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Constellation Leo, June 6, 2010 Late Twilight

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#1 frank5817

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:25 AM

On this Sunday evening in early June, Mars could be seen about 50 arc minutes above the star Regulus on the right side of this sketch made in late twilight. The bright object in Virgo below Leo’s hind quarter on the left is planet Saturn. After a day of on and off clouds and rain I consider myself lucky to have witnessed this splendid view.
This is an inverted sketch made on light brown craft paper. The trees were done with white Conte’ crayon, the stars with HB graphite pencil, the planets with different shades of blue pencils tested first to see what shades of yellow and orange they inverted to. The time of this sketch was 9:00- 9:30pm local daylight savings time (CDT).

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:28 AM

Oh boy, I thought it was a photo at first!

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:49 AM

very nice sketch of a beautiful sight, Mars is within a low power eyepiece distance from Regulus, i did some observing last night, it was very clear but the seeing was aweful,saw the dumbell pretty clearly which is unusual from my lp location perhaps i should give dos sketching a try as the planets ae in a temporary lull, anyway very cool realistic naked eye view of leo.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:09 AM

Interesting, inverting colors! So brown gets blue... Why didn't you sketch on a blue paper?

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:50 AM

Ging-Li, Tom, Jef,

Thank you all for your nice words.
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Jef, actually I have done sketches like this on dark blue paper but I wanted to try something different.
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Tom, I was surprised it was clear last night.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:57 PM

Frank,

I was hoping as the rain and wind blew last night someone was getting Mars and Regulas. Terrific job, thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

Hallo frank,

I like this sketch very much,it looks very real.At first I thought it was a photo,too.The tree´s are very realistic.

CS

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:51 PM

Jay and Markus,

Thank you both. It was a fun sketch to do.

Jay-I hope your weather improves soon.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:48 PM

Frank,

An excellent and beautiful observation of Leo, Mars, and Saturn. You have captured the grouping very nicely. I have wanted to make a similar observation but my schedule and weather have not allowed me to do so. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:14 PM

Frank,
Did you trace that ;) It looks awesome. :bow: :goodjob: Great job.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 05:55 PM

Lynn,

Thank you. :thanx: Actually the sketch was very easy to do. By waiting til late in twilight I didn't really need to draw the trees just a suggested outline and white crayon below that, the stars in pencil and the tan paper does the sky for me. Pretty simple no tracing.
This is the original.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 07:38 AM

Frank,

I love your skyscapes. :bow: Thanks for explaining the technique.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 09:58 AM

Carlos and Michael,

Thank you both for your comments.
I was hoping one of you veteran sketchers might have had a clear evening to capture the conjunction of Mars and Regulus. The color contrast was dramatic.

Frank :)

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 10:39 AM

Frank,

Nice sketch of Leo :).

:thanx:,

Tom

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:19 AM

Tom,

Thanks, I hope you got a chance to see this view.

Frank :)

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:18 PM

Frank, I really like the way you did this one.... very realistic indeed!

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:52 PM

Michael,

Thanks, I was interested to see how it would turn out.
Three year ago I tried this techinique with a lunar sketch of crater Messier at the eyepiece and it did not come out very well but for a naked eye sketch of stars it works.

Frank :)






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