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    Predefinito Anyone here willing to help me test my project?

    Hi,


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







    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.

    There is something else I want to add… the project is written in c++/wxwidgets (cross platform gui library) and that 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. So if people are interested please let me know and I will be looking in the future to release it for Linux or Mac osX as well.

    Also, 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 it’s 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. So maybe now you can also understand what am I doing here as well …

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

    Larry

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    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/Vista you might encounter problems (mostly due to a tighter permissions) – I will get them fixed as soon as I will get some time to setup a platform.

    Larry

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    Predefinito Re: Anyone here willing to help me test my project?

    Version 0.0.2 pre-alpha is now available for download from:

    http://larryo.org/work/information/unimap/download.html

    Larry

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    Version 0.0.3 pre-alpha is now available for download from:

    http://larryo.org/work/information/unimap/download.html

    Larry

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