Christian Ambros Jun 25, 2013
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> From: P. Clay Sherrod <drclay@...>
>Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:20 PM
>Subject: Re: [guide-user] Representations of heaven more attractive in guide 9. For when will that be?
>Frankly I do not want to see artificial horizons, tree and house silhouettes, etc.
>The main reason that I like Guide is that it is incredibly functional and an
>important tool for astronomers of all levels. We know where the horizons are....we
>do not need glitz to enlighten our use of a planetarium program to find our way
>around the sky.
>I have four observatories and every one of them use nothing but Guide for practical
>applications and research. IF I have a school group or some other interested party
>who wants to see stars coming up over the horizon on a computer I have Starry Night
>loaded on several computers just for that demonstration.
>But I would not trade the utilitarian practicality of Guide for anything to do with
>glamour or intrigue.
>As we say here in Arkansas...."if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
>Arkansas Sky Observatories
>MPC H45 - Petit Jean Mountain South
>MPC H41 - Petit Jean Mountain
>MPC H43 - Conway West
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bill Gray" <pluto@...>
>Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:15 PM
>Subject: Re: [guide-user] Representations of heaven more attractive in guide 9. For
>when will that be?
>> On 06/25/2013 10:22 AM, Stephen Tonkin wrote:
>>> I concur with Pierre. I would far rather have planetarium software that
>>> is clean and extremely functional than that which is pseudo-realistic.
>> I've added in a little bit of "pseudo-realism", but almost entirely
>> in the interest of function. For example, the "realistic" sky (Display,
>> Background, Realistic) is something I use to give a quick idea as to
>> how dark the sky might be for a particular observation. The objects
>> around the horizon (Display, Background, Horizon Objects) helps
>> me avoid the blunder of thinking I'm going to see an event that will
>> actually happen below the horizon. (And if I see a rocket ship on
>> the horizon, I know I'm "observing" from the moon.)
>> Some people have modified the horizon and horizon objects to show
>> what's actually seen from their observing location. This is a bit
>> of a pain (you have to figure out what the limiting altitude above
>> the horizon is for a series of points around the horizon), but it
>> can and has been done. You can then also move/add things around
>> ("there's a house to the south-southeast; put a dead tree over
>> here, and a live tree here, and a streetlight here.") This is
>> documented at the bottom of the file 'horizon.dat'.
>> -- Bill
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