[amsat-bb] Nova for Windows question

Jim Sanford wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Tue Feb 15 16:04:36 PST 2011

In preparation for Echoes of Apollo event this spring, I'm resurrecting 
Nova and rotors, etc.  Interesting anomaly.

Background:  My desktop has Nova version 2.1v
                         My laptop (which will be used for the event) 
has Nova version 2.2b

First issue is why are they different; don't remember -- though all was 
the same.

More important:
     When I launched Nova on the laptop, I had no "views" configured.  
Which I attributed to a new install following a new hard drive a year or 
so ago, but now I'm not so sure -- something may be corrupted.  Copied 
the views file from desktop to laptop and most was well.  HOWEVER, could 
not find moon or AO-51.  Rebuild data base (IAW help file and FAQ) and 
found Echo (AO-51), which I can drag into my current view and track.  
Moon shows up on list of celestial objects, but I'm not allowed to drag 
it into the tracking list -- get an error message about no keplerian 
elements available.  (Which is no surprise; I think I recall that Nova 
uses a different algorithm for moon and sun.)

Question:   What do I have to do to be able to track the moon in Nova 
for Windows 2.2b?

Thanks and very 73,
wb4gcs at amsat.org

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