Every database in Starry Night has label options. To access these options, open the Options pane and click on the name of the database you are interested in. This will open the “display options” dialog box for this database. The label options will be at the bottom of the dialog box
Watch the video to see how Options are navigated and selected in Starry Night software.
Accessing Label Options:
In Options ---> Other ---> Put the arrow/cursor over the category Abell Clusters ---> It will change! You will now see a rectangle box around the words category Abell Clusters... Click the box!
Most databases share the following label options:
For all databases, you have the option of changing the label appearance.
Dropboxes allow you to change the font and size of the label, and choose whether you want the labels to be in bold or italics.
This determines the colour that labels appear onscreen. Click on the colour bars to choose a new label colour. Many users use different label colours for each of the major databases, making it easier to quickly distinguish between planets, stars, and deep space objects.
3. Number of Labels
A slider allows you to change the number of objects that are labeled onscreen for each database. If the slider is near the left edge, only the brightest members of the database will be labeled. As you move the slider farther to the right, dimmer objects will be labeled as well.
Some other label options appear only for certain databases. These options are listed below:
4. Label by Magnitude Slider
This is an option for planets/moons, comets, asteroids, and artificial satellites (when open, it replaces the “Number of Labels” slider).
In Options ---> Solar System ---> put the arrow/cursor over the category Planets-Moons ---> It will change! You will now see a rectangle box around the category Planets-Moons... Click the box!
By default, Starry Night will not label an object if it is too dim to appear on screen. You can change this option. For example, you may wish to know the position of all the planets. Pluto and Neptune are generally too dim to be seen, but by selecting this option, you will still be able to see where they are in the sky.
5. Star Label Options
In Options ---> Stars---> Put the arrow/cursor over the category Stars ---> It will change! You will now see a rectangle box around the category Stars Options... Click the box!
The “Show” dropbox in the Star Options dialog box allows you to label a star by its common name, catalogue number, Bayer letter, or Flamsteed number. Most common names are thousands of years old and have an Arabic origin. The classification scheme for Bayer letters and Flamsteed numbers is discussed in “Bayer” on page 91. You can also choose to show the magnitude of stars, an option that is particularly useful for printed charts, as you will often use the brightness of an object to help you determine if you are looking at the right object.
6. Compass Points
In Options ---> Local View --> put the arrow/cursor over the category Local Horizon (Lake) ---> It will change! You will now see a rectangle box around the category Local Horizon (Lake) Options... Click the box!
Compass points can be deselected and the font type/color/size changed.