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Johnny
03-28-2007, 09:41 AM
Is there a good source somewhere for images of planets that would be suitable for mapping to spheres in LW?

I don't know if it's even possible for the nasa folks to take photos such that there is a resulting square or rectangular composite of, say, the entire martian surface.

thanks for any clues


J

bloontz
03-28-2007, 10:04 AM
http://planetpixelemporium.com/venus.html

There are free maps here but he charges for the higher res images.

Johnny
03-28-2007, 01:27 PM
thank you..that is a nice site..the guy gives a lot of helpful info as to how best to use those maps, too.


J

safetyman
03-29-2007, 06:40 AM
Try this one (if your pc can handle it): http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/earth.php

JamesCurtis
03-30-2007, 12:11 PM
Hey safetyman,

Love the site link and whats there, but which one [of best quality] would you recommend for a LW machine with 2 Gigs of memory and 256meg vid card. Don't know which one(s) to download.

safetyman
03-31-2007, 05:46 AM
I use the one labeled "Don's Realistic Earth" (4k PNG). It's a nice hi-rez image and it shouldn't tax your machine too much. PNG files are nicely optimized for use with LW. If you need a higher rez image the one's at the top of the page are great, but you might have to stitch them together in Photoshop. These files are HUGE, so they could be used for some really nice shots.

Also, that web site has bump, specular, and cloud maps that work nicely (see menu on left side).

starbase1
04-03-2007, 05:01 AM
There are loads out there.

In my view the finest are here:
http://www.mmedia.is/~bjj/planetary_maps.html

But Bjorn has not yet covered every planet.

For Earth try googling the second generation blue marble, though be aware that you will need something like infionimap to handle the highest resolutions, (from memory 80000x40000 pixels!)

This site has some good ones, and an exceptionally clear description of acceptable use:
http://planetpixelemporium.com/planets.html

See also:
http://laps.fsl.noaa.gov/albers/sos/sos.html
for some more unusual ones

And JPL have a load here:
http://maps.jpl.nasa.gov/

The biggest list I know of is here:
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/spaceart/planetcylmaps.html
though quality is variable.

Finally I did a tutorial on making ringed planets in Lightwave
http://www.starbase1.co.uk/tutring.htm

Nick

Lightwolf
04-03-2007, 09:01 AM
And of course: http://www.geotorrent.org if you have infiniMap ;)

Cheers,
Mike