8K Night Sky HDRI Sequence

This is a simple 50 frames 8K HDRI night sequence you can use in the Clarisse Sky Rig. I made it free because I used a NASA map for the stars and because it didn't take any time to set up. Unfortunately the file size exceeded the limit for free products on Artstation. If you don't want to pay the $1 dollar minimum you can download the free sequence via this link:

Note: The sequence has no moon nor moon light so you must add it yourself. The Clarisse Sky Rig automates this. It's better if the environment and moon/sun are separated so you can adjust both components individually. I hope you'll find some use for it for night shots.

Clarisse Sky Rig Tips:
In the above image I raised the exposure of the environment light, but enabled the "Visualize Rig" checkbox. I then increased the radius of the sphere with the "Visualization Scale" value so it encompasses the whole scene. The visualization rig is not affected by the exposure and renders sharper than the  environment light. It's basically just a sphere with a matte material assigned to it.

If you use the Clarisse Sky Rig you can parent a moon sphere to the sun visualization sphere and make sure it doesn't cast shadows. To set it up you must enable the "Visualize Rig" checkbox in the skyrig control object. Make sure to hide the Red sun sphere from the render by selecting the sun_sphere object in the preview context and check "Unseen by Renderer".

More information about the Clarisse Sky Rig can be found here:

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Constellation figures based on those developed for the IAU by Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott and Rick Fienberg).          

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