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#1 Michael11

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:53 AM

Hello all :)

This is a drawing of the famous Double Cluster in Perseus - NGC 884 and NGC 869:
http://www.deepskywa...ter-sketch.html

The sketch was made with a graphite pencil, on a white paper (inverted). I observed with a 10" Skywatcher equatorial Newtonian, 18mm ES82 eyepiece and a Paracorr, under ~6 magnitude skies. Also I was using my new observing chair - and I must admit it made a HUGE difference. Drawing, while comfortably sitting, with a sketch pad on my knees :jump:

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#2 KidOrion

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:17 AM

WOW.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:29 AM

Michael,

The is a real treat to look at. You have wonderfully captured the colors of the brightest stars and acurately positioned all of them.

Frank :)

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:09 AM

Real great!

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:25 AM

Hello Michael,

Wonderful sketch! :bow:
I know how much effort and energy goes in drawing such a crowded star-field. One can use all the comfort there is.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:28 AM

A most admirable effort. Drawing OC's is very difficult. Didn't you see any nebulosity from unresolved stars at this magnification? I like the subtle color. The different size of stars as a primary means of conveying their brightness - personally not so much, but of course it is a common convention. The yellowish stars (the bright one on the border top-right and a few fainter ones in the middle) - how was it done? After inverting in Photoshop?

#7 Michael11

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for your replies =)

Didn't you see any nebulosity from unresolved stars at this magnification? I like the subtle color. The different size of stars as the primary means of conveying their brightness - personally not so much, but of course it is a common convention. The yellowish stars (the bright one on the border top-right and a few fainter ones in the middle) - how was it done? After inverting in Photoshop?

I didn't see any nebulosity, apart from the usual milky way background. Colours were marked on a separate sheet, and added in photoshop with a brush tool in "colour" mode.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:42 AM

Colours were marked on a separate sheet, and added in photoshop with a brush tool in "colour" mode.


This is a clever technique, I'll make a note of it.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:43 AM

Michael,

Very good sketch of the Double Cluster :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:45 AM

very good job, I did a couple sketches last year where there where only 10 or 15 stars in the FOV. This must have been a chore. Wow...

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:58 AM

Truly incredible sketch, Michael!

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:41 PM

A great sketch indeed.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:06 PM

Amazing sketch, Michael. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to do such a good job. How long did this sketch take you to do? Was it over a couple nights adding to it, or many hours in one night?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:33 PM

Unexpectedly excellent. Great work!

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:41 PM

Great work!You have some serious sky's there.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:30 PM

I have viewed many of the drawings in your gallery and am not surprised by the quality of this one.You've been able to bring to your paper a satisfying,realistic reproduction that few could ever hope to do.I truly look forward to your next drawing and can only suggest that other members take the time to view your gallery if they hav'nt already.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:15 AM

Thank you very much for the feedback :)

How long did this sketch take you to do? Was it over a couple nights adding to it, or many hours in one night?

It took about 1.5 - 2 hours to draw this one.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:33 AM

Beautiful, it's an object I don't get to see but it's out sketch brings it to life

#19 Jef De Wit

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:35 AM

:waytogo:

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:53 PM

Just awesome Michael and your gallery is surely one to view for inspiration.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

excellent sketch. Photograpic!!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:25 PM

Just awesome Michael and your gallery is surely one to view for inspiration.


Yes, and probably one of the best sketches I have seem of these clusters.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:54 PM

Thanks again everyone for your comments :o

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

Michael,

One of the things I love about sketching is that to me, it truly represents what I see in the eyepiece. No photograph seems to duplicate that.

Your sketch is a perfect example of what I would see in the eyepiece and reminds me of first light with the first telescope I ever built with a the first mirror I ever ground/polished/figured with my own hands.

Thank you for sharing!!!!

Jason






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