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#1 rodelaet

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:12 PM

Now that the nights are getting longer, I decided to start observing from my backyard again. The sky is not very dark, but it is convenient to observe from home. A pair of UHC filters were all that I needed to start hunting for the North America Nebula. I always start from Deneb and turn slowly east, towards xi Cygni, until the 'little Orion' comes into view. It is the asterism that I marked in the sketch. Little Orion shows the way to the large but elusive North America Nebula. The most prominent feature is the 'coastline of the Gulf of Mexico', as if the nebula has a sharp border. This is the easiest-to-see-part of the nebula. The eastern and northern borders of NGC 7000 fade away gradually into the background, whereas the northern side reaches a vast star cloud. Here it is hard to tell which glow comes from the nebula and which comes from unresolved starlight. I was very pleased with this positive observation from my own backyard, given the fact that I could hardly detect the bowl of the little dipper with the naked eye. :jump:

PS: it might be necessary to dim the lights to detect the nebula on your monitor.

Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium
Date : September 8, 2012
Time : around 23.30 UT
Binoculars : Teleskop Service 90° 70mm binoculars
Magnification : 21.6x
FOV: 3.2°
Filters : UHC
Seeing : 4/5
Transp. : 4/5
Sky brightness : 19.79 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Nelm: 5.35
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.

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#2 IVM

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:01 PM

Nice. And I like the soft stars. I guess they are easier to draw digitally. Or is it that people who draw digitally like detailed star images for whatever reason.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:22 PM

very nice!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:50 PM

very fine

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:00 PM

Simply superb.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:30 PM

Rony,

This comes up on my monitor perfectly. It looks wonderful and you describe a fine way to locate it in skies that are not the very best.
We have come to love seeing your deep sky sketches.

Frank :)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:24 AM

Beautiful! Great you could catch the nebula from your light-polluted garden.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:45 AM

very nice sketch! why the soft edge?

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:37 AM

I really like how accurately you portray the bino view of this.Seems like were right there viewing with you!

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:56 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone!

@ Andrés : the soft edge of the field stop is a matter of taste. In the dark I only record a sharp edge when I look straight at it. When I look at the center of the fov, the field stop seems soft with averted vision.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

Rony,

Very good sketch of NGC 7000 :).

Thanks for the Tip on finding the North America Nebula.

CS,KLU,

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:44 PM

Indeed, very good taste!

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:26 PM

AMAZING! Now I know where to look because you did that "little Orion" which I didn't know was there!

Cheers,

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:57 AM

Very nice rendering.
I personally prefer it without the annotations - makes it more real :)






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