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  • #574916
    Roger Dymock
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    Could anyone recommend software which will define the observable field of view in terms of RA and Dec given the observer’s location, date, hours of darkness and minimum declination?

    Regards

    #583954
    Peter Gudgeon
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    I use Stellarium for this, once set-up with your location you can display the sky as viewed from your site at any given date/time and show both the RA/Dec grid and the local Azimuth/compass bearing grid.

    I googled how to set-up my own horizon, kept it simple with just a list of bearings/elevations to give a simple artificial horizon so I know when things disappear behind trees/mountains. If you want, you can replace the horizon with your own panoramic photo.

    #583955
    Roger Dymock
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    Found what I need. Object visibility – STARALT at http://catserver.ing.iac.es/staralt/ 

    Regards

    #583956
    stan armstrong
    Participant

    Having just completed my own horizon photo I was most interested in this..  however the Link obtained….”  

    Not Found

    The requested URL /staralt/  was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    I did A Copy and Paste of LINK Itself which obtained this…” 

    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

    catserver.ing.iac.es/staralt

    We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.

    Could a later extract possibly refer to a generic Issue?   

     

      ”   Useful ING Internet Addresses for INT Observers . It may occur while you are observing that you cannot access to common user INT web pages (even when Internet is working properly).”  

     I should mention that due to my Arthritic fingers I only use Desktop PCs.. Hope this helps.

    #583958
    Nick James
    Participant

    Just edited the link so that it works.

    #583962
    Maxim Usatov
    Participant

    I can recommend SkyTools in addition to StarAlt mentioned above:
    https://www.skyhound.com/

    #583975
    Roger Dymock
    Participant

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks. Link I entered stopped working for a couple of days but is back in business now. Regards

    #583984
    Robin Leadbeater
    Participant

    For specific targets I like Roger Wesson’s   https://observability.date/     

    Robin

    #583985
    Roger Dymock
    Participant

    Thanks to all for your help. Regards

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