• Richard Carlson May 8, 2011

    Kstars, Stellarium, Celestia and ( Cartes du Ciel (i.e. 'SkyCharts' not available in repositories but available at http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/download )) are the top 4 Astronomy programs available for Linux presently at this time.

    Some but not all are in the process of further development (i.e. supporting telescope mounts with motor drive capabilities and hardware from different manufacturers, (i.e. Celeston, Orion etc. )giving them capabilities for slewing, tracking , guiding telescopes for Astrophotographic purposes.

    Most but not all also include catalogs of thousands of celestial objects, i.e. (nebula, galaxies,double-stars, planetary nebula, and the likes)along with showing positions of the solar system planets, comets, asteroids, etc. . . some but not all in the reach of fairly modest sized telescopes. Having used windows and commercial software costing $200+ these Linux apps are excellent for Amateur Astronomers both beginners and pro's alike.

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