Re: [guide-user] Representations of heaven more attractive in guide 9. For when will that be?

JoeMize Jun 26, 2013

As Dr.Clay said, "...."if it ain't broke, don't fix it."", DITTO!!! Guide
is a Research program providing massive amounts of data and capabilities.
Capabilities I've never used since Guide4, however it is a great pleasure
finding information not available in most other programs.

Plz don't change the intent of Guide at the expense of prettying things
up...joe :)

"May You Go Among The Imperishable Stars"
Joe Mize www.cav-sfo.com
Chiefland Astronomy Village (CAV), Fla
StarFields Observatory, (SFO).

----- Original Message -----
From: "P. Clay Sherrod" <drclay@...>
To: <guide-user@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:20 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."
>
> Dr. Clay
> _____
> Arkansas Sky Observatories
> MPC H45 - Petit Jean Mountain South
> MPC H41 - Petit Jean Mountain
> MPC H43 - Conway West
> http://www.arksky.org/
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Gray" <pluto@...>
> To: <guide-user@yahoogroups.com>
> 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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