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iTheo92
2011-07-03
2012-10-09
  • iTheo92
    iTheo92
    2011-07-03

    I'm a physics student, also an astronomy and embedded electronics enthusiast.
    I'm planning for a device to be used with stellarium. It's a laser pointer,
    which can be pointed to a specific star or other celestial objects of the
    'real' sky. There will be an accelerometer (and digital compass and GPS device
    if needed) to get the polar and azimuthal angle, then send the data to
    stellarium using a microcontroller via USB port. Finally, Stellarium will show
    a little pointer or some visual indication on the star (pointed in the real
    sky) in stellarium.

    First thing, I want to know how to edit it's code in windows (I'm using
    windows 7 x86)? I found a very useful wiki page on how to build stellarium
    source code in windows, but I want to edit it too, not only build and run. How
    to do it?

    Does this type of device exist? Or someone built this thing? If not, then
    I'll, and it'll be a nice interesting project (I think, you??), to make a
    bridge between the real and virtual sky, and also it'll be a real nice stuff
    for beginners.

     
  • Bogdan Marinov
    Bogdan Marinov
    2011-07-03

    First thing, I want to know how to edit it's code in windows (I'm using
    windows 7 x86)? I found a very useful wiki page on how to build stellarium
    source code in windows, but I want to edit it too, not only build and run. How
    to do it?

    With a text editor. Any text editor will do, even Notepad, but it will be more
    convenient if it supports code highlighting, like Notepad++. You can also use the Qt Creator integrated development
    environment, it makes programming with Qt easier and you can edit and build
    the code within a single application, no need for a console.

    Stellarium is written in the C++ programming language. Do you know C++?

    Does this type of device exist?

    Yes, similar things do exist. There's the Celestron
    SkyScout
    and the
    Meade mySKY. There are also smartphone
    applications that use "augmented reality" and overlay star data over the
    picture captured by the smartphone's camera.

     
  • iTheo92
    iTheo92
    2011-07-03

    You can also use the Qt Creator integrated development environment, it makes
    programming with Qt easier and you can edit and build the code within a single
    application, no need for a console.

    It sounds nice. I dont like consoles. Can I edit, compile,build and run the
    modified program from Qt creator? Is there any other tools needed? http://www
    .stellarium.org/wiki/index.php/Windows_Build_Instructions
    suggests some other tools to
    build stellarium.

    Stellarium is written in the C++ programming language. Do you know C++?

    Yes. I know the basics of C++. Though, I never worked with such complex
    programs like it. I'm ready to try it remembering "There's no success like
    failures and that failures has no success at all"

    Yes, similar things do exist.

    I saw the Skyscout in a local magazine. It's expensive, yet, surely an
    impressive device. But I'm thinking of a quite different kind of device. As an
    hardware extension to stellarium. Is it a bad idea, what do you think?

     
  • binary arts
    binary arts
    2011-10-24

    simple, just modify the telescope plugin, then get an old goto telescope mount
    and put the lazer pointer on it.

     
  • binary arts
    binary arts
    2012-01-24

    My advice, get a skyscout with skyscout connect, get skyscoutbabblewrapper,
    and create a plugin for it.

    So much easier.

     


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