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  • WWTelescope only shows Planets and not stars, why is this
    Friday, October 25, 2013 11:10 PM

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  • Can you be more specific what you are looking for?  WWT does in fact have Planets and Stars, but there are different modes which make finding one or the other (or many other types of space-related objects) easier. 

    For example, if you are looking for a particular object, say M13

    Click Look At and select Sky (this is bottom left side of screen - a dropdown)

    a) you can navigate to that constellation in which the star in located (Hercules for M13 - M13 is in the right center of the middle rectangle of Hercules)
    Subnote - you can search for Hercules or any constellation as well

    b) use the Search function and have the result navigate you to this object directly

    Another example: Polaris (aka the North Star)

    a) you can navigate to that constellation in which the star in located (Ursa Minor - click on the tail of Ursa Minor to highlight Polaris)
    b) use the Search function and have the result navigate you to this object directly

    Does this help?

    Ben

    • Proposed as answer by WWT_Ben Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:49 PM
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:38 PM
  • If your internet is working then this is probably because your graphics hardware does not meet the minimum requirements of WWT. If you are using WWT 5.0, you can try uninstalling and using the legacy release instead. The link to the Legacy release is here http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Download/?Legacy

    Be advised that it is likely that the hardware won't meet the recommended requirements for the Legacy either, but since the legacy release uses DX9.0 it is more forgiving, while WWT uses DX10/11 to implement many cutting edge graphics features that can't be implemented in DX9.

    Alternatively, if you have a desktop machine, you can upgrade to a more modern graphics card and be able to use all the features of WWT 5.0 with a much better experience.

    Thanks

    Jonathan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:29 PM
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