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#1 rodelaet

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:46 AM

There are a lot of ‘observers who sketch’ around here. But not everyone feels comfortable with posting their sketches. As if there is (but there is NONE) an entry level of ‘quality’ to comply with. I believe that every sketch is worth looking at.

I would like to invite everyone (yes, from newbie to veteran) to post their very first sketch in this thread.



Just remember:

The sketch is a visual record of your observation. It does not need to look like a piece of art in the first place. The sketch will assist your observing notes. An image says more than thousand words.

The sketch will force you to slow down and to observe more intensely and it will improve your observing skills. With your improved vision, you will be able to use your scope and your backyard sky to its maximum performance.

With every new sketch, you’ll gain experience as an observer and as a sketcher.

The sketch remains a nice souvenir of a past observing session. Looking at the sketch will bring back many memories of that particular night.

The sketch is of great value to all who wish to observe the drawn object. The sketch is a nice representation of what an observer might expect to see with his own scope.


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As proof of the fact that we all started as novice observers with little or no drawing skills, here is my first attempt. We go back in time: august of 2001. And yes, these sketches still bring back memories of those times. (Boy, do I sound old)

So please, don't be shy, and share your first sketch. :jump:

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:52 AM

Rony,

Wow, You really are old. I need to find mine and post it here.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 12:01 PM

Hey Rony,

This was a early sketch I did from the 1960's that I at least labelled. I used an Edmund's 4.25 inch f/10 reflector
and a barlowed 12 mm. Ramsden eyepiece. I never intended anyone else to see sketches I did at this time, so from 1959 to 1967 all my sketches were about this quality but I was happy with them.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 01:07 PM

Hey Frank,

1964? 1964?:gramps: I was'nt even born then! :lol:



Thank you for the sketch! :bow:

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:59 PM

This is not my first; my mirrors spent about ten years in storage, and I finally rebuilt the scope three years ago.

This sketch is undated, but it is from an early session with the scope. I believe the upper view is a starfield; Jupiter with a tentatively-identified transit below.

Gaaah! I'm embarrassed. Please don't ask me to root out any high-school poetry.

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:25 PM

Tom,

The Jupiter sketch is good. I have some like that and the other sketch looks like a close double star.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 10:31 PM

Rony,

I'll bet I still wear shoes as old as you. I can almost remember tablet scratching in the days before bark paper. ;)

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 11:28 PM

so from 1959 to 1967 all my sketches


Didn't they refer to paper as Papyrus back then? :poke: :rofl2:


As others have noted, it is fun to track your progress through the years to see how skills and techniques improve. As Rony noted, even though these are early examples, the memories they bring back are always fun and rewarding.

I have included one of my very first sketches I ever attempted at the EP. As noted, this sketch is of the Pleiades. This was made with one of my very first scopes, a 70mm refractor (the same one I learned to star hop with).

When I look at this sketch, I remember the extremely cold winter night after a day of rain, and me at my telescope in the mud and muck of the dinky backyard we had at the time. I was cold, my feet were wet, my telescope had a wobbly tripod and the EP's were quite atrocious.

I knew nothing about representing an EP view of sketching, not of even using a red or extremely low wattage light to draw by. I remember using a standard flashlight, having to allow my eyes to get accustomed to the dark whenever I turned the light on to draw for a few moments, and then turning it off to peer back through the EP.

This was well before I had ever heard of the CN Sketching forums. Up until this time I had only dabbled with a few (a dozen or so) sketches. But when I found this forum and saw some of the sketches by Jeremey and others, I was inspired to pick it up again and, with the early encouragement of others here, learned to improve my techniques over time.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:38 PM

Tom,

Thank you for joining in.

That is a very fine 'early' sketch. :cool:

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:44 PM

Rony,

I'll bet I still wear shoes as old as you. I can almost remember tablet scratching in the days before bark paper.

Frank



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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:45 PM

Wade,

Great report, and indeed, it brings back memories. :cool:

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 01:10 PM

i'll join in with my first ever 2 sketches. they bring back memories of a wobbly plastic 60mm Tasco toy refractor on an icy and snowy evening on 3 january 2002.

pushing the scope to insane magnifications with the included 'eyepieces' clearly showed jupiter's oblate-spheroid shape, and the great red spot was unusually big that year :roflmao:
it was one of those crystal clear winternights...

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

Kris,

I love it : the first sketches with a simple scope! :jump:

I bet it was an impressive sight, and you wanted to make a record of it. :cool:

And today, it still does bring back that particular moment. :)

Thank you for sharing.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 04:47 PM

This is embarrassing, but here goes...

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And from today...

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:48 PM

Hey, this is a great thread!

Hopefully it will serve two purposes:

1. Just a plain old "blast from the past" for many of us.

2. To show those just beginning in this fun and relaxing hobby that everyone starts somewhere.

I vote that this thread be posted as a sticky at the top of the forums.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 07:38 AM

Hi Stephen,

Thank you for joining in. :jump:

The embarrasment (of which many posters write) is only generated in your own mind. We, as the 'audience', don't share that feeling at all. We see a very nice and detailed solar sketch.:waytogo:

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 08:56 PM

My first sketches from the Oregon Star Party, which are my fist 'quick and dirty' sketches, where I drew each object for confirmation on an observing list and didn't want to waste too much super-dark-sky time.

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Though, being an artist already, I decided to jump right into it and draw the moon as my very first object: (as evident from my lack of a FOV-circle done 6 months prior)

Full Size Piccolomini Crater Sketch
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:12 PM

Interesting thread idea, Rony. :)
Ok here's my first one, and a later version.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 12:23 AM

Carol,

Man-o-man have I missed seeing your Lunar sketches here on the forums. Absolutely superb! :bow:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 12:06 PM

Thank you, Wade. :bigblush:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:16 PM

While I was alive in 1964 (well, for part of it, anyway), my first sketch isn't nearly that old. But, here it is:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 03:15 PM

Aaron,

Thank you for sharing those sketches! :cool:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 03:18 PM

Hello Carol!

That's so nice to see you again.

Thank you for your support and sketches. :cool:

I'm impressed with the comparison of the two craters. :bow:

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 03:25 PM

Jeff,

How nice! You managed to put some very fine details to paper in that first sketch. :cool:

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:44 PM

I only wish I could post my first sketches. Unfortunately, the notebooks containing these (and a great deal else, sad to say) are long gone, misplaced when I relocated with my family to Arizona more than 30 years ago.

What I can offer as "firsts" however are the first two sketched made using the Three-legged Newt. These are the first attempts at such records since returning to visual observing after a a hiatus that began soon after the above mentioned relocation.

This one is M29 in Cygnus. I was using a 25mm Sirius Plossl. (40x with a true field of view of 1.3 degrees.) Can you tell I was using a #2 pencil?

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