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george7378

Tutorial: Custom Stellarium landscapes

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Yeah good point mike...still, something to do during the day then! :D

You might be onto something there... :rolleyes:

As the whole job took me half an hour I wonder why more sites like Kelling Heath, Keilder, Intech, etc don't make a Stellarium landscape just for fun and good advertising.

I'd really quite like to see more Stellarium landscapes since they give a better context for observing from a specific location than a simple photograph would.

The red field at Kelling Heath for instance has some quite obstructed (but sheltered) views and it would be quite nice to be able to see this before going.

Edited by MikeWilson

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Just having a few zoomable pans on the forum could be a good start....like you said, fairly easy to set up.

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After much :D, finally made a landscape of Edinburgh. Buildings are a bit jaggy but not bad for a first go.

Ok, time for bed!

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Edited by blackandwhiteboy

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I've started relying upon Stellarium to help me figure out what I am going to photograph from my neighbors back garden.

I own a fisheye lens, so making a custom landscape is pretty darn easy in terms of "photo time". The process is vaguely similar to making things like this: Zanzibar Beach Planet | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

However, given we're only interested in the horizon line, I'm not overly fussed by the images artistic merits. So very quickly hashed this image up:

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[image was originally 12144 x 6005]

Photoshops "extract" tool makes cutting the skyline out an absolute breeze if you ask me, you can find it under "Filters>Extract".

You trace the skyline with a green edge and "fill" the area you want to keep with a blue marker, it defines the edge by finding strong contrast, which means even branches on a tree are a snap, mostly because you don't have to think to hard, you just colour over the area!

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Well next stage is getting it into Stellarium, which I am now going to attempt!

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Wahoo it worked!

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Ok it's a been while since I posted on here. But here is a bit of my limited view.

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Fija

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This is an excellent thread, and one which this weekend I will utilise to customise my Stellarium. Thanks! :)

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This was a great tutorial. I took the pictures this afternoon and used "ICE" to put it all together, that is a great program to use. Now I just need to see if the horizon is correct or if I need to move it at all.

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Thanks George7378

I'm having trouble geting N, E, S, W lined up to my panorama image :-(

In my .ini file i don't seem to have "angle_rotatez = Enter angle"

What am i doing wrong?

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Thanks George7378

I'm having trouble geting N, E, S, W lined up to my panorama image :-(

In my .ini file i don't seem to have "angle_rotatez = Enter angle"

What am i doing wrong?

I think you might be able to enter it yourself, if it's not already there. Just give it a go and see what happens.

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Someone may want to make a landscape for SGL7 at the Lucksall camping site

These are 360 degree panoramics from the site during SGL6

oops they are very wide and screws up the thread formatting so instead

this is the link to the 1st image file

or the second image file

Edited by Photosbykev

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A good read george thanks for the information didn`t even know you could do this in stellarium ,smoething to keep me busy during the monsoon season.

Brilliant Thankyou!

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Amazing. Finally got round to doing this on my Mac. After a bit of scaling of the image and playing with the 'angle_rotatez' figure, it's pretty much spot on!!! Thanks to the OP for this.

To do it on a Mac, very similar. All you need to do is right click the Stellarium.app (in Applications) and choose 'show package contents'. This will open up the application in finder. Go to 'Contents-Resources-Landscapes' create a new folder (call it 'Your-Landscape-Name' and put in it your Landscape.png file and the landscape.ini file that you create. (I copied one from another folder and amended it).

That's it!

Thanks again for sharing this!!

Tel

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Brilliant! I was just googling 'Stellarium Landscapes' to find out if it was possible to put your own landscape in to Stellarium. Should have known you good people here at SGL would have already sorted the 'How To' for this.

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Done it. Although it took a while to figure out the angle_rotatez figure.  Also need to do a better panorama, at the moment there's a big hole under my feet showing the southern hemisphere! a bit of ground work needs to be done, me thinks. :laugh:

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Thats Brilliant. Thanks. I have done it on my pc taking a photosphere of my back yard using google camera and it works a treat. I am now thinking is. It possible to do it on the mobile version of stellarium running on android. I have had a look using ES File explorer but cant see any familiar directory structures or landscape folder. Has anyone ever done it?

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