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#1 Roel

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:31 AM

The view I got from M51 last friday through my 12,5" Dobsonian was definitely not the first but surely the best ever. From a dark site 100km north of my hometown I saw the spiral arms and even the bridge clearly. The object was located right at the zenith. I made a quick sketch of the galaxy which I later enhanced a bit using Photoshop to match it to the actual view through the eyepiece.

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#2 Tom Machtemes

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:01 AM

Roel,

That is a nice view of M51, I wish I could see it like that, but I live in a White Zone.

:thanx:

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:56 PM

Roel,

What a tremendous sketch and view! I hope after being on vacation this week that next week the skies clear and I can get out.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:02 PM

Roel,

An excellent observation of M51. You have captured the spiral arms and companion very nicely. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 05:42 PM

Stunning sketch Roel! :waytogo:

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:51 PM

Roel,

This is a beautiful sketch, very well rendered. :bow:


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Posted 20 April 2009 - 11:13 PM

Roel, fabulous sketch. I like how you've captured the "mottled" structure near the core.






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