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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Stellarium Landscapes: South America, Polar regions and Special.

Creating a Personalised Landscape for Stellarium.

Digital cameras are easy and cheaply available these days so whatever you have should do.

One mega-pixel resolution is quite sufficient.

The camera needs to be mounted on a tripod so that reasonably orientated pictures can be taken.

Select a time of day that is quite bright with a neutral cloudy sky so there will be no shadows and a sky of the same overall texture.

This will make it easier to remove later.

The pictures were all saved in the JPG format which was used as the common format for all processes up to the removal of the background.

With a camera that takes 4:3 ratio pictures I found 14 evenly spaced pictures gave the best 360° panorama in the program I used to produce it.

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South America

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ESO's Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Dirk Essl
N/A
0.9.x
English

The Very Large Telescope Project (VLT) is a system of four separate optical telescopes (the Antu telescope, the Kueyen telescope, the Melipal telescope, and the Yepun telescope) organized in an array formation. Each telescope has an 8.2 m aperture. The array is complemented by three movable Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) of 1.8 m aperture. The project is organized by the ESO.

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Cachi, Argentina
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz
N/A
0.9.x
English

This is a panoramic view of the Parque National Los Cardones near the village of Cachi.

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Laguna Verde, Bolivia
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz
N/A
0.9.x
English

This is a panoramic view of the Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca under the Juriques (5704m) and Licancabur (5920m) Volcanos. These lakes are located in Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia.

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Swiss Euler Telescope, ESO La Silla Observatory, Chile
Malte Tewes
N/A
0.9.x
English

Euler is the nearby telescope that can be seen in the west. It is operated by the University of Geneva, and its main duty is the quest of extrasolar planets. The New Technology Telescope (NTT) shows up just behind Euler's control room, Tarot is in due south, and finally the venerable ESO 3.6 meter telescope sits on its hill in the southeast. The panorama was taken on September 3, 2010, at about 7:25 local time, a wonderful sunrise after a snowy night. Screenshots

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Divinópolis, Brazilia
Wanderson Nunes Ferreira
N/A
0.9.x
English

Wanderson Nunes Ferreira photographed this panorama in the Brazilian city of Divinópolis in March 2011 and stitched it together into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium.

Polar regions

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French-Italian Concordia Station
Cyprien Pouzenc
GPLv2+
0.10.x
English

Panoramic view of the station installed at Dome C, Antarctica.

Special

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Simple
Alexander Wolf
Public Domain
0.10.x
English

Simple semi-transparent texture for Stellarium.

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Field
Dimwick
Public Domain
0.10.x
English

This is a simple dark green ground plane that is used to obscure the stars that are below the horizon.

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