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#1 asaint

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 01:34 PM

Free Mag 7 Star Charts

#2 Andy S.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:10 PM

What a neat job. Great charts. Has good potential. Other than a few details these are great. Thanks for taking the time and effort to make these Charts and on top of it publishing them. :yay:

#3 John Hoare

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:20 PM

Somebody give the man a star, these are useful.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 08:03 PM

This is a great set of charts, perfect for making quick notations on when planning an observing session. Since I don't like to mark up my permanent field atlas or Uranometria, this is a handy alternative to copying an atlas page. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 09:02 PM

These are ideal for an introduction to charts and to folks (like me) who only have small scopes and light polluted skies. I went and had a set printed up at the local Kinkos and they have been far more useful for learning the sky than the more detailed and in-depth maps would be.

You can't beat the price either. :jump:

#6 jandrew

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 11:17 PM

Thanks for the kind remarks everyone, and thanks to the mysterious forces lurking behind CN for helping to make them more readily available. I still have plans for some eventual improvements, but life intervenes (sometimes even including (gasp) actually viewing the real night sky) and the tuits are neither plentiful nor round lately.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:06 AM

These are very nice, though I am having trouble downloading the color atlas - I get "Error 404 - file not found on them."

But I was able to look over the black and white ones, and they are great!

You've really done the astronomical community a great service with this atlas!

#8 Andy S.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:22 AM

Matthiew,
I had the sam problem with downloading the individual color pages, but above the list of individual files there is a shortcut for the entire color atlas and that one downloads no problem. Just takes a bit longer, it is a ZIP file though so it is still quite fast.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:34 AM

The color chart links are fixed now.

Thanks
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:59 AM

Thank you for your works~~!!!!

#11 Michael Morris

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 11:47 AM

I've downloaded both sets and intend to print them off and get them laminated and spiral bound as a poor mans star atlas 2000. Thank you for this great resources.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:03 PM

Nice goin', Andrew. With a little further refinement, these will be great entry-level charts. Work hard at the symbolized classification differentiation of the DSOs, and see what you can do about the slightly eccentric Dec circles (most noticable on the polar charts).

Are you planning to do any manual editing beyond the code output?

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#13 jandrew

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 05:27 PM

I think I have a relatively standard symbol classification worked out, but it still needs some tweaking, and I haven't looked into the algorithms for the Dec circles.

As for manual editing beyond code output, I'm not exactly sure what you mean. I did do a fair bit of label adjustment/tweaking in the input files to get the charts to their present form -- a little more is probably needed. I'll probably drop the few brighter star names in favor of their greek letter designations though (a request by a couple of users).

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 11:13 PM

Very nice. Thank you for your efforts. One comment, if it hasn't already been made, the color version uses red ink. Red ink will disappear under a red flashlight. Try another color.

A great contribution!

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:18 AM

The color version wasn't meant for at the scope use. That is why there is a black and white option. I printed up both versions for exactly that reason. For indoor planning, the color is useful.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 08:49 AM

They are great charts.

#17 jandrew

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 11:20 AM

Just for reference, the chart bundles are gzipped tarfiles (tarballs) created with the unix tar and gzip utilities. For those using windows platforms, the following tools are all reported to work unpacking tarballs:

7-zip (open source free software)
pkzip and winzip (shareware)
winrar (commercial? with trial version)

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#18 bginaz

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 08:47 PM

Great charts, thank you so much.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:10 AM

I keep getting "program not responding" upon trying to download any of them. I also get a loud humming noise from the PC....any ideas on how to get around this problem?
Steve
Is there another download site??

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:57 AM

Thanks, thanks and thanks. Please give this man a cigar and a bottle of XO Cognac. :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

#21 jandrew

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 08:40 AM

I keep getting "program not responding" upon trying to download any of them. I also get a loud humming noise from the PC....any ideas on how to get around this problem?
Steve
Is there another download site??


That seems a little odd -- you can give the project home site a try.

cheers,
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#22 Spoonsize

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:06 AM

Andrew:
Same thing happens at the project home site. I get the download box, clik save and the PC starts to hum, the only way out is to end a non-responsive program which completely closes IE.
Steve

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:25 AM

Andrew:
Same thing happens at the project home site. I get the download box, clik save and the PC starts to hum, the only way out is to end a non-responsive program which completely closes IE.
Steve


Perhaps someone else can diagnose your windows/IE problem. Can you try another agent (netscape, opera, w3m, or wget)?

Otherwise, if you can receive large (4Mb) email attachments, contact me (PM or email) and I'll try sending you a bundle.

cheers,
andrew

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:33 AM

Very nice charts.
They print nicely and very clear.
Thanks
Mike
P.S. I did not have any trouble using IE.

#25 Spoonsize

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:39 AM

The problem is on my end...once I get it figured out, I'll let you know.
Steve


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