M34 2012 11 05
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:34 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:44 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:31 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:57 PM
I would make the bright stars a little bit smaller...
Yea, looks like a view through a small refractor.
Seriously, though, I find the technique appealing. You can even begin flirting with color. I make a pencil sketch at the eyepiece that no one will ever be allowed to see...just too hideous. All out of proportion, just ugly, but it's just a place to take notes. A template on the computer is used to help get the proportions correct and a paint program is used to lay out the details. It's an effective technique, and allows one to sip coffee reproducing the night's observation.
Michael, maybe you can translate your sketches into a PC program, too? With the right programs, you can do a lot.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:11 PM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:45 PM
That is a very fine first star cluster sketch.
You are getting good advice here. I should be taking notes too.