The above link will illustrate how milky the output from Vue is, and not just in a space scene where black-black is important. Even landscape shots need to have the contrast boosted considerably, or they just look hazy.
I do see some .jpg artifacts, and have attempted to render pics in .TIF format to eliminate. But going the photoshopping route is not only tedious extra work, but unreliable as often times masks leave auras and other annoying traces.
Is there any kind of "polarizing filter" I could set on the camera? I really would like to see the colors richer and more vibrant.
The link to the pic at Picasa doesn't seem to work - at least not for me ...
Just a question - how does the render looks like, if you switch off the backdrop image function and instead add an alpha plane in the background, with the right angle adjusted towards the camera and mapping the same NASA image onto it ?
Same results ?
I've tried to setup a space scene, adding a Hubble space photo of a nebula using this camera backdrop function - and comparing the same photo mapped onto an alpha plane, but backdrop turned off.
I get the same result rendering my space scene in the described way - normal dark look, no milky effect on my space atmo scene ... (using Vue 10 Infinite).
Shut everything off in the post render options as was mentioned. Kill any gamma corrections (I never use them and instead work my materials and atmospheres so post is not needed). In atmosphere zero out all haze, fog, decay, glow and change all the associated colors to black just to be sure.
Vue simply does not deal with any night scenes well in my experience.