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Some basic instructions in running Voyager SkyGazer 4. Note that I run it off a Mac running OS X, not a PC with Windows, but hopefully the instructions will translate. Please come by my office hours if you need help with the software, or don't have access to a computer. 1. Open the software. You are presented with four windows: a) A big window showing a view of the sky and a horizon that includes trees, hills, and a beach. This is the sky chart. b) A small "time panel" showing a clock. c) A small "location panel" showing a map of Earth and the locations of daytime and nighttime. d) A small "display" window. Close this last window so that you're left with 3 windows. 2. First set your location. Under the "Chart" menu, select "Set Location. ..". This opens a dialog box showing you a view of Earth with a bunch of cities. The list should be of US cities, otherwise select that in the drop-down menu. Scroll down to Orlando and click it. Then hit "OK" on the dialog box itself. At this point you may want to move the "location panel" so that it's not blocking your view of the big sky window. But don't close it, just move it. 3. Now set the time -- let's start off with right now. In the time panel there is a button that says "Now". Click that, and the clock should now be showing the correct time and date. Also the sky chart should have automatically updated. The software should automatically know when we're on Daylight Saving Time. We're on it right now (until early November). To check this: under the "Chart" menu select "Set Time. ..". A dialog box appears. Be sure that the "automatic daylight saving time" box is checked. Again, you probably want to move the time panel somewhere where it's not blocking your view. Don't close it, just move it. 4. That "horizon" in the sky chart is customizable. It does not represent a real Orlando horizon -- actually it's San Francisco. You can customize this a bit if you want, though it's not necessary. Under "Display" menu pick "Sky and Horizon. .." and play around. 5. At this point we probably want to save this setup. That way when you restart the software you can more easily go to this configuration. Under the "File" Menu, go to "Save Settings As. ..". Enter a description (like "UCF") and then give the .vgr file a filename. Save the file to somewhere on your hard drive. Next time you open up the software, all you have to do is go under the "File" menu and select "Open Settings. ..",
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and just load up your settings file. 6. So what do you see in the sky chart? If it's daytime, you see the horizon and the blue sky. If it's nighttime, you see the dark night sky with the horizon. Why is the horizon curved? Because we have this problem of putting a 3-D thing on a 2-D computer screen. In this view picture yourself looking slightly above the horizon. You should be facing North (that seeems to be the default direction), so the northwest would be toward your left and northeast to your right. South would be behind you. Your view is changed with the two scroll bars on the bottom
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