How do I make my own databases?

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    You will find a copy of the NGC-IC database attached to this answer. It contains step-by-step instructions on how to build databases, as well as a sample database text file we used to create the NGC-IC database in Starry Night Pro, which will show you the format you need to follow when building your own databases.

    After you create your custom database text file select File>Build Data File from the Starry Night main menu.

     

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      Grant Martin

      Will this additional database support be available in the next release of SNPP7?

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      Denis Boucher

      The problem I have with version 7 is the "Build Data file" in the menu is grey out, not selectable!

      Why I have no clue.

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      Keiron Smith

      Hi Denis, 

      What Program?  Pro Plus or Pro?

      What version of SN7?  Look in Help ---> About Starry Night.

      What OS?

      Thanks!

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      Grant Martin

      Well, the "build database" feature has been disabled in all Windows 7 & 8 versions of V7 (Beta and full release of Pro and Pro Plus) that I've received. Right after release and PURCHASE of V7 back in April, several of us noticed that many valuable V6 features had been removed from V7 including build database. We asked why this was and were told that y'all were either rethinking or reworking these features and that they MAY be available sometime in the future.

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      Cary Young

      I need to know about my own Star for Build Data file I have already read NGC-IC Database and I need to know about star database. can you show me about it?? Thank you

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      Denis Boucher

      Large star databases are not recommended in SN. A database with few thousand stars should not be a problem. The NGC-IC example is quite good to get you started. The format has mandatory fields which you must define follow by user fields then your data. Your data must be "tab" separated fields. The best way is to create the data fields in excel, add the header portion and save the file as a tab separated text file. Finally process with SN7, add the resulting file to Skydata folder. It will appear in the "Options menu" under "Option for Other Objects".

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