I posted an image of an astrolabe on this forum some time ago, here, and recently re-rendered the model in more of a scene and at a higher resolution. I previously misrepresented this object as an astrolabe, but it is in fact an armillary sphere. Wikipedia links for disambiguation for those who care.
I tried to take people’s comments into account somewhat, and added some AO and other touches.
Rendered with Cycles (1000 samples I think!), at 1220 x 1920.
I hope people like it, and please, feel free to leave comments and critique.
As ever, click through the image to see at a better resolution.
I have also started a website to posts new Blender images and other projects. http://zzero101.wordpress.com/
It’s very new, but please drop-by and leave initial comments and view my images and posts.