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Planetary maps
Space renderings
Images and mosaics
POV-Ray models

Planetary rendering tips
Experimental renderings
Copyright and legal stuff

Software utilities

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Welcome to my website! This site contains several high quality global planetary maps, examples of my planetary renders and space art, planetary images and mosaics processed by me and some astronomical stuff. It is also the home of the IMG2PNG software, a command line utility widely used in the amateur planetary image processing community to convert raw spacecraft images to PNG.

If anyone uses the planetary maps/models available here in an interesting way I'm interested in knowing about it (I'm interested in planetary art/science as you may have guessed by now). Finally, if you have any special opinions on this stuff let me know.

What's new

  • 11.08.2022: The first 'official' update for a decade (!) but actually the IMG2PNG page was frequently updated during this time plus very minor modifications elsewhere. The reason for this update is my first completely new planetary map for a long time, a Voyager 1 map of Jupiter. Considering the source data properties, this may be the best planetary map I have ever made. A new map is more than just a minor update so I decided to also modify or remove a bunch of outdated stuff and more will probably be removed or modified soon (the website is long overdue for a complete overhaul however). Also added a few new renders to the Jupiter page and the Saturn page.
  • 15.04.2012: A fairly big update. Completely revamped the animations page, it is now mostly a collection of links to YouTube and Vimeo where I now store my animations. The animations include a spectacular flight over Saturn's satellite Enceladus among other things. Added a spectacular new Voyager 2 mosaic of Jupiter's Great Red Spot to the Images and mosaics page. Added several new renderings of Mimas and Enceladus to the Saturn page. They are created using very high resolution digital elevation models I'm working on. Added a global DEM of Io that is mostly fictional; the position of Io's major mountains should be correct though.
  • 17.04.2011: Updated the Images and mosaics section a bit by replacing a Voyager 2 global view of Jupiter with a bigger and significantly improved version. I also added huge Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 mosaics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Apparently the Voyager 1 mosaic is what's best known of all of my work here so far.
  • 31.01.2010: Added two new renderings of Mars. They are a big improvement over old ones. Despite this I left the old renderings there for the time being because it is interesting to compare the new renderings to the old ones. The old ones will be removed sometime in the future. Thanks to more powerful computers, better software, new spacecraft data and a lot of work the new ones are a huge improvement over the roughly 10 year old stuff they supersede.
  • 04.01.2010: Added two new renderings to the  the Earth/Moon page showing the Earth together with the Moon. This is the first time I have been able to get nice renderings of the Moon at fairly high resolution, thanks to a recently released digital elevation model (DEM) derived from data from Japan's Kaguya spacecraft. Minor changes to the links page.

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