LogBook plugin

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Description

The purpose of this plugin is to allow the visual observer to record their observing sessions, and keep notes on what was seen and what equipment was used to see (or photograph) it.

This is currently a very basic plugin. Over time, if there is interest, I will add additional features. For now, it should be treated very much as a beta piece of software.

NOTE: this plugin is not distributed with the 0.10.3 Linux or Windows package. You'll need to either build from source, or wait for the next version.

Using the LogBook plugin

You have to do a bit of setup to use this plugin. Equipment must be defined, and targets added to the system, before you can record an observation session. In general, you need to do the following:

  1. Add an observer
  2. Add a target
  3. Add an optic device

Everything else is optional.

There are several windows that make up this plugin. They'll be described in more detail below. They are:

  • The configuration dialog. Opened with alt-L hot key.
  • The targets dialog. Opened with the alt-T hot key.
  • The main recording window. Opened with the command-T hot key (ctrl-T' for non-Mac users).

Configuration

The main configuration has two main tabs, Inventory and About. The about tab has the general usage instructions, similar to this page. The inventory tab has several sub-tabs that are selected by clicking an entry in a list. This is where you enter the basic data that will be used for recording observations. Most of the data is options, but it's a good idea to enter it when possible.

Barlows

Barlows.jpg

Create entries for your barlows here. This is optional for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Model 
The model of the barlow.
Vendor 
The vendor of the barlow.
Factor  
The magnification factor

Filters

Filters.jpg

Create entries for your filters here. This is optional for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Type 
The type of the filter.
Vendor 
The vendor of the filter.
Model 
The model of the filter.
Color  
The color of the filter.

Imagers

Imagers.jpg

Create entries for your imagers here. This is optional for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Model 
The model of the imager.
Vendor 
The vendor of the imager.

Observers

Observers.jpg

Create entries for your observers here. This is required for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

First Name 
The observers first name.
Last Name 
The observers last - or sir - name.

Oculars

Oculars.jpg

Create entries for your oculars here. This is optional for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Model 
The model of the ocular.
Vendor 
The vendor of the ocular.
Focal Length  
The focal length of the ocular, in mm.
Apparent FOV  
The field of view of the ocular, in mm.

Optics

Optics.jpg

Create entries for your optics here. This is required for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Model 
The model of the optic.
Vendor 
The vendor of the optic.
Type  
A drop-down menu of different optic types, including your eyes.
Focal Length  
The focal length of the optic, in mm.
Aperture  
The aperture of the optic in mm.
Light Transmission  
The light transmission of the optic.
Flip Horizontally  
If the optic displays the image flipped horizontally.
Flip Vertically  
If the optic displays the image flipped vertically.

Sites

Sites.jpg

Create entries for your sites here. This is required for recording a log entry. The fields on this tab are:

Name 
The name of the site.
Longitude 
The decimal longitude of the site.
Latitude  
The decimal latitude of the site.
Elevation  
The elevation of the site.
TZ Offset  
The offset from Greenwich of the site.

You can add the site that is currently defined in Stellarium by clicking the button.

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