The following are samples of Animations that Hubble-II is able to perform,
and also a demonstration of your telescope's mount being controlled by Hubble to automatically point at celestial objects that you're viewing on the displays
Each display has multiple configuration options, of which just a few examples are shown here
This video clip shows an example of a body being selected on the display, and a telescope being automatically aimed at it.
The Horizon display is used in this example, and the object selected with a mouse click is Saturn.
The animation shows that after being selected, an "Object Identification" popup window is displayed. The "GoTo" button is then pressed, and the telescope begins to slew to Saturn.
You can see the double-ringed circle, which is always showing the telescope's currently aimed position, begin to move across the display until it is enclosing Saturn.
At that point, your telescope will be aimed at Saturn.
The window in the upper left of the display is the ASCOM Telescope Simulator. You can see the current Right Ascension and Declination change as the telescope slews.
Note that this functionality requires that your telescope mount is being controlled by the
ASCOM Platform, and a Registered version of Hubble-II
Telescope Control on the Horizon Display
The next video clip show the telescope being repositioned to the double-star, Regulus. This time, the Star Chart display is used to select the object and start the telescope repositioning
Telescope Control on the Star Chart Display
Wanderers - The Planets in Motion
This video illustrates what you will see on the Star Chart display when running the 'Wanderers' demonstration.
The animation shows a Star Chart (as seen in an astronomy handbook), which is centered near the constellation Orion.
As the animation runs, you will see the Planets and Comets (small green dots) appearing to 'wander' through the stars, as they orbit our Sun on each consecutive day.
Note the Retrograde (backward) motion of the planets and the comets. Can you think of why the planets would sometimes move backwards in relation to the position of the stars?
By The Way - did you know the word 'Planet' comes from the Greek word for Wanderer? Watch the Planets as they appear to chase each other across the sky amongst the stars.
Imagine what the Greeks must have thought when they first noticed the seemingly random movement of these strange points of light as they studied the night sky!
Wanderers - Star Chart Display
This video illustrates what you will see on the Horizon display when running the 'Wanderers' demonstration.
The animation shows shows the same retrograde motion of the planets as seen on the Star Chart example above, but from the view an observer looking out at the Horizon from their location on Earth.
The display is being updated in One Sidereal Day increments, which is why the Stars are not moving in the background from day to day.
* a Sidereal Day represents the time taken by the Earth to rotate 1 revolution relative to the stars, rather than the typical 'day', which is measured with respect to our Sun. It is roughly 4 minutes shorter than a Solar Day because of the Earth moving in its orbit around our Sun
Wanderers - Horizon Display
Our Solar System in Motion
This video illustrates what you will see on the Solar System display when running the 'Our Solar System' demonstration.
The animation shows shows the Planets and Comets orbiting the sun from a perspective above the Ecliptic Plane.
If you look carefully, you will see that the orbits of the planets are not exactly circular, but are actually slightly elliptical.
Pay special attention to the motion and position of the Earth's Moon as it revolves around the Earth. Try to visualize in your mind why we see the 27-day pattern of Moon Phases.
Solar System Display
24 Arctic Sun
This video uses the Zenith display to show how the Sun doesn't set, and remains above the horizon, 24 hours a day for locations above the Arctic Circle on the longest days of the Summer.
As the animation plays, you can also see that Mercury, Venus and Jupiter do not set either, while Neptune never rises above the horizon on those days.
This animation also demonstrates how multiple windows can be viewed at once. Here the 'Planetary Positions' and the 'Rise & Set Times' data screens are also running in conjunction with the Zenith graphical display.
24hr Sun Doesn't Set Summer's Day in the Arctic
The Sun's Analemma Path
This video uses the Horizon display to demonstrates the apparent path of our Sun during consecutive days of the year.
The animation shows the position of the Sun at high-noon, on each day of the year.
Notice how the Sun does not simply move in a vertical path up and down over the horizon from day to day, but rather makes a Figure-8 pattern in its movement throughout the passing of a year.
As you view the Sun's position changing, you will also see the retrograde motion of Mercury and Venus as they circle the Sun.
You can find more information about the Earth's Analemma HERE on the Wikipedia
Sun's Analemma Path
Polaris - The North Star
This video uses the Horizon display to demonstrates how all the stars appear to rotate around the North Star, Polaris.
The animation updates the display in 1 minute increments to show the stars apparent circular motion around the North Star. Of course though, the stars are not moving, but rather the Earth is rotating with its axis nearly aligned with the North Star.
If you click on the 'Trails' button, you will see how Polaris is not quite perfectly aligned to the Earth's axis of rotation. Because of this, It will draw a small circle around the Earth's true axis of rotation.