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#1 Michael11

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:17 AM

Hello everyone,

These are sketches from my october observations,
made using 8" newtonian, at Negev desert.
Weather conditions were not perfect (due to some dust) but acceptable.

In the first image - M42, M43 (The Orion Nebula), I finally decided to give it a try :o.

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#2 Michael11

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:20 AM

Blue Snowball Nebula - my favorite planetary

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#3 Michael11

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:22 AM

M76 - little Dumbbell

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:25 AM

Blinking Planetary nebula in Cygnus

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:26 AM

and the last one - foxhead cluster

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#6 JakeSaloranta

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 03:07 AM

Very nice sketches Michael.

Stars are round, objects and field stars seem to be in place and the sketches have a good feel in them. Your M42 is one of the best I've seen in the "business" in years :waytogo:

Regarding your M42, did you use photoshop for the color? I'd write that down if you did especially in the October contest-post.

Negev desert sure does sound and seem like an interesting observing place. I've never done any stargazing in a desert - something I surely want to do at some point!

/Jake

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 04:57 AM

Michael

All excellent sketches with excellent text and documentation. :bow: :bow: :bow: I took particular interest in your M42 Orion Nebula. I was also curious about the color in it. It looks like you rendered it very accurate with the proverbial greenish glow, the way most observers describe it from a dark sky in a medium Newtonian. Beautifully done!

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:34 AM

Thanks,

And to Jake's question:
I obviously played with the colour in photoshop (levels), to make the look like I remembered it from the eyepiece.
I'll add it to description.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:58 AM

Michael,

Nice to see your sketches here again. Well done as always and much attention to details. I like the color matches to the views - very nice. :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 02:52 PM

Wow. Great work Michael. M 42 is really nice.

#11 Erik Bakker

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:39 PM

Beautiful sketch of M42 Michael. I like the green color a lot. The trapezium is a lot more fuzzy then what I see. Must be a wonderful place for deep sky observing, that desert.

CS,

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:49 PM

Wonderful drawings - they make me want to move to a desert for the views! Like the M42 you draw I am "green" with envy :bow:

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:49 PM

Wonderful drawings - they make me want to move to a desert for the views! Like the M42 you draw I am "green" with envy :bow:

Chris

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 08:05 PM

Michael,

Excellent observations of the Orion Nebula (M42/43), M76, NGC 6819, NGC 6826, and NGC 7662. You recorded the Orion Nebula with it's greenish (oxygen) hue very nicely. The planetary nebula are also recorded nicely. The Foxhead Cluster looks very interesting as well. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 08:54 AM

Michael,

Astonishing sketches all! :bow: :rainbow: :bow: As Jake mentioned, this Great Orion Nebula sketch is one of the finest I've ever seen. I love the diffuse glow, exactly as observed in very dark skies. Each of the other sketches is superb in it own right, they are just a little overshadowed by the brilliance of M42/43. Great to see you posting again.

#16 Michael11

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 05:13 PM

Thanks for your replies =)

And the M42 is truly the most prominent deep sky object I can think of.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 07:09 PM

Great . The fox head help me out to be sure what i saw a month ago. Great sketches . congratulations.

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 06:45 AM

Excellent sketches, Michael. I love the diffuse glow you got around the Dumbbell.

Cheers,
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Posted 03 November 2009 - 02:11 PM

That M42 sketch is stunningly life-like. Nicely done.

#20 JayinUT

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 02:16 PM

Just outstanding Michael. M42 by far is one of the best but I really like your other ones as well.






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