Stellarium Astronomy Software Help

Stellarium is a wonderful free software, which I encourage my students to use in Heavenly Mathematics & Cultural Astronomy. The purpose of this file is to help my students make the most of it. I'm assuing you use Windows.


Installation is straightforward, but sometimes the program won't start. It could be that the screen resolution is set incorrectly in the config.ini file. There is a link to the file in the Stellarium start menu. If that doesn't work, it means that you don't have a config.ini file. In that case, go to Program Files\Stellarium\config and copy default_config.ini to config.ini. You will see the entries for the resolution near the top.

The first thing you should do is to use the toolbar to start the configuration window. (Click on the wrench icon.) Go to "Rendering" and select everything and go to "Location" and click on Singapore on the map. You want something near 104E and 1N. (+1d22' and +103d50' if you want to be exact.) Then click on the other icons in the toolbar to see what you prefer. Unfortunately, the azimuthal and equatorial grids don't always work and you just get numbers. The switch between equatorial and altazimuthal mounts affect how the arrow keys move. If you toggle the atmosphere off, it becomes dark all the time. This is useful if you don't want the Sun to wash out the stars.



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Helmer Aslaksen
Department of Mathematics
National University of Singapore

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