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  • ViewPoint is an option for Graphics3D and SurfaceGraphics which gives the point in space from which the objects plotted are to be viewed.
  • ViewPoint -> x , y , z gives the position of the view point relative to the center of the three-dimensional box that contains the object being plotted.
  • The view point is given in a special scaled coordinate system in which the longest side of the bounding box has length 1. The center of the bounding box is taken to have coordinates {0, 0, 0}.
  • Common settings for ViewPoint are:
  • Choosing ViewPoint further away from the object reduces the distortion associated with perspective.
  • The view point must lie outside the bounding box.
  • The coordinates of the corners of the bounding box in the special coordinate system used for ViewPoint are determined by the setting for the BoxRatios option.
  • See the Mathematica book: Section 1.9.7Section 2.9.10.
  • See also: ViewCenter, ViewVertical, SphericalRegion.
  • Related package: Geometry`Rotations`.

    Further Examples

    The first plot uses the default view point of {1.3, -2.4, 2}.

    Evaluate the cells to compare the graphics.