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#1 Franklink


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Posted 07 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

The following links show two sketches from November, one from the 7th and one from the 28th:


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?

please criticize,

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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. :cool:

Frank :)

#3 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:44 AM

Quite a lot of detail for ~9" Diameter!

#4 Jef De Wit

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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?

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:38 PM

Good sketches Franklin! i guess the small disk my have caused you to see syrtis major and utopia linked togerther as one in your second sketch.
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.

#6 Shannon s

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:42 PM

Franklin, your sketches are good. Only you can improve on them. Just draw like a mad man. Draw as much as you can and pay attention to detail. It just takes time. Oh yeah have fun. :yay:

#7 Franklink


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Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:48 PM

These sketches are originally in graphite, on nice thick paper. The smaller circles you see above the main disk are made using the inner circle a CD...I usually make four or five to get "acquainted" with the planet. I trace around the outer circumference of a CD to make the big circle. I fill in the big circle with features like the location of the terminator, or details otherwise too small to fit in the smaller ones.

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 :foreheadslap:

Thanks for your input,

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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.


#9 markseibold


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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. :bow: :bow: :bow:

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.

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#10 Franklink


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Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:12 PM

Thanks for all the help!

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

thanks again,

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