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Custom Stellarium Landscapes

From this page you can download several custom landscapes for use with the Stellarium planetarium software.
Stellarium is free planetarium software for your computer. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Stellarium shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is also used in real planetariums (including the one at SUNY New Paltz).

You can learn more about Stellarium, and download the software, from Stellarium.org

Installing a Landscape
Detailed instructions for installing a landscape in Stellarium. (My prior instructions can be found here)
More Landscapes (from Stellarium.org)
The complete collection of user contributed landscapes for Stellarium, covering all 7 continents, as well as special locations on the Moon and Mars. You can download the landscapes for the Walkway Over The Hudson and Ocean City from this page as well (they are under "North America").

Stellarium Vade Mecum
Reference for Stellarium, on a single sheet of paper that can be folded to fit in your pocket. When the first fold is opened the information shown is what most beginners need to know first: Controlling the view, labels for objects, and controlling time. Opening the second fold reveals summaries for changing the Field of View, showing constelations, asterisms, and grids and curves. Opening the last fold gives information about Landscapes, Mode Settings, and Landscapes.
Getting Started with Stellarium
If you are new to Stellarium this handout (from an introductory course in Astronomy that I taught at Marist College) will help you quickly learn how to use the controls to configure Stellarium and to navigate the sky to view the objects that interest you.

Download the Landscapes

USMA Cadet Observatory screenshot USMA Cadet Observatory
West Point, New York
Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
The Cadet Observatory at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, sits on the top of Bartlett Hall, home of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PANE). The pictures for this landscape were taken on the open-air observation platform, on the roof next to the dome, which is used for star parties and solar observations. The dome houses a 12" Mead LX 200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope which sits on a Paramount MEII mount. This new observatory was opened in 2016, replacing an earlier observatory on a different corner of the building. Starting with the class of 2020, West Point now offers an academic major in Space Sciences. These pictures were taken in April 2017.
Old Main Quad screenshot Old Main Quad
SUNY College at New Paltz, New York
Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
The Old Main Quad at SUNY New Paltz is the heart of the campus, bordered on the west by the Old Main Building and on the north by the Old Library. To the south is Wooster Hall, which was renovated in 2017, including the new orange paint scheme, and which houses Engineering Labs, the Psychology department, and admissions and financial offices. The photos were taken in July of 2021.
Walkway screenshot Walkway Over The Hudson,
Poughkeepsie, New York
Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
Walkway Over The Hudson Historic State Park spans the Hudson river in the state of New York between Poughkeepsie and Highland. It was originally a railroad bridge, which was completed in 1889 and was in service until 1974, when it was closed after a fire. The bridge is 1.28 miles long, with the center deck 212 feet above the river (which is at sea level -- the river actually flows both directions with the ocean tides far inland beyond Poughkeepsie). The bridge was later refurbished into a pedestrian walkway, which opened in 2009, becoming the longest footbridge in the world.
West Point screenshot United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, was established in 1802, at a location originally used by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The photos used to assemble this landscape were taken from the parade field at West Point during Branch Week. Visible in front of Washington Hall one can see, among other things, two AH-64 Apache helicopters, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, a Stryker armored fighting vehicle, and an M-1 Abrams Tank.
Kirk Planetarium screenshot SUNY College at New Paltz,
New Paltz, New York
Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
View from the roof of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
OceanCityScreenshot.png Ocean City, Maryland Eric Myers CC-BY-NC 0.11.x English
On the beach near 2nd Street, in Ocean City, Maryland, USA
Lake Taghkanic screenshot Lake Taghkanic State Park
near Ancram, New York
CE Raum CC-BY-NC 0.18.x English
The photos for this landscape were taken from the main parking lot of Lake Taghkanic State Park which is the primary observing site for montly star parties of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association . Daytime photos taken Feb 5 2019 at 14:57 EST Nightime photos taken at Feb 5 2019 19:08 EST

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