Mars from November
Posted 07 January 2010 - 02:04 PM
Due to file size limits, they are linked....
These are the first looks I had at the red planet through my 12" F/5...
I came away impressed with the veiws, and I am eager to sketch more during the opposition!
Could you help me improve my sketches?
Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:47 AM
The sketches look great but are they graphite sketches or are they electronic sketches? I can't seem to tell.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:38 AM
You saw a lot of detail for a november Mars!!
I'm new to observing Mars, so maybe I'm wrong... but are you sure about the labeling on the second sketch?
Maybe you can try to work in colour next time?
Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:38 PM
observing a lot certainly helps you see more. making sure the scope is cooled down is also necessary for good viewing if you live in a cold area. waiting for moments of good seeing, and don't push the power too much if seeing doesn't allow it.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:42 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:48 PM
The labeling is incorrect on the 2nd sketch (Nice catch :-), Hellas is actually just out of view, and syrtis major is heading over the horizon as well...Later, I found the details matched the "astromist projection".
It was late...I could have mismatched names all together
Thanks for your input,
Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:03 AM
Very good observations of Mars. Detecting and rendering the subtle albedo features of Mars requires patience and a steady atmosphere. I hope that Mars provides good views for you in the future. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:02 AM
Very nice details that you captured on Mars, even though you are using only graphite and black & white.
Have you considered trying black Starthmore Artagain paper and colored pastel chalks and pencils?
I am stuck on pastels on black pastel paper for lunar and solar sketching and a couple Mars pastels I rendered when Mars was close in 2003 and 2005.
Feel free to browse my gallery.
Myh CN Gallery
Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:12 PM
I will get a "graphite kit" for the opposition...(you know the ones at an art supply store...)
I will also pay more attention to clouds...I mistook those for extensions of an icecap...
Well I will surely post more as I get the opportunity to observe more