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Pick of the Bunch: Cloud Development Tools
Cloud computing is not simply a popular phrase; it is a very important part of how we use technology. Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

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YafRay is a powerful raytracer, under the LGPL license. It enables you to create fantastic images and animations of a photo realistic quality. Features include: Full Global, skydome, HDRI illumination, Caustics, Real DOF, and Glossy/Blurry reflections. It has a modular framework, integration in 3d suites via plug-in, and more. Read more


  • NexControl
    NexControl is a simple Perl program that controls a Celestron NexStar series telescope.
  • Nova
    Nova is a free Integrated Observational Environment for astronomers. It combines ephemeris functionality with the capability to control telescopes and CCD cameras.
  • Qastrocam
    Qastrocam is a capture program that can work with any video4linux device. Its main purpose is to do astrophotography. It can control a telescope to do guiding with the images received from the video device.
  • Qastrocam-g2
    Qastrocam-g2 is a modified webcam capture software for astronomy. This project is a fork from the great Qastrocam,
  • s4l
    s4l is a SCOPE telescope stepper controller program.
  • SBIG STV control
    SBIG STV control is a Linux GTK app to control the SBIG STV autoguider for use with our Optical Polarimeter on PRL's 1.2m Telescope at Gurushikhar.
  • Talon
    Talon is a a fully automated open-source solution for automated telescope and observatory control. Talon controls all aspects of robotic astronomical observations, including telescope control, dome control, image processing, scheduled operations, and more.
  • Tiny Tim
    Tiny Tim is a program which generates simulated Hubble Space Telescope point spread functions (PSFs). It is written in C and distributed as source code and runs on a wide variety of UNIX and VMS systems.
  • XmTel
    XmTel is a program for controlling Meade LX200 telescopes (tested on the 16-inch LX200) and Celestron NexStar GPS telescopes (tested on the 11-inch) under Linux.

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