I made a sketch of the star Eta Carina and its nebulosity, called the Humunculus at 360X in a 12 inch Cassegrain. This was from my friends backyard near Brisbane.
My problem is that it just is not coming out looking anywhere near what it did in the scope. The star at the middle of the peanut-shaped nebula is Eta Carina and the nebula is the dust it ejected many years ago. If you have seen the Hubble image then you know there are dark markings on the nebula.
So, having the star drawn in dark pencil and then also having the dark dusk markings drawn in dark pencil is not a good representation of this object. I am thinking that I will have to buy some dark paper, Navy blue or black and use some color pencils to create the nebula in light orange and then the star in white and the dust in black.
I do see color in the brightest nebulae and some planetaries, so the purchase would not be for just one object.
Thanks for any input you have;