From the skychart
Thank to the effort of Oleg Maliy we can now use this catalog with Cartes du Ciel!
The catalog is available to download by Bittorrent. It
is presented in the form of text file for each zone area
(South Polar Distance).
For each star the files contain:
Warning An error was found on the first version of the file nomad.prj available before December 20 2011. Be careful to only use the file nomad2.prj available in the following zip file.
And a final note: Please let the torrents active after you finish to download! We need your upload capacity to make the files available to all on the best condition.
|Above is all the information on
how to adapt the Nomad catalog for your copy of Carte du
Ciel. It looks like (and is) a lot of work.
My experience in getting this catalog.
|Bittorrent download of 250 GB
||3+ 24 hour days computer time
|Extract .rar files (18
directories to 180 directories)
|Copy 10 files each from 180
directories to single directory
|Run Catgen to produce the
final catalog (on my computer)
|Once you have
done all this, you have your compressed Nomad catalog in a
series of directories under the Nomad directory (about 56
GB) ready to install.
|Windows Final Installation:
Copy Nomad and all of its subdirectories to /Program Files/ciel/cat/ This puts this catalog in the same subdirectory as all of the other catalogs.
Open Cartes du Ciel.
On the first menu (Catalog tab), click Add
A menu of the "cat" directory comes up. click on Nomad
Go down to the bottom of the directories and click on the file nmd.hdr
The new catalog nmd will appear on the Catalog page with a red box next to it. Click on the box and it will turn green. The default setting has the catalog only used on the 4 most zoomed in settings (0,1,2,3). If you try higher setting there are too many stars to display on the screen.
Click Apply, then OK to leave the set up.
Be sure that before you leave the program, you save the configuration or you will have to repeat the installation.
|While the data is
freely available to you, getting it is quite the time
waster. I am therefore making my compiled
copy available to those who would like to get a copy.
Since copying 56 GB to a usb drive is time consuming I am
charging a $20 fee to do this. I am providing
two options to accomplish this.
|Option 1. You send me a
hard drive capable of holding 60GB or more, formatted in
NTSF (windows) format, and no larger than a 3.5"
drive. I will place a copy of the Catgen generated
Nomad catalog on it and send it back. This will
cost you $26 which includes US shipping. If you ship
me some old huge heavy drive, I will request more shipping
I have access to 2.5" IDE harddrives in the 60-100GB
size. These are used
and working drives and will be set up to run off
your USB 2.0 port. NO
Guarantee on what capacity drive you will get, but
it will be in the 60-100GB range, and have the Catgen
generated Nomad catalog on it. The Drive is yours to
keep. Since the data can be legally copied, several
people can go together to get one of these for their
use. This option costs $50 including US
|If you are interested in using the data with a
different program, I still have the original
downloaded uncompressed data. It is about 250 GB in
size. For that reason it would require a larger more
expensive hard drive and more of my time to copy. If
you are interested in receiving the data in this format
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see
what we can work out.