Re: [nbos] [AS] Binary Star Systems
Charles Sykora
Tue Dec 12th, 2006
Good luck with it, Mike. I've really had fun with the software. The
fly-throughs and scripting language are very useful. The next
version of the program promises some awesome capabilities (plug-in
upgradeability, e.g. to support a great amount of flexibility without
changing the underlying software [i.e. you can hook in to display
your own graphic images or play sounds, etc]).

On Dec 12, 2006, at 4:54 AM, Mike Oliver wrote:

> Dale:
> I've downloaded masses of stuff. Funnily enough, at a quick glance, it
> doesn't look too bad in terms of complexity but no doubt I shall find
> out the truth when I spend some time going into things more deeply.
> Thanks.
> Wish me luck!
> Cheers,
> Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Charles Sykora
> Sent: 12 December 2006 02:09
> To:
> Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Binary Star Systems
> Mike, you can enter your own system right now by making a .stc (star
> catalog) file (a text file mostly human-legible) and a .ssc file
> (star system catalog file) for the planets. You can not only
> precisely control elliptical orbits but can enter precise orbital
> descriptions in what is called an xyz file to handle complex, non-
> elliptical orbits. There are tutorial files on the Celestia web site
> to show you how, but it is pretty complex compared to
> Astrosynthesis. Celestia can do extremely high resolution planet
> images with cloud-cover, night-side images, specularity maps, etc.
> --Dale--
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