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#1 frank5817

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

On the evening of March 12, 2013, I was treated to a pleasant view of the 1.26 day old Moon (1.8% illuminated) and comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS from 07:00pm to 07:20pm local time Mesa, Arizona. I had an excellent view of the clear western sky and I could see the comet naked eye about 6.5 diameters to the south of the Moon.
To assist in making the rough graphite sketch I used a 5x 50mm finder scope removed from an Orion telescope. After returning home from Arizona to Illinois I made a color drawing from field notes and the graphite sketch. I was planning on a color sketch but the number of colors need and blending seemed too much for the 30 minutes to comet set.
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Graphite pencils: 6B, 4B and 2B also black and white pastel pencils on white sketching paper.
Color drawing was made with black and white charcoal pencils and an assortment of color pencils on medium blue paper.

Frank McCabe :)

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

colorized drawing - next day

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#3 PeterDob

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:12 PM

Oh how lovely... I envy you because here it's been cloudy for days. My compliments for your wonderful sketches!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:50 PM

Whaw Frank, that's so great, this is the exact kind of souvenir that I dream to have. I like this sketch a lot.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Frank,
Forget the observational merit, its a beaut.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:34 AM

I always like sketches with a wide view. This one is no exception! Congratulations with the ASOD.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

Peter, Michel, Jim and Jef,

Thanks for your comments on my sketch and drawing.
I'm glad I was out of Illinois with its constant cloud cover so I'd have a chance to see this.

Frank :)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

I'm sure you are, Frank. You too are a great artist and you deserve a place on somebody's wall! :D

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:11 PM

Frank,

Nice skatches of Comey PanStarrs and the Moon :).

I looked for it,but didn't find it.

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

Wow, superb sketch. I really like those sketches with a landscape included.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:19 PM

Frank, terrific artwork! I love that. I agree with the others widefield of view have something very special!

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:13 PM

Peter, Tom, Andre and Jean,

I was in the right place Tuesday night, by 6am I was on a plane back to Chicago and I have seen rain, snow and clouds ever since returning. .. Some thing never change. :shrug:
Thank you all for the nice words.

Frank :)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:24 PM

Wow great sketch, glad you were able to spot it, i tried on wednesday but couldn't even see it with binoculars through the cold crisp Chicago sky.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:59 PM

Tommy5,

I also looked with a pair of binoculars from a park with a good western horizon Wednesday night. Although it was reasonably clear and the Moon was visible, I could not pick the comet out 45 minutes after sunset even though I must have had it in the field of view. Transparency is often poor a few degrees above the horizon. A few more days should help if it clears again.

Frank :)

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

Frank, these illustrations are incredible! Even more so because I have yet to enjoy seeing PanSTARRS in cloud filled CT. I love them both, although there is something decidedly special about that black and white.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:27 AM

Jason,

Thank you, the black and white one is actually my sketch.

Frank :)

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:33 PM

Frank - only one word - GREAT

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:14 PM

Nice sketch Frank.

I haven't had much luck with the weather to see the comet.

Best,

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:30 PM

Mike and Eric,

Thank you both. Since last Tuesday the 12th I have not had any luck either. The skies of Arizona are vastly superior to the skies of Illinois.

Frank :)






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