Jump to content


Photo

Sun and Moon plus some DSOs

  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:18 AM

Hi everyone. It's been great to see so many sketchers posting lately.

Here are a couple of the sketches I've done recently. The reports are tucked away here and there in the observing forums.

This is from last night: Sketched scopeside on black Strathmore Artagain paper, charcoal, black wax pencil, white Conte’ crayon and pencils.

Attached Files



#2 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:19 AM

Yesterday morning:
H-alpha sketch created scopeside with black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte’ crayon and pencil, Derwent charcoal pencil, black oil pencil.

Attached Files



#3 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:22 AM

A few DSO:
Sketch created scopeside with Rite in the Rain paper, black ballpoint ink pen, #2 pencil then the stars cleaned up in Photoshop and inverted with adjustment to brightness and contrast.

Templates for DSOs are compliments of Jeremy Perez from his website.

Attached Files



#4 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:23 AM

And another

Attached Files



#5 cildarith

cildarith

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 2668
  • Joined: 26 Aug 2004
  • Loc: San Diego, CA

Posted 21 June 2010 - 12:31 PM

Excellent batch of sketches Erika. Nice to see a couple of galaxy sketches from you.

Are the dashed lines in the 6384 sketch meteor trails or satellite trails?

#6 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8382
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 21 June 2010 - 02:57 PM

Erika,

Very impressive sketches day and night. How do you like the 16" scope for sketching? It seems to work well from the details in your sketches.
I was out at the same time you were sketching Timocharis crater. The moon was only 34 degrees above the horizon for me. I like old luna at least 45 degrees for best views.

Great work. :rainbow: :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

#7 Sol Robbins

Sol Robbins

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2017
  • Joined: 01 Dec 2003

Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:54 PM

Erika,

Wonderful sketches.

#8 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7171
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 22 June 2010 - 04:50 AM

Erika,

An outstanding set of sketches of the Moon (Timocharis), Sun (full disk and prominences), and DSO's. We have all missed your excellent observations and reports. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

#9 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:26 AM

Thanks everyone. :)

Eric, they were indeed satellite trails. I always get a kick out of spotting them, as well as meteors, zipping through my FOV.

Frank, that sketch sketch was the first lunar sketch I've done with the 16" that I can remember since I got it last winter. The views are so impressive that sketching with it was intimidating, especially lunar sketching because of the fast shadow changes and how long it takes to do a lunar sketch. After awhile, I was getting pretty good about pushing the scope around with my nose so I could have both hands free for sketching. :lol: It's a pretty good thing I don't have a delicate, cute little nose. :grin:

#10 Jef De Wit

Jef De Wit

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2731
  • Joined: 06 Mar 2009
  • Loc: Hove, Belgium

Posted 22 June 2010 - 02:49 PM

Erika, very nice sketches but I'm really impressed by the lunarsketch. How many time do you work on a sketch like that?

#11 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:43 PM

Hi Jef. Thanks for the kind words. This particular lunar sketch took about an hour to sketch. Normally lunar sketches take me a few hours to do, but this one was all by itself with not a lot going on around it.

#12 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8382
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:31 PM

Erika,

Have Paul get you a drive platform for your birthday or X-mas whichever comes first. Push and sketch is not fun and it will give you "boxer nose" or a "dented forehead" after a while. Yikes!

Frank :)

#13 rolandlinda3

rolandlinda3

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3395
  • Joined: 24 Jan 2006
  • Loc: Crozet VA 22932

Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:00 PM

Erika, your stuff is a class act. Sure is nice to look at these sketches.

#14 ladip63

ladip63

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 813
  • Joined: 17 Oct 2007
  • Loc: the dark skies of Texas

Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:24 AM

Ericka,
Gee I'm walking on the Moon. Great sketches!!!:D :bow: :goodjob: I really like how you got the satellite trails in 6384 :D :rainbow: Can't wait to see more:D

#15 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 6953
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier Co., WV 38N, 80W

Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:33 AM

Erika,

It's wonderful to see this nice selection of your work. The solar and DSO sketches reflect your careful observational skills as well as your talent. I think Crater Timocharis is one of your best lunar drawings. The shading and texture are outstanding and the sunlit portion of the crater floor appears luminous.

#16 Erix

Erix

    Toad Lily

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 25758
  • Joined: 25 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Texas, USA

Posted 27 June 2010 - 05:18 AM

Thank you. :). I've been experimenting with stippling techniques for lunar. Mons Rumkin didn't turn out too badly but I could tell by Paul's expression that I still have a long way to go. Lol. It was great fun and I've purchased some different pens to make it better and completely doable at the eyepiece without the worry of getting ink on my gear.

I'm biting at the bit for a morning off work so that I can have a late night session to try it out.

#17 Tommy5

Tommy5

    Mercury-Atlas

  • -----
  • Posts: 2814
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2004
  • Loc: Chicagoland

Posted 27 June 2010 - 05:52 PM

very nice set of sketches the lunar crator is mesmerizing bravo thanks for sharing.

#18 JayinUT

JayinUT

    I'm not Sleepy

  • *****
  • Posts: 3933
  • Joined: 19 Sep 2008
  • Loc: Utah

Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:21 PM

Erika,

Lovely, beautiful and captivating. Truly a joy to view your sketch work. Your subtle details are wonderful to pick out in each one. Thank you for sharing them.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics