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Announcing Luminos Pro 11

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#1 John Stephen

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Posted 27 March 2024 - 02:04 PM

Hello everyone,


I am excited to announce that the latest update to Luminos Pro, version 11.0, is now available in the App Store. Whether you are enjoying the free features or have unlocked the full potential of Luminos Pro through a subscription or an All-Access Pass, this update is for you at no additional cost, and brings a host of new features and improvements to enhance your astronomy experience.


Key updates include:


The star databases have been updated with the addition of Gaia DR3, ATNF Pulsars, and the General Catalog of Variable Stars (GCVS), enriching your view of the stars with more accurate and comprehensive data. Free users can access the 5 million brightest Gaia DR3 stars and the Pulsar catalog, while paid users can access 250 million Gaia DR3 stars, plus variable stars and double star systems and detailed data pages.


Weather forecast data has been added to the Tonight menu, with highlights for especially favorable viewing windows for tonight and the upcoming week, making it even easier to get the most out of your time under the stars. Weather forecast information is available to subscribers and All-Access Pass holders.


In anticipation of the upcoming total eclipse in North America, I've improved the eclipse maps and shadow-chaser feature with a cleaner look and more intuitive controls. In addition to exploring 5,000 years of past and future eclipses, the integration with Apple Maps makes it easy to see where the path of totality will be, and the real-time shadow-chaser mode lets you ride along with the shadow as it travels the Earth's surface. The eclipse features, as with most of the solar system features, are free to all users.


Also new in this update are attractive new iOS desktop widgets for the moon and planets that provide phase information, magnitude, and altitude, plus a sun widget with live images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.  There are also two specialized planet widgets, one for Jupiter and one for Saturn, which show their moon arrangements and Saturn's ring tilt. This widgets can be used on the iOS desktop or lock screen, and best of all, the desktop widgets are free for all users!


Other new features include settings to disable various animations in the app, time-stepping controls including second, minute, and sidereal day, and a limiting magnitude estimate for your telescope in the equipment calculator.


In addition to the new features, the databases for exoplanets and Washington Double Star catalog have been updated, and searching is more responsive and accurate with improved results. This update also addresses several bugs and other flaws, including displaying comet appearance times correctly in the Tonight panel, improving the readability of object labels in the sky view, displaying spacecraft paths more precisely during high-motion events such as perihelion, providing useful feedback regarding telescope connection failures, adding missing translations, and perhaps most importantly, the altitude charts and tonight's best displays now show the upcoming day after 6:00 in the morning instead of having to wait until noon.


Luminos Pro 11.0 is a significant leap forward in providing amateur and professional astronomers with a comprehensive and user-friendly tool for exploring the night sky. Your feedback is invaluable, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences with this latest update!


Best wishes,
- John

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