Sun is shining – here are much better close-up photos of the star map:
Yes, yes, these are not professional either, but I am sure you’ll agree a far cry from the blurry shots I took in low-light conditions.
But, yes – it would be possible to map the entire Milky Way Galaxy this way. Any takers? 😉
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.
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:
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.
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:
I will take new photos on the weekend – during daylight – and of course once I get the poster.
Phew. Another long, long evening working on this map. It now has 401 named systems, I’ve also added a bunch of other stuff since the last update.
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.
As always, I’ve also updated the thread on the Cartographers’ Guild.
Updated WIP. I’d love to hear your feedback on the “sector names”:
Still needs work… much work. But it’s “getting there”. By the way, there’s also a thread on the Cartographers’ Guild for this map.
What do you guys think of this?
Uses brushes by Sakura.
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.
There should be about 300 named systems on that map.