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.
I no longer supply constellation templates as I don't have the time so I will be adding pdf files here for each of the above constellations so you can print and make your own projection templates.
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.
Select which constellations you want and print them out on card paper using their matching pdf file. Using a darkish paper will give a more defined projection. Once you have your prints punch the holes through the paper as printed and then your constellation template is ready to be used.
You will need the help of one person to project the image 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.
Once your helper is projecting the image in the correct ceiling position place one star from the super bright star strip into each of the projected circles on the ceiling. Do not use more than half of your super bright stars to setup constellations as your random star field depends on having some super brights randomly positioned.
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 while you place the stars.