Wow, very impressive. The central placement give it such solidity, and the background image contrast nicely with that. The repeating design looks like a scarab - very appealing. Did you place a light where the sun is?
Yes, much better with those hires settings you gave me - thank you. Struggling a bit with hard-shadows on concave surfaces looking off. I submitted a report on FractalForums, but no reply on that yet. Otherwise I'm learning a bit about the object color controls. I wrote up my findings as a tutorial document, but I'm not bold enough to post it yet. Take a look at my "Drilling on Io" that I posted today. Thanks for taking the time to reply, I see you are a busy lady.