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Mod to reduce minimum star point size?
DavidDate: Friday, 13.03.2015, 23:11 | Message # 1
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Hello,

I am relatively new to this forum - so hello! I thought I had seen a mod for Space Engine that improved the minimum size of stars so that they looked more like the background of this forum. Currently even when changing stars to "points" and making them 0.5 size, they are still larger than reality. However, I can't find that mod anymore - can anyone point me to it? (no pun intended). Alternatively, is that something we can mod?

Thank you!
 
SpaceEngineerDate: Saturday, 14.03.2015, 13:33 | Message # 2
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If such mod exist before, it will not work with latest SE version anymore. The star rendering technique has been changed. Stars are already very small compared to the old technique, so why do you want to make them smaller?




 
DavidDate: Saturday, 14.03.2015, 22:33 | Message # 3
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Because smaller stars look prettier / more realistic. The first image below is with stars as points on MINIMUM scale of 0.5. It needs to be much smaller, or have a lot more variance in star size. To me, the stars look too much like obvious dots, instead of points of light. I guess I am sad there is no mod that works for this anymore...

This:


vs.

THIS:



Edited by David - Saturday, 14.03.2015, 22:35
 
Thomas988Date: Saturday, 14.03.2015, 22:46 | Message # 4
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Yeah, I would love to see something like this too someday.




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DavidDate: Saturday, 14.03.2015, 23:08 | Message # 5
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For those comparing the two images - it may not be quite as noticeable because the images are small, but compare your in-game/simulation view to this video here. The difference in how the stars look makes a STAGGERING difference in visuals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1O3XCsGnC8
 
QuontexDate: Saturday, 14.03.2015, 23:43 | Message # 6
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Quote David ()
THIS:
I thought that was default SE until I saw the copyright and realised it was a photo.





 
DavidDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 00:36 | Message # 7
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I thought that was default SE until I saw the copyright and realised it was a photo.


It doesn't look like that in game. I'm telling you, watch the video in my previous post, compare to your in-game experience.
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 01:55 | Message # 8
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Have you tried editing the star_point, star_sprite, and star_sprite_blur shaders?




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RockoRocksDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 16:32 | Message # 9
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I thought that was default SE until I saw the copyright and realised it was a photo.

The stars could be, maybe, but not the mountains.





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RockoRocksDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 19:33 | Message # 10
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Quote David ()
Because smaller stars look prettier / more realistic. The first image below is with stars as points on MINIMUM scale of 0.5. It needs to be much smaller, or have a lot more variance in star size. To me, the stars look too much like obvious dots, instead of points of light. I guess I am sad there is no mod that works for this anymore...

This:

That's odd, stars do not look like that for me at all. They look like this (as seen from the Solar System):

Though I do have to say I'm using a modified star_point, star_point_blur and star_sprite shaders, they don't make that much difference. I don't know anymore where I got them, unfortunately, but they were certainly from this forum. I think Doctorofspace made them but I'm not sure. However, it's not just the shaders that make this difference, I think. I once updated my graphics drivers to solve some other issue, and stars also appeared better and more realistic, while i was not aware they were not showing like it was supposed to be.

Basically you might want to update your graphics drivers, and you may see a difference.

Attachments: 8593586.jpg(107Kb)





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Edited by RockoRocks - Sunday, 15.03.2015, 19:34
 
DavidDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 20:52 | Message # 11
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DoctorofSpace - thank you! I did a google search for the shaders you mentioned and found this old thread: http://en.spaceengine.org/forum/4-2751-1

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Anyone who hasn't grabbed these files - DO IT. This really should be pinned those shader changes are so good.

Thank you!
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 15.03.2015, 20:57 | Message # 12
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Perhaps I should add that to my mod thread if so many people want it.




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ZackGDate: Monday, 16.03.2015, 20:45 | Message # 13
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Quote David ()
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Anyone who hasn't grabbed these files - DO IT. This really should be pinned those shader changes are so good.

Thank you!

Heh I guess my thread did get some reputation here. Im glad it helped you





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