Posts by Starshipwright

by Starshipwright
04.11.2006, 20:40
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: nobbie seeking some guidence
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Re: nobbie seeking some guidence

What you need to do is to find the celestia.cfg file in your installation. You can open and edit it with any text editing program. Once you find it you need to edit it to add a new extras directory, this can be on any drive. The file itself contains instructions on how to do this .

Good Luck
by Starshipwright
02.11.2006, 20:19
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Spaceship Cockpit
Replies: 5
Views: 6006

Re: Spaceship Cockpit

The cockpit overlay was coded into the ecucation version of Celestia. This version incorporates some features not in the offical release to make it better for instructional use. You can find it at at the education section of the Celestia Motherlode: http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/educatio...
by Starshipwright
01.11.2006, 16:06
Forum: Development
Topic: Distance Sphere
Replies: 2
Views: 2715

Re: Distance Sphere

What are you trying to do? The Celestial Grid can show you distances, also Seldon has created a number of add-ons for that purpose. You might want to check them out to see if they have what you need. Seldon's add-ons can be downloaded at: http://www.lepp.cornell.edu/~seb/celestia/graticules.html
by Starshipwright
01.11.2006, 15:58
Forum: Bugs
Topic: Virtual texture bug fixed in CVS
Replies: 9
Views: 5301

Re: Virtual texture bug fixed in CVS

Dainel, I think that phoenix's latest build includes the update, you can get it at:

http://www.purebytes.de/stuff/celestia/
by Starshipwright
01.11.2006, 08:55
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: Reference frames
Replies: 48
Views: 33480

Re: Reference frames

Cham, have you checked Seldon's Celestia Notes page: http://www.lepp.cornell.edu/~seb/celestia/celestia_notes.html He is keeping up with documentation on the new features of 1.5.0 I agree that a new .ssc guide would be nice because of all the changes, but I think that it should wait until the offici...
by Starshipwright
30.10.2006, 18:21
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Black Hole enthusiats!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 4359

Re: Black Hole enthusiats!!!

That is not the only "Black Hole" program that has just come out. Google video has just added a documentary from the Science Channel on Supermassive Black Holes. You can find it at:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3834632996973653146&sourceid=zeitgeist
by Starshipwright
28.10.2006, 18:14
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Bouncing in Mariner 10
Replies: 5
Views: 3523

Re: Bouncing in Mariner 10

On the 2 probe problem, check to see if you have two .ssc files that say "mariner 10" as the name of the object. If Celestia finds two files and they are different it may treat them as two different objects. On the non-appearing models, check the date setting in Celesia. If it is before the "beginin...
by Starshipwright
26.10.2006, 23:18
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Useful? resource for a STEREO Add-on
Replies: 1
Views: 2303

Useful? resource for a STEREO Add-on

The STEREO website has put out a PDF of a paper model of the STEREO craft. It might be useful for textures or size reference for anyone making a STEREO add-on. You can find it at: http://stereo.jhuapl.edu/education/activities/pdfs/STEREOModel.pdf The planned orbit looks like a real challange to put ...
by Starshipwright
26.10.2006, 13:24
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: New problems with Spirit Mars Rover (satirical humor)
Replies: 1
Views: 2402

New problems with Spirit Mars Rover (satirical humor)

The parody paper "The Onion" just ran an article on the spirit rover misbehaving because it is tired of Mars!

It is very funny and can be found here:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/54360
by Starshipwright
22.10.2006, 00:12
Forum: Development
Topic: Win-cvs version setup.exe installer
Replies: 11
Views: 13444

Re: Win-cvs version setup.exe installer

I checked and as usual seldon has the information available.

Thanks for all the work you did on this.
by Starshipwright
21.10.2006, 22:41
Forum: Physics and Astronomy
Topic: A few more IAU official names
Replies: 12
Views: 6762

Re: A few more IAU official names

I may be mistaken, but I think that the idea was to make having all of the moons an option. I agree that it is confusing. Perhaps it could be handled like stars.dat, where there would be one file such as moons.ssc and you would have different options as to which version of the file you wanted. I sup...
by Starshipwright
21.10.2006, 22:29
Forum: Development
Topic: Win-cvs version setup.exe installer
Replies: 11
Views: 13444

Re: Win-cvs version setup.exe installer

Chris wrote: I've checked in some new code that allows much more flexibility in how rotations are specified. This new rotation code doesn't suffer from the idiosyncrasies that caused headaches for people trying to deal with the ssc Orientation field. and Celestia uses a nonstandard coordinate system...
by Starshipwright
20.10.2006, 17:32
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Question about number of objects and Celestia performance
Replies: 2
Views: 2089

Re: Question about number of objects and Celestia performance

Thanks, I wanted clarification on that in order to decide what add-ons I would use.
by Starshipwright
20.10.2006, 15:54
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Question about number of objects and Celestia performance
Replies: 2
Views: 2089

Question about number of objects and Celestia performance

I know that the more objects Celestia has to create orbits for, the slower Celestia will run. Is that in reference to the number of objects in one solar system, or the number of objects total? Does Celestia create orbits for all objects all of the time, or only for objects in the active solar system...
by Starshipwright
20.10.2006, 05:34
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: New US national space policy
Replies: 0
Views: 2065

New US national space policy

If this crosses the line into politics delete it

President Bush has issued a new national space policy Aug 31, 2006.

Read about it here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6068304.stm

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/lifes ... ory=710642
by Starshipwright
19.10.2006, 02:23
Forum: Petit Bistro Entropy
Topic: Physics and astronomy education videos
Replies: 19
Views: 11038

Re: Physics and astronomy education videos

If you want to understand physics, try the "Physics 10" lectures on Google (search "Physics 10"). A complete UC Berkely introductory physics course's lectures viewable for FREE! I am working through it right now my self, the instructor is very good and makes the information easy to understand. The m...
by Starshipwright
18.10.2006, 01:56
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Complex star systems
Replies: 1
Views: 2082

Re: Complex star systems

There is a lot of information on creating .stc and .ssc files for solar systems available in the Celestial Motherlode documentation page:

http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/documentation.html
by Starshipwright
16.10.2006, 23:38
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: enterprise nx-1
Replies: 2
Views: 2493

Re: enterprise nx-1

If you want to see where any object is you can open the .ssc file with any program that can open .txt files. This is what the NX-01 .ssc file says: "NX01-Enterprise" "ALsafi" { Mesh "Enterprise.3ds" Radius 0.1 Color [0 0 0] EllipticalOrbit { Period 0.0019 SemiMajorAxis 0.3 Eccentricity 0.001 } Orien...
by Starshipwright
16.10.2006, 13:27
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: New probes models from old models, for 1.5.0
Replies: 24
Views: 13558

Re: New probes models from old models, for 1.5.0

You need to make a new folder (call it what ever you like) in extras. Place the models and texture folders into it. Now open the probes folder and select all of the contents (Should be a folder called data and a lot of .ssc files) and paste them into the new folder with the models and textures folde...
by Starshipwright
16.10.2006, 13:16
Forum: Textures
Topic: Free plugin to stop polar pinch
Replies: 4
Views: 4671

Free plugin to stop polar pinch

Flaming Pear has a package of free photoshop plugins available at thier website. It includes Sphere Wrap A & Sphere Wrap B, 2 tools for eliminating the polar pinch when wraping a sphere with a square texture. Check out some of thier other products, they have a lot that would be useful in making ...

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