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#1 frank5817

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:44 AM

At one hour and 30 minutes past sunset beyond the end of twilight, the hunter was approaching its meridian position above Lepus the hare. Clear skies are ephemeral here just south of Chicago on this day filled with wind and unseasonably warm weather that has melted most of the winter snow we have been looking at for weeks. Shortly after moonrise clouds moved in and closed off the view of the stellar firmament.
I was happy just to go out into the warm air and capture a quick sketch of the sky to my south before the clouds rolled in.

Sketching:
Naked eye drawing
Sky conditions were good for seeing and transparency (however not carefully measured)
Date and Time: 2/11/2009; 0:45 -1:10 UT
8" x 10" light gray copy paper, #2HB graphite pencil,
white Conte' crayon, gum eraser.
After scanning the drawing was cropped and inverted Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager, brightness was decreased -2 and contrast was increased +3.

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#2 Sol Robbins

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:55 AM

Frank,

I love it! Right up there with Rony's binocular sketches and Carlos' naked eye renditions.

Best,

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:50 AM

Frank,

A tremendous sketch of one of the favorite constellations of the winter! I agree with Sol Robbins!

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:13 AM

Frank,

This is a very fine sketch! :bow: :bow: :bow:
I like the composition with the house for the proper perspective.

At also shows that your skies have deep-sky potential! :D

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:27 AM

Sol, Jay and Rony,

Thank you all very much for the kind words. :thanx: We reached 60° F on this day and after our snow melted the sky looked much darker and the star light was steady. Winter will return soon, unfortunately.

Frank :)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:35 AM

Frank,

Nice sketch, you should make one of M-42, or did you :question:

:thanx:

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

Tom,

Thank you :thanx:. I will give M-42 a try one of these nights when the weather is less likely to interfere.

Frank :)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 12:05 PM

Frank,

Lovely sketch, I was just thinking last night that I should do a Naked Eye sketch. Orion was well poised at the meridian when I got home last night with the clouds wafting through. But I just haven't had time to get any sketching time in the past couple of weeks.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:09 PM

Very nice naked-eye constellation sketch, Frank! :cool:

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:42 PM

Jim and Eric,

Thank you for the kind words. :thanx: It was exciting to see a clear sky despite the brevity.

Frank :)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:15 PM

Great sketch, our feb thaw was really nice,we will have more winterery days but i think we finally broke the back of old man winter,i think i saw frosty headed back to the north pole the other day, very cool sketch with the house in the foreground thanks for posting.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:25 AM

Thank you Tommy5. :thanx: I think your assessment about our winter is correct. Let's hope for many clear nights in the days to come.

Frank :)

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:00 AM

Frank,

A beautiful and very accurate observation of the mighty hunter crossing the Winter sky. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Sol- Thank you for the copmpliment on my naked eye observtions. I look forward to your excellent observations as well.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 12:30 PM

Frank

Very nice sketch work. You have produced a very realistic naked eye impression of Orion over your home. I especially like the element of the house outline of eaves and windows in the foreground. :bow: :bow: :bow:

I did not quite understand that you inverted this image as you mentioned conte crayon. I had assumed that you sketched it as white conte on black paper. :question:

I always look forward to seeing your next sketches,

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 03:10 PM

Mark,

Thank you. Actually this is a graphite sketch on light gray copy paper. I pulled a sheet from my printer put it on my clipboard and ran out the door to sketch. I knew the weather was about to collapse so I didn't have much time. I used white conte' crayon on the gray paper to darken the house when inverted. I really appreciate the inspiration I draw from Roland and Linda to try this type of sketch.
The original sketch is below.

Frank :)

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