AWOW AK41 - Astronomy

AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Astronomy – Week 9

KStars

AWOW AK41 - KStars
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KStars is an open source desktop planetarium for KDE.

It depicts an accurate simulation of the night sky, including stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, all 8 planets, the Sun, the Moon, comets and asteroids. You can see the sky as it appears from any location on Earth, on any date.

The user interface is highly intuitive and flexible. The display can be panned and zoomed with the mouse, and you can easily identify objects and track their motion across the sky. KStars includes many powerful features, yet the interface is clean and simple and fun to use.

KStars can use more than 1 of a multi-core CPU. But there’s no support for OpenGL (there used to be an experimental version but it was removed).

Out of all the programs, I’m least familiar with KStars. It seems to work fine on the AK41, but my testing has been fairly limited. Let us know in the Comments below how it runs on small-form factor PCs like the AK41.

Next page: Page 5 – AstroImageJ

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Celestia
Page 2 – Stellarium
Page 3 – Skychart
Page 4 – KStars
Page 5 – AstroImageJ
Page 6 – Summary


Complete list of articles in this series:

AWOW AK41 Mini PC
Week 11Video consoles: SNES emulation
Week 10Running TeamViewer with AWOW AK41 as the host
Week 9Astronomy on the AK41 including Celestia, Stellarium, Skychart, and more
Week 8Recording video with OBS Studio
Week 7Home computer emulators: FS-UAE, ZEsaurUX, Hatari, Clock Signal
Week 6Web browsing with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi
Week 5Gaming: SuperTuxKart, AwesomeNauts, Retrocycles, Robocraft, DOTA 2, and more
Week 4Run multiple operating systems on the AK41
Week 3Video and audio playback looking at hardware acceleration
Week 2Benchmarking the AK41 with 3 other low power machines
Week 1Introduction to the series including wiping Windows and installing Manjaro

This blog is written on the AWOW AK41 Mini PC.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Luke,

    I have bought the AWOW AK41 but I cannot find the button to start the BIOS.
    Do you know which button is the right one?

    In addtion I’m looking for the handbook. Do you have an idea where I can get it?

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