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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:27 PM

Hi Folks,

Lots of activity reported on the Sun so I got out the PST and took a look. I'm really rusty--my last H-a sketch was January (yikes!) but it was great to get out in the sunshine on a warm late fall day and observe our nearest star.

Seeing was pretty good and I used the head covering that my daughter-in-law made me which improved the contrast considerably--it was a blindingly clear day.

The sketch was done on black Artagain paper with conte' crayon, conte' pencil, Derwent Graphtint white pencil, charcoal pencil, and various erasers.

Notes are with the drawing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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#2 Asbytec

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:53 PM

Michael, you trying to scare us with the tiny blue Earth to scale? I get the feeling the prominence you show would just incinerate lil ole Terra - with me on it. Maybe you could put it at a safer distance? :)

Thank you for sharing your observation. It must have been beautiful. That's what draws us to observing and sketching in the first place. I don't follow the sun, so all I can do is appreciate your work.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

Michael.

Lot of effort in your sketch. It looks 3D for sure. Nice one. And you are right, there was lot of action today.

Andre.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Fine job! Still impressive what you can see with a little PST.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

Michael,

Beautiful solar sketch and Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

Michael,

Good sketch of the Nov. 21st H Alpha Sun :cool:.

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#7 Special Ed

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. :) Sorry to take so long to acknowledge them but family holiday obligations come first as I'm sure you understand.

It is quite humbling when one gets a perspective on our planet compared to the nearest star, isn't it?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:33 PM

Michael,

Fine detailed work. I love the 'pale blue dot' and to think we all live there is quite humbling.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:52 PM

Thank you, Mel. Yes, when I looked at the finished sketch with the little blue dot I had a Carl Sagan moment.






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