41+ Free Skymaps (very nice ones)

I wasn’t sure where to post this, but I’m sure there’s a few people here who might be able to make use of these. If there’s a better place for this topic, feel free to move it.

I found this site a few months ago and just remembered about it in my bookmarks.

This site has 41 free skymaps, and various other free things.


Click the links below all the thumbnails for even more.


Also, if you find these useful, post something so this topic can stay visible for a little while. :slight_smile:

Looks like a pretty cool resource. Too bad none of the images are HDRs. And I was hoping they had some animated skymaps for free but they cost $30 each…


What is HDR? (I’m still pretty new to 3D)

hey adamsucks, it’s ok, we all were new at some point. :stuck_out_tongue:

HDR mean High Dynamic Range image, and contains more information that a low dynamic range image (such as JPEG, Targa, etc.). It’s used in what’s called Image Based Lighting (IBL) so that a photograph can be used as a light source in a 3D scene, resulting in ultra-realistic CG images. Yafray supports HDRI, and possibly Blender will too in the future.

For more details, see these sites:



Also you can search the forums here for more info.