Sky Chart

14 years 1 month ago #28299 by michaeloconnell
Sky Chart was created by michaeloconnell
www.astroshot.com/Star-Charts/Star-Chart-2006-06-01-11pm.png

Above is a quick stab at outputting chart from Stellarium. Hopefully it might be of use to someone.

Comments on how to improve it would be appreciated (Colours/text/etc)

Hopefully, over time, it can be improved upon.

Clear skies,

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14 years 1 month ago #28302 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Sky Chart
Looks familiar... ;)

I like it, even with the fonts used. It does need to be brightened up IMO.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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14 years 1 month ago #28314 by albertw
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Whats everyones obsession with the Star Trek fonts around here?! :-)

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Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
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14 years 1 month ago #28320 by gnason
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www.astroshot.com/Star-Charts/Star-Chart-2006-06-01-11pm.png
Above is a quick stab at outputting chart from Stellarium. Hopefully it might be of use to someone.
Comments on how to improve it would be appreciated (Colours/text/etc)
Hopefully, over time, it can be improved upon.
Clear skies,


Hi Michael. Hope I don't appear too critical but I have some suggestions.
1. Perhaps better to use a deep blue sky rather than black - the map is just too dark and there is no discernible edge to the 360 degree horizon map as the background is the same colour.
2. Anything red will disappear entirely in the dark using a red torch.
3. Some overlapping of constellation, star and object names - most star charting programs use special algorithms to avoid this.
4. Best to use the same colour (white) for all star names rather than mix the colours.
5. Check criteria being used for displaying DSOs. For example, bright objects like M35 and M57 are missing.
6. Would be helpful to know the limiting magnitude of the map as well as date & time.
7. DSO symbols are the same irrespective of type of object. Is this a limitation of the software?

Preparing maps for public use can prove difficult and involve considerable experimentation to get right. For all my articles, I used Sky Map Pro but stripped everything from the maps when saving bar stars and DSO symbols, then used Photoshop or Illustrator to manually insert constellation names, star names, replacement DSO symbols, DSO names, compass etc. Time consuming for detailed maps but a simple 360 degree horizon map like this shouldn't take long and you have full control on how the map appears. Use a separate new layer for each text item and symbol and name every layer clearly - makes it easy to move and place without any confusion or overlapping. Save as a PSD with all layers intact as it's easy then to open and drag layers to a new map for another month using the same names etc (saves lots of retyping). Finally flatten and save as a high quality jpeg.

Gordon

SDAS

Stargazer am I
It seems that I was born
to chart the evening sky

Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia

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14 years 1 month ago #28331 by ftodonoghue
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I'll just add one more comment to Gordon's

If you want people to print this out, I would invert the colours..black on a white background

Cheers
Trevor

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14 years 1 month ago #28351 by michaeloconnell
Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: Sky Chart
Good suggestions lads. Much appreciated! I'll take another stab at this later.
Hopefully, this will evolve into a star shart which most people would be satisfied to use.
Cheers,

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