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#1 kraterkid

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:32 PM

When close to the terminator, youthful Copernician aged Philolaus is a dominating sight in the heavily cratered northwestern highlands above Mare Frigoris . 73 km in diameter and perched atop the ancient Imbrium ejecta filled crater, Philolaus D, it's gleaming inner wall is steep and mountainous. The brightly lit slopes reflect enough light to illuminate one of the offfset peaks on it's rubbly floor, a surprising visage suspended in an otherwise black pool of shadow. Scattered around the crater, ancient large Pre-Nectarian and Pre-Imbrium craters seem to have suffered the same fate as Philolaus D, deeply filled with the debris from the Imbrium impact. To the southwest, the sinusoidal curve of the walls of Philolaus G and an unnamed crater which has obliterated a section of it's southern wall, winds its way to the south.


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Subject: Philolaus Rukl: 3
Time: 11:15pm - 12:30 PDT Date: May 4-5, 2009
Seeing: Antoniadi III-IV Weather: clear with winds 5-10 mph occasional cirrus
Lunation: 10.12 days
Colongitude: 38.3 deg.
Illumination: 84.2%
Lib. in Lat.: +05 deg. 58 min.
Lib. in Long.: +04 deg. 47 min.
Phase: 46.8 deg.
Telescope: 12" Meade SCT f/10
Binoviewer: W.O. Bino-P with 1.6X nosepiece
45 deg. W.O. erect image diagonal
Eyepieces: 18mm W.O. Plossls
Magnification: 271X
Medium:Sketch White and black Conte' on Black Strathmore Artagain paper
Sketch size: 8" X 10"

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:36 PM

Rich ; glad to see your still at it, outstanding drawing man, wow is all I can say :jawdrop: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:35 PM

Thanks Andy! :D It's good to finally be back at the drawing board.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:39 AM

Simply great.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:52 AM

Hello Rich,
Very nice rendition there! I wish I was as gifted as regarding sketches/portraits of lady luna. Well done, keep well. Larry

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:07 PM

Thanks so much Uwe and Larry! :D

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:26 PM

Very nice!

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:29 PM

Hey Preston! Thanks! :D

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:40 PM

Nice sketch.

'Bout time you wandered back in here...

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:52 PM

Thanks Tom! :D

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:47 PM

Thats superb! Very 3D - I can even make out detail at the base of the main crater in the shadow, very clever shading. I usually take images of the moon but always find myself appreciating lunar artwork much more than the images.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:17 PM

Thank you Mark! :D I like to image and sketch but I find sketching more satisfying because of the live observing that it relies upon. Imaging the Moon is fun, but most of the work seems to be in the processing. I'm still learning to do both I guess!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:14 AM

Very Van Gogh-ish! Reminds me of "Starry Night". Your bold strokes and splotches provide a much better idea of how it really looks than any dry attempt at perfect reproduction could. Very nice style, me lad!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:11 AM

Thank you very kindly Rick! :D

I've always tried to convey the power of the "wow" moment at the eyepiece.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 10:28 AM

Outstanding artistic style! You bring an energy to the image that is too often lacking.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:03 PM

Thank you Herman! :D

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 06:01 AM

I am compelled to add that your work shows MOVEMENT, something I've only just become aware of. I can see shadows changing minute by minute as your drawing seems to represent.
Looking forward to more. Who says science can't be poetic?
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:32 PM

Superb sketch and report, my friend! It's so good to see you back.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:40 PM

Thank you emersonv and Erika! :rainbow: :thanx:

Eversonv, I am delighted that you noticed the "movement" in the shadows and light. I try to convey the rapid change I see along the terminator by "freezing" the lit rims and working from top to bottom as I sketch. This seems to produce the desired effect, a sense of light just touching the rims that are otherwise cloaked in lunar night.

Erika, I'm so happy to be able to finally be among my friends here at CN. For awhile I despaired of ever getting my life together again after the fire that destroyed my home and subsequent personal problems that seemed to plague me. All that is behind me now though, thanks in large part to the help and support I received from you and so many good folks here. Thank you so much!

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 02:39 PM

magnificient observation and drawing
Really!
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:02 PM

Thank you so much Raff! :D






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