SkyChart

Changelog

SkyChart 4.2:

  • New default interface with only two button bar.
  • New icon for the buttons, better suited for night vision filters. Use larger image for big buttons and high resolution screen.
  • Add direct connection to Alpaca telescope. It is now possible to use a telescope connected to a remote ASCOM Windows computer from Skychart running on Linux or macOS.
  • Support for the new GAIA DR2 star catalog.
  • Allow to use HNSKY star catalog using the “290” format.
  • New mosaic tool to prepare mosaic for image capture application.
  • Show the object rise and set time relative to the local horizon if a horizon file is loaded. This can be disabled in Setup/Observatory. Calendar rise/set are always given to the astronomical horizon.
  • Set observatory coordinates from the telescope GPS, this set a “Telescope” observatory name and not override other settings.
  • New button to Park/Unpark the ASCOM telescope.
  • Allow per chart observatory horizon profile.
  • Add update menu for Delta T and Jupiter GRS.
  • Add orange night vision mode.
  • Separate label setting for Asteroid and Comet.
  • Option to show only the celestial equator line.
  • Option to not filter the bright nebula by magnitude, only by size.
  • Option to set the drawing line width. Beware this not work with dash line when printing on Windows because of API limitation.
  • Allow to lock at the position set from the menu View/Position.

SkyChart 4.0:

  • Set the tool bar button arangement, size and text in Setup / Toolbar editor. Increase default button size.
  • The tool bar editor allow you to edit the button bar layout. The function is available from the menu Setup / Tool bar editor.
  • New performance options from menu File/Reset chart and options…
  • New tool box function you can activate with the keys F1 to F8.
  • Scripting functions and custom tool box capabilities.
  • New representation for the Milky Way. This can be activated from the menu Setup / Display / Lines by unchecking “Milky Way - Line mode”.
  • Updated Solar system information window with more functionallity.
  • Plot images for the main planetary satellites.
  • More color and label options.
  • Update the artificial satellites TLE files automatically.
  • Option to add a crosshair to the chart center.
  • Option to add the meridian line with any projection.
  • Show comet and asteroid hourly motion in the detail window.
  • Update download URL for asteroids and comets.
  • New observing list Tour function.
  • Add cursor or telescope position to observing list
  • Add Tcp/Ip connection to the LX200 telescope interface.
  • Use INDIstarter to manage the INDI server.
  • New INDI control panel.
  • OpenNGC replace NGC2000, it is now include with the base version.
  • Use official IAU star name.
  • The following catalog change require to install the new version with 4.0 in the file name from the catalog download section.
  • New version of GCVS and WDS catalog.
  • New version of PGC/LEDA with 5 million galaxies.
  • Add index to search planetary nebula by name.
  • Add Sh2 and Barnard catalog.
  • Update the pictures using better coordinates from OpenNGC.
  • Fixed bugs.