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Honestly... i don't know what Neptune looks like.. i really don't! the best images of it were from voyager 2 and those were so shitty and low resolution. the GDS has also vanished. Neptune's bands confuse me, as what we have seen was only from one part of its orbit and season, i am unsure how it changes at all, it certainly looks different now. and in 50 years it could have a completely new face. this is the best i could come up with painting by hand. i actually projected the classic Neptune image and used the bands of Neptune in that to guide where i should place things.

keep in mind the "bump map" is only for effect in space engine, so that the clouds could kinda cast shadows like the scooters seen in voyager 2 photos. i wish i didn't have to put the atmosphere at such a high altitude in space engine, i had no choice due to some effects with the bump.
i don't really know what more to do with this. so i guess i will put it out. i also updated the rings.
this is an addon for space engine, but the textures can easily be used elsewhere like Celestia.

Enjoy. use wherever you like, just try to give me credit and don't pretend its your own.
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urchicken's avatar

Your textures of Uranus and Neptune are used in Space Engine: Steam Edition. Is your texture based on Voyager or Hubble?

MrSpace43-Celestia's avatar
Literary surprised that this texture made it to an animation on the official Hubble YT channel:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX3SCx…
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haha cool! guess that i shouldn't be too surprised, its nice to see it getting used though! and i need to make a version with a dark spot sometime!

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I have a Neptune texture map here! It is also a high-resolution map, but it's not for Space Engine. Sorry, but I will show you the addon..  Neptune Project - Celestia Addon by MagentaMeteorite
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cool, i left a comment
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Hey Snowfall I sent you a gift: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l_LDT… This is called Moonwatchers and it's me who made the video.
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a gift? ooh! tell me more about it! =)
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I used a texture here:
Fictional Ice Giants - Celestia Addon by jcpag2010
urchicken's avatar
Take a look at Voekaevaka's texture of Neptune. It's also hand-painted, but includes the Great Dark Spot. Maybe you should take the GDS from that texture and slap it onto yours.
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link? though i think that would be a bit to easy. if i do a version with the dark spot it will be hand painted in its own re imagined way. = )
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Awesome! I'll throw it in SE immediately and see what it looks like!
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One bit of feedback that I would give right away is that the white clouds would be better off separated out as a cloud layer, leaving the blue base beneath it.
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I just looked at it in SE, and I think it's gorgeous, I'm very impressed! Great work! And I'm having second thoughts about my comment concerning the clouds layer, I'm not sure it would look as good as I thought it would.
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Thanks! The clouds being a separate layer would look really good with cloud shadows if i did so, plus they could move independently. = ) they need to have that depth to them to fit this image img.bhs4.com/34/8/3481acf99526…
once space engine has the ability i would definitely give it a try = ) the bump does a good job for now at least. im really glad you like this, im sorry for the late reply, i never got a note that you had messaged me for some reason.. that is odd.
urchicken's avatar
Will you do Uranus' moon Umbriel?
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i have it mostly done, but i am unsatisfied with it, just kinda waiting i guess for me to come up with the right tools to use on it.
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urchicken's avatar
Take a look at Fargetanik's texture of Neptune. He basically improved the texture of that planet made by Bjorn Jonsson. Do you think you would recreate Bjorn Jonsson's texture of Neptune?  What would the Great Dark Spot, the Small Dark Spot and the Scooter look like? Which texture of Neptune looks better? David Seal's version, Bjorn Jonsson's version, or yours? Of course, you know what David Seal's texture of Neptune looks like: [[solarviews.com/browse/nep/nept… this.]]
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hmm. its hard to tell. David Seal's texture has no speckle but is very low resolution (though most Neptune maps are)
if i was to say my texture it would immediately be bias :p im not 100% satisfied with it though. but that's art.
all of them include the dark spot but mine. i cant really pick a fave until we get better images of Neptune itself so i know more of what i am looking for
what is your fave?
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