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#1 Achernar

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:19 PM

Last weekend I finally had a chance to use my newly finished telescope away from home, and the views did not disappoint. Among the objects I observed, I drew M-3, M-64, M-82, M-104 and M-97, along with the objects NGC-2261 and NGC-4485 and it's companion, NGC-4490. It was amazing how bright some of those objects were despite the worsening sky transparency. Here is a drawing of M-97, whose eyes appeared prominently through an O-III filter.

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#2 Andrev

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:34 PM

Wow, its nice...

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#3 Jef De Wit

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:38 PM

Must be a pleasure to observe with such a homebuilt scope! Fine sketch, but the central star looks like a square (not round) on my screen.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:54 PM

Yep! Mine too. But still a very nice sketch.

#5 Achernar

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:55 PM

Might have been a good on my part there. Anyway, this is a drawing of M-82 made the same night. It was indeed a long awaited pleasure to look as some DSO's without a streetlight nearby.

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#6 joelimite

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:56 PM

Awesome sketches, Achernar. Can't wait to see the rest of them.

#7 Achernar

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:10 PM

This is a drawing I made of M-64, whose black eye has never until now appeared that clearly to me visually.

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#8 Achernar

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:13 PM

This is M-3, which looked like an explosion in a glass factory, there was just too many stars to count all the way to the very bright but tiny inner core.

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#9 Achernar

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:20 PM

This is a drawing of M-104, which showed quite a bit of detail at 250X.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:58 PM

Great sketches, especially M104. And congrats on the new scope!

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:19 PM

Thanks Joelimite, there will be many, many more to come thanks to having this telescope and the 10-inch too.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:53 PM

Great sketches. That 15 inch really pulls in the light.., your ability to capture that is excellent. :grin: :grin:

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:03 AM

Taras,

Since you observe and sketch deep sky objects in profusion, a step up to larger aperture must be quite a thrill.
Your sketches here are excellent. You can re-sketch all your old friends again and reach many more new targets.

Frank :)

#14 Sol Robbins

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:59 AM

Wow!

#15 JanisR

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:02 AM

Very nice! We can recognize then on sight w/o the info!

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:01 PM

Sweet.

#17 Jeff Young

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 05:08 PM

Very nice, Taras! Love the Sombrero (one that's sadly too low to my horizon to see).

Cheers,
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:02 PM

very sweet...and nice.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:35 AM

Stupendous work there, Taras.

Your rendition of M82 is marvelous. So much fine detail you've managed to both see and lay down. And lovely mottling in M64 - gives it a lot of movement!

Good stuff,

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:08 PM

Taras,

:waytogo:, on all of your nice sketches :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 01:57 PM

Very nice sketches! I love studying M82 through the eyepiece of my 10" reflector, just checking out all of the detail I could possibly see with the aperture. You certainly have caught a lot!

Clear Skies,
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:13 AM

Taras,

An excellent set of deep sky observations made using your new instrument (Congratulations!). You have recorded all of the objects very nicely. The new 15-inch reflector must provide some very sharp and bright views of the objects rendered. Thank you sharing them with us all.

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#23 Achernar

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:39 PM

Thanks everyone, I'm glad everyone enjoyed them. There will of course be more to come, once some clear skies without the moon returns. Given the fantastic views the 10-inch gives from a dark site, I can only expect even better views through the 15-inch.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:00 PM

Fantastic work Taras, Your drawings take me back to the days when I observed with a 14 inch reflector.

#25 John K

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 11:03 PM

Taras great work.I too came from a 10" to a 15" ,your gonna love a dark sky.Sketching will start to become intimidating with all the detail the 15 will bring.


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