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#1 frank5817

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

This interesting region of the Moon is west of Fra Mauro and south of crater Lansberg.
The region was considered to be of great interest in the 1960’s which is why three space crafts landed here: Surveyor 3, Apollo 12 and Apollo 14. The region I sketched is south and west of all three.
My attention was captured by sunlight reflecting across all the peaks of the Riphaeus mountains on the terminator and the fine dome number 447 on Charles A. Kapral’s Lunar Dome Chart marked and visible at the upper left of the sketch.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Canson paper (8” x 10”), white and black pastel pencils, assorted erasers, and blending stumps
Telescope: 13.1” f/6 Dobsonian working at 222X (9mm ocular)
Date: 12-23-2012 01:00-02:30 UT Temperature: -5°C (23°F)
Partly cloudy,
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Colongitude 27 °
Lunation 9.68 days
Illumination 76.3%
Altitude 60 °

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 niteskystargazer

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

Frank,

Fine sketch of Mare Insularum & Mare Cognitum :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

Frank, you do a marvelous job of capturing the 3-D effect of the topography as it's influenced by the oblique angle of sunlight. BTW, I love the scattering of bright peaks that are peeking out of the shadows in the lower right of the frame. That is what typically catches my eye when scanning for subjects on the lunar surface.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Frank, you always capture the moon well. The moon is quite beautiful, and you bring it home.

Last night, my family and I were observing the moon. There was a lot to capture our attention, too. Girlfriend's sister just would not back away from the eyepiece. That's okay, she was enjoying it. She had never seen the moon in such a way.

In fact, neither have I, really. Thought I saw some brown hue in Mare Imbrium.

#5 frank5817

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

Tom, Jason and Norme,

Thank you for the nice words guys. There are many great features to view on the Moon. I did observe other targets that night including Jupiter and the comet passing through Ursa Major (Linear 2012/KS). A clear night is a good night.

Frank :)

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

Frank, Very nice. The mountains really got my attention as well as the peaks catching light in the shadows.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:12 AM

Jim and Jef,

Thanks a bunch.

Frank :)

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:21 PM

great sketch, nice details, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:38 PM

Frank.

Beautiful sketch. So much different tints used. Its impressive.

Andre.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:30 AM

Again a great sketch. It is worth to give attention to the different shades of grey which you worked out very fine. Thankk you fro sharing.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:23 AM

Tommy, Andre and Uwe,

Thanks you all. Sunday night was our last clear night and it was not too, too cold for sketching but below about -7 degrees C, I don't even try sketching anymore or else it looks like a sketch by an angry frozen person. :coldday: :dob:

Frank :)

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

Frank, your moon drawings R O C K ! I'm sure Patrick Moore is applauding from up there too! :refractor::rollgrin: :ubetcha: :waytogo:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:21 AM

Ian,

Thank you for your kind words.
I read Sir Patrick's autobiography earlier this year, a great read.

Frank :)

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:14 AM

Great Lunar drawing Frank.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

Rutilus,

Thank you much and the best to you in your sketching adventures.

Frank :)

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:07 AM

Hi Frank,

Very fine sketch as always, thanks for posting it.

Best,

Eric Jamison

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

Hi Eric,

Thank you,
Happy New Year to you and all the sketchers here.

Frank :)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

Beautiful

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

Rob,

Thank you very much.

Frank :)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

Frank, you keep amazing me. As Jason already said, the way you capture the 3D aspect is simply stunning. Fantastic work! And this is coming from a Moon hater... :-D

Peter

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Peter,

Thank you. I find it a fascinating target. I do like observing and even sketching the deep sky but when you live close to a major urban area moonless clear nights have other lights blocking the view.
Clear skies to you.

Frank :)






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