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    Hi,

    I started this project back in 2004 as I realize that more and more people get into astrophotography but most will go no further then framing nice pictures. So I thought that it will be good to have a simple to use tool to allow amateur astronomers to do plate-solving(detect and match your image against star catalogs), so they can explore and learn more about these marvelous images so I started to develop this project. Now after literally tens of thousands of development hours you can just load your astrophoto and in a few clicks learn almost everything is known about your image, what are the stars, galaxies, nebulas, radio sources, x-ray/gamma bursts, supernovas, extra solar planets or asteroids, comets and even artificial earth satellites passing through. Also, you can get more advanced information like various measurements available (including spectral) and links to articles/abstracts talking about objects and/in that area in the sky.

    On top of that I added several tool to help amateur astronomer to better plan his observing session like an on click collection of environmental/weather data, instruments management/control and also an online collaboration interface to allow amateur astronomers to easily exchange/review the data.

    You can check a preview of my project at: http://larryo.org/work/information/unimap

    Anyone interested to help me test it and/or feedback will be appreciated!

    Larry

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    Wow! Larry! It sure looks,like,you put in a lot of time,and effort on that,project! I think,it's a wonderfull idea!

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    Larry Hi, does this run on Mac if so i am happy to test for you

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    Sure! am a windows user - several vista flavors. Curious though as I list my images as to Index Catalog, New Galactic Catalog, Messier catalog names.... I see in your snapshot of how it works several choices of star catalogs to match... am curious as to any mention / choice of 'limiting magnitude' (say something very limiting like 4 vs. 12 or something like that) to avoid getting too busy of a skymap?

    Am currently using 'sky tools 3 pro' and 'the sky'... also have 'Cartes Ceil' some flavor somewhere but sky tools has become my go to, after that the sky, but the sky is 'too busy' and I dont like the display control inflexibility.

    Your project looks fantastic Will send an email to your web site - look for an email from klaatu2u@....

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    Interesting, I would love to help test this software. You could have many clients uploading new images to a central server. Then you could have quite an impressive sky atlas with automatic photometry, asstrometry ect. Could be very useful for variable star detection and supernova detection, because you could correlate data from years ago. Then it could all be accessible by anyone. This could be the start of a great collaborative effort. Have you considered making a port for Linux?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klaatu2u View Post
    I see in your snapshot of how it works several choices of star catalogs to match... am curious as to any mention / choice of 'limiting magnitude' (say something very limiting like 4 vs. 12 or something like that) to avoid getting too busy of a skymap?
    I am not sure I understand what you mean by too busy of a skymap I presume you refer to how many stars/objects are to be displayed on top of your image? If so you can control that from the menu were you can specify how many you which to be displayed in order of magnitude at the moment only in steps of 50 but I have in plan to add a custom option to limit the display either by a specific number or by a specific magnitude range or even to let you manually select the regions or more specifically objects to display this will be easy to implement.

    And yes I have a control for every catalog to limit by magnitude as well but this will also limit the number of objects detected.

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    This could be the start of a great collaborative effort.
    This is what I intend to do with the online interface (which for the moment is in its incipient form just upload download image and astrometry data and a search by either name or ra/dec) I want to make it easy to share the information both images and astrometry and thats why I spent so much time to add the means for the user to tag/provide complete information on the images (location, equipment used, weather conditions etc, processing, etc) . And yes, nice things can be done if you correlate all this data.

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    Have you considered making a port for Linux?
    Yes, for the moment its compiled for windows only but the project is written in c++/wxwidgets (cross platform gui library) which means it can be compiled on other platforms such as linux/mac/etc. Most functionality will work except for the digital cameras interface (and for Mac I am not sure about the video interface either) which is for the moment is windows only.

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    Hi Larry,
    All I can say is WOW it looks fantastic.
    Im an ex-IT consultant, but my expertease is in testing middleware messaging systems, Not really comparable but I would love to have a go with your App.

    Im quite new to astronomy and astrophotography, so maybe my feedback would be useful from a newbie point of view?

    Anyway, let me know if you still need someone to help and especially of any specific areas which you need running through the mill.

    (I would have sent a PM, but as a new member my post count is still too low.)
    All the best
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    That looks awesome! Great work!
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    I am sorry I got a bit delayed with the holidays season I found little time to work on finishing the docs and fixing the memory leaking bugs. Meanwhile, I am working to cpnvert the project to unicode (which caused an excess of 3000+ errors ... which are now mostly fixed ) and also working on the user and testing guide/plan here I must mention that some functionality has been little tested or at all and other half way implemented ... well I got tons of ideas and little time.

    There is something else I forgot to mention my future plans with this project is to release it free and opensource (for windows, linux and perhaps macosx) if all goes well, I mean if people show interest in it and its workable and from there I might be looking for sponsorship at some point to support a big central database though which amateur astronomers from all over the world can share image resolved with astrometry data etc.

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    I apologize for the delay as my life got slightly complicated lately. To make it worst my pc crashed last week - I think the cpu is screwed (it will power off as soon as it gets even a little load) and the only way around it was to under-clock it to 1ghz and 0.7v and now I will have to install everything.

    You can download and test the very first pre-alpha release from here:

    http://larryo.org/work/information/u...setup_pa_0.exe

    I know there are still bugs and room for of improvements, optimization, etc. "Unfortunately" I have built this application so big and I got so little time lately that I should probably focus on getting the core functionality working right and here any suggestions and ideas will really help.

    It is compiled on XP. On windows 7 you might encounter crashes (mostly due to file/io permissions) I will get them fixed as soon as I will get some time.

    Larry

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