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#1 kenrenard

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:41 PM

Although it does feel like spring it's clear. I tried to capture M41. The center two stars look very gold. I started observing early at twilight. I need to get some spray to prevent the smearing but overall I saw some interesting shapes like a small dipper in the cluster. Even with light pollution the open clusters show very well.

Sketched with 8 inch dob with 18mm explore scientific eyepiece.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:56 PM

Nice sketch Ken.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:51 PM

Ken,

It is a fine capture of this open cluster.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:50 AM

Thank You Frank and Andre.

I still have quite a bit to learn. I need to look for a white pen to make my original circle and get some larger black paper.

I still am amazed how much more I see in the object when I try to capture it with a pencil.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:37 AM

Ken,

Very good sketch of M-41 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

I still am amazed how much more I see in the object when I try to capture it with a pencil.

Ken


Exactly my feeling, Ken! Very nice work.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:23 AM

Tell me Ken, how did you digitalized your sketch ? If you used a digital camera, try taking you picture outside the house in the shade of a wall or balcony roof. You will get a more uniform illumination and will give you a better result once processed.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

Andre,
I actually just use an iphone and e-mail the picture at the smallest resolution to post here at cloudy nights. I welcome any advice being new at this.

I have a small black paper sketchpad and a Conte white pastel and use a CD to make the circle that is pretty much it. I have to work on getting a clipboard to hold it better and maybe get some more colors since I know I saw some gold starts last night.

Any other ideas you folks have I welcome. I am thinking about picking up a book on Astronomy sketching since I am enjoying it very much.


Thanks Again

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:42 AM

Ken.

Ok for the Iphone. So next time try to take the picture outside the house. Actually I'm sure you have taken your picture close to a window as the light direction shows. You have one side much brighter than the other side causing your drawing overexposed and no contrast.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Thanks Andre,
I will do some testing. I can use a regular digital camera and probably get a much better result. Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

Ken.

No problem. Its what I do with my sun stencil and believe me, its change a lot depending the ambiant light and how you set the camera.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:27 AM

Ken,
I think you've got an excellent technique to build on and your images are already fine examples of astro sketching. Here's a good link for some good advice to help you on your way: http://www.iceinspac...14-0-0-1-0.html
Cheers mate
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:28 AM

Thank You Sean,

Great information.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:29 AM

Sean.

Very interesting information. Nice to see the result of each tool.

Andre.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

I just ordered some of the tools in the article. Plus the Mat Spray and a clipboard for $30.00 I should have quite a bit of fun learning. Thank You all again for your encouragement and sharing your skills and opinions.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:25 PM

Glad the info helped, Ken. We're all here to help. Andre, Alex did a great job in making this resource available :)

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:26 AM

I took the liberty of reworking and cropping your drawing. Hope you don't mind. It better preserves your efforts.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

Very nice sketch, Ken! It's always a big challenge to draw open clusters because you end up spending hours behind the eyepiece. :D

My compliments!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:05 PM

I took the liberty of reworking and cropping your drawing. Hope you don't mind. It better preserves your efforts.

Pete


Pete,
I Looks much better. Thanks for the help.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:17 PM

Thank You Peter,
I am getting some new supplies to keep learning. I have learned so much from your sketches.


Ken

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:53 AM

Ken,

Very nice sketch of M41. :waytogo:

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:53 PM

Thanks Ed,
I appreciate the kind words.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:12 AM

Nice sketch Ken, one of my first sketches I made back in the 1970's was M41 using a pair of binoculars.

Best,

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 05:54 AM

Thank You Eric,
I always love seeing open clusters. Especially in Binoculars.


Ken

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

Hi Ken,

I recently scanned in my sketch of M41 that I made on January 2, 1975 using a pair of 8x40mm binoculars. It was the third deep-sky sketch that I ever made up to that time.

http://ejamison.net/m41.html

Clear Skies,

Eric






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