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#1 frank5817

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:35 AM

Over the past two evenings I sketched the view of our campus observatory dome and the waxing crescent moon with earthshine. On the first night beginning at sunset I drew the view of the observatory deck and dome from across the campus pond. The moon was already in the trees on this night so I knew I would need to return to capture the moon on the next evening if it was clear. The white dome was brightly illuminated by the parking and tennis court lights. As luck would have it, the sky was beautifully clear the next evening and I was able to finish the drawing as planned.

Sketching:

9"x 12" sheet of dark blue construction paper, a set of Grumbacher oil pastels, x-acto knife for correcting mistakes, flat edge toothpicks for blending, fly tying pocket clip-on lamp.

Conditions:
Clear to partly cloudy both nights
29-30°C (84-86°F)
Very humid, calm
Time:
1:15-2:30 UT 6-24-2009
2:00-2:30 UT 6-25-2009
Location:
Palos Hills, Illinois

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 kraterkid

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:53 AM

Frank that is just beautiful! :bow: :jump: :bow: Wonderful composition with the dome reflecting the spherical theme of the Moon. Lovely colors! Great drawing! :waytogo:

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:14 AM

Rich,

Thank you much. :thanx: It was nice to be out in the evening without rain. One of these days I'll try pastel chalk, I would guess it is more forgiving than oil pastel.

Frank :)

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 03:48 PM

Frank,

That is a beautiful sketch. What better companion for the dome than the moon, in this frame?

Frank, do you use the observatory for your own observations?

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:34 PM

Frank,

A beautiful observation of the Waxing Crescent Moon (with Earthshine) over your campus dome. You have captured the Earthshine very nicely. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Carlos

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:39 PM

Frank
Its a beautiful Landscape (both Luner and Earthly). Earthshine is rendered perfictly.

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:05 PM

Rony,Carlos and Jim,

Thank you guys for the kind words. :thanx:

Rony,

To answer your question, I don't use the observatory for my own observations because it is 10 miles closer to Chicago. When I have the scope at my house in winter for cleaning and repair I do use it.

Frank :)

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 09:22 PM

great sketch of the campus observatory, much more inviting than it was that cold windy march evening earlier this year.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:36 AM

T5,

Oh yes, it was better in April but our March night was wind chilly. Thanks Tommy5.

Frank :)

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:12 AM

Frank,

Nice sketch.

:thanx:,

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 11:07 AM

great sketch Frank, very vivid colors!

#12 frank5817

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 01:46 PM

Tom and Kris,

Thanks guys.:thanx: Always fun to see the moon when very young.

Frank :)

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:41 PM

Great sketch Frank and I love the colors! Reminds me of a nice summer evening in Illinois.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 11:59 PM

Michelle,

Thank you, both nights were those typical warm, humid, lighting bug filled summer nights of youth.

Frank :)

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 04:20 AM

Great stuff Frank and nice to see the old toothpick idea coming into play , very useful things toothpicks .

Lovely

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 09:26 AM

Dee,

Believe me I was thinking of you as I was making this sketch and doing the blending. Thanks. :thanx:

Frank :)

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:49 PM

Frank

Sorry I missed this post earlier. It's a beautiful composition with that evening feel of twilight color overall :bow: :bow: :bow:

I espeically like your inclusion of the close foreground subject matter. It gives the scene great depth and realism.

You've reminded me that I am overdue for another landscape.
Thanks for posting this.

Mark

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:37 PM

Mark,

Thank you for your thoughts and comments. :thanx:

Frank :)






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