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
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").
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
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.
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.
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
The photos were taken in July of 2021.
Walkway Over The
Hudson Historic State Park spans the Hudson
river in the state of New York between
Poughkeepsie and Highland. It was
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.
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.