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XVarStar is a program written for variable star observers

Version : 0.8
Author(s) : Ivan Vitjuk (
License : GPL
Website :

Disk space required for installation is 9.49 Mb

A shortcut will be installed in the KDE/GNOME desktop menu system,
as an entry in the Astronomy submenu


XVarStar is a program written for variable star observers, and
is used for searching GCVS catalogue. It allows searching by following

- star name
- magnitude
- type
- constellation
- amplitude

This searching criteria can be combined so one can search for
example all variable stars located in Andromeda constellation and with
magnitude brighter than 5.00.

For installation instrictions see INSTALL file.

2. Catalogue

Catalogue used in this program is "Combined General Catalogue
of Variable Stars". Info about this catalogue can be found in
README.gcvs file. It has been downloaded from:

3. Usage

Usage of this program is really simple. There is four sections
in main window. On the top there is frame with five buttons. Each one
enables searching by one criteria.

Bellow this frame there is frame with input fields for each
search criteria. There, user can type search string or number that
will be used for searching. For each input field corresponding button
in above frame must be enabled if one wants searching by this field.

Next, there is a frame with control buttons. When program is
started, and before first search button "Load" should be pressed to
load GCVS catalogue in memory. If any change occurs in catalogue there
is no need to restart program, just press this button again to reload
catalogue. Button "Search" starts searching by using selected fields,
and button "Save" saves result in file. Button "Clear" clears text
area bellow.

Last frame contains text area where search result and error
messages are put.


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