Posts by JackHiggins

by JackHiggins
11.09.2004, 01:49
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Back from the wilderness... But not for too long...
Replies: 10
Views: 4267

Back from the wilderness... But not for too long...

Um... Hi everyone! *awkward silence* Right... :| It's been over 5 months since my last visit here, last post was on April 3rd 8O *sigh* Feel a bit strange suddenly coming back after all this time, but it had to be done sooner or later. First off, i'd like to apologise to anyone who was looking forwa...
by JackHiggins
03.04.2004, 17:46
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Iridium
Replies: 29
Views: 10043

Re: Iridium

http://www.heavens-above.com

Fill in your location details, and you'll see all the visible iridium flares listed for your location, every night!

I haven't been out in ages, but the last time I was, I saw three that were brighter than mag -5 in 90 minutes
by JackHiggins
26.03.2004, 22:01
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Atlantis
Replies: 3
Views: 2356

Re: Atlantis

Um.. Well.. When I was making that zip, i never got around to making the ssc file to place the shuttle (with cargo bay open/closed) in orbit. You might just be better off to get bh's versions of the shuttle, which are much more developed versions of my models, which I got off (I think) fsgregs origi...
by JackHiggins
26.03.2004, 21:43
Forum: Bugs
Topic: Houdini models - bug or artifact?
Replies: 5
Views: 2367

Re: Houdini models - bug or artifact?

Would it be possible to model this with an XYZ file, then? Or will this run into the same limit? (A problem eventually for simulating the Voyager probes, no?)

Yup, same limit for xyz files, but the voyagers xyz's end in 2040, WELL before the rendering limit would start to affect them.
by JackHiggins
26.03.2004, 21:41
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Cedna & asteroid 2004 FH in Celestia
Replies: 9
Views: 3299

Re: Cedna & asteroid 2004 FH in Celestia

Learning how to make xyz files through horizons is a fun thing to know as well, I made an xyz of the 2004 FH flyby as soon as I heard about it, and viewed a bit of it in real time as it went past. It's a bit detailed to describe in one post, but basically download the Horizons user manual, and use t...
by JackHiggins
26.03.2004, 21:34
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Quiz - What is your score ?
Replies: 20
Views: 8578

Re: Quiz - What is your score ?

And just a little update- I thought my friends (science-oriented ones) wouldn't get more than 30 in the quiz... Looks like I overestimated them, somewhat! I see an average of only 20 or so, in the people who are interested in this kind of thing... Chris, tim is right, if you see this, please move th...
by JackHiggins
20.03.2004, 01:17
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Couple things about orbit drawing and classes
Replies: 4
Views: 2481

Re: Couple things about orbit drawing and classes

Or better yet...allow object classes to be added dyamically

Would be a nice feature to see!
by JackHiggins
20.03.2004, 01:14
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Atlantis
Replies: 3
Views: 2356

Re: Atlantis

Yeah, that was my model I think... If you type in "Atlantis" you should be able to tab down to the one at KSC, just G for goto it, and you're there. It doesn't actually launch though, it just sits there.. How do you mean it "doesnt open"? Have you tried editing another earth orbit ssc and seeing if ...
by JackHiggins
17.03.2004, 23:29
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Quiz - What is your score ?
Replies: 20
Views: 8578

Re: Quiz - What is your score ?

It was only from my prior experience with updating the tiny/new moons file that I knew all those names!! 33/61 :oops: (I didn't even get Lune right) Hm... :) Okay, getting lune wrong is inexcusable :D :wink: but it's probably still better than most of the general public- I doubt many of my friends w...
by JackHiggins
17.03.2004, 23:19
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: ARGH! Too many add-ons!
Replies: 9
Views: 4530

Re: ARGH! Too many add-ons!

Jack ran his own moons file in parallel for a while, which more or less duplicated the Celestia version; that's JACKtiny_or_new_moons.ssc. I don't know how recently he's updated it. Ages and ages ago - it's safe to say that there will be no more updates for this ever. I'll probably delete it off my...
by JackHiggins
17.03.2004, 20:52
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: shatters.net forum problems
Replies: 4
Views: 2418

shatters.net forum problems

Warning: Too many connections in /var/www/html/forum/db/mysql4.php on line 48 Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /var/www/html/forum/db/mysql4.php on line 48 Warning: mysql_error(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /var/www/html/forum/db/mysql4.php on l...
by JackHiggins
13.03.2004, 13:33
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Quiz - What is your score ?
Replies: 20
Views: 8578

Re: Quiz - What is your score ?

58 / 61

:D

Nice idea for a page, I was thinking about doing some sort of quiz on the forum a few days ago...
by JackHiggins
13.03.2004, 13:03
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: Jupiter
Replies: 2
Views: 3345

Re: Jupiter

Spam.. Viruses... Ugh... :evil: Yesterday I got one alleging to be from my ISP's mail admin, telling me to install this file to keep myself secure. It had some .pif virus attached to it, which norton killed before i'd even opened the email. I'm not annoyed about the actual viruses, since they're del...
by JackHiggins
13.03.2004, 12:59
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: The earth sits on the orbits of its orbiting objects
Replies: 4
Views: 2309

Re: The earth sits on the orbits of its orbiting objects

Evil Dr. wrote:Like this?

[pic]

(note, Phobos' orbit in completely "behind" Mars).

I never even noticed that before... 8O

Really? That "bug" has been there forever, and it's been talked about many times... Doesn't look like it'll be fixed any time soon though...
by JackHiggins
13.03.2004, 12:46
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: MUSES-C / Hayabusa xyz?
Replies: 5
Views: 3205

Re: MUSES-C / Hayabusa xyz?

When MUSES-C was launched originally, I emailed the team at HORIZONS to see if they'd add it to their spacecraft list. They said that this was an unlikely possibility, so unless JAXA do the ESA thing & start using it on their mission control big screens, I don't think we're going to see a Hayabusa x...
by JackHiggins
06.03.2004, 21:22
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Saturn's atmosphere needs updating
Replies: 41
Views: 9583

Re: Saturn's atmosphere needs updating

Could it be the same type of thing as the blue "haze" in HST images of Mars from last august...?
by JackHiggins
06.03.2004, 21:13
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: My Atlantis space shutle is inside earth. Help me!
Replies: 5
Views: 1576

Re: My Atlantis space shutle is inside earth. Help me!

Don't bother with that ssc, its easier just to change Earth's radius to suit. (I made that ssc btw!)

Try setting earth's radius (in solarsys.ssc) to

Code: Select all

   Radius 6378


and tell us what the results are.
by JackHiggins
06.03.2004, 08:52
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests
Replies: 66
Views: 26628

Re: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests

Then I can assume that there is detailed info about probe orientations over time available to the general public. But: Is there any organized info regarding other spacecraft functions like thruster ignitions (time, duration, thrust intensity), camera/sensor-instruments movement, solar panels deploy...
by JackHiggins
05.03.2004, 22:18
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests
Replies: 66
Views: 26628

Re: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests

Here's my list of commands/features that I reckon must be included in the orientation "script" files, and a short description of each: 1. pointingaxis -spin axis of the spacecraft -"track" axis of the spacecraft, for example when the HGA is set to point at earth to transmit data -would be ...
by JackHiggins
05.03.2004, 21:31
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests
Replies: 66
Views: 26628

Re: Couple of questions on various topics/feature requests

Recently, I've been doing quite a bit of work with shaders that will be the foundation for experiments with better lighting models. Nice! Time for Jack to get himself a new graphics card soon then... The Lommel-seeliger function is the way to go for planetary photometric functions I'll take your wo...

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