On this night I decided it was time to try and make a sketch of this winter gem. I have made a few crude sketches in the past and know this is a tough target to capture as it appears in the eyepiece. I started by sketching the stars and lightly outlining the bright parts of the nebula with a 2H pencil. After much erasing and repositioning of stars I shaded in the bright to faint nebula gradually until it looked to be a reasonable match to the eyepiece view. After two and a half hours I consider the sketch finished. Averted vision helped with the outer faint regions.
It was a slow process but a fun challenge at the same time.
Date and Time: 2-15-2009, 1:10-3:20 UT
Scope: 10â€ f/5.7 Dobsonian. 21mm Hyperion eyepiece 69x
8â€x12â€ white CCP sketching paper, 2H, B, 2B graphite pencils, blending stump, erasers, scanned and inverted, contrast and brightness were slightly adjusted at the scanner
Temperature: -3 Â°C (26 Â°F), calm
Seeing: very good Pickering 8/10
Transparency: good 3/5