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Messier and Messier A : Skipping rocks on the Moon

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#1 kraterkid

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:58 PM

Here's my sketch of Messier and Messier A in The Lunar Observing Forum.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:03 AM

Very cool lunar sketch.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:26 AM

Thank you Tommy! :D

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:47 AM

Fabulous sketch Rich, bold 3D craters, subtle surface shadings, superbly fine detail - an accurate, close-up eye-piece view. Awesome! :bow:

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 04:37 AM

Absoluteley excellent!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 06:20 AM

Rich,

Excellent description of how this crater pair came to be.
This is the finest sketch of Messier and Messier A I have ever seen. Fantastic work. :bow: :rainbow: :bow:

Frank :)

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:43 AM

Rich,

Super observation and the way you render the texture of the mare surface is masterful. :bow:

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:45 AM

Rich,

Nice job! Makes me want to look for Messier and Messier A next time I observe the Moon. I use a binoviewer, too. Great for lunar work. But Luna must be pretty bright through a 12". Do you use a filter? Which one? I've tried several, but so far I like the #47 Violet best. Not a true natural color view, of course, very easy on the eyes at 3% VLT.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:43 AM

Rich,

Not only a beautiful sketch, but also an educational post! :bow: :bow: :bow:

I learned something new today.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 12:26 PM

Thank you so much Sally, Vincent, Frank, Michael, Mike and Rony! :rainbow: :thanx: :rainbow:

Mike, I use no filters when observing the Moon (maybe that's why my old eyes are fading! :p ) Although at powers less than 150X the light is intense, I usually sketch at around 250X or greater which helps to diminish the intensity greatly. This one was done at 305X. I'll look into that #47 Violet filter though, because I sometimes sketch at 80X-150X for those wider synoptic views.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:28 AM

Rich,

An outstanding observation of Messier/Messier A. This is a very interesting pair of lunar craters on the Moon as they appear to have been produced by a low-angle object (asteroid). It is interesting to study this pair under different lighting conditions. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:45 AM

Kraterkid,

I too can't believe it is s sketch, it look like a Photo,
That's really good :cool:, keep them comming.

:thanx:

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 10:58 AM

Thank you Carlos and Tom! :D

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:42 PM

Rich,

Mike, I use no filters when observing the Moon (maybe that's why my old eyes are fading! :p ) Although at powers less than 150X the light is intense, I usually sketch at around 250X or greater which helps to diminish the intensity greatly. This one was done at 305X. I'll look into that #47 Violet filter though, because I sometimes sketch at 80X-150X for those wider synoptic views.


I have too many floaters to bear looking at the bright expanse of the Moon without a filter, and a binoviewer helps tremendously, also. Without these extras, looking at the Moon at higher power would be torture for me. With any filter, looking at the Moon at high power with anything less than an 8" scope - or maybe at least a 6" - is not a good experience for me. I like the 47 Violet filter because it is so dark, and the violet tinge itself seems to be soothing to my eyes. I've tried other filters, but so far it is the best for me. I'm really surprised no one else - as far as I know - mentions it for lunar observation. I haven't tried my LP and DSO filters yet; they may give interesting and useful effects for the Moon.

Mike

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:50 PM

Rich,

I have been showing your beautiful sketch to folks with an interest in astronomy that don't sketch down here in Mesa, Az. They are in awe of you skill level (me too).
Super excellent!

Frank :)

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:53 PM

Thank you and the good folks in Mesa, Arizona Frank! :thanx:






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