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#1 Jef De Wit

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:41 PM

I spend my holiday under a dark sky (NELM 6.3) in France. When you are used to suburban observing (I see rarely the Milky Way) this is a real blessing (even when I can only take my small telescope with me).

NGC7000, 8 cm refractor + UHC @ x16, FOV +/- 2.5°, I only sketched the brightest stars

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#2 mikesemmler

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:44 PM

Wow Jef ! What a great job! :bigshock: :bigshock: :bigshock:

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:45 PM

M31/32/110, 8 cm refractor @ x43, FOV +/- 1.5°, there were to many stars... so I sketched none!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:49 PM

It just keeps getting incredible

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#5 Jef De Wit

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:56 PM

The weather conditions for the last sketch were not so good: 10 minutes clear followed by 10 minutes clouds, followed by 10 minutes clear, etc... But it was the last night of my holiday so I absolutely wanted to sketch the Veil Nebula.

The problem was that it just didn't fit in my lowest EP magnification. So I choose to sketch without circle. In placing the (only brightest) stars it went somewhere wrong: or the Western part is to big, or the Eastern part is to small.
I guess I picked up some faint nebulosity from Pickering's Triangle (see the beautiful sketch of Jeremy), but didn't sketched it because I wasn't sure. On object I hope to visite again under better conditions.

Veil Nebula, 8 cm refractor + UHC @ x16, FOV +/- 3°

A great thanks to Jake for helping me out with the labeling!

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#6 FJA

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:01 PM

Those are really great sketches, Jef. I especially like your Veil.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:08 PM

Jef,
Those are excellent wide field renderings of Ngc 7000, M31 group and Veil.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:56 PM

Wow, those are nice.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:28 PM

Jef,

These are great sketches. You will long remember this trip.
You have proven something. Even the urban and suburban folks can sketch well under dark skies given the opportunity.

Frank :)

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:16 AM

What a great set of wide field sketches Jef! Tacking down the star framework across multiple fields of view is tough. I managed to atrophy the southeast side of my Veil sketch a bit too.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:00 AM

Great sketches, Jef. Proficiat!

#12 Jef De Wit

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:37 AM

Thanks to you all for the kind words! Now that I'm back in suburban sky I have some "dry out"...
I'm thinking about using a preprint starfield next time I try to sketch so "big" objects. It will help to position and you can spend more time to the actual object. But I know, that's cheating!

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:58 PM

Jef,

Outstanding observations of the North American Nebula (NGC 7000), Andromeda Galaxy (M31/32/110), and the Veil Nebula. You have masterfully rendered these popular and elusive celestial targets very nicely. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

I still think that there should be a "Belgium Nebula" up there!

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#14 Jef De Wit

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:01 PM

Thanks Carlos, I'm glad you like the sketches. I will let you know as first when I find the "Belgium Nebula"!


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