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#1 rodelaet

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 05:01 PM

Hi,

Here is my attempt to sketch the double cluster. It is one of the most difficult targets to render. There are just so many stars! I also tried to take into account the dark lanes in these clusters. Maybe some of them are a spin of the brain? I used 3 powers : x15, x20, x60. Each of them offers different views of the scene. I spent two sessions on different nights. The first session I just tried to absorb the view without sketching. The second night, cirrus cloud interfered with my observation. This is one of those objects, so complex, that keeps showing new details with every new look. But I could not stay out all night. So here it is. I hope you recognize the main features of the clusters.

Date : September 18, 2007
Time : 22.30UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500
Meade 4000 SP 26mm
Power : x20
FOV: 150'
Filter : none
Seeing : 3.5/5
Transp. : 3/5
Nelm : 5.0
Sketch Orientation : N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with PhotoPaint, based on a raw pencil sketch.

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#2 WadeVC

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 05:20 PM

AWESOME!!

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#3 David E

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 05:20 PM

THAT is a SKETCH??? :bow:
Rony I am speechless.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 05:25 PM

Okay I can find words now :)
The dark lanes you saw are probably real. You are looking into the plane of the milky way and you may be seeing where the stars have thinned out a bit or perhaps there are some dark dust lanes in the background, behind the clusters.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 05:36 PM

Nicely done, Rony! :)

#6 Pasquale

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:44 PM

Just confirming that that's a digitized sketch? Awesome, Rony! Well done...

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 03:19 AM

Rony,

Beautiful work.:waytogo: It looks fantastic, just like at the eyepiece under dark skies. :bow: :jump: :rainbow: :bow:

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 03:31 AM

Rony, great job :waytogo: right down to your rendering of the lane illusion!

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 11:02 AM

One of my favorites. I sometimes sit and gaze for nearly an hour at this one object. It seems to have something to offer for all scope sizes, large or small. You have done it justice.

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 01:15 PM

Fantastic sketch Rony!

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 02:38 PM

Great Sketch!:bow:

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 03:57 PM

A beautiful rendition of my all time favourite deep sky object.

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 08:52 PM

Here is a most recent Stellarvue Group post that has a link to an image of the Double Cluster taken with an SV130. If you view this photo in a dark room you can see that there are indeed dark lanes around the clusters. If you have trouble seeing them, squint.
http://tech.groups.y...e/message/74615
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Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:24 PM

Words cannot fully convey the beauty of this masterpiece of astronomical art Rony! :bow: :jump: :rainbow: :jump: :bow: Sir, it just takes my breath away! :D

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 11:49 AM

Awesome Rony.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 03:56 PM

Thank you for the kind words, people! :thanx:

David, nice of you to go after the dark lanes. I have not read many observer reports about that. I guess that most scopes give a too high power to really enjoy those lanes. At least in a light poluted sky like mine.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:49 PM

Rony,

A truly fantastic observation (rendering) of the famous Double Cluster (NGC 869/889). You have rendered this beautiful cluster wonderfully. The dark lanes are real from my own observations of the cluster. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 07:16 PM

Gosh its good. It's one of those cluster so stare at for a long time.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:48 PM

Fantastic sketch, i saw the same dark lanes a couple of weeks ago in my 6" achro.but thought they must be an illusion,at first i thought your dark lanes may be blood vessels in the retina as they have that shape but the photo of the double cluster as mentioned also has the lanes, again great sketch and i commend you on having the courage to sketch exactly what you see in the eyepiece.

#20 rodelaet

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:49 PM

Thank you folks for the kind words!






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