Show me your Current Leo Triplet Sketch
Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:53 PM
Any medium or techniques go (we may ask for more specifics in a later month depending on involvement and enthusiasm for us newbs to learn new things!).
Unfortunately I can't start us off on this adventure with an example as I've been sick, have had terrible weather, dealing with too much stuff at work, and the obligatory being sick of dealing with work and the weather...
Everyone/anyone can post their sketches here, ask for pointers, etc.
I hope this ends up being a fun project for everyone.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 04:37 PM
Hmm... I hope I'm not going to be the only participant here.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 07:59 PM
There's a chance I can post my first attempt tomorrow.
One thing I really like about this Trio, that I think you captured well is that they can form a smiley face... at least that's what it always looked like to me.
That's great that you go to see some spiral structure as well, I hope to be so lucky.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 11:58 PM
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:03 AM
I really like your sketch and capture of all three galaxies. I'll try but its not looking good for over the next 7 days weather wise. My last observation of the triplet was January 30, 2009. I'll post when I can grab a good look at them.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 04:53 PM
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:49 AM
Anyway, just to keep things rolling here's the NGC member from last year with my old scope:
Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:00 PM
Our sky conditions (not too bad) and some haze/sky glow and my older eyes meant that the NGC object was just barely noticeable with averted vision. The scene took up less than 1/2 the field of view of the 22mm Panoptic. The sketch developed from astro video took up all of the screen. As the NGC object was slipping off one side of the screen (after 30 minutes) then the other two came in view since my LXD75 tripod is not perfect. However, the astro-video study was well worth the wait since the details of the objects were a real pleasure to study.
A Night with the Trio
Posted 23 March 2009 - 01:49 PM
Fastastic detail you're getting with that Mallincam! I've got a buddy over in England who does his sketching with a 14" Newt and a Watec video camera, and he's getting really impressive results as well. Me thinks there might have to be one of those doohickies in my future....
Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:46 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:19 AM
My setup should frame the three pretty well. My C9.25 with 31mm Nagler should show all three, but I could only barely discern M65 and M66, NGC36286 was nowhere to be seen. That's when I started encountering my problems: dew. On EP's and on my corrector plate (I had adjusted collimation and that wrecked me for the evening).
I used my 80ED with 9mm Nagler which gave me approximately the same FOV (a little wider, but pretty close). M65 and M66 were faint hazy "stars" with averted vision. I'm guessing my transparency and the light pollution helped washed them out too much.
I am planning on going to a dark site on Saturday to do the Messier Marathon, if there's a reasonable break I'll try to sketch them this weekend.
I'm happy to see so many folks participating! Hopefully folks are finding this a fun exercise? I am, even with the lack of production.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:41 PM
Excellent observations of NGC 3628 and the Leo Triplet. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:51 PM
Here's last night's installment:
When combined with another from last year, it gives me the full set:
The plan is to create a composite "at-the-desk" sketch, using the existing "at-the-eyepiece" sketches as source material. (Mark Seibold has been encouraging me to experiment with larger scale, so this might just be my opportunity.)
I didn't get a chance to do a wide-angle field star sketch through my 4" refractor, though. Since the composite will be an at-the-desk exercise, would it be "appropriate" to sketch the wide-angle field stars from a planetarium program? Or do folks think all the elements of the composite need to be done at the eyepiece, even if the composite itself isn't?
Posted 24 March 2009 - 06:26 PM
Those are very nice sketches, can't wait to see them all put together.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:32 AM
(12" newt, 45x, 2008.03.31)
and a bonus leo triplet:
from left to right: ngc 3222, 3226 and 3227
Posted 26 March 2009 - 01:40 PM
Excellent observations of the M65/M66/NGC 3628. You have captured much detail over these interesting springtime galaxies. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:13 AM
The detail you captured in both M65 and 66 is wonderful. I really like the inner core region in M65 in your sketch.
I enjoy your capture of these three and really like how your NGC 3628 has a three d. look to how it is laying on the sketch.
I like and enjoyed comparing them to my capture from Jan. 30th. I want to do a new capture and sketch but the weather just isn't cooperating with me. ::
Posted 29 March 2009 - 05:22 AM
I've still a bit of research to do on that M65 core. The center condensation is the galaxy core, while the one to the right is a foreground star. But the other side is too overexposed in all the images I've looked at, so I'm not yet sure whether it's another foreground star, a clump or HII region in the galaxy, or just a trick of the eye.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:19 AM
This is a great thread you have started here. Many, many fine galaxy sketches posted by the very best sketchers at CN.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:44 PM
Though I do have to say the views were absolutely incredible at the dark site we observed from. If you took Jeff Young's individual sketches and put them in a single FOV, there was that much detail in my 80ED! Simply amazing, and depressing at the same time. Depressing because I now have "Dark Site Envy" and know that I'm not likely to ever see that much detail from my backyard...not unless I up the aperture to something ridiculous...
Tomorrow looks to be available, though I'm concerned that my transparency is listed as below average, but I'll give it go.
Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:14 AM
I agree, great thread you have going. I just wish the skies would settle down and allow me a night to go. I worry about that the sky will clear up next week and the moon will be too bright by then to get a good view. :: the good news is I am off for the month of April through I'll be on vacation with the family for one of those weeks so I should be able to get time for some good sessions weather permitting.