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#1 kenrenard

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:53 PM

Well I finally got the nerve to post a lunar sketch. I just started observing the Moon a few months ago othe than casual looks. I never appreciated it enough and am still ignorant of what I sketched. I used my AT72 refractor with a 5mm TMB eyepiece. I have viewed Frank and Jean's galleries and see what true artists they are their galleries gave me the inspiration to try. Please feel free to give me any advice. I am thinking of picking up a book about astronomical sketching.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:03 PM

Hi Ken,

It looks pretty good to my eye but if you have a sketching date and approximate time, it would be easier to figure out where on the Moon we are here. The crater at the upper left has a central peak so it must be about 30 km. or larger.
The post is a little dark, can I brighten it for you just a little?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:11 AM

Frank,
I sketched this on Monday night about 8 to 8:30 4/15. The large crater only had the top peak in the center showing light. It was right along the terminator. I tried another drawing but found if I included to many craters it looked worse.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:50 AM

Ken,

I thought the large crater might be Capella but I'm far from certain. Is north up and is the scope view reversed left/right?
Unless you are making a very large sketch, I would stay away from the textured paper. It is really a matter of preference but I find it easier to sketch on paper with less "tooth".
The crater rims look good with the bright highlights. Keep up the fine work.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:30 AM

Frank,
It is reversed. Which made it difficult for me to find more about it online. I just downloaded a lunar map an plan to learn the Moon better. I really appreciate your encouragement. It sure is much harder than it looks. I was viewing you pictures and they look so real, so 3D. I need to practice quite a bit more. I am enjoying myself though.

Thanks again.

Ken

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

Ken,

Very good sketch of the Moon :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:26 PM

Ken,

You are doing great,just keep at it.
Too many folks quit before giving it enough time and practice. It will get much easier and your confidence will build.

Frank :)

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:53 AM

Ken,
Nicely done, very interesting technic, continue this way because you are in direction of coloured sketches, just another dimension
Michel

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

Thanks Michel,
I was happy with last nights sketch after some tips from Frank.

I always enjoy your site although my French is minimal. I was able to get through Paris a few years ago with some very basic understanding of the language.

Ken

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:18 AM

Very nice sketches, Ken! Keep it up because I'm sure that with a bit of practice you'll deliver some real masterpieces. :)

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:36 AM

Ken.

You're way better than me, I don't have the gust to start. So good job.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:03 AM

Thanks Andre,
I just started trying the Moon. It's a very complex object I was baffled the first few times I tried to sketch it. I now realize I need to keep it simple a few craters for a beginner like me.

Ken






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