desktop planetarium, observation planning and telescope control
  10 reviews

KStars is a scientifically accurate desktop planetarium, visualising a graphical simulation of the night sky from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes 130,000 stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects, all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets and asteroids. KStars addresses students and amateur astronomers of all levels.

The database of known objects can be extended and updated from local or remote databases, which is prepared for in a user-extendable interface. KStars suggests observations of particular interest like conjunctions with respect to the location of the user. And for user-selected targets it proposes the ones that are best-observable.

The software may be used for planning experiments around the globe, e.g. for remote controlled commercial services. But KStars also features an INDI interface to control local telescopes and cameras. Users with programming experience can script it via the KDE desktop bus.
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danielroberts 5 years ago

No comparison to Stellarium

massasauga 10 years ago

This is a terrific planetarium program. If you run it without parameters, it works with Gnome too.

rdelreLM 10 years ago

I like it. I discovered it some time ago and now I have installed in Olivia KDE. I do not know stellarium so I cannot compare. Also, in the past I tried to use it with Gnome but failed - I am not sure, I suppose it works only with KDE

Kshatrya 11 years ago

Very good for planning observing sessions. Good for users wanting more technical capabilities.

matwip 12 years ago

Gutes Astronomieprogramm. Optisch nicht ganz so schön wie Stellarium. Dafür aber mit mehr Funktionen.

sonic4spuds 13 years ago

OK, but stellarium is much better.

dhoca73 13 years ago

Stellarium go very slow in my computer. This is perfect and easy

eduardocintas 13 years ago

Su continua misión: explorar extraños, nuevos mundos...

dick 13 years ago

I have been using this one for years.

thebrix 14 years ago

Phenomenal! Better than many commercial packages