Bogdan - thanks for the input.  I suspected there was a reason this feature didn't exist.  As the new guy, I never meant to disrespect the current GUI philosophies or the work you've done.  What you guys have already created is awesome!  I don't want to make it worse.

A plugin sounds like a good approach.  I will investigate.  I surely never meant to hack anything together, and I definitely haven't committed anything.  I just need a little direction from management (if there is such a thing?). 

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM, Thomas Morris <> wrote:
Hi Brian,

Perhaps this could be implemented as a plug-in? ("extended DSO
controls" or something like that). Personally I would like some
extended controls particularly for making full use of the new NGC data
catalogue. (Galaxy display based on surface brightness for example,
which would certainly be useful for objects at low altitude.)


On 19 March 2012 17:03, Bogdan Marinov <> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM, bdwashbu <> wrote:
>> Cool!
>> I have a prototype image here:
> Oh, my, more interface clutter. While users have requested a way to
> select which categories of DSOs are displayed, I think that a separate
> slider for each is overkill.
> Also, a comment on a previous question of yours:
> On 18 March 2012 14:15, bdwashbu <> wrote:
>> I also think that the sliders should be ticked and a label show their
>> current value, because I'm not even sure what their value currently
>> represents. (I assume apparent magnitude)
> The sliders are deliberately unitless and don't represent apparent
> magnitude. Instead, they control the number of objects shown on the
> screen with a somewhat unclear formula which includes apparent
> magnitude and dynamic eye adaptation.
> Please also have in mind that one of the reasons Stellarium is popular
> with educators and people who are total beginners in astronomy is the
> simplicity of its interface. New features should be carefully
> designed. Just slapping hack over hack as has been the tendency
> recently won't lead to anything good. We already kicked out the
> planetarium users, let's not alienate more groups.
> Bogdan
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