Revisiting this thread as a few days ago I stumbled upon my very first sketches that I made -- from 19 years ago!
I had long forgotten, but apparently M 15 was the first object I ever sketched.
I dabbled in sketching as I wanted a way to record what I saw in the eyepiece, but I didn't have the money for astrophotography. After all, nineteen years ago I was a junior in high school.
Amazing to think back to those times. In 1993 I had no internet access. All the astronomy information I had came from Sky & Tel, my local astronomy club, and the Astronomy FIDONET echo on the local BBS scene.
So I had no idea how to sketch "properly." I just took some paper and a number 2 pencil and away I went.
Here's the link to my November 6, 1993 sketch of M 15: http://www.pbase.com...image/147471638
It is facinating to note that the scope I used to sketch M 15 nineteen years ago is the same scope
I used to sketch the version at the beginning of this thread.
Here's the link to my other objects I sketched (M42, M31, and M45): http://www.pbase.com..._first_sketches