My first post on CN so what better place to start than the sketching section.
I've only recently started sketching and I've found that its the way forward for me as far as visual observing is concerned, its just sooooo relaxing and rewarding.
This is a sketch from last month using pastels, something which I'd never tried before but I like the results (just need some more practice).
Constellation - Serpens
Location - home
Date - 27/5/12
Time - 2300-0010
Seeing (Antoniadi) - IV to III later
SQM - 20.1
Telescope - 12" Skywatcher
EP - 8mm BST (x187)
Sketch materials - White pastel on black paper
Poor seeing conditions at the start of the evening due to high wispy cloud moving from the SE which cleared around midnight.
I could resolve stars even to the centre of cluster but they were very faint almost 'dusty'.
Surprised that there wasn't any real bright stars in the FoV, I'm sure this would be different if observed from a dark site.
Very impressive glob cluster though, just as good as M13.