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#1 Michael11

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:28 PM

Hello all,

Last week we had some really nice and transparent sky (Negev desert, Israel, 6.8-6.9m NELM, without dust for a change), and I've decided to make another sketch of Coma galaxy cluster. This time I didn't use the "circle of death", but went for a wide field panoramic drawing. The faintest galaxies visible in this sketch are nearing 13.9th magnitude. Telescope I used was Skywatcher 250mm Newtonian, with 13 and 6.7mm eyepieces.
Annotations and original sketch are available here:
http://www.deepskywa...h-panorama.html

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#2 Michael11

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:32 PM

And this is the Hickson 68 group (with 4 out of 5 galaxies visible) and it's neighbour - NGC 5371. There is also a nice "albireo-like" pair of stars, visible right near the galaxy group.
http://www.deepskywa...laxy-group.html

The last sketch from this observing session was the PanSTARRS comet - which can be found here:
http://www.deepskywa...ketch-2013.html

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#3 Michael11

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

The last one is a sketch from march. It was made under less-then ideal ~6.0 magnitude sky. It shows Irene asteroid (bright star in the middle) passing between two bright galaxies - Messier 88 and Messier 91.
http://www.deepskywa...eroid-sketch...

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#4 John K

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:19 PM

Wow Michael
You have been busy.Great looking work.I really like the galaxy cluster in Coma!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:25 PM

Michael,

These are superb galaxy sketches.
Seeing faint clusters of galaxies can really get ones blood flowing but sketching them so well is even better.

Frank :)

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:10 AM

Simply beautiful. Spectacular sketches.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:12 AM

Michael,
Beautiful work. I just viewed many of these last week. You have captured the essence of what we see at the eyepiece.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

As usual, Michael, terrific sketches!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:29 AM

I'm seriously impressed by your work, Michael. Of course, having a perfect sky is one thing, but making such beautiful and realistic drawings is another. My compliments!

Peter

#10 Michael11

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:42 AM

Thanks for your comments everyone :)

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:02 PM

You'll want to revisit this area with a 18 or 20-inch telescope if you can, you will be shocked at how many MORE galaxies will come into view. As it stands, I can't see this many in the same place under the hazy skies her with a 15-inch, I have made out seven galaxies though the last time I looked at the Coma Cluster. This is a very good sketch of the core of the Coma Cluster, you've done a very good job on rendering the varying sizes, shapes, and brightnesses of the galaxies. It's a good example of what a good 10-inch can do when the skies are dark.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

Michael,

Very good sketches of the Galaxies :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom






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