[AstroPy] 3-D Graphics Tools for for Documentation, Presentations, etc.

Bridgman, William T. William.T.Bridgman@nasa....
Wed Dec 23 06:45:42 CST 2009

If you are doing line plots, I believe matplotlib has some 3-D  

For 3-D datasets, I've had good luck with VisIt

If you are trying to do line drawings, Pyx has some of this capability  
but you'd have to do the 3-d projection yourself.

I've used Inkscape for Illustrator-type applicatios
although some of its functionality is limited.

For 3-D rendered plots, I've used pyPOV with POVray.
but these are steep learning curves.

On Dec 23, 2009, at 12:37 AM, Wayne Watson wrote:

> It was some months ago when I posted this, and had limited time to
> really look at the tools suggested. I did delve into Visual Python,  
> but
> it wasn't really suitable for the task. I ended up doing my drawings  
> in
> Word, and omitted spheres and arcs for the most part, but did draw
> coordinate systems with labels. It worked. However, I still am curious
> about drawing coordinate systems.
> In my present case I have three coordinate systems going for two
> observing stations on the earth, a meteor moving overhead, and the
> general earht centered system. What I'm ultimately trying to do is to
> solve for the az-el of points on the meteor path (great circle is  
> fine,
> 60 miles high), for each station. Currently, I'm drawing this with
> pencil and paper. It's working, and helps my thinking and  
> computations.
> It does produce a lot erasures and re-draws.  I'd be curious if anyone
> has done this in mayavi2 or S2PLOT? Any examples? I have more  
> freedom to
> see what's available.
> Wayne Watson wrote:
>> Many years ago to put together a presentation or article on celestial
>> mechanics, spherical trig, trajectory analysis, etc. I would use a
>> compass, ruler, and maybe a French curve to draw the figures,  
>> coordinate
>> axes, etc. on paper. Labels would be typed onto the sheets. I would  
>> like
>> to think that over the last decade that some modest software package
>> might be available to do this. Does anyone know of any?
> -- 
>           Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
>             (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
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>              better than that of rats and dolphins."
>                       -- Stanislas Dehaene, neurosurgeon
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