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Drawn at the eyepiece of a very large telescope?

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#1 KeatsB


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:07 PM

I'm interested in seeing drawings of celestial objects as seen through very large telescopes, 20" diameter and larger. I find such drawings very inspirational and enjoy them greatly. It will probably take a long time before the gods of amateur astronomy conspire to provide me with a quality view through something that big, so drawings are a good way of vicariously enjoying the view in the meantime.

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.


#2 seryddwr


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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:25 AM

Woah! I loved M101, on the bottom of the first webpage. The artist used an OIII filter, to bring out the nebulosity around the major star forming regions. Have to love that!

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 04:12 AM

It seems those two sites are the only ones out there, my further searches have come up blank.

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.

#4 Dr Morbius

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:52 PM

I agree, M101 is an excellent sketch!

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 03:56 PM

This is link to drawings of Mars made with the 36 inch Lick refractor during the 2003 apparition - and note that the sketches at the bottom of the page were made by EE Barnard in 1894.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:27 AM

Thanks for the link, very interesting! I followed it up with more related searches and found a number of good things, worth seeing and knowing:

* 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! :)

#7 yann pothier

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 09:00 AM

The site of my friend Bertrand LAVILLE could suit you !


clear skies, yann.

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