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#1 rodelaet

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:43 PM

Hello,

here is my latest observation of M31. I'll post a mini tutorial in the october target post later. This night there was a lot of moisture in the air. It limited my nelm to 4.8. The skyglow was disturbing my observation at x16 a lot. So I decided to draw at x20. I also tried to enhance the contrast with the Baader Contrast Booster. M32 appeared starlike while M110 was a dificult target to see. The observation took me about an hour. I first concentrated on observing bright areas in the galaxy. Then I reversed my approach and looked for dark features. It resulted in the sketch below. If the sky had been darker, I might have been able to capture the fainter extends of the galaxy.

Date : October 7, 2007
Time : 21.00UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500
Meade SP 26mm
Power : x20
FOV: 150'
Filter : Baader Contrast Booster
Seeing : 3.5/5
Transp. : 3/5
Nelm : 4.8
Sketch Orientation : N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with PhotoPaint, based on a raw pencil sketch.

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#2 SGT500

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:46 PM

AWESOME SKETCH RONY!!!:bow::bow::bow:

I cant wait to observe The Andromeda Galaxy again this year.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:31 PM

Wow, that is really a nice sketch Rony. :waytogo:

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:59 PM

Rony,

That is an excellent sketch indeed! :waytogo:

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 11:28 PM

Rony,
Great job on this sketch. I had to turn the lights out and dark adapt for a while to see M 110. But after a while I got it. Fantastic, I have never done this before. With a 4.8 sky I would have done the same at the eyepiece. Is this cool or what? :shocked: :bow: :rainbow: :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 11:42 PM

Very nice Rony ! :bow:

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:19 AM

Rony,

One of the finest renderings of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and companions (M32/M110). You have captured the star-like nucleus and dust lanes perfectly. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Carlos

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:26 AM

I was able to finally make an observation tonight (10/10/07 at 02:30 U.T.) of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and companions (M32/M110) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain reflector at 78x. The seeing conditions were average (5/10) and transparency 4/6. The nucleus of the galaxy appeared star-like and the central portion was prominent as well. Dust lanes were visible adjacent to the central region of the galaxy. M32 appeared towards the southeast as a diffuse elliptical glow. M110 was visible towards the west as a diffuse object with a bright core. I hope that you all like it. I look forward to everyone else's observation of this galaxy.

A graphite observation (4H to HB) and then scanned and inverted in Photoshop.

Carlos

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:56 AM

Rony, very nice!!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:58 AM

I was able to finally make an observation tonight (10/10/07 at 02:30 U.T.) of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and companions (M32/M110) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain reflector at 78x. The seeing conditions were average (5/10) and transparency 4/6. The nucleus of the galaxy appeared star-like and the central portion was prominent as well. Dust lanes were visible adjacent to the central region of the galaxy. M32 appeared towards the southeast as a diffuse elliptical glow. M110 was visible towards the west as a diffuse object with a bright core. I hope that you all like it. I look forward to everyone else's observation of this galaxy.

A graphite observation (4H to HB) and then scanned and inverted in Photoshop.

Carlos


Carlos, nice, and a wonderful example of how variables (personal, equipment, sky, etc) all conspire to bring different artistic representations of the same objects. An interesting study to make some day...

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:50 AM

Carlos,

Excellent sketch. You know, it is much easier to let you and Rony set up and post these beautiful sketches. That way I can just observe here through your scopes. Beautiful. :bow: :rainbow: :rainbow: :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 11:05 AM

Awesome sketches!!!! :bow:

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 11:47 AM

Frank, Mark, and Tom

Thank you for your compliments on my M31 observation. I was impressed by the amount of detail visible. In reviewing the image that I posted I noted that my scanner had produced granular detail. I rescanned the image and it now appears as I observed it. The best of luck in your own observations of M31.

Carlos

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:06 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments.

Carlos, your sketch is absolutely beautyful!!!


Frank, :foreheadslap: I produced the sketch at night with little use of light around my laptop. That will be the reason why M110 is dificult to see on the monitor in a bright room.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 01:44 PM

beautifull sketches from both of you Rony and carlos!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 03:06 PM

Thank you, Kris! :rainbow:

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 05:31 PM

Kris and Rony,

Thank you for your compliments on my Andromeda Galaxy observation. Your observations of M31 are also impressive. Happy DSO observing.

Carlos

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:21 PM

This is exactly what I was looking for. Rony, thank you for the amazing Messier sketching resource.


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