Posts by NoXion

by NoXion
29.08.2012, 14:22
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

you ARE aware that 1.6.0 was released in 2009 ? right? 3 years out of date celestia-win32-1.6.0.exe 2009-07-09 35.2 MB and dose NOT support a lot of things that 1.6.1 now dose i would install 1.6.1 http://sourceforge.net/projects/celestia/files/Celestia-win32-bin/1.6.1/ I actually didn't realise th...
by NoXion
29.08.2012, 07:47
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

question the OLD 1.6.0 and NOT the current 1.6.1 ? or the beta 1.7 1.7.0 has been forked off and is in testing Nope, it's as I wrote it: I'm running Celestia 1.6.0, and not any of the other versions you mentioned. because Celestia has to work on different platforms with DIFFERENT user interfaces Wi...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 20:15
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

For Celestia to create the align.log file you have to start it via command prompt. Start Celestia with this added string celestia --verbose >align.log When you align your model hit shit ! and it will save the orientation values to the align.log file. Ah OK, I didn't know that. Now why does one have...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 13:38
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

Thanks, but the problem I'm having now is finding the right values for the Orientation variable so that the object is correctly aligned with the surface. This is what it looks like using the code you provided: http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/8899/syndicated.png I've tried using the Edit Mode to g...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 07:42
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

OK, so it turns out there's an Edit mode for aligning meshes (SHIFT+@) which is definitely useful if a bit fiddly. But for some reason Celestia is not generating the align.log file when I press SHIFT+!.

I'm running Celestia 1.6.0 on a Windows 7 SP1 machine.
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 07:04
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Re: Placing an object on a planetary surface

Thanks a lot, that was very helpful. At least it is now stationary with respect to Ganymede's surface. :)

Now if only if I could get it to be the right way up...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 04:14
Forum: Add-on releases
Topic: 1 Mega-stars STC file for M31
Replies: 30
Views: 8174

Re: 1 Mega-stars STC file for M31

Take note that the stars in this STC file are mostly of spectral class O and B (very luminous stars), so we could see them at some distance. For Sol like stars ( F , G and K ), you should use the database I published in another thread. Thanks. Although I thought that O and B (and possibly A) stars ...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 03:50
Forum: Add-on releases
Topic: 1 Mega-stars STC file for M31
Replies: 30
Views: 8174

Re: 1 Mega-stars STC file for M31

Excellent. It does cause my Celestia to take more time loading (A useful feature for a new version would be the ability to properly minimise that loading screen one gets when executing), but framerates are fine, although I do have a pretty awesome computer. I can't wait to start putting planets and ...
by NoXion
28.08.2012, 02:43
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Placing an object on a planetary surface
Replies: 14
Views: 5594

Placing an object on a planetary surface

Hey there, Celestia addon developers! I was wondering if I could seek some assistance with placing an object on a planetary surface. I've got a nice .cmod mesh that I'd like to use as a colony city, but I'm having problems placing it correctly. Here is the .ssc code as it stands: "The Syndicate...
by NoXion
27.08.2012, 19:20
Forum: Add-on releases
Topic: Stellar distributions for M31, M33, NGC 300, NGC 404, M81...
Replies: 14
Views: 7011

Re: Stellar distributions for M31, M33 and NGC 300 (and more

The star distributions were generated using Mathematica , an heavy math software (not for the faint of heart). Lots of maths are implied here. Ouch, I was hoping it would be something fairly simple so maybe I could use it for my own purposes. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more stellar distributi...
by NoXion
27.08.2012, 06:04
Forum: Add-on releases
Topic: Stellar distributions for M31, M33, NGC 300, NGC 404, M81...
Replies: 14
Views: 7011

Re: Stellar distributions for M31, M33 and NGC 300 (and more

Hey Cham, these are awesome. Thanks for creating and sharing them!

How did you make them? I'm interested in adding stars to other galaxies such as Sagittarius dSph and the Large Magellanic Cloud.
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 08:57
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Where's the Globular Cluster Generator?
Replies: 11
Views: 5384

Re: Where's the Globular Cluster Generator?

Apologies in advance if I am performing "thread necromancy", but this bothered me, so... Celestia does not have a built-in star generator for normal background stars. These are rendered according to the scientific data files from the Hipparcos catalog. Note that Celestia is first of all ba...
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 07:25
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Re: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets

A fair enough point, though I'd also have to point out that using 'gravity generators' of some sort and some unknown means of substantially raising the temperatures of say...the Jovian moons or other icy bodies either breaks the known laws of physics or gets close enough to it to where it doesn't m...
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 07:13
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: vla radio telescope v2 progress
Replies: 23
Views: 5780

Re: vla radio telescope v2 progress

Looks top-notch from here. Will certainly be grabbing this upon release.
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 05:22
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Re: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets

'science thrown out the window' about sums that up. As far as terraforming other bodies in the real solar system, the best option, far and away, would be Mars. Kim Stanely Robinson in his 'Mars' trilogy (fiction, with a lot of science thrown in) took the most readable comprehensive stab at this...b...
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 02:15
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Re: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets

I wonder how the "terraformists" deal with tectonics and the magnetic field in such issues, since their purposes are that of modifying a dead planet to sustain the whole life thereof, and not to make just an "habitative place", thing that a planetary base (buildings) can do best...
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 01:46
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: Space Engine
Replies: 36
Views: 14377

Re: Space Engine

Downloaded the program and checked it out. Bit of a learning curve with the controls (I'm very used to Celestia!), plus there are some minor graphical glitches, but otherwise I can easily see myself whiling away hours on this program. I think the strongest feature is the use of procedural generation...
by NoXion
11.04.2011, 01:06
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Re: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets

1) The objects you describe tend to be too distant from the sun for water to remain in an unfrozen condition - at best you'd end up with a world in a sort of permanent ice age; and Perhaps I forgot to mention that in the examples I've seen, they've had a clearly Earthlike surface (complete with atm...
by NoXion
10.04.2011, 17:14
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: Space Engine
Replies: 36
Views: 14377

Re: Space Engine

This looks gorgeous. Going by the first page of the linked thread it might have a few stability issues, though. Will certainly download it later.
by NoXion
10.04.2011, 17:02
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Terraforming question; icy moons and planets
Replies: 10
Views: 3666

Terraforming question; icy moons and planets

My query is this; given that the moons of the outer planets (eg. Callisto, Mimas, Titan and Triton) as well as objects like Pluto, Sedna, Quaoar etc are composed of significant amounts of ice, wouldn't terraformation of these bodies result in worlds completely covered in oceans? Or would the additio...

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