Thanks to them for their permission to use their work in VMA. With this addition, VMA contains now more than 60 000 formations references.

THE CONCEPTION AND INTEGRATION OF THE "LUN / Lunar Universal Number" (c)
Because of the presence of formations without an official IAU name in the VMA global database, Christian Legrand has conceived the "LUN / Lunar Universal Number" (c) that permits to localise in an unique way every lunar formation more than 10 m large. As it's unique for each lunar formation and as everybody can built easily the LUN of each formation, it becomes a very powerful tool for future recognizition of anonymous formation and discussions on them. This VMA exclusive field is now incorporated in every VMA databases.

THE NEW PICTURES LIBRARY "T1M PDM / 1 meter telescope of Pic du Midi" :
We have extracted pictures taken by a french team with the 1 meter telescope of Pic du Midi observatory (JL Dauvergne, P. Tosi, E. Rousset, F. Colas, C. Villadrich,et T. Legault ) which are the best lunar pictures ever taken from the Earth surface. Really amazing. Thanks to the team to allow us in using their production.

THE NEW PICTURES LIBRARY "Best of Peach" :
Damian Peach is one of the best world lunar imager. He gives us authorization to buit a "Best of Peach" pictures libray with his production for supporting VMA. Damian has produced one of the most detailed and most numerous set of lunar formations and it's a very important addition to the software. Thanks to him !

THE NEW DOCUMENTATION :
The general documentation of VMA PRO 6.0 has been updated with new screen captures and pictures showing the new abilities of this version 6.

THE NEW VMA DVD
As the amount of datas included in VMA has grown considerably with the new HR textures, we now distribute a complete version on a DVD for people whose Internet connection is too slow for reliable downloads.

We invite you to download freely and test this new version.

http://ap-i.net/avl/en/start

Thank you in advance for your support to our action,

Very sincerely,


Christian Legrand et Patrick Chevalley


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Ch. Legrand]
      #5522373 - 11/16/12 07:47 AM

Another wonderful gift to the amateur community from Christian and Patrick. Thanks, guys!

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: rmollise]
      #5522918 - 11/16/12 01:21 PM

Quote:

Another wonderful gift to the amateur community from Christian and Patrick. Thanks, guys!




+1



Jon


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5531382 - 11/21/12 12:15 AM

Since 2005, I've had some VMA version on my succession of crackerboxes. Today I downloaded and installed the new version. Thank you very much for this right stuff.

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #5536126 - 11/23/12 07:27 PM

I've installed it on my VISTA 32 Laptop and my Windows 7 64 desktop with no problems. XP on my laptop was another story. The opening logo appears but once you click on the lunar application icon, I get a continual series of exception errors and have to CNTRL/ALT/DEL to terminate the program. Re-installing version 4 doesn't present this problem.

The new version does look pretty though.


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: RandallK]
      #5536597 - 11/24/12 02:29 AM

A Thousand Thanks!

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5537584 - 11/24/12 05:36 PM

Very nice update!

I do have one thing I wish I could do. I downloaded some of the high quality imagery from LRO available on the VMA site. I just wish I could use some of these downloaded images with phases with dynamic relief option. The dynamic relief really shows what's popping along the terminator and would be nice if some of the large files I have downloaded could be used with it since I use that option most of the time.

Other than that I really like this update, lots of good stuff added, and I can't stop exploring the moon on my computer.


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: AdirondackAstro]
      #5541417 - 11/27/12 12:54 AM

After installing it warned me that without an open GL graphics card it wouldn't work correctly, and it guessed right! So now that's in the works. Soon to be a happy guy!

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Koen Dierckens
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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5543442 - 11/28/12 09:10 AM

Thank you very much!!

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5544718 - 11/28/12 10:32 PM

Fantastic. Installed update on Win 7 with no problems. Nothing comparable. Thanks!

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: jfshade]
      #5556808 - 12/06/12 02:21 AM

OMG....A HUGE thank you for making it available for Linux !!!!

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: FrankenCub]
      #5576863 - 12/18/12 07:01 AM

I seem to ba having some problems finding the best settings. Specifically, I have the following issues:
- terminator looks "jagged", showing about 5 distinct steps.
- the texture setting "phase with dynamic relief" makes it very hard to estimate where the terminator is, but I can't find a setting to increase the contrast.
- I regularly get 'out of memory' error messages.
- navigating is a pain - I wish it had the zoom&center functionality I use on Cartes du Ciel.

Any tips from the experts here?


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5577364 - 12/18/12 02:01 PM

Quote:

I seem to ba having some problems finding the best settings. Specifically, I have the following issues:
- terminator looks "jagged", showing about 5 distinct steps.
- the texture setting "phase with dynamic relief" makes it very hard to estimate where the terminator is, but I can't find a setting to increase the contrast.
- I regularly get 'out of memory' error messages.
- navigating is a pain - I wish it had the zoom&center functionality I use on Cartes du Ciel.

Any tips from the experts here?




I am in by no means an 'expert', but I'm not seeing any of those issues with my install on my Linux pc. What are the specs of your pc ? Processor, graphics, memory etc... ?


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: FrankenCub]
      #5577417 - 12/18/12 02:32 PM

I'm trying to find where I can read that information; I'll report back when I've found it.

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5577439 - 12/18/12 02:46 PM

I don't remember what Windows uses but I have "System Information" in my menu. I think there is something similar under the Windows Start menu.

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: FrankenCub]
      #5577544 - 12/18/12 04:17 PM

It was hidden in a few menu steps but here's what I found (how annoying that I can't copy/paste it):

Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel i5-2300 CPU @ 2.8 GHz, 4 cores
RAM installed: 6 GB (available: 3.56 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce 405 graphics card with 1 GB RAM

Does this help?


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FrankenCub
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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5577573 - 12/18/12 04:42 PM

Quote:

It was hidden in a few menu steps but here's what I found (how annoying that I can't copy/paste it):

Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel i5-2300 CPU @ 2.8 GHz, 4 cores
RAM installed: 6 GB (available: 3.56 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce 405 graphics card with 1 GB RAM

Does this help?




Hmmm, that should not be an issue. It should work fine with those specs. I use Linux Mint 13 running an i3 @ 3.07GHz and 15.5 GB available ram and a GeForce GT240,, and VM runs silky smooth.
Are you sure Windowz isn't running from the i5's onboard graphics instead of taking advantage of the GeForce ? Your system shouldn't be having that issue, although only having 3.56 GB available ram out of 6 seems odd. Like something is dragging it down. Maybe Windowz 7 is just that much of a resource hog, IDK, I haven't touched anything Microlimp in a long time.
Just for kicks, open your System Monitor and see what is using the most resources.


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: FrankenCub]
      #5577585 - 12/18/12 04:52 PM

I get the impression that a good part of the RAM memory is set aside as "cache"...
On your question if the system is using the GeForce card - how would I know?


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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5577604 - 12/18/12 05:15 PM

Well actually, that may have not been the right question lol. If your monitor is plugged into the GeForce card and monitor works then the card has to be being used lol. Still it's weird that it isn't rendering smoothly. Let me poke around a bit....

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Re: Release of the new Virtual Moon Atlas Pro 6 new [Re: FrankenCub]
      #5577626 - 12/18/12 05:32 PM

Thanks for your help Brendan, but actually the one thing I'm most eager to resolve is the look of the terminator in the "dynamic relief" setting. Any tips on that? Is the LRO WAC mosaic the right texture to use?

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