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Thread: Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_marsh View Post
    I use KStars (http://edu.kde.org/kstars/) which comes with the KDE environment and is free. KDE is one of the two standard windowing interfaces that comes with Linux, the other being Gnome. ...
    Mac users can install KStars but to do so it's first necessary to install an X-Windows server and then KDE. Probably the best way to accomplish this is to install the Fink project (http://fink.sourceforge.net/) then the Fink Commander and from there you have most of the Debian apps ported to your Mac.
    Hey Eric, thanks for the tip and especially the details on getting the necessary flavour of Unix happening on a Mac. Sounds like a perfect project to tinker away with over the holidays. Just have to make sure the egg nog doesn't spill onto the keyboard. I wonder if KStars includes the red comet Rudolphus, due out of the Kriskringle constellation in about ten days.

    On a less festive yet still intriguiging note, it would be cool if there were a publicly accessible and editable astronomy program that could be collectively authored and continually expanded and updated, like a Wiki of the stars.

    [Bah humbug! There's no Santa, reindeer, elven, or even snowperson smilies on this forum! Is the war on Xmas more than a figment of Bill O'Reilly's evil delusions?]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delysid View Post
    On a less festive yet still intriguiging note, it would be cool if there were a publicly accessible and editable astronomy program that could be collectively authored and continually expanded and updated, like a Wiki of the stars.
    Well, actually KStars is exactly that. It's an open source project which means that anyone with the skills and time can contribute. There are also some catalogs that people have written and added as well as a scripting language built in. Take a look at http://kde-files.org/?xcontentmode=643

    Have fun!

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