This page is about astronomically correct constellations that work with my XVR random stars and how to set them up. I will not be giving any details here about what my random stars consist off or going into how and why my star ceiling art works so before making a purchase you should read the full description for my XVR star ceiling.
If you love astronomy and star gazing and the idea of having a super realistic star ceiling then you may also want star constellations within that star ceiling. You can see in the above image that this bedroom ceiling not only has random stars but also the Aries, Monoceros and Canis_Major star constellations set up astronomically correct. This set up is not normally a simple task but with the creation of my Glowpatch projection templates you can set up this amazing night sky without having to map out or guess your star positions making it fast, easy and accurate.
Choose your prefered constellations from the above selection and let me know which ones you have chosen after you have ordered. All I need is the template numbers for example: C10, C14, C17.
Your room must be DARK. The XVR stars are affected by interfering light just as with the stars in the true night sky. To ensure you have a perfect night sky effect in your room the stars must have darkness and the more light you have the less effect you will get.
When adding constellations it is best to temporarily mark out 2.5sqm or 25sq.ft area's on your ceiling because the stars from each star strip create an average area of approximately 2.5sqm. Once you have your temporary markings fit a constellation within that area and then place the remaining stars from the strip randomly throughout the same area. Keep a distance of at least 300mm or 1 foot between any constellation stars and the remaining larger stars that where not used to make the constellation. Repeat this method for multiple constellations.
You will need your constellation templates and one person to help you with a torch. The torch needs to have a wide beam as shown in Fig-1 below because a narrow or spot beam will not transfer a useable shadow image.
The person holding the torch and template can use the back of a chair to help steady their hands but it's not critical. This person should hold the torch at a distance from the template that will give a constellation projection width of at least one metre (3 feet) or larger as seen in Fig-1. To vary the size of the shadow image you are projecting simply move the torch closer or further to the template.
Have your helper project the image within one of the temporary marked ceiling area's and then you can place the correct colour marker in each position as needed. Place orange markers inside the small projected circles, red markers inside the the medium circles and blue markers inside the large circles. To make it fast you should also have the markers ready to grab from your fingers as I show in Fig-2 below.
You will be able to place almost any star constellation in around a minute. The person holding the template should concentrate on keeping the shadow image fairly steady for this time and don't worry it's very easy to stop at any point and then re-align the shadow to match the markers that you have already fitted. Do the same until you have all of your constellations fitted.
Take stars from the XVR star strips that match the colour of the marker you are fitting as shown in this image. If it's an orange marker take any star from the strip on row 1, 5 or 21. For a red marker take any star from row 10 or 26 and for a blue marker any star from row 24. You can also setup your own constellations with these same stars without purchasing any templates if you are able to map out the positions and I would much prefer you did as I am pressed for time.