KSTARS is a Linux based astronomy package. For a free software package it has a lot of features and downloadable catalogues of stellar objects.
When you first load up the package you may want to view the constellation lines. I worked out how to do this, but am including some info below to help users change the line colour from the default light grey as it may be easier for people to see the lines.
If you click on
Settings (menu) —> configure —> guides
You should get the following
I have checked the boxes to constellation:-
If you then click on the colours tab at the side
I have set the colour to yellow. This does stand out, probably a little too much. However you can set it to the colour of your choosing or leave as the default grey.
Searching for objects with Kstars, is pretty simple.
I have just signed up to a short OpenLearn course on the Orion Constellation it makes sense to perhaps search fpr Orion in Kstars. This may make it easier to observe given the current weather isn't exactly friendly for astronomy.
Pointing (menu) —> Find Object
should bring up the following dialogue box.
From here you can search for stars, constellations, planets and other objects.