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#1 Jef De Wit

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:13 PM

I'm not used to sketch naked eye (with all the light pollution at my home), but tried this one on a dark holiday place in France. I sketch the house of the king for the nebulocity at the south of Cepheus (named Star 11 or Cepheus OB2 Association). In fact it is a side-branch of the Milkyway (I sketched just a part at the east of the pentagon).
The weakest star I could see was mag 5.6 (I expected more with a SQM 21.2). Most stars looked a little bit "fuzzy". Two stars (at the south) had an orange color.
The original sketch is almost A4, pencil on white paper, color was added digital.
All comments are welcome, I know there still could be some improvement.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:20 PM

Hi Jeff,

what improvement do you need? The rendering of the nebulosity looks pretty natural as it is.

Very nice sketch!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Jean!

what improvement do you need?

Rendering of the bright stars?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

That is really pretty. Nice rendering!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:41 PM

Those types of sketches are very difficult to do and you've done a wonderful job with it! My only comment would be to plot more stars if you can see them on the whole sketch, not just within Cepheus. But I guess that would just depend on if you wanted a true representation of that part of the sky or just to highlight Cepheus. ;) Again, terrific sketch!

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:39 PM

Jef,

Very fine capture of the constellation. It looks very nice on my monitor.

Frank :)

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:42 PM

Jef,

Nice sketch of Cepheus :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:33 AM

This is what we make far too less: Naked eye sketches. The sky is most beautful without any instrument between us and teh sky.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:44 PM

Thanks all!
@ Uwe: I agree, we should all do more naked eye sketches!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

Great sketch, Jef! :bow:

Which reminds me that I want to do more naked eye as well. I find it very enjoyable, from a dark site of course.

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