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#1 PeterDob

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:59 AM

I've been absent for some time, I know, partly also because the terrible weather we've had over the past few months. But on Sunday evening, I noticed some stars through the window so I rushed outside. I had already planned to draw M5 for a while because it's one of my favourite globulars with its rather irregular features. But once I had closed the front door behind me, my enthusiasm sank to the bottom of the ocean again because the sky turned out to be completely veiled, apart from... a hole in the CYG-LYR region. Optimistic as I am (ahem... ahem... :imawake:) I rolled out the Dob anyway and pointed ad M56 in stead. It's not as bright as M5, it's smaller and much more difficult to resolve, but in the end I was pleased with the result. I hope you are too. :D

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#2 JimPie

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:27 AM

Peter,
You captured a lot of detail in this faint globular. Beautiful!

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 11:51 AM

Peter,
What a beautiful sketch. Very nice detail as always. Bravo.


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:01 PM

I have a sketch of M56 in my sketch gallery. Comparing yours to mine...well, there is no comparison. :)

Awesome job! I have to say, the extra 14" of aperture sure makes globulars much more difficult to sketch ;)

Amazing sketch.

#5 PeterDob

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:10 PM

Many thanks Jim, Ken and Ian! You're so kind, as always. :D It is indeed a bit of a challenge to draw globulars, although not as much as complex open clusters like the M46 and M35 drawings I made. The trickiest thing I find with globulars, however, is trying to get some 3D in it. It'd be very easy to just put a load of dots where the globular is and leave it at that. I've tried to create different layers of stars and behind the bright front ones I've added a dark circle. When I observe globulars I see the diffraction rings around those stars much better, probably because of the very bright background. I tried to add that effect as well... Anyway, it was a nice practice and one of these I'll still have a go at M5. :D

Cheers,

Peter

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:50 PM

Joli Peter ! Nice job.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:56 PM

Merci beaucoup, Michel! ;)

I've actually forgotten to tell the best bit! All around me I could see distant flashes of lightning. Really spectacular, whilst at my place there were only cirrus clouds and that one hole around M56! :photo:

Peter

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

Peter,

M5 is also my favorite big bright globular with all those stars arching out from the center like a pinwheel.
Your decision to sketch M56 is a great second choice because it resides in a dazzling star field and presents a great look as your sketch reveals.
Well done.

Frank :)

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:56 AM

Peter,

Very good sketch of M-56 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:06 PM

Impressive sketch! I always have a lot of respect for those who can sketch globulars like this :waytogo:

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:10 PM

Very realistic. I'm impressed. :waytogo:

#12 PeterDob

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:35 PM

Thank you so much, guys! Very much appreciated! :D

Peter

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:19 PM

Super job Peter. Now need to compare with my much poorer version in my gallery. You set a high standard for us all.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:58 PM

Thanks, Chris! But I think that we all set a high standard for eachother. And that is how it should be. Together we push eachother to excel and reach new hights. :D

Cheers,

Peter

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:22 PM

Great work again, Pete. This really demonstrates the value of sketching, particularly for globulars, as opposed to photographs. Photos really burn out the delicate structure of globulars, whereas a really good sketch like this shows the real picture.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:35 AM

What a nice compliment! Thank you so much, Sean. :D

Peter






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