explanation of galactic map please

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Militia Captain
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Couple of examples attached.

From the Director's Cut adventure and also the Network adventure.

These galactic map images are all over the place. I'm not sure how to manage them. Can anyone help with an explanation?

The Director's Cut mod uses a jpg background image of 900 x 604.
These are the system map values (copied from SOTP but without the 'backgroundImageScale=' code) used in firstDC.JPG This is from a development version:

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<SystemMap UNID="&smDCSystemMap;"
		name=				"Director's Cut System Map" 
		backgroundImage=	"&rsDCGalMap;"
		initialScale=		"200"
		minScale=		"100" 
		maxScale=		"250" 
		lightYearsPerPixel=	"0.4"

		stargateLineColor=	"#6b8299"
Adding the 'backgroundImageScale="200"' code causes the systems to appear within the image but still leaves a lot of black area showing around it

DC1.7in1.8b4.JPG use the following values. It is from the Director's Cut version written for 1.7 which is attached to the forum but running in 1.8b4.

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<SystemMap unid="&smDCSystemMap;"
	name="Galactic Map"
The Network mod gal map, devNetwork1.8b4.JPG, uses a 1280 x 1024 image and doesn't show any blank areas around the image. However there is a lot of unused space as all the systems appear crowded in the center of the map.

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	<SystemMap UNID="&smNetworkSpace;"
			name=				"Network Space"
			backgroundImage=	"&rsGalaxy;"
			initialScale=		"200"
			minScale=			"100" 
			maxScale=			"250"
            lightYearsPerPixel= "0.4"

            stargateLineColor=  "#6b8299"
All of the map images are zoomed right out.

HumanSpace.jpg in 1.8b4 SOTP is 2560 x 2048. It used to be 1280 x 1024.
GalaxyMap.jpg in VOTG is 4096 x 4096.

I'm confused. Can anyone offer any info on how best to set up a galactic map image?
Is there a default size? How much space should be left around the edge so as not to crowd the systems. What do all the values do and how do they relate to each other?
In particular is their an easy way to work out the maximum values for the x and y node co-ordinates for a given image size and vice-versa? As an example the Network mod uses x coords from 300 to -440 and y coords from 245 to -215. What size image would be best used for this?
Any help greatly appreciated. TIA.
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Stupid code. Do what I want, not what I typed in!
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