It has been a while since I have posted here. I have been uploading some new sketches to my gallery, but none of them justified a post here in my mind.
My most recent effort last night was of M97, the Owl Nebula. I was not optimistic that I would even be able to see it with my 4" refractor from my red zone backyard. On top of that, it was still late twilight. Nevertheless, with a UHC or OIII filter I could see it quite easily, although I could barely catch any detail beyond ascertaining its position and size. The west edge did seem more diffuse that the east, I tried to represent this in the sketch. I could certainly see no trace of the "eyes". It was invisible to me sans filter.
In the end, a yet another unremarkable sketch by yours truly, but I am quite happy to have glimpsed this one at all. The galaxies in the area, and in Leo, were not readily visible to me on this night.