Astronomy Software

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Title & LinkPlatformDescription
Newt for the Web        Web Software for designing newtonian reflectors (web based)
Mel Bartel's diagonal calculator Web Software for sizing diagonals for newtonian reflectors. This does an excellent job of graphing the output as a reduction in magnitude, which helps with making pragmatic decisions about what is necessary and sufficient. (web based)
WinspotWebWinspot
RoddierWebTo come
DiffractWebTo come
RonchiWebTo come
Foucault 2
Etienne de Foras
Windows Version with Star Test Simulator
Figure XP
Dave Rowe
James Lerch
Windows Includes built-in log book which stores your comments and the graphical results of each test.
Couder
Ricardo Dunna
Windows Can track figuring progress
Tex
Mike Linder
Windows
Mac
Linux
Classic Texereau analysis automated
Foucault Test Analysis
Andreas Reifke
Windows Also does Lateral Wire Test & Caustic Test; has Shadowgram Simulator.
Foucault Test Image Analyzer
Dejan Vucinic
Java To come
Foucault Analyzer
Jiri Merth
Java To come
ZoneTest
Thomas J. Ehrensperger
Windows Nice Spot Diagram
ParabTom Stokes
Tom Stokes
Windows 'Parabolas' view is great!
PLOPWindows"Plop [...] shows how to build mirror cells that outperform the conventional ones, by using CAD to optimize the cell design. As a result, it is possible to reduce the wavefront error by as much as 50% compared to a conventional design, or to support a mirror up to about 20% larger than typically thought possible. While the techniques described in this page have been previously published in technical journals, this page provides a more detailed summary of designs for ATMs. Click here to see a quick example of why optimizing can reduce error, if refocusing of the mirror is considered." -- from the web site
Mel Bartel's Diagonal Off-Axis Illumination Calculator Windows This does an excellent job of graphing the output as a reduction in magnitude, which helps with making pragmatic decisions about what is necessary and sufficient. (web based)
SKETCHUPWindowsTo come
Cruxis Edge Support Calculator Windows For flat-backed parabolic primaries it does a good job of calculating the height of edge supports to allow them to support the mirror in the plane of the center of gravity. It also shows approximate values for the errors in astigmatism that various types of edge support can be expected to create on a mirror. This last is particularly useful since carefully placed edge supports at two locations is a robust and satisfactory arrangement for a surprising fraction of mirrors typically utilized.