With Jupiter in Mind

I’d hoped to invite a couple of friends round for some stargazing, but it clouded up shortly after I’d set up the telescope. I managed to get this shot of Jupiter with my smartphone held up to a new eyepiece.

Jupiter is about 11 Earths in diameter.

I’ve been reading up on ‘image stacking’, where you combine tens or hundreds of frames (either still or from video) to improve the detail visible in images – so fingers crossed for some clear nights ahead.

Further XPDisplay improvements

XPDisplay now has a ‘Data’ tab, which (currently) displays charts with approach glideslope and landing gear forces, for post-landing analysis:

Glideslope

Glideslope - showing a late approach and landing!

Landing Gear Forces

Landing Gear Forces

Charts are updated in real time and can be zoomed, printed or exported as PNG images (thanks to the excellent JFreeChart library).

Caveat: these features are not in the current released version of XPDisplay yet.

XPDisplay improvements in the pipeline

After a couple of months with hardly any time to work on my personal projects, it feels great to be developing again! This is a screenshot of XPDisplay, showing the new airport information display on the map tab:

The airport information is read from the same apt.dat file that XPlane uses, so everything is kept nice and consistent.

Dansette