This is a text file usually called
lines.dat. It has no header.
You can define paths of constellation lines by lists of stars that are
ended with a semicolon `
;'. You can insert superfluous
whitespace as you wish, and comments after every `
Stars are given in the usual way: Either by a pair of constellation abbreviation and Flamsteed number, as in
(Rigel), or by `
HD' and the Henry Draper catalogue number, as in
# Orion ORI 19 ORI 34 ORI 24 ; ORI 53 ORI 50 ORI 46 ORI 34 ; ORI 50 ORI 58 ; # Southern Cross HD 111123 # beta Cru HD 106490 ; # delta Cru HD 108248 # alpha Cur HD 108903 ; # gamma Cru
I created the lines after my fancy. The Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter1 was an important source of inspiration though.
 by Erich Karkoschka, in German; ISBN 3440074889