Re: [nbos] [AS] Sector Generation
"Mike Oliver"
Thu Jul 9th, 2009
I used Rob's catalogues for my galaxy and found them to be fine. If
you're using your map for an RPG or as the means of generating
stories/scenarios, you can create multiple star systems using the
existing AS System Data facility and lay them out more or less to order
so that they provide what you want for your scenario.

The only problem comes if you want to display the stellar system as a
graphic; it won't place the "lesser" components of the system in orbit
around the primary or each other, nor will it display planets orbiting
each of the components. But that's not really essential - even if it
would look nice.

It might be worth checking out "Celestia" which offers a wide range of
facilities related to our universe
( It's free and a great
piece of software even if it doesn't help you achieve your objective.



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rob Graham
Sent: 09 July 2009 05:57
Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Sector Generation

The Catalogs that I did on NOX 10, 500 etc etc etc are already in this
format ;) and are almagamations of the big sky databases now there a few

years old.. but that shouldn't be a problem until you move out further
a few hundred light years.

The only other issue is the fact that I never 'joined' binaries etc into
star cluster.. didn't see the point, AS doesn't work with true
anyway.. so i can't do a multi star / planet system and have it show
stars or four stars or whatever so yeah again not much point imho.

- Rob
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cam Kirmser" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Sector Generation

> ----- Original Message -----
> =================================
> From: Eric Schulte
> Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 3:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Sector Generation
> For the rather technically inept among us (me) can you elaborate on
> process of creating the stars you need? Can you assign the star type
> access? I'm thinking this may make the generation of 'space opera'
> hospitable / terraformed universes easier..
> =================================
> Well, for local stars, I have a star catalog called 'HYG.' I also have
> Hipparcos set, but that's a tiny bit smaller than the HYG. Also, the
> Hipparcos provides only RA and Declination, whereas the HYG set has
> data already translated from polar to rectangular coords along with
> proper motion data as annual vectors applied to each axis.
> I've imported each set to Access as tables and I just make a query set
> in AS's format - found from the import section of the help file - and
> in the blanks. Using the query, I can also adjust each star for its
> location, not its perceived location. This is important for a map,
> not all the action is on Earth.
> For the star type - assuming you mean like A2V, G4III, etc. - I've
> a routine that uses the star generation tables from Traveller in
> and included this as a module in Access.
> This works fine for systems local to Sol - I think within 1000 ly, if
> recall correctly - but the data leaves off some stars; typically those
> high magnitudes and I think they leave off O and B class stars, too.
> But, if I want stars further out, I need a routine to create them and
> hopefully - place them in realistic, though fictional, locations. An
> earlier response made me consider that any placement routine would
> probable suffice, given the scales used, so this may not be a problem
> anymore.
> If you - or anyone else - have any other questions, let me know and
> do my best to answer them.
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