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8 Aug 2022 21:08:43 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Realistic Lunar Rendering Tool  
From: Leroy
Date: 23 Jul 2022 16:45:00
Message: <web.62dc5d9d504dd6dde02efe7bf712fc00@news.povray.org>
"JayTan" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> Hi:
> This is my first posting to this forum.
> I've seen a few decent attempts to render the moon, some better than others,
> so I thought I'd add my twopence worth and share my solution to the problem
> of photo-realistic lunar rendering.
> It was the simplest solution I could arrive at after several attempts at using
> bump maps, spherical iso-surfaces and height fields.
> Example renderings:
> and
> jpg
> and
> i-O-Procellarum.jpg
> Anyone who wishes to check it out can experiment with the code.
> All information on the LUNEX program, entire source code and all
> required texture maps are freely available at:
> http://phpsciencelabs.us/lunar-base/lunex-for-pov-ray/
> All the HD lunar renderings at the site below were produced by a modified
> version of LUNEX.
> http://phpsciencelabs.us/lunar-base/lunar-hemispheric-phase-explorers-hd/
> I would welcome any constructive suggestions and opinions on the package
> since it's my first major POV-Ray project and would like to see other peoples
> POV-Ray lunar rendering solutions.
> Jay
> http://www.PHPScienceLabs.US

 Very interesting! Great images! I quick scanned the code and was wondering
where you got moon maps. I did something similar for Mars awhile back. But no
photo-realistic detailed. The maps I used where around 4096 by 2048 I think.
There where really two maps I used topology and color maps of the same size.
 Spherical iso-surfaces always took TIME to render I dropped them. But then with
those small image maps there was no reason to try photo-realism. You've made me
want to go back and see just what Mars maps I can get now. Thank You!
Have Fun!

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