dAfter my first successful try today, I thought I'd write a little tutorial for creating landscapes. Here are some (hopefully) simple steps:
5. Write your landscape file. This can be done by copying and editing the following text into your 'landscape.ini' file:
name = Enter your landscape name here
author = Enter your name here
description = Enter a description here
type = spherical
maptex = yourimagename.png
angle_rotatez = Enter angle
planet = Enter planet
latitude = +XXdXX'XX"
longitude = -XXdXX'XX"W
altitude = X
name: This is the name of your landscape as it will appear in the program.
author: Your name
description: A brief description of the landscape.
type: The style of image. Leave as spherical.
maptex: The filename of your panorama (in the same folder as the .ini file).
angle_rotatez: Experiment with this to get your compass points in the right location. It is a three figure bearing (i.e. - 010, 254, etc...)
planet: The name of the planet your landscape is on.
latitude/longitude: The location of your landscape on your planet. Does not need to be accurate - it is for reference purposes only. It will not affect what you see in the sky.
altitude: The altitude (M) of your spot. Once again, purely for reference.
Salt Lake City Panorama
Hiram made this panorama for the KidsKnowIt Network's outreach program.
San Jose, California, USA
This panorama was made using Nasa's WorldWind. Screenshots were taken at 45 degree increments. The screenshots were layered and stitched together, and then offset until the the Northern mountains were aligned. A landscape such as this could be made of any location in the world. There is a plug-in for WorldWind called "BigScreenshot," that may make the process easier, but not automate it. A plug-in could be written to do this entire process automatically.
Berkeley, California, USA
Lee Trampleasure Amosslee
This panorama is centered at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar at the Berkeley Marina. The solar calendar has large stones that line up with the sunrises and sunsets at the equinoxes and solstices. 4096X2048 PNG photo, 8.3MB, or 2048x1024 PNG photo 2.1MB. In the larger photo, I painted the Golden Gate bridge to make it stand out a bit more. Credits and location can be found in the landscapes.ini file. Please include credits if you use/distribute this version.
Chesterton Elementary School - San Diego, California, USA
This landscape was taken to help encourage students to learn about science and astronomy using Stellarium. The panorama was taken at the playground area of Chesterton Elementary School on October 23, 2011. The image was constructed using the Multiple Image Method using 8 overlapping images to provide a high level of detail. The original composite panorama image was 22442 (width) x 2418 (height) pixels . Composite photo reduced to 5 equally sized photos of 2048 by 1024 pixels. Many trees created complex horizon background but left details, such as tether-ball poles, in place during transparency development to keep landscape realistic. The lines of the playground provide an interesting perspective with Stellarium.
Cul-de-sac behind my house
This landscape was taken behind my house in New Port Richey, Florida.
This is a panoramic view of the prehispanic city of El Tajin. Theses ruins are part of UNESCO World Heritage.
This is a panoramic view of the Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución) of Mexico Ciudad.
This is a panoramic view of the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas in Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal. This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Martin C. Doege
Pyramid Island dark sky observation site in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada - world's largest Dark Sky Preserve. This site is only 15 min from the town of Jasper, yet nearly perfectly dark. The panorama was taken just before sunset in October 2011.
Heritage Park Museum, in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada
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A view of Heritage Park Museum, Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It was photographed in August, 2011.
The full panorama, including sky, can be viewed at 360Cities.
This collection of early 20th Century log buildings shows the diverse construction styles used by immigrant settlers of the Skeena Valley. The two story Kalum Lake Hotel is the centrepiece of the park. To the right of the hotel a summer student talks with two of the fifteen or so young visitors attending a children's day.
Plaines d'Abraham, Québec, Canada
Plaines d'Abraham (Partie du Site historique des Champs de Bataille Nationaux), Québec, Qc, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2011.08.14.
Ville de Percé, Québec, Canada
Ville de Percé, Québec, Qc, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2012-08-18 15:07.
Grand-Barachois, New-Brunswick, Canada
Grand-Barachois (Facing the south of Prince-Edward-Island, near Cap-Pelé), New-Brunswick, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2011-07-16 at 21:02.
Among the most beautiful sunsets ever seen, and where people are of the most nice and welcoming.
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