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In fsx you have a stars.dat file and a great free program autostarx added realistic stars. I can't find a stars file just a stars effect file. where are the stars located in p3d? Thanks for helping!

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It does work with P3D V3... and thus I assume it will with v4. Fantastic program that I won't fly without.

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2 hours ago, gamer19 said:

stars.dat - found in my C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v3 (aaand v4) folder.

God luck with editing it ! ;) And... thank you for that small utility program recommendation !

 

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It's quite old chap,

https://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=autostarx.zip&Go=Search

you sure it would work with P3D ? It was working with FSX, right ?

Thanks I looked only in the main p3d folder. I'll try it coming from fsx it is nice to have real stars.

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2 hours ago, gamer19 said:

you sure it would work with P3D ? It was working with FSX, right ?

I use it with P3D v3...assume v4 will be the same.

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2 hours ago, captain420 said:

stars.dat? what's that?

It's a data file of the about 4900 stars p3d displays. You would think there would be a few cpu cycles involved there.

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3 hours ago, captain420 said:

stars.dat? what's that?

A file that tells the sim to display the stars in specific locations. A long time ago a great programmer created autostarx available in the avsim library that places the stars and planets in realistic locations if you run it and set the date of your sim, even checking a box if you are flying south of the equator. I just tried it and it works in p3dv4 pointing to the programdata location of the stars.dat

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16 hours ago, captain420 said:

stars.dat? what's that?

And planets (it has the full ephemeris for all the visible planets) and you can add any other sky objects if you so choose (comets, nebulae, etc).

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Sounds interesting, does anyone have any screenshots of this in action? I would like to see a difference compared to the default.

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7 hours ago, captain420 said:

Sounds interesting, does anyone have any screenshots of this in action? I would like to see a difference compared to the default.

There might be an error when trying to run autostar just search the web for the .dll in the message to download at microsoft's site

Here on the ground in Hawaii 

jM5DZUS.jpg

 

Moved the stars.dat file out and pointed autostar to that folder and it created a new dat file based on the date set.

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Wow that looks beautiful! Where can I get this and is it fully compatible with P3D v4?

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You can also use it to adjust the brightness of stars. If it works in P3Dv4 that's great. I don't think there is any benefit or loss for FPS because the position of stars is precomputed and statically portrayed in the sim's night sky no matter whether you modify stars.dat or not.

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This sounds awesome, would make for some amazing night/dawn/dusk flying!

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3 hours ago, captain420 said:

Where can I get this?

Did you see post #2? It has the download link in it?

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Okay I downloaded this, but I'm not exactly sure how to get this to work with P3D v4... I ran the autostarx.exe. Is this what I fill in:

 

Flight Simulator Path = D:\Games\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4

I'm not sure what to put for Flights Path and Flights File...

So after all that is fille din, what do I need to do next? I'm not sure what checkboxes to check, and I'm assuming I hit Make stars, and then copy that stars dat file to C:\ProgramData\LockHeed Martin\Prepar3d v4?

 

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19 minutes ago, captain420 said:

Okay I downloaded this, but I'm not exactly sure how to get this to work with P3D v4... I ran the autostarx.exe. Is this what I fill in:

 

Flight Simulator Path = D:\Games\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4

I'm not sure what to put for Flights Path and Flights File...

So after all that is fille din, what do I need to do next? I'm not sure what checkboxes to check, and I'm assuming I hit Make stars, and then copy that stars dat file to C:\ProgramData\LockHeed Martin\Prepar3d v4?

 

The flight simulator path should be the programdata location it builds the stars.dat file directly there. then click make stars and the stars.dat file is updated.

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Thanks! Just tried this, the night time skies looks absolutely beautiful!

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I was having the same problem, missing dll (msvbvm50.dll).

And after that I give up on this program, my thoughts was that I already have enough of MS libraries installed and I didn't want another one, just for this.

My question to you guys would be this...

Would it be possible that you simply share your (new, modified) stars.dat file, so we can just replace (after making backup first of course:senang:) our vanilla version.

Is it too much to ask ? :unsure:

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29 minutes ago, gamer19 said:

I was having the same problem, missing dll (msvbvm50.dll).

And after that I give up on this program, my thoughts was that I already have enough of MS libraries installed and I didn't want another one, just for this.

My question to you guys would be this...

Would it be possible that you simply share your (new, modified) stars.dat file, so we can just replace (after making backup first of course:senang:) our vanilla version.

Is it too much to ask ? :unsure:

You update the stars file each day to get the correct location of the stars, it's worth the small download from microsoft http://download.microsoft.com/download/vb50pro/utility/1/win98/en-us/msvbvm50.exe

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Oh I see... :blush:

Sorry then. Thanks for direct link. DL now.

But... I have to start the program ...every day ? Bummer, not sure if that's for me then. I starting to forget things lately.

Oh whata... I guess the world wouldn't fall apart if I miss for a day. Or two. :biggrin:

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16 minutes ago, gamer19 said:

Oh I see... :blush:

Sorry then. Thanks for direct link. DL now.

But... I have to start the program ...every day ? Bummer, not sure if that's for me then. I starting to forget things lately.

Oh whata... I guess the world wouldn't fall apart if I miss for a day. Or two. :biggrin:

No you do not have to run it every day, I Just get in the habit of quickly running the autostar program, setting the date for GMT (so if my local time is today but GMT is already tomorrow I set in autostar tomorrow's date) then running the sim. If you do it once a week it gives you a good realistic depiction of the night sky including planets

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