Drawn at the eyepiece of a very large telescope?
Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:07 PM
I've been able to find only two sites that offer such imagery:
Are there more sites like these out there? I would love to see them if they exist.
Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:25 AM
Posted 16 November 2010 - 04:12 AM
Here is an idea for any observatories with very large telescopes that offer public viewings: an artist-in-residence sort of program. Whereby an accomplished sketching artist is given unfettered access to the telescope to try and capture its views under better conditions than are usually available during outreach sessions. So the artist would produce art during nights of best seeing, using best eyepieces, working in the peace and quiet that's needed for detailed studies. Surely, such a position would be greatly coveted and could be done on a volunteer basis.
Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:27 AM
* Lowell advised that stopping down his 24" reflector to 12-16" performed the best. But Antoniadi saw past the "canals" through the full 33" refractor.
* Bernard (or someone else, I forget) thought the best chance of perfect seeing was just after sunrise.
* Antoniadi produced this map of Mercury:
Has anyone ever seen as much detail on Mercury since then?
I really think we need to repeat and maybe better these sort of achievements. God knows there are now enough very large telescopes that are assumed to be obsolete for research purposes - they should be employed for artistic purposes. The fact that perfect seeing is as rare as it is (Antoniadi only had one night, his first, that qualified), so regular outreach can't do it, there should be a specific program, perhaps across a number of observatories.
Anyhow, let's keep them coming!