252: My Cockpit View 2014 Update Part 2

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Although my cockpit display has already reached the widest possible angle from the aircraft.CFG settings (InitialZoom=0.3 and WideViewAspect=False) stated in last post, I still couldn’t help asking myself in the last two months if it is possible to further widen it.  The longer I flightsim with the setting, the stronger desire I want to expand the cockpit-span angle.

No doubt,  the cockpit view (aka Normal View) from above configurations is giving quite a prominent result than the one from my previous single 30-inch monitor set up.   However, it is still comparatively narrow because the horizontal field of human eyes could reach up to 180 degrees or beyond even though the effective range is about 70 to 120 degrees.

Solution, obviously, could only be sought from changing the WideViewAspect from False to True.   And surely the prerequsite of keeping the glare-shield true to scale remains unchanged.

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The overall range of display (bottom image) has roughly improved by about 10 percent with no significant distortion towards the edges on both ends

After testing a few days, I found InitialZoom=1.5 under WideViewAspect=True the most comfortable since the distortion of scenery objects towards the edges on both ends is insignificant while the overall span of angle improves by about 10 percent.   Within the effective range of my eyes, I barely notice some negligible object distortion only.

Once the InitialZoom level is decided, the next step is to adjust the location of the cockpit panel via the InitialXyz (x=left, right;  y=up, down; z=closer, farther) parameters.  In addition, InitialPbh could subsequently be modified to calibrate the angle of focus (up-down, left-right, skewness), if required.

For example, I am using InitialPbh=0.5, 0, 0 in this new Cockpit View (aka Wide View) as shown in the image above and the Camera Definitions below, meaning that my focus is looking downward rather than at straight level.   You may notice my focus even looks down more in the Normal View setup.

[CameraDefinition.001]
Title = Virtual Cockpit
Guid = {C95EAB58-9E4A-4E2A-A34C-D8D9D948F078}
Description = View from Virtual cockpit
Origin = Virtual Cockpit
MomentumEffect = Yes
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = False
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = False
Track = None
ShowAxis = TRUE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 1.5
SmoothZoomTime = 2.0
ZoomPanScalar = 1.0
ShowWeather = Yes
XyzAdjust = TRUE
ShowLensFlare=FALSE
Category = Cockpit
PitchPanRate=40
HeadingPanRate=100
PanAcceleratorTime=0
InitialXyz=0.03, 0.04, 0.02
InitialPbh=0.5, 0, 0
HotKeySelect=1

[CameraDefinition.003]
Title = “Full Forward View”
Guid = {195EAB58-9E4A-4E2A-A34C-A8D9D948F078}
Description = View from outside of the Virtual cockpit
Origin = Virtual Cockpit
MomentumEffect = Yes
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = False
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = False
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 1.5
SmoothZoomTime = 2.0
ZoomPanScalar = 1.0
ShowWeather = Yes
XyzAdjust = TRUE
ShowLensFlare=FALSE
Category = Cockpit
PitchPanRate=40
HeadingPanRate=100
PanAcceleratorTime=0
InitialXyz=0.03, 0.0, 2.4
InitialPbh=0.5, 0, 0
HotKeySelect=2

DO NOTE that above is my own preferences and different people might have different concerns.   Actually, I might change the settings as well from time to time.

In addition, the settings for SmoothZoomTime, PitchPanRate, and HeadingPanRate might need to be adjusted as well because they are very likely responding differently once the InitialZoom and WideViewAspect have been changed as demonstrated in my case. More information about these parameters, such as PanRate, could be found from my previous posts.

02-P3D-02WideS

Undeniably, my current effort towards cockpit realism enhancement is still limited to the horizontal aspect in general.   In addition, the current view, either Normal or Wide, is only good for the current setup.

Perfection therefore could be closed only when I am able to afford a few more monitors “ups and downs” to my rig.

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