Making it real: Computer graphics and astronomical instrumentation

Andrew McGrath

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Abstract

Photo-realistic computer graphics software provides a valuable visualisation tool in the development of astronomical instrumentation. The perceived realism can convey a valuable sense of feasibility or unfeasibility of a concept. We here look at POV-Ray, an open-source ray-tracing graphics package that has been in use for several years at the AngloAustralian Observatory. AAO applications include development of both static images and short movies for detailed visualisations of conceived instruments, production of high-quality images for publication and publicity, rapid generation of illustrative figures and simple geometrical and optical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventModeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 30 May 200631 May 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6271
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceModeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period30/05/0631/05/06

Keywords

  • Graphics
  • Modelling
  • Photorealism
  • Visualizations

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