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#1 Oleg Astro

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 09:58 AM

So, I began to make the open project "Ubuntu Astronomy" (it is based on Ubuntu 16.04).

 

You can see its screen Ubuntu Astronomy v.1.3

 

What are your suggestions?


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 12:17 PM

Any possibility of doing a version on a Red Hat derivative (e.g., CentOS)?



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 12:29 PM

Any possibility of doing a version on a Red Hat derivative (e.g., CentOS)?

I don't have any experience in this OS.



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 01:54 PM

Question....

 

Is the plan to create an astro-specific OS + application packages for use as an astro-use Windows Desktop PC replacement, including planning, post-processing, astroMap, etc. or

it's for a mount-side computer similar to PiAstroHub (and friends) for remote-I/O and near realtime processing/embedded computing?

 

Clear Skies!

 

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#5 Oleg Astro

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 02:15 PM

This distributive contains these programs:

1. KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. Free. Supports INDI.

 

2. Cartes du Ciel / SkyCharts This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in many catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown. Free. Supports INDI.

 

3. Virtual Moon Atlas. Free software for Moon observation or survey.

 

4. Virtual Planets Atlas. New free software for planets observation and study.

 

5. Xephem is a Motif based ephemeris and planetarium program for Unix-like operating systems. Supports INDI.

 

6. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Free.

 

7. Celestia is free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Free.

 

8. Siril is meant to be Iris for Linux (sirI-L). It is an astronomical image processing tool, able to convert, pre-process images, help aligning them automatically or manually, stack them and enhance final images. Free.

 

9. AstroImageJ is ImageJ with astronomy plugins and macros installed. It includes tools based on the Göttingen ImageJ astronomical resources with additions we find useful. Because it was necessary to modify the original ImageJ code to enable some of these features, this package should be installed in its entirety. Free.

 

10. MicroObservatory Image is a simple to use, yet powerful astronomical image processing program that works with FITS and GIF files. Free.

 

11. Lxnstack is a program designed to align and stack astronomical images (both planetary and deep-sky) by Maurizio D'Addona. Written in python and qt for the Linux platform it is released under the Open Source GPLv3 licence. Free.

 

12. Regim is a software tool for processing astronomical images. Free.

 

13. oaCapture is a planetary imaging application intended mainly for Linux. Free.

 

14. OpenSkyImager is a capture program written for Astronomy camera operation. Free.

 

15. CCDciel is a free CCD capture software intended for the amateur astronomer. Supports INDI.


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 02:20 PM

16. THELI GUI is a powerful and easy-to-use package for astronomical image reduction, offering e.g. Free.

 

17. Observation Manager is a free and open logbook for (amateur-) astronomical observations. It's written in pure Java and runs on every platform supporting Java 1.4 or higher.

 

18. C-Munipack is the software package, which offers the complete solution for reduction of images carried out by CCD camera, intended on a observation of variable stars. Each step of reduction process can be run from the command line or via simple and intuitive graphical user interface.

 

19. VStar is a multi-platform, easy-to-use variable star observation visualisation and analysis tool. Data can be read from a file or the AAVSO database, light curves and phase plots created, period analysis performed, and filters applied. Plugins can be developed, e.g. to make additional observation sources available.

 

20. EqmodGui is a user interface for Linux INDI Eqmod telescope driver.
It allow to easily set the main parameters require to use this driver and manage the alignment data. Free. Supports INDI.

 

21. INDI Starter is a user interface to run a INDI server. You can configure different profile for your astronomical equipment. The INDI server can be launched locally or remotely on another computer. In this last case a ssh tunnel is established to allow local client connection. Free.

 

22. astrofocuser is a very simple tool written with Qt 4.5 to help star focusing in astrophotogaphy. This tool applies an FWHM by transparency on the background window. Free.

 

23. Fv: The Interactive FITS File Editor is the easy to use graphical program for viewing and editing any FITS format image or table. Fv can be used with the DS9 image display.Free.

 

24. SAOImage DS9 is an astronomical imaging and data visualization application. DS9 supports FITS images and binary tables, multiple frame buffers, region manipulation, and many scale algorithms and colormaps. It provides for easy communication with external analysis tasks and is highly configurable and extensible via XPA and SAMP. Free.

 

25. Aperture Photometry Tool (APT) is software for astronomical research, as well as for learning, visualizing and refining aperture-photometry analyses. Image overlays, graphical representations, statistics, models, options and controls for aperture-photometry calculations are brought together into a single package. Free.

 

26. Linux version of PHD2.
PHD2 is telescope guiding software that simplifies the process of tracking a guide star, letting you concentrate on other aspects of deep-sky imaging or spectroscopy. Free.

 

27. Lin-guider is an astronomical autoguiding program for Linux. It supports Philips, Logitech, uvc webcams, QHY5, QHY6, DSI2PRO, QHY5L-II-M, QHY5L-II-C, QHY5-II, ATIK, Starlight Xpress, ZWO ASI astrocams for video and FTDI chip-based, parallel port-based (LPT), GPIO-based, GPUSB devices, Nexstar-protocol based and QHY5, QHY6, QHY5L-II-M, QHY5L-II-C, QHY5-II, ATIK, Starlight Xpress, ZWO ASI astrocams for pulse guiding. Free.

 

28. AstroAviBrowser is a small tool for astronomy imaging processing. With AstroAviBrowser, you may open a video file, select the good frames and save the new sequence in a new avi file. It also debayer your raw sequences. Free.

 

29. Audela is a free and open source astronomy software intended for digital observations (CCD cameras, Webcams, etc.). Its concept is entirely new, because whilst it features advanced image processing and acquisition functions like existing software, its originality lies in the fact that it is entirely reprogrammable using simple scripts. It has been written for both Windows and Linux platforms and can control many telescope mounts and cameras or DSLRs. Free.

 

30. HNSKY for LINUX or HNSKY is a full feature planetarium program for Windows and Linux (under development). Contains 30.000 deep sky objects, a comet and asteroid database and the TYCHO2++ 4.5 million star database up to magnitude 12.5. The Sun, Moon, the planets and their major moons are all displayed with surface features. It is supplied with hundreds of DSS deep sky images which will blend in at the correct size and orientation.


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 02:24 PM

31. SER Player is a video player for playing LuCam Recorder SER files. SER files are used for planetary, lunar and solar captures and this player allows these captures to be viewed in the same way AVI files are viewed with a standard video player.
SER Player also supports basic processing and will save frames in other file formats.

 

32. cvastroalign (video align tool for astrophotography) is a program that loads a video sequence, aligns and stacks the selected frames obtaining an image as result of this process.

 

33. Aladin is an interactive sky atlas allowing the user to visualize digitized astronomical images or full surveys, superimpose entries from astronomical catalogues or databases, and interactively access related data and information from the Simbad database, the VizieR service and other archives for all known astronomical objects in the field.

 

34. Gpredict is a real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction application. It can track an unlimited number of satellites and display their position and other data in lists, tables, maps, and polar plots (radar view). Gpredict can also predict the time of future passes for a satellite, and provide you with detailed information about each pass.

 

35. GCX is an astronomical image processing and photometry application written in C using Gtk+-1.2, and provided under the Gnu General Public License. It was tested on Linux, FreeBSD and OS/X (using the X Window System

 

36. Entangle provides a graphical interface for “tethered shooting”, aka taking photographs with a digital camera completely controlled from the computer.

 

37. wxAstroCapture is a free capture program primarily intended for astronomical use, it is developed as a joint effort between Martin Burri (Switzerland) and Carsten Arnholm (Norway).

 

38. Geomview is an interactive 3D viewing program for Unix. Geomview lets you view and manipulate three- and higher-dimensional objects, and can also be used as a display engine by other programs to animate objects. Geomview supports OpenGL and uses a Motif X interface.

 

39. TOPCAT is an interactive graphical viewer and editor for tabular data. Its aim is to provide most of the facilities that astronomers need for analysis and manipulation of source catalogues and other tables, though it can be used for non-astronomical data as well. It understands a number of different astronomically important formats (including FITS, VOTable and CDF) and more formats can be added.

 

40. GoQat is a hardware control and data acquisition program for astronomy on the Linux platform. It has an INDI client to control any device with an INDI driver and has native support for any CCD camera from Quantum Scientific Imaging and any Starlight Xpress USB 2.0 camera. It can also control Starlight Xpress filter wheels. GoQat can guide mounts via a serial/USB port, parallel port or autoguider port.

 

41. Where is M13? is a unique application that helps you visualize the locations and physical properties of deep sky objects in and around the Galaxy.

 

42. BoPlanets is a virtual planetarium showing the planets relatively to any observing planet. The planets can be viewed in ecliptical-, equatorial- or horizontal view. The times of rise, transit and set of a planet can be determined.

 

43. JSky package contains java classes for displaying astronomical images, searching astronomical
catalogs and plotting catalog symbols on images. The jskycat application is also included and makes use of most of the features.

 

44. Specview is a Java GUI_based application for 1-D spectral visualization and analysis of astronomical spectrograms generated by a variety of observatories and instruments.

 

45. INDIprop provides a generic user interface for browsing device properties published by an INDI server.


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 02:50 PM

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 06:23 PM

Question....

 

Is the plan to create an astro-specific OS + application packages for use as an astro-use Windows Desktop PC replacement, including planning, post-processing, astroMap, etc. or

it's for a mount-side computer similar to PiAstroHub (and friends) for remote-I/O and near realtime processing/embedded computing?

 

Clear Skies!

 

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It is the OS for laptops and desktops.



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 06:32 PM

Wow, thanks for making that list!

 

Your selection of software is primarily imaging tools (not including IRAF), guiding tools, and virtual atlases.

 

You list only one program for:

 

- photometry (C-Munipack)
- plate solving (AstroImageJ)
- observing (Observation Manager)
- asteroids, comets, and satellites (GNOME Predict)
- spectrographs (Specview)

 

Some suggestions for new features are:

 

- optical design (Goptical, Opus under XBASIC)
- HYPERLEDA database: http://leda.univ-lyo...t/pleinpot.html
- computation (g77 libraries: http://www.iausofa.org/
             C++ libraries: http://www.naughter.com/aa.html
          Python libraries: http://www.iac.es/si...EmpezandoPython
- night vision toggle
- sidereal clock toggle

 

If the Distro Astro homepage was still up, it would have had more ideas for your distro.

 

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 06:49 PM

Is it possible for running on min PC, for instance Raspberry Pi 3, or such as that?  


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 06:59 PM

I was one from "idea generators" for Distro Astro :)



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 10:09 PM

Any possibility of doing a version on a Red Hat derivative (e.g., CentOS)?

It's bad idea IMHO, because CentOS and Scientific Linux has very old libraries.

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 10:15 PM

 

Any possibility of doing a version on a Red Hat derivative (e.g., CentOS)?

It's bad idea IMHO, because CentOS and Scientific Linux has very old libraries.

 

 

Not necessarily a bad idea: It's called stability. That's exactly why enterprise environments use RHEL (i.e., CentOS) instead of a more volatile distro, for example, Fedora or any other of the non-commercial distros. Things don't change so quickly and it's more predictable. Who cares if you don't have the absolute newest version. Security patches are always available, anyway. I can't imagine using a volatile distro for production environments.



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 11:54 PM

Not necessarily a bad idea: It's called stability. That's exactly why enterprise environments use RHEL (i.e., CentOS) instead of a more volatile distro, for example, Fedora or any other of the non-commercial distros. Things don't change so quickly and it's more predictable. Who cares if you don't have the absolute newest version. Security patches are always available, anyway. I can't imagine using a volatile distro for production environments.

Inability to collect a quarter of applications from the list, and the remaining half from 3/4 with only very limited possibilities - not a good idea. You can wait 5-8 years before the appearance of required versions of the low-level libraries, but their availability may no importance without the live hardware.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 03:01 PM

Is it possible for running on min PC, for instance Raspberry Pi 3, or such as that?  

 

I agree; would be nice to have this compiled this for the Raspberry Pi. This project looks like it's based off of Ubuntu Mate, which can run on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.



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Posted 11 July 2016 - 10:27 PM

 

Any possibility of doing a version on a Red Hat derivative (e.g., CentOS)?

 

It's bad idea IMHO, because CentOS and Scientific Linux has very old libraries.

 

 

Astropy works with both an older version (2.7) and newer versions (3.3, 3.4, 3.5) of Python.

 

On the other hand, the instructions for the Pleinpot app at HYPERLEDA specifically require f77

(not f90, f95, f2003, etc. -- and not g77, either).

 

The IAU SOFA libraries are also written in FORTRAN77.

 

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 03:02 AM

Hello Oleg Astro. Nice project.

 

I'm one of the developper of Siril. I did see on the screenshot you don't have an icon for the application. We do have icons if you want.

Moreover, what is the version do you use ? The version in Ubuntu repository is a bit old.

We will release a new version very soon (first in beta version, and if no bugs are found in final version with no changes).

 

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 07:11 PM

Hello,

 

I have the Siril v.0.9.1 with its icon.



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Posted 13 July 2016 - 02:44 AM

OK. This is a old version. Yesterday I released the 0.9.4 beta. Moreover the 0.9.3 version is available in development version: https://launchpad.ne...u/ source/siril

Don't you think it worths to build your own package ?

The thing is that improvements are huge between these versions.

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 02:14 AM

Wow, this is very interesting.. I am a retired software engineer, and I just took my first Nikon D5200 pictures of M11. I have 15 at 2 minutes each, and I want to learn how to stack them. Where can I get a link to 0.9.4 beta, so I can compile them myself, and which Linux do you suggest I use?

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 06:52 AM

Dear Oleg,

 

So, I began to make the open project "Ubuntu Astronomy" (it is based on Ubuntu 16.04).

You can see its screen Ubuntu Astronomy v.1.3

What are your suggestions?

 

I am a member of the Debian Astro team who tries to package the freely available software for Debian (from where it migrates to Ubuntu then).

Would you consider to put your packages directly to Debian as well? This way they would be available for all Debian/Ubuntu/Mint users, not only for the users of your distribution. We could help you to get through the formal requirements for Debian packages, and finally upload the package for you. That way we all would benefit from your efforts :-)

 

Best regards

 

Ole


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:47 AM

Dear Ole,

 

yes, of course.

I agree :)

 

So, I am waiting for you help...



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Posted 14 July 2016 - 03:45 PM

Dear bsavoie.

 

You can find the sources here: https://free-astro.o...l/branches/0.9/

Please, keep in mind it is a beta version. So, do not hesitate to report any bugs you may find.


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 06:28 PM

Here are the apps that are in the Astronomy menu of Distro Astro 3
but not in your distro:

 

- AstroCC Coordinate Converter (convert astronomical coordinates)
- Astronomy Clock 2 (display UT, local mean time, sidereal time)
- Astronomy Lab 2 (simulate a host of astronomical events)
- Gravity (gravitational simulator)
- iMerge (create mosaics from images)
- IRAF Terminal (Image Reduction and Analysis Facility)
- PyRAF (Python-based IRAF terminal)
- Meteoracle (predict and observe meteor showers)
- Nightshade (desktop planetarium)
- OpenRocket (design and simulate model rockets)
- OpenUniverse (simulate travel through the solar system)
- Planets (simple orbital planetary simulator)
- Radio Meteor Analyzer (analyze radio meteor data)
- Registax (align, stack, and process images)
- SkyGlobe (desktop planetarium)
- StarPlot (detailed star chart viewer in 3-D)
- XTide (view tide and current predictions)

 

One more suggestion would be the ORB_DET (orbital determination by Gauss' method) near the bottom of

the HNSky homepage:

 

   http://www.hnsky.org/software.htm

 

Although it's a small PC program that does run in WINE, maybe the author could be asked to write a version

usable in Linux directly.

 

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Edited by catalogman, 14 July 2016 - 06:33 PM.



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