NGC 2261 and 2683 -- Part II of a Series
Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:50 PM
It was one of those wonderful nights where equipment worked, the go-to functioned properly, and it was clear enough to use astro video on a 12.5 Dob. So I was even able to get a little color on 2261 as well as some of the prominent structure. 2683 was pretty also.
During my first couple years I had real trouble sketching on larger paper but after some help from seasoned sketchers and some trial and error, I am getting better at using 9x12 rather than 6x9. I have tried a couple things with my wife at 2 feet by 3 feet. Bottom line: bigger is better if I have the room and layout to do it. It took me awhile to get to this point, but does seem to work better. So for anyone out there that has only stayed with small sketch areas, try some larger stuff once in a while. It's right much fun.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 02:34 AM
Beautiful observations of NGC 2261 (Hubble's Variable Nebula) and NGC 2683. You have captured the glow and color of NGC 2261 very nicely. NGC 2683 looks very interesting as well. Thank you for sharing these observations with us all.
Using the larger drawing surface will allow you to render more detail noted on your monitor. Most observers tend to use too small a drawing surface for their observations and therefore "cram lots of detail" into the rendering.
I look forward to your future observations.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:46 AM
You moved to very different directions in the sky and captured two very fine targets. NGC 2261 is always good to observe and does change in appearance. The galaxy in Lynx is one I have not observed but I must give it a try. Great sketching and as you say increasing the size help very much especially with pastel pencils.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:59 PM
Posted 28 April 2010 - 11:03 AM
Great capture of both NGC's. Just gorgeous! Great job!!