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M24 - Sagittarius Star Cloud (with a little M18)

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#1 Roel

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 07:02 AM

Last night I went on a trip to my favourite observing site 20 miles from my home. Because of the warm summer evening temperatures I did not travel by car but tied everything onto my little 1971 Honda moped and drove off to Lochem, The Netherlands. In my backpack I carried a very cheap 70mm refractor that I can use on my photo tripod.

M24 doesn't rise very high at my lattitute (52N), but was well visible in the tiny refractor at 16x. A very nice widefield view.

I sketched the brightest stars with a black pen and used a sharp 2H graphite pencil for the "mist" of unresolved stars.

In the north-northeast corner of the sketch M18 is visible as a tiny open cluster:

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Picture of the little Honda: http://www.roelblog....een-beetje-m18/ (scroll down)

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:54 AM

Roel,

Very nice sketch of M-24 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#3 frank5817

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 10:26 AM

Roel,

Impressive work.

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#4 John K

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:57 PM

Very nice sketch It feels real to the eyepiece representation.

#5 Adam S

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:32 PM

Great story, great sketch.

#6 geminijk

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:34 AM

What a beautiful sketch!!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

Most folks shy away from such big objects with a complex star field. Very nicely done. Glad you did it.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:16 AM

I second Roland's sentiments! I love wide field sketches.

#9 Ed D

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

Awesome sketch.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:08 PM

Wonderful sketch.

#11 JeanB

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:45 PM

You ca add me to others: these wide field are awesome!

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:23 AM

That's very nice. You have captured the star field very well.
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#13 Mizar76

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:48 AM

really nice sketch!
compliments

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:09 AM

Sweet!

#15 Special Ed

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

Roel,

Wonderful sketch of this terrific wide field object. It should inspire anyone who sees it to go out and have a look at the starcloud for themselves.

I enjoy looking at M24 with my 15x70 binoculars--almost the same as your r70mm refractor at 16x. :cool:






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