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M104 and Jaws, with a 4 inch refractor.

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#1 rodelaet

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 03:43 PM

The Sombrero Galaxy is an amazing object in small scopes. The galaxy shows an strongly elongated core in a lenticular halo. The core brightens sharply towards a blazing nucleus. The beautiful asterism Jaws (thanks, Demelza, for bringing it under my attention!) can be seen in the same low power field, W of M104. The three brighter stars of the asterism represent his teeth. Jaws appears to bend towards the galaxy. It’s a funny perspective, but don’t let this sight fool you. M104 is estimated to have twice the respectable luminosity of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium ( 51° N )
Date : April 28, 2009
Time : around 21.30 UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500mm achromatic refractor
Eyepiece : Baader Hyperion Zoom at 8mm
Magnification : 63x
FOV: 65’
Filter : none
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 4/5
Sky brightness : 19.58 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Nelm: 5.3
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.

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#2 JayinUT

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:19 PM

Rony,

A wonderful capture of both items! I really like this one a lot!

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:51 PM

Fastastic sketch Rony! :jump: The Sombrero Galaxy is one of my favorites and your rendering captures it beautifully! :waytogo:

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:00 PM

What a great sketch. I now have an idea of what to look for when I attempt to view it with my scope.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:26 PM

Exceptional sketch, Rony! :bow:

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:33 AM

Rony,

This is a beautiful widefield sketch of the Sombrero galaxy. It is one of your very best sketches. Great post. :bow: :rainbow: :waytogo:

Frank :)

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:05 PM

Great widefield sketch, Frank showed me the jaws asterism at the MVCC telescope observing night, great view of m-104

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 01:14 PM

Rony,

An excellent observation of M104 and Jaws. You have recorded the Sombrero Galaxy very nicely. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 05:13 PM

Rony, that sure is an excellent sketch. The large FOV is really nice along with the object. Roland

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:35 PM

wow!!
that is very very niice!! :D

I would love to learn how to do these digital sketches.

anyone want to point me in the right direction? lol

Great job Rony! :bow: thanks!

#11 mathteacher

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:15 AM

Awesome! Your sketches are very good at depicting what is seen in the EP.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 04:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:52 AM

Very, very, very, very realistic! I'm seriously considering to buy a 102/500 refractor myself. I just love those wide-field images. Sometimes even better than the high power images through my 12" Dob.

(ps. die schetsen van jou zouden niet misstaan op het astroforum, Rony!)

#14 rodelaet

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:59 AM

Thanks, Roel!

Roel, don't underestimate the views with your 60mm self made scope. It should do very well under dark skies, and it's a fine companion to your 12" scope. :)

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:58 AM

Your sketches are excelletn and this one is no exception!






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