Chris wrote:- A *huge* problem for new Celestia users is simply figuring out what to do. Space is big: there's lots to see, but there are many more places that are very boring indeed. The ability to freely explore the universe is a big part of the Celestia's appeal for me, but the program should also have facilities to guide users to interesting views and provide some explanation for what's on the screen. The way to do this is by expanding the scope of add-ons: instead of just catalogs of objects, there should be a way of integrating them with scripts, camera views, and explanatory text. Already many add-ons come packaged with scripts and HTML files with text and cel URL links. This stuff should be accessible within Celestia and clearly associated with the add-on. The same facilities could be used for the standard Celestia package. It would be a boon for both hobbyist users and educators.
This facilities/features should cover the whole possibilities of Celestia, not just addons as seen previously.
Let's try here to define what could be this new features.
- You have Sol in front of you; a feature linked to it could be "show system" and Celestia would display the main orbits and labels.
- Sol again, another feature could be to display grids or whatever guides related to the solar system.
- Imagine a star with companions; we could have a feature display a synthetic representation of our solar system for quick comparison.