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#1 Knuklhdastrnmr

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:11 AM

Well, I'm too much of a wimp these days to spend enough time at the eyepiece to try to sketch. It is February in Colorado! So, I decided to try a practice sketch from a photo in Astonomy magazine.

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#2 S1mas

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 01:12 PM

That's an idea! Thanks :)

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:16 PM

Nicely done and there is wisdom in practicing sketching on cold, cloud covered nights.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:18 PM

It works!! We have done a similar thing overseas. We take a picture and set it 10 or 12 feet from our students in a dimly lit room...and have them sketch. It promotes good discussion; people observe how they are capturing things compared to their comrades; and the synergy actually hastens the learning process.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:07 PM

Rick,

Good idea. You can never get in enough practice. It is especially useful for experimenting with different paper and drawing materials before venturing out as the weather improves.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:10 PM

When I taught college and high school astronomy I used to post pictures around the room and have the students sketch them. Posting them on the ceiling across a large room simulates the view through varying sized telescopes!

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:04 PM

Excellent sketch of the NGC objects !!! I try to do this as well, It helps my skills - Static sketching...lol. I really enjoy sketching the Widmanstatten pattern of etched iron meteorites. The slight color you used towards the center edge of 3227, adds to its spiral shape !!! Have a good week :)

#8 mandotrout

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:16 PM

I've done this before to try and get the hang of drawing in "negative" mode (for later inverting in photoshop). I've used the Digital Sky Survey website. You can pull up black and white photos of anything in the sky and adjust the FOV from 15' to 60'.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 04:27 PM

Thanks that sounds like a great idea. I think I'll try it. I need the practice.

Lynn

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:57 AM

Practicing from images/photos is a good way to develop one's skills at astronomical rendering.The limitation to this is that the image will show more detail than the eye can detect, especially with DSO's.

Have Fun!

Carlos






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