Adding celestial bodies to SolarFire (was Re: Oops - my error)
- --- In email@example.com, Shawhouse <shawhouse@...> wrote:
>Click on Chart Options on the menu bar, then Files, then Fixed Star
> Mark, If you can do so without much effort, can you explain how to add
> newly discovered placements to Solarfire?
> Diana Shaw
Files. A dialog box titled File Management will come up. BRADY.FST
comes with the software; I think the stars in it are ones that
Bernadette has studied closely and published about and there's
commentary on each star that I think either she wrote or was inspired
by her work. You can create star files of your own by clicking on the
button marked Create on the right side of this dialog box. I would
suggest doing that and saving your new stars to a file you create
rather than to the Brady file.
To add stars, click on the button marked Edit. Another dialog box will
come up. Click on Add to add stars, then key into the appropriate text
boxes the proper name or designation of the star (Bayer, Flamsteed,
Argelander or whatever), and its 2000 right ascension and declination.
The software will automatically convert them into zodiacal longitude
You might also want to add the star or other object's constellation by
selecting it from the drop-down menu (and key into the proper text
boxes the object's Bayer-system letter/Flamsteed number/Argelander
designation/Messier, NGC, IC or other catalog number, if applicable).
You can also key in the star's spectral type, apparent magnitude, even
its rate of proper motion by right-ascension and declination, as well
as comments like about its influence, where it is in a constellation
figure, catalog numbers that it goes by that are too long to fit in
the text boxes, its nature (like if it's a galaxy, planetary nebula,
diffuse nebula, open cluster, globular cluster, nova or other variable
star, supernova, pulsar, quasar, black hole, etc.), or whatever else
is special about it.
Be sure to save your work when you're through. The software will
prompt you if you don't.
Mark A. Holmes