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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:04 am 
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I've recently been alerted about this product, Lunar Explorer. I was wondering if anyone has used other lunar simulation/mapping software and has a view as to how this one might compare? It's cheap, and I'm not too keen on the system requirements but I fancy having a decent "lunar exploring" package.

http://store.starrynightstore.com/lunarexplorer.html

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Are you interested in it more from the simulation angle or from the "viewing the Moon" angle? There are free products that provide both of those features (although not all in one package).

See the software list.

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I've used VMA and Celestia, both of which are great (although I've not explored them completely). As this is very cheap and claims unprecedented detail, blah, blah, I thought it might be a worthwhile step up from those. I'd like to be able to see features on the Moon close up, from different angles and, if possible, a decent simulation of the effects of the light/sun angle, i.e. a good terminator simulator*. Basically I would like to simulate as closely as possible what I observe of an evening to the greatest possible detail (Was that a tiny crater I saw on the crater wall? What caused that strange looking shadow on the crater floor? Etc.)

Plus it should be fun to play with.

*This would be the clincher.

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What worries you about the system requirements - They are pretty low by most entry level machine standards ?


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joe wrote:
a good terminator simulator

Ahh, yeah, now that would be something!

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Gaspode wrote:
What worries you about the system requirements

Oh, it's nothing really except it's just another package taking up room that I really should be saving for work (Graphics). After some nasty crashes I'm trying to keep everything simple. 4GB of hard disc space is quite a lot IMO. I may have to remove my son's Sims. :wink:

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joe wrote:
4GB of hard disc space is quite a lot IMO.

Ahh, you want the Moon on a USB stick! ;)

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davep wrote:
Ahh, you want the Moon on a USB stick! ;)

That would be nice. :D

Starry Night Pro 596Mb
Adobe CS2 1200Mb
Poser6 (3D modelling) 800Mb

Lunar Explorer 4Gb............must be good then? 8)

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joe wrote:
Lunar Explorer 4Gb............must be good then? 8)

I'd hope so. And it wouldn't be that surprising. My copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator 9 (including photographic scenery for about 1/2 of England) takes up 4.5GB.

ObPedant: 4Gb is 8 times smaller than 4GB. I assumed you meant the latter. ;)

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davep wrote:
ObPedant: 4Gb is 8 times smaller than 4GB. I assumed you meant the latter. ;)

I did. Thanks for the correction.

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You could try http://www.astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html. Free versions available. I installed it, played around briefly but have never got round to looking at it very closely. I believe it is sort of "linked" (developer wise) with the Cartes du Ciel planetarium software.

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Deimos wrote:
You could try http://www.astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html. Free versions available.

Yes, thanks Ian, I've used that and like it. I'll probably get the Lunar Explorer in the end as there's money destined for an astro purchase burning a hole in my pocket. I'll see if it's an improvement.

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davep wrote:
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Lunar Explorer 4Gb............must be good then? 8)

I'd hope so. And it wouldn't be that surprising. My copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator 9 (including photographic scenery for about 1/2 of England) takes up 4.5GB.

ObPedant: 4Gb is 8 times smaller than 4GB. I assumed you meant the latter. ;)


Lol ... ok - I build systems - As i can now get 250 GB drives for around 80 quid I've stopped worrying about space lol


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I know what you mean. I can't remember the last time I ran out of drive space.

Then again I suspect Joe's work puts far heavier demands on drive space than mine does.

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joe wrote:

One thing that concerned me a little about this software was mention of some sort of connection with the Lunar Embassy. I note that the site has been updated in the past day or so (it looks different to me from how I remember it looking when you first posted this).

It's interesting to note that I can't see any mention of the LE on there any more.

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