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How do you find planets?
Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:19
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How do you find planets easily in Damocles? I have the Damocles chart and understand the XX-YY-ZZ coordinate system (which I personally prefer to thing of as XX-zz-YY).

Last night I was trying to find Gaea. I flew to the 'correct' coords but couldn't find it until I took a deep dive down from the eliptic.

Are a lots of planets and moons hidden in this way?

I have to admit that when I was first trying to look for planets I was using the Mercenary III chart (oops!) and obviously the planet orbits are different in Mercenary III. At first I thought the planets must have been moving within their orbits and thats why I couldn't find Gaea!

Anyway, I did find Gaea where I expected to - I had to use the altitude indicator to find it in the end. Maybe this is just the way it is? :)

    • Re: How do you find planets?Simone, Thu Aug 20 04:29
      Actually, all planets are on the ecliptic plane, for example Gaea is at 02-00-05, although this is an oversimplification, because the interval spanned by one such coordinate is too large (way larger... more
      • Re: How do you find planets?Webmaster, Sun Sep 6 05:48
        I use the chart to see the colour of the planet (or group of planets) I'm aiming. Then I move left or right: the system plents move a (very) little differently from background stars. That's how I see ... more
      • Re: How do you find planets?Anonymous, Thu Aug 20 13:23
        Thanks. Oh, the main reason I think of the coords in that way is that everything in Damocles is pretty much flat. We learn that on flat 2D graph paper you have x & y coords. You have flat cities (X-Y ... more
        • Re: How do you find planets?Simone, Thu Aug 20 17:21
          Of course, in school you learn 2D Cartesian coordinates as X and Y... but then, when you plot a 2D graph on a screen, the Y coordinate is vertical. ;-) So, when you need an extra dimension, you use... more
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