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Celestia: Home August 1, 2013

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Celestia: Home.

Like Stellarium, Celestia is another open source planetarium app for your computer. However, this one seeks to make the program a little more modular, so if you have an older less powerful computer, you can run just the basic software, with low resolution imagery. But if your system can handle it, you can load all sorts of models, from a rover’s eye view of Mars (including the rover) to multi-wavelength layer-able images of deep sky objects. If there’s a creative commons image available, someone has probably added it to a Celestia model.

The software from Evans and Southerland for their Digistar 5 can also load these model, for use in a show.

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Stellarium July 9, 2013

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Stellarium.

Free, open source planetarium software. Now with fisheye or spherical mirror projection for use with a dome.

WorldWide Telescope dome projects July 9, 2013

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WorldWide Telescope.

Free (but Windows only – it’s by Microsoft) software that can be configured to display on a dome.

I’ve heard great thing about this software over the years. Be sure to look at the tours section. You can run it in a web browser if you don’t have a Windows machine, but I’m not sure you’d be able to project it onto a dome.

Andrew Hazelden’s Blog » PowerPoint Dome Template July 9, 2013

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Andrew Hazelden’s Blog » PowerPoint Dome Template.

This post has a link to a template for powerpoint, Libre office, or Google Docs, plus a photoshop action to convert your slides or images for the dome.  Also, instructions that look very good.