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Installation of a new location database in Celestia 1.6.1

Posted: 17.12.2017, 18:31
by Croc
In the menu Celestia Render-> Locations ... there is a "Locatios" panel with 10 check-boxes, of which 9 check-boxes are direct links to 9 types of locations.
The 10th check-box includes all other "Other features" ...
According to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature (IAU) Working Group for the Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) there are 57 types of location for the objects of the solar system (except the Earth).
According to the research Celestia 1.6.1 provides 32 types of locations, including Type = "City", Type = "Observatory", Type = "Other".
What is the discrepancy between the need for visualization of locations and the ability to display these locations!
Therefore, a new tool RenderLocations (RenderLocs) appeared in the GUI of Lua Univetsal Tools v5.0 beta (LUT-5).
In the screenshot, the comparison of the default "Locatios" panel and the new RenderLocs panel in LUT-5:


Note: in the RenderLocs panel, the check boxes in the white frame are the 32 types of locations provided in Celestia 1.6.1. The remaining check-boxes in the green frame are other locations provided by the IAU WGPSN. Check-boxes in a blue frame are intended for locations of the Earth. Green and blue check-boxes use white check-boxes free for the selected object. This is the know-how of the new tool. In addition to programming for the implementation of know-how, it is required to re-encode the types of locations in the base of locations! The new location database is 100% compatible only with the new RenderLocs tool in LUT-5.

Installing a new location database in Celestia 1.6.1 .:
  • Remove from the "data" folder all files of type * locs.ssc and the file world-capitals.ssc
  • Copy the unpacked archive to the "extras" folder
  • Run Celestia

For the convenience of working with RenderLocs, it is recommended to include the "Objects with locations" guide:
  • first press the button [>] (on the right aboard there will be a vertical ruler of buttons that include Guides)
  • then click the [Loc] button


The following screenshot shows the RenderLocs panel and Mercury is selected. The RenderLocs panel includes the check box AA = Crater.


Note. Pluto and Charon must be searched with the help of the search system "Enter"