Draco Galaxies and a Globular
Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:48 PM
First target: Globular M3 (NGC 5272). I caught this one early in the evening and showed some family members and friends. They were awed by learning that this hazy grey-ish ball is a concentration of thousands or hundreds of thousands of stars.
When I showed the visitors Saturn and the crescent Moon later in the evening, they were fully awe-struck. Saturn is always a stunner. People who never looked through a scope before tend to be shocked that they can see the rings and cloud bands on the planet.
After the company parted ways, I spent some time on dimmer targets lurking around Draco.
One of these was NGC 5866, sometimes called M102. I was surprised at how apparent the dark lane was with higher power (114x or greater).
My last venture for the evening, after trying for a couple of truly dim Draco galaxies - no go there - was the classic edge on NGC 5907. I was surprised at how utterly dim this target was, but its thin slice silhouette put on a great show.
I hope to get back to the darker sky location for some observing later this summer. Until then, I'll be enjoying the sketches here on CN!
Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:07 PM
Clearskys, and many of them,
Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:22 AM
You should do that more often! This are fine sketches.
it's been awhile since I've uploaded any sketches to CN
Posted 13 May 2011 - 11:58 AM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 04:49 PM
Dave - I really enjoy sketching globulars. The mottling is particularly fun to illustrate, but can be challenging to get across, especially with respects to any "dark channels" or other details in the cluster.
Jef - Many thanks, I hope to sketch more often but my present schedule is pretty packed. Astronomy will need to be one of those things I enjoy on rare occasion for now. Ah well, in another few years I hope to have an observatory.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:33 PM
Excellent to see these fine deep sky sketches from you.
There is nothing else that is quite as satisfying as sketching and observing.
I know you agree.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:41 AM
Excellent observations of M3, M102, and NGC 5907. You have captured all three objects very nicely. I will have to review these objects soon. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 03:30 PM
Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:48 AM