Constellation Based Star Map
This Thread gave me the idea of using the constellations as an aid to produce a flat star map for scifi gaming.
Each constellation is assigned to a group. I chose 12 groups based on the zodiac as it seemed obvious.
I divide my map into 12 sectors centred on Sol, one for each group of constellations.
To place a real star on the map, I simply find the constellation it's in and the real distance from Sol. I can then place it in the appropriate sector at the real distance.
I have an example using the nearest stars out to Tau Ceti