One of the great features of Stellarium which contributes a lot to its
photorealistic impression is the possibility to embed "real"
photographed landscapes into the sky's visual representation. While the
Stellarium software package already contains a handful of standard
landscapes for direct use, far more have been created in the meanwhile
by enthusiasts that are downloadable from the Stellarium site.
Packed to packages and documented like the landscapes featured on the Stellarium website are the
following Stellarium landscapes created by myself that are downloadable here.
Therefore, installation of these landscapes follows just the same rules and principles
described on the Stellarium website. When clicking on a preview icon a magnified version
of the preview will show up in a separate pop-up window.
Using the hi-res variant of Stellarium landscape "Hildesheim
Panoramaweg", I created a short time-lapse video (to be found on following platforms:
revealing a visual impression of Stellarium.
For some of the following Stellarium landscapes, I created real-world cylindrical panoramas (with
limited range of altitude angle) from the very same photographic material and published them on
360cities.net, the world's largest online
collection of geo-referenced panoramas. For these Stellarium landscapes, a 360cities logo appearing in
the header of the preview window indicates the availability of a corresponding pano on 360cities.net
and links directly to it.
You can learn about how to create such landscapes by yourself on a
separate page containing tutorials of my own and
links to other tutorials on the web.
The Stellarium landscapes presented here were packed to ZIP archives,
downloadable by clicking on the landscape's name. They always
contain the following files:
For system-wide installation in a multiuser environment, unzip the
landscape package file in the <config_root>/landscapes
directory (e.g. <config_root>=/usr/share/stellarium
or similar). For personal installation, use the "Add/Remove
Landscapes" dialogue accessible from the "Landscapes"
tab of the "Sky and viewing options" window to install the
packed ZIP file automatically (no manual unzipping needed, Stellarium
will do it for you), or unzip the landscape package file in your
personal Stellarium landscapes directory (e.g.
$HOME/.stellarium/landscapes). File locations may vary depending on
your operating system. See the Stellarium User Guide
for per-platform details.
- <landscape-name>/description.de.utf8 - landscape description, accessible from within Stellarium via the menus,
- <landscape-name>/description.en.utf8 in German and in English
- <landscape-name>/landscape.ini - config file, i.a. containing the site's exact geographical coordinates
- <landscape-name>/readme.txt - description and installation guide in English, as readable text file
- <landscape-name>/<landscape-name>.png - the actual image file of the landscape
Once you have installed the landscape, open Stellarium and go to the
"Sky and viewing options" window. Select the
"Landscapes" tab, and select the landscape from the list of