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Checkout My Free Series Of Starry Night Pro 8 Training Videos (6 Lessons So Far!)

I hope they can help the community. Find them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI72b25kxuc&list=PLdkGiattvaDxYd5iQqexi6ws0-Iq70crz

I just have 6 lessons done so far -- but they're some of the topics that have been toughest for me to figure out. As I said, I hope they can help someone else save the time it's required me to sort them out. Loving my rediscovery of Starry Night Pro!

Doug

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    Dlucas

    Lessons 7 and 8 uploaded. Lesson 8 was all about the beauty of Starry Night Pro Plus. Just upgraded over the weekend. The allsky imaging is gorgeous.

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdkGiattvaDxYd5iQqexi6ws0-Iq70crz

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    Dlucas

    In regard to Lesson 6 regarding posting a photorealistic horizon (The video is available here: https://youtu.be/xT9QDlk4Eu0 ), it did indeed take me a while to adjust my panorama image. I first had to work with my ImageCentreDec (the *vertical* adjustment) setting. My horizon was WAY too high by default. Finally got it dialed in perfectly (I think!) at a setting of 8. The "North" compass bearing was off too. In other words, the "tree" that marks true north in my horizon wasn't lined up with Starry Night Pro's "North" arrow. The correct adjustment to the ImageCentreRa value turned out to be 27. So here's my finished horizon text file (below). It takes its name from the name of the horizon. In my case, the text file is named emerald_hills.txt. The name of my panorama file is Panorama-2021-01-19-4096x512-revised.png. It doesn't really matter what we name the photo panorama, since we simply specify the name in the corresponding text file. So the contents of the file (in its entirety) goes like this:

    <SN_VALUE name="PanoName" value="Emerald Hills">
    <SN_VALUE name="ImageFileName" value="Panorama-2021-01-19-4096x512-revised.png">
    <SN_VALUE name="ImageHeight" value="25.000000000000000000">
    <SN_VALUE name="UseImageAlpha" value="Yes">
    <SN_VALUE name="ImageCentreDec" value="8.000000000000000000">
    <SN_VALUE name="ImageCentreRa" value="27.000000000000000000">
    <SN_VALUE name="PanoBrightness" value="1.00000000000000000">
    <SN_VALUE name="PanoApproxColor" value="40192, 39936, 38400">
    <SN_VALUE name="Preload" value="Yes">
    <SN_VALUE name="ImageWidth" value="360.000000000000000000">

    I suggest that we avoid all the "old" help files hanging around the web for earlier versions of Starry Night Pro. (There are several.) The one that counts is here:
    https://www.starrynight.com/help/photorealisticHorizons/

    Avoid all the rest on this topic as several contain old and obsolete information.

    Doug

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    Dlucas

    Lesson 9 is all about how Starry Night Pro = Intel! We point out that it's not just a bunch of star charts. It's a virtual encyclopedia of the night sky that is linked to a full-featured atlas of the universe! Here's Lesson 9:

    https://youtu.be/dyNpXl178Pw

     

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    Dlucas

    Lesson 10 is called, "You've Got Options!" Here's what I posted in the forum at CloudyNights about this particular episode:

    "Starry Night Pro lets you control soooooooo much about your night sky! It's... overwhelming, in fact -- especially in trying to learn the menus. So the folks at SimCur invented a way of controlling all those options that you just might have missed. In this tutorial, we not only show you where -- but also how to control tons of those options.

    https://youtu.be/gRnaoSsAGCs

    "So if you've got an old copy of Starry Night Pro sitting around (in some download link or on a coupon you received with one of your telescopes), why not blow the dust off of it and rediscover its power for at least a few minutes.

    "By the way, I'm not an employee of Simulation Curriculum. They don't pay me a dime. In fact, I had to buy my copy of Starry Night Pro -- and pay the upgrade price to Starry Night Pro Plus recently -- just like any other customer. I'm just like "one beggar trying to tell another beggar where to find bread.

    "It's a fun piece of software. Thanks for sharing it with me!

    "Doug"

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    Dlucas

    Lesson 11 is called, "Elegant Functionality," and it involves comparing Starry Night Pro with The SkyX.

     

    https://youtu.be/YdOAdJOiv8A

     

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    Dlucas

    One of the reasons I love Starry Night Pro is because its ability to fire one's imagination is practically endless. For example, check out this 12th tutorial video, Riding on the JWST Via Starry Night Pro. In this episode, we give an update on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), then utilize Starry Night Pro's incredible imagery to allow you, essentially, to board the JWST and look back at the earth and sun in what just might be never-before-viewed visualizations that help you understand the JWST's figure-8 orbit at the Lagrange 2 orbital point.

    https://youtu.be/qPjm1SMMUqM

    The question I keep asking is -- Could Starry Night Pro possibly be the powerhouse planetarium software for amateur and professional astronomers alike?

    In this update, we need to give thanks that the folks at SimCurr have done such a fantastic job placing the JWST so perfectly in the night sky.

    [Keep in mind, I don't get a single penny from Sim Curr. I had to buy my copy of Starry Night Pro just like everybody else -- and recently paid for the upgrade to the "plus" edition. I just.... really like it a lot. : ) ]

    Doug

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    Herman den Hartog

    Hi Doug,

     

    Thank you very much for these lessons, they're what I've been looking for. I've had Starry Night for years after another app went bust and I switched. However, nothing ever came from playing around with it until recently I noticed I'd been billed again for LiveSky. So I figured out that had to do with Starry Night. So now I'm intending to make a restart and I was looking for a beginners guide of some sort. Couldn't find one, but came across your videos. Great, thank you very much. Yes, I reeled them in from YouTube, except for Lesson 10, because for some reason that one won't download nor play online. Never mind, I'll try again later.

     

    Thanks again, Hermie

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    Dlucas

    Mr. Hartog - (may I call you Hermie?), if you're actually going to watch these, I'll discipline myself to do more of them. You are very kind to encourage a fellow struggler. I'll take a look at Lesson 10.

    Welcome back to Starry Night Pro. I'm still amazed every day by its power and beauty. For those who remain determined to understand its power, it yields huge rewards. : ) Good luck.

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    Herman den Hartog

    Sure, of course, Hermie is fine. Yes, I am going to watch them, but it probably will take some time to let it all sink in and play with the app. One reason for giving up years ago was that the app I had, Carina Voyager, had way more stars which led me to foolishly believe SNP wasn't that good. Only recently I learned that it will automatically download the faint stuff when needed.

     

    Anyway, in my Voyager years I started reading some books to get me on my way, but it all faded away and other interests took over and SNP just sat there. Which is a shame because I paid a lot of money for it. Still, a beginners-path would be appreciated.

     

    Oh well. Anyway, the Lesson 10 started playing in Firefox so I just let it go and it finished as well. However, it still won't download in either of the three apps I have for that. All the other 11 came in just fine, so something must be wrong with it. Thanks again and nightynight.

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    Dlucas

    Thank you Hermie. I'll keep working.

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    Dlucas

    Observing Lists -- Lessons I'm learning, work-arounds to compensate for the fact that the "Observed" column isn't currently working, and what I'm learning about editing .json flies to change the name (when necessary) of an object in an observing list.

    https://youtu.be/Bbbq3q2Paj8

    Lesson 13!

    Doug

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    Herman den Hartog

    Got it, thank you very much Doug. Number 10 is still not working, though. Well, yes it is working, just not downloading for later. But I'll have another look when it's quiet here.

     

    Have fun, Hermie

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    Dlucas

    Hermie, you're a super-encouraging guy. You make these videos a fun thing. : )

    Glad "10" is at least viewable.

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    Herman den Hartog

    Hi Doug, suddenly lesson 10 downloaded as well. Thank you very much!

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    Dlucas

    I'm super-glad, Hermie! Thanks for letting me know. I hadn't been able to find anything wrong with it on my end.

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