Open Cluster Observing Pin from AstroLeague
Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:04 PM
But one pin that I have always thought about doing is the Open Cluster.
Anyone done it and how long it took. The idea of sketching 50 clusters sounds like it might take a while. Back when I sketched the Moon I usually could do one or two sketches a night.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:19 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:34 AM
However, I now look back on my log books, especially my Messiers that I did in the 1990s, and I have absolutely no recollection of what most of these objects looked like. So, I am actually re-doing my Messiers and sketching all of them.
Another reason I avoided the OC award is that I thought it would get boring after awhile. OC after OC after OC after OC.
I think the key is to work on several awards at the same time. Keep that variety up. Thankfully, there are a lot of awards to choose from.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:34 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:40 PM
I too have several observing clubs going at once. I find that is the best way to do it since you always have one at least near done and one just started. For me that helps since it keeps me motivated to finish and not start some other observing project.
I really need to finish my Lunar II pin but where I am living right now makes for observing at the house pretty rough since the yard has so many darn trees. I may have to plan a trip to the local park about a mile away on nights that show features that I need to complete it. Lunar II really teaches you about the Moon.
How far into the Carbon Star pin are you?
Very impressive on sketching the Messiers, too have observed them all back in the 1990s when I was a teenager, and some of them I don't really recall how they look. I don't think I have done the Virgo grouping of Messier galaxies since 1999 or 2000.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:05 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:38 PM
I completed the Solar System pin a few years ago, right when the updated it. Before the update completing the pin would be pretty tough since the two Mars projects could only really be done when Mars was at opposition which only happens approximately every two years.
I really enjoyed the program though.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:59 PM