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    Lightbulb Free logging tool Observation Manager



    Hi *,

    I just released the latest version of my free logging tool called Observation Manager.
    Like the former version it runs completely in Java, so that it's available on (almost) every platform.

    The new version contains:
    - Bugfixes
    - FULL <OAL> 2.1 support (exchange data without any loss with e.g. Eye&Telescope, Deep-Sky Planner, DeepSkyLog, ...)
    - Check for new versions (e.g. during start-up)
    - Translation into 9 languages: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Dutch, Italian, Finnish, Spanish

    Download: Project Page
    Blog: Wordpress Blog

    Have fun and happy new year!

    Dirk

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    This looks really nice. I haven't tried it yet but since it's written in Java do you have any plans to port this to Android?

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    Thanks Dirk, it looks really nice. I just installed it but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Looks very nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murtasma View Post
    I haven't tried it yet but since it's written in Java do you have any plans to port this to Android?
    Unfortunatly not. I just can't find the time to do so. Current OM UI is written in Java Swing, which must be adopted to Android UI Elements, which would take quiet some time...
    But I'm optimistic that there will be some Android Apps in the near future that'll also support the <OAL> data format, which is used by OM (openastronomylog | Google Groups)

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    Downloaded it this morning, and have 3-4 sessions in now, along with most of my equipment and sites.

    Overall, I really rather like it.

    Pros
    • Tree structure - Easy to find detail by any criteria
    • XML data file - Easy to work with elsewhere
    • High granularity - I can be very specific about a tool, piece of equipment, or object
    • Splitting Observations from Sessions - So few do this, but it's not uncommon to observe multiple targets in one session.
    • Much cleaner and sharper UI than most Java apps, which have a tendency to look "boxy" or "clunky".


    Cons
    • Couldn't get the batch file to work for a while. - The call to javaw.exe kept failing, despite having java installed, and javaw.exe being in its standard location, and in the path. Thankfully, I know how to edit batch files.
    • Complete lack of help system - Requires hunting and poking around to figure out what's meant where.
    • Lack of common catalogs - Somewhat annoying to have to manually enter details for each object. At least a Messier and NGC catalog should be included.


    Suggested minor tweaks
    • List of target types - It's in no recognizable order, capitalization is mixed, and it doesn't include basic items like "Planet" or "Moon"
    • Multiple pieces of equipment - In an observation, I can only select, for example, one eyepiece, or one camera. Yet, I may have viewed that object with multiple EPs or shot it with multiple cameras.
    • Imagers - There's more than just CCDs out there. Consider adding at least CMOS, SLR, and DSLR.


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    All things considered, I'm quite impressed, and believe it will likely become my primary logging tool.

    Thanks for the hard work, and willingness to share it with us!

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    Great Feedback Eor312

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    Thank you for making this available for free to the amateur Astronomy community-- clear skies to you.
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    Tried to run the Windows "bat" file and got the error

    "Windows cannot find the javaw file"

    I am running Windows 7 64byte on a quad core AMD chip with 6 gigs of memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lalumia View Post
    Tried to run the Windows "bat" file and got the error

    "Windows cannot find the javaw file"

    I am running Windows 7 64byte on a quad core AMD chip with 6 gigs of memory.
    1 of 2 things.



    OR

    • If you DO have java installed, open Windows Explorer, and navigate to C:\Program Files (X86)\Java\jre6\bin
    • Right click "javaw.exe", choose "Copy".
    • Navigate to whatever folder you installed the ObservationManager in, right click that folder, and choose "Paste" to copy javaw.exe into that folder.


    One of those two should fix it. The second task was how I initially resolved the issue on my nearly identical system to yours.

    Later, since I like things nice and tidy, I went back and edited the batch file itself, to change the call to call javaw.exe from its existing folder. That's an option as well, if you're comfy with such things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eor312 View Post

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    • Lack of common catalogs - Somewhat annoying to have to manually enter details for each object. At least a Messier and NGC catalog should be included.

    Hi,

    thanks for the feedback!
    There're several standard catalogs available (like Messier, NGC, ...) in OM. Did you make sure that you downloaded the complete OM including all extensions? (https://sourceforge.net/projects/obs...e.zip/download)
    This inculdes extensions for e.g. DeepSky (catalogs, ...), Variable Stars (export into AAVSO format and light curve generator), SkyChart (integration with SkyChart tool), ....

    Thanks again for you feedback. I'll try to improve in the next version...

    Clear skies

    Dirk

 

 
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