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There are various ways to take 360 spherical or cylindrical images from within Second Life that can be viewed here on Facebook. A great way to share the immersive experience with those who don't dabble in SL as well.

Here is one way to take the 360 images:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Panoramic-Camera-System/9858007?id=9858007&slug=Panoramic-Camera-System

You can do it manually using this workflow:
1. find the spot you want to be.
2. Set the Windlight sky and sea to a beautiful time of day with a big draw distance and graphics maxed out (performance is not an issue for this process a you are not moving).
3. Freeze the sky by making it custom and setting the X and Y movement to zero.
4. Go to mouse view.
5. Take a heap of high resolution snapshots, slowly moving around with good overlaps each time you stop. I do around the middle, then angle down and then the floor, and then angled up and then the sky. For me, with a large 27-inch screen I need around 50 to 60 images. On a small laptop screen you would need a lot more snapshots. 
 6. Use an app such as Hugin (free download) or Autopano Giga (paid) to stitch all the pics into one 360 view.
7. All up around 10 minutes work to make 1 image.

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/1905153753086362/

 

 

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I use a similar HUD to take 360 snapshots, which is excellent - https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/IOL-Camera-360-Panoramic/10049409

Some piccies I took with it, all unedited apart from stitching the shots in Hugin

Little Planet:

Holly Kai Park - Little Planet

360 Equirectangular Projection: Click on image & drag mouse

Cylindrical Projection:

 

Foggy Swamp Cylindrical Projection

 

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Those interested can find reviews of the major 360 pancams available in Second Life (of which I'm aware, at least!) here:

Note the last review was written for the initial release of the Lab's 360-degree snapshot viewer; some functionality has since changed, and the viewer itself is in need of update (which it coming soonTM).

 

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