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#1 mike73

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:10 AM

This M33 sketch was done last Friday at my local dark site.
Although the sky was fairly good at the zenith the skyglow from the nearest city was the same direction as the galaxy so conditions weren't as good as I hoped and I wast too sure if I'd pick out any detail due to the low surface brightness and it being prone to LP problems.
The sketch/observation took around 1 1/4 hr to complete and the more I observed the more detail popped out making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I apologise for the strange horizontal banding in the picture, I have no idea what caused it, must of been some problem with the camera.

That was probably my last DSO sketch with my 12" Skywatcher as hopefully my 16" Sumerian Canopus will be arriving before the next new moon! :jump:

http://darkskysketch...012/09/m33.html

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#2 JeanB

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:33 PM

Wow. That's a very nice sketch! Did you use pastel?

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#3 mike73

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

Thanks Jean and yep its pastel.
I've been experimenting with different brands for a while and decided on Conte' as they seem a little more oily than others making it easier to work with in the dark. :)

#4 Rutilus

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:00 PM

Extremely nice sketch of M33, lots of structure in there.
I can rememeber the days when I could stand in the local town centre and still observe M33 with 8x30 binoculars.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:50 PM

Superb, Mike!

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:11 PM

This is an absoluty wonderful sketch. Great job Mike!

If I can be a little critical though, I would have expected to see NGC 604 (I can see it in my 4-inch refractor) and some of the other numbered HII regions to show up with this much detail. It would also be nice to have shown north and west on the sketch although I think I can tell from the field-of-view. Other than these things this is a great sketch.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

Mike,

You have a good sketching location. Your sketch is really very finely detailed. You spent some time on this one.

Frank :)

#8 mike73

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:39 AM

Thanks Frank, it was time well spent. :)

Buddy
Always open to constructive criticism so thankyou for your comments.

Rutulis and bra' boy, cheers ;)

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:57 AM

Awesome sketch, Mike! Very reminiscent of what I see through my 12-inch Dob.

#10 Jef De Wit

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 10:28 AM

Everytime I see sketches like this I think: I should start to sketch deepsky on a black background too....

#11 Andrev

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:27 PM

Hi.

Simply beautiful. Your sketches are so well done and nice to look at. Congrats.

Andre.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:55 PM

That is a beautiful sketch, Mike! :bow:
It always pays off to be patient with deep-sky observing: the longer you observe, the better the experience becomes.

Nice to see that there are still dark skies in the UK.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 04:30 PM

Mike,

Very good sketch of M-33 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks for sharing!

Jason

#15 Aperturefever

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:29 AM

Mike,
That is spot-on mate. You've really caught the subtleties of this object, and that's not an easy thing to do.
Cheers
Sean

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:20 AM

Mike, wonderful sketch.

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#17 Matt Lindsey

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:34 PM

That's very pretty. Makes me want to experiment with black paper.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:09 PM

Great pastel sketch. You are fortunate to have such a dark site!
Phil






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