ed.hand wrote:I think this is really cool. I definitely need to find a way to do this with schools.
Thanks Ed - it's fun to explore the boundaries of the BRT's capabilities.
This is how I managed the Makemake
- Use a planetarium program such as Cartes du Ciel (aka SkyCharts) to determine the (J2000) co-ordinates of the dwarf planet to enter into the BRT RADEC Job Request;
- As soon as this job has executed, set up another Job Request with the latest RADEC values;
- Use software such as IRIS to co-register the stars which are common to the two images and save the results as .BMPs;
- Use IrfanView to batch-convert the .BMPs to .GIFs;
- And finally use unFREEz to produce the animated .GIF
But you could take the "hit & miss" element out of the first two steps by adding a selection of dwarf planets to the Solar System menu (Pluto
is already there, but what about Sedna
, etc?), and maybe including the facility to repeat the same job after a few days' interval?
Then maybe you could come up with some custom software to perform the last three steps in a single Flash app?
Regards from Ross.