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Milky Way Galaxy in Black and White

I decided to release the following image under the Creative Commons Attribution license. Please credit me with a link back to http://www.enderra.com – Happy mapping!

Click on the thumbnail above to get the original size at 4096×4096 pixels; it’s 6MB as a PNG file.

The image is based on a NASA image of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Poster-sized Star Map print

Got the A1 version of my star map. Again, as with the small test version, the photos simply don’t do it justice, but I had to post some anyway.

You can see some dice in one pic, and the small test print in two others, to compare the size. And, yes, I really need better lighting in this apartment.

But I’ve also learned two lessons more to the subject matter:

  1. I am very happy I did not edit the image – the test print seemed dark and the labels hard to read; on the A1 map both the color and the readability of the labels are absolutely perfect in my opinion.
  2. It was an excellent choice to go with matte photo paper, over the glossy stuff.

I’ll get two A3 matte versions printed in a few days (Saturday) as well. One is going to go to Lex Mosgrove, because he claimed that he wanted one.



Star Map – Test Print

The test print of my star map came out really nicely. I went ahead and ordered an A1-sized poster. I did order Matte instead of glossy paper, and I hope this doesn’t change things too much. At worst I’ll be 20 Euro poorer. The small print, by the way, was a mere 4€.

Unfortunately, my apartment is too dark and my only camera – an iPhone – is not really that great, so the photos didn’t come out so well:

Note the CD for size comparisons.

I will take new photos on the weekend – during daylight – and of course once I get the poster.

Starmap Styletest Update – Jan 9th

Spent probably six hours updating this thing, and looking at it I wonder… why did that take me so long? I did experiment a little with regional / sector labels; and of course placing all those stars is actually much more work than it looks like.


And the entire map, downsized from the original:

Both were saved as JPG as well, so there’s some loss of detail from that as well.

As always, I’ve also updated the thread on the Cartographers’ Guild.


Space Setting Map Sneak Preview III

Okay, this is the current version of my Voyagers map. It didn’t really change that much anymore – I’ve optimized some lines here and there, added some star systems, added names… This is probably the last version of this particular map for reasons I’ll detail in a later post.

Voyagers: Human Space
Voyagers: Human Space

There should be about 300 named systems on that map.