What is Nova ?
Nova is a free integrated observational environment for amateur
It's aim is to combine ephemeris, sky view, observatory control and
capture functionality into an easy to use Gnome application.
major features include :-
Nova is still very much work in progress and for simplicity is divided
into 3 seperate subprojects.
- Virtual view of night sky (using
- Ephemeris calculation and plotting.
- Remote observatory control.
- CCD image capture.
- Automatic scheduling of observational
- Astro data source independence.
precision celestial mechanics, astrometry and astrodynamics library.
libnova and libncat are both C libraries
released under the GNU LGPL and can be freely used in other projects.
Screenshots are available here,
most recent at the top.
Nova is currently only available from cvs and depends
on Gtk 2.7,
libnova and libncat. There will be a 0.5
release around September time, after Gtk 2.8 is released. Note: Gtk 2.7
is a development release, so if your not comfortable with this, please
wait for the Nova release.
Planned features for 0.5 release:-
- Flat sky view
- Sky grid
- Constellation lines
- Planets, Sun, Moon.
- Load and save sky views
- Change sky view parameters
- Automatic astro catalog download.
Nova is free software and
released under the GNU GPL license.