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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:45 PM

Hi Folks,

I posted this sketch in the SSO forum.

The two gas giants will appear close to each other for some weeks, so if you want to have an easy time spotting Uranus, just look at Jupiter in a low power. wide field eyepiece. :)

The sketch was done in the field with a 2B pencil on Strathmore sketch paper. The sketch was inverted, the midtone contrast was adjusted, and Uranus colorized with processing software.

Best to all,

#2 JayinUT


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Posted 08 June 2010 - 12:17 AM


Great capture of the gas giant and the ice giant nearby. Hopefully I'll be able to take a look soon. Thanks for the link.

#3 Special Ed

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 05:52 AM

Thanks, Jay. :) Jupiter and Uranus will be together for some time so there should be plenty of opportunities for you to see them.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:08 AM

Very nice Jup/uranus sketch, i remember a few years back some folks were seeing some albedo features on uranus perhaps we can give that a try you would need some really high mag to see that.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 01:58 PM


An excellent observation of Jupiter and Uranus in the same eyepiece field. It is amazing that in reality the two planets are actually 1.3 billion (2 billion km) miles apart. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


#6 Special Ed

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:28 PM

Thanks, T5. Iirc, it was Sol Robbins who posted the observation of Uranus that you refer to. :cool:

Carlos, thanks for adding that perspective. The conjunction is a great way to see the solar system in 3D. Put another way, Jupiter is 5.2 AU out from the Sun and Uranus is 19.2 AU out. :)

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:14 PM


That is a fine capture of the planet pair.
Now I have more than one reason to set that alarm clock when the skies open. Fine post and excellent sketch. :cool: :bow:

Frank :)

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:03 PM

Great sketch Michael :D Like the colors.

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