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Charon Map (2015 Nov 07) by Snowfall-The-Cat Charon Map (2015 Nov 07) by Snowfall-The-Cat
I will keep updating this file. Wow! this was updated with the picture from today and some older ones i had before. woohoo!
I also have Pluto ---> fav.me/d918tlb
you can use this however you like!
Made with NASA/JPL/New horizons data. in case you live under a copyright rock.
Made using Blender 3D and GIMP



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UPDATE (July 21 2015)
Added the HD tile to Charon, its a crappy hard to work with high angle with shadows, but i figured i should put it in. did my best like always.

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UPDATE (July 24 2015)
Added another tile to Charon, it was another crappy resolution tile near the north pole. my paws hurt from doing this all day. hope its worth it!
pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc…

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UPDATE (Sept 10 2015)
Finally some new NH pictures. what the fuck happened for 2 months?
anyway, added more detail and a re map of the flyby side. added this picture pbs.twimg.com/media/COj11FqVEA… and corrected angle a little. now off to work on new Pluto tiles!

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UPDATE (Oct 08 2015)
some small colour adjustments. i will update Charon with HD tiles when all photos of the full face are available.


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UPDATE (Oct 12 2015)

Complete map re-assembly and unwrapping. This map is now far far better then what it was. i feel much more confident with the low resolution parts and the brightness is consistent across the different resolution sets. I used as many photos of Charon as i could including the ones suggested. Long/Lat is now accurate to what i can get. Brightness is accurate, and the colours are as close as i can get them. and now i finally updated the map with the newest HD tiles too.
I can't help but be reminded of the moons of Uranus when working on Charon...
This was a lot of work over around 3 days. But i hope it was worth it! I'm going to bed now zzzz... Lazy  hope you enjoy :heart:

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UPDATE (2015 Nov 07)
Slight contrast boost.

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:iconrenerpho:
Renerpho Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
The raw images taken before the closest approach on 14 July 2015 have been released last week, so it's not neccessary to use the low-quality JPEG data anymore. I am just downloading the LORRI image set (about 4 GB) to see what can be done. It is likely that the quality of the new parts of the map, especially those which have not been released in processed form by NASA, will be improved dramatically compared to my earlier JPEG processing.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome i will have to look into it once i can get a land line again.
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:iconrenerpho:
Renerpho Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
The data can be found here: pds-smallbodies.astro.umd.edu/…
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:iconrenerpho:
Renerpho Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Hey!
Could you please update your Charon and Pluto maps with the latest images? There's a lot more detail in the far side, for example from the July 12th images downloaded last week:

i.imgur.com/Pu7LYi1.jpg
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh ok thank you i will look into that = ) i wont do it right a way i will be moving and going to my new job. but i will definitely look at it when i can.
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Kexitt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
And you still didn't updated this map
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
na been busy doing other things i felt like doing.
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aszele Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Are you going to use this night side mapping of Charon? twitter.com/newhorizonsimg/sta…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I would but there isn't much of anything useful in it. i cant tell if it has any features at all. or if that's all just noise from pixels like the rest of it.
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urchicken Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Can you use Master-Bit's texture of Charon to fill in the missing data?
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can, but I'm not going to. I like to keep it raw here, so people can add and modify it and fill it in if they want. like Master-Bit and others.
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tsahel Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's very impressive  !
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! = D it was hard work
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Double thanks!
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:iconrenerpho:
Renerpho Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2015
Two new images have been released showing parts of the right side of your map in greater detail than before.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you guys must be quite anxious for the map! i know, ive already unwrapped the new areas. i just need to do some planetary surgery to make the maps fit. its a lot of work to get them to look right. it will come out soon hopefuly
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Renerpho Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2015
My work on that:
i.imgur.com/xh96ZPy.png
media.giphy.com/media/3o85xny7…

Note: In the first image, I tried to get north at the top, but I was off by a few degrees. So don't wonder...
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Okay, I think you're right. I compared the two pictures Charon with different exposures (they were on site "New Horizons"). As a result, the brightness of your texture is really similar to the truth.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I didn't want it to go dark either. But it is what fit best. Charon is a lot like the moons of Uranus that way too.
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Question: version of 12 October lighter than version of 8 October?
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is at the same general colour brightness so I'm guessing they are quite the same. if they are it is at such a small amount. maybe a slight difference in contrast makes one look different then the other? the new one is a complete re assembly too.
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2015
I asked my friend the scientist about brightness over the map. And he fully supported my opinion. In vain you do not want to listen to knowledgeable people.

In the current version of Celestia looks good.
Nevertheless, the brightness of your texture is still not correct.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It still looks fine to me compared to the raw approach photos with both dwarf planets in view. sta.sh/06kncpnsi9n if anything Pluto needs a little more contrast and alignment not Charon.
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:iconrenerpho:
Renerpho Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Looks great! :-) Thanks for color fixing.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks and no problem :)
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ghjcnj123 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2015
Hi! Thanks for map! You should shift it to right by about 256px
s020.radikal.ru/i701/1510/a3/d…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thank you i will do just that = D
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Robi777 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Could you improve the resolution of the eastern hemisphere in your next update by using parts from these images?
spaceflightnow.com/wp-content/…

pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc…
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Starting yesterday i am currently giving my Charon map a complete re assembly with new HD tiles and low-res tiles all fitting together a bit better :) thanks
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2015
WTF? Why are you so changed the texture? I recall that Charon's albedo is almost 0.4. This is a very considerable figure, close to the albedo of Vesta. Now the brightness of the comet's nucleus is comparable to, if not lower. Not to mention the fact that Celestia default bit darkens objects to be able to increase the brightness of the scattered light. Please return everything as it was. In early December, I plan to release a new version of the add-on.

Pluto is also a concern. He albedo of more than 0.5-0.6
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nobody is ever happy sorry. : /
Either its too dark or too bright. I just changed the colour brightness of Charon and Pluto to fit the albedo (Charon 0.36 to 0.39 and pluto 0.49 to 0.66 on Wikipedia) so its accurate. And i know Celestia does a crappy job with lighting in everything its unfortunate the developers stopped working on it nearly 7 years ago. It looks beautiful in Space Engine though! Feel free to change the lightness to make it look better in Celestia if you like for the addon.
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2015
Celestia adequately work with brightness. If adequate texture. Not to be confused albedo and brightness, are two different things. If you focus only on the albedo, the picture will be here this. As far from reality, right?

s017.radikal.ru/i414/1510/bb/0…

In the lower left corner 67P.


So I say it again, the texture was quite natural in the old version. New it is not.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That picture is actually quite accurate. :) s017.radikal.ru/i414/1510/bb/0… albedo measures how much light is reflected off a surface. 1.0 is pure white, reflecting 100% of the light that hits it. and 0.0 is purely black. reflecting 0% of the light that hits it. Sadly Charon is quite a dark world. darker then Pluto. but not as dark as 67P
Don't forget that if you were actually flying past Charon things also appear darker farther from the sun because there is much less light, Space Engine takes this into consideration but Celestia does not sadly so it would actually look even darker and i know you dont want to hear that :(. like i say you have my permission to change the brightness if you need to. you dont have to trust me though, i am just a hobby space lover.
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
If you consider yourself a lover, then listen to the one who understands this better than you. Sun with Pluto shines 275 times brighter than our full moon. Charon may not be so dark!!!

Last time I warn you - you kill the better texture of Pluto and Charon to the web. Do not do anything stupid, but just listen to me. Moreover, what I will let your work be used for its intended purpose.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well no need to be so angry at me. The map is still very much visible and is proper relative to Pluto's brightness.
*Edit: i did make Charon a little lighter, just so it fits the Albedo on Wikipedia as it was off by 4.0% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_%…
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Robi777 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2015
Charon is actually a lot darker than pluto: astronomynow.com/2015/07/13/ho…
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:iconart--blos:
Art--Blos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
I saw this picture. Texture is a much MUCH darker in comparison with her. Not to mention that we have no data, with what parameters photograph obtained. If the albedo of 0.4 (for comparison, the Moon only 0.136), Charon will definitely be brighter. Even with the distance to the Sun.
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Robi777 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Its maybe a bit too dark but Charon is still significantly darker than Pluto. In this composite image, both bodies had the same processing: www.nasa.gov/sites/default/fil…
Images that show only Charon are usually processed differently than Pluto images so that Charon appears brighter than it actually is.
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Art--Blos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
If the texture of Charon required dimming that very, very slight. Now is not the texture and darkened shit.

And the brightness of Pluto should not have been touched.
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Renerpho Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
1. Will you update your Charon map with the new images available?
2. Why does "your" Charon look to have so little contrast, and is so much brighter than the original images? Isn't your map intended to be true color?
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I will but i want to wait until all the pictures come in for the full face. I will update it again then.

Why? its not that bad. looks fine to me pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Enc… you can always add more contrast if you like i guess. Its hard to tell what is "true colour" when nasa themselves love false colour pictures so much. and all the raw photos are black and white. i do what i can with what i have. :)
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Renerpho Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
I think these should be true color? www.nasa.gov/sites/default/fil…
The color of your Pluto map is very close, but your Charon seems to be somewhat different...
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I made some adjustments based on Charon's Albedo and colour then. its a lot darker now..
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guillermoabramson Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :)
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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Even this 'Mini-World' could have an underwater 'Freshwater' Ocean (& Life) :O
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
for sure! Its a shame we still know so little about the ice worlds in our system. = s
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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
İndeed ! :no:
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JurioShiza Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this map too. I want this maps, like anyone, for put them in Celestia.
It's very cool. Pluto has a heart shape Heart  and Charon has something like a circle shape ◎ in its polar cap.
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
its never a problem!
it indeed looks nice in Celestia, i bet it looks amazing in Space Engine too!
i think the Heart shape is a lovely surprise on Pluto, and Charon has a nice hat. ^^

I just updated the Pluto map with the HD tiles now.
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