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#1 mike73

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:41 PM

Hi everyone

My first post on CN so what better place to start than the sketching section. :cool:
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).


M 5
NGC 5904
Constellation - Serpens
Globular cluster

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)
No filter

Sketch materials - White pastel on black paper


Session notes
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.

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#2 Rutilus

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:38 PM

Welcome, great sketch of M5.

#3 Ed D

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:33 PM

Glad to have you posting here. I fully agree about sketching being the way forward, relaxing and rewarding. Nice sketch.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:03 AM

Mike,

Welcome to CN.

Very good 1st Sketch of M-5 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#5 frank5817

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:24 AM

Mike,

You are correct it did turn out very nice. You have captured this great globular just as it looks at the eyepiece.
Well done.

Frank :)

#6 Jef De Wit

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:39 AM

Welcome on CN! I hope to see more sketches like this one in the future :waytogo:

#7 John K

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:07 PM

Great sketch you have captured a 3-d look with the stars.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:09 PM

Great looking sketch Mike, especialy for your' first atempt with pastels. And welcome to CN.
Clearskys
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#9 mike73

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:15 AM

Thanks everyone for the welcome and kind words on the sketch.

Funnily enough I've found sketching with pastels a lot easier than I thought, I even attempted a lunar sketch at the EP with pastels and charcoal a couple weeks ago which I found tricky but with some practice I think I can improve on.
As usual we have poor weather and cloudy skies in the UK but I'II post more as soon as the weather permits. :)

Mike

#10 Matt Lindsey

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 02:30 PM

Great job Mike.

#11 geminijk

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:10 PM

Love the sketch!

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:56 PM

Nice one, Mike.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:08 AM

Mike,

Outstanding job! Love the use of the pastels. I agree they help make the process easier. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Simply wonderful.

#14 Michael11

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:03 AM

Mike, this is an excellent and very realistic sketch!

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:33 PM

Mike

Welcome aboard. I really like you sketching pad. Beautiful rendition of the globular on this pad.

Please show us more.

Andre.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:22 PM

Awesome sketch, Mike! Welcome to CN!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:02 PM

Very nice sketch of M5--keep up the good work.

...Funnily enough I've found sketching with pastels a lot easier than I thought, I even attempted a lunar sketch at the EP with pastels and charcoal a couple weeks ago which I found tricky but with some practice I think I can improve on...


Luna is the hardest target you will encounter but I think you're up to the challenge.

#18 maroubra_boy

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:33 PM

Hello Mike! Welcome to CN.

I really like your rendition of M5. There is a lovely depth to it that gives it the "through the eyepiece" look. Just fabulous.

Hope the sky improves for you too.

Alex.

#19 Ildi

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:18 PM

Looks great! Good work!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:29 PM

Sweet






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