After my first successful try today, I thought I'd write a little tutorial for creating landscapes. Here are some (hopefully) simple steps:
1. Take your images. All I did was take my compact camera and my tripod out to my desired location, and take a set of horizon shots (all the way round) and then import them to Autostitch to make a simple panorama (see below). I filled the ground in by copying and pasting, as you can see (the original panorama was not straight, so it left some black areas underneath). The Panorama must be a PNG, and I recommend sizing it down to about 2048 pixels in width. The following panorama has already been processed for Stellarium (see step 3) which is why the sky is missing. Once you have your panorama, move on to step 2.
2. Extend the canvas. This involves increasing the height of the image above and below the horizon, as shown in the illustration below. This is important because otherwise the horizon will be too 'thin' and it means that you have to zoom out too much for the scenery to be properly sized. You can see it as putting more floor between you and the horizon scenery, meaning that it appears further away from you. The actual horizon on Stellarium runs through the centre of the image, so you need to keep your image horizon in the middle of the picture when you are adding the extensions.
The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST), also known as the Guoshoujing Telescope is a meridian reflecting Schmidt telescope, located in Xinglong Station, Hebei Province, China.
Amazing parorama of the summit of Mount Everest, 8.85 km above sea level. Roddy Mackenzie, who climbed the mountain in 1989, captured the image.
Barry Perlus & Stellarium team
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Professor Barry Perlus of Cornell University allowed us to use his panoramic photography of one of the Jantar Mantars in India to create this landscape. For more information on these fascinating scientific and architectural works see jantarmantar.org.
Beaumont Hills, Sydney, Australia
Barry made an interesting multiple-image landscape from the rooftop of his house. You can find a detailed account of how this was done in the Stellarium User Guide.
Transit Hill, Lord Howe Island, Australia
Graeme Ewing Contributed this panorama of the astronomically significant and visually stunning Transit Hill site Northeast of Sydney, Australia.
Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Penneshaw is a small township at the Northwest end of Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia. In the north is the entrance to Gulf St Vincent and the Australian mainland. In the east is the Penneshaw township, To the west, on the horizon, is Kingscote, the main town on Kangaroo Island.
Largs Bay in South Australia
Panoramic view of Largs Bay in South Australia 8 panel old style landscape. Largs Pier Hotel facade in SSE and Largs Bay Sailing Club due east. Jetty extends to Gulf St Vincent to the west.
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