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#1 cpr1

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:45 AM

I recently did some observing from my dark site on Toldeo Bend lake. It is a blue zone area. It is about an hour and 45 min. drive for me so I don't get to go as often as I would like to. But it is nice because it is a family fishing camp so I usually stay the night. So I am not rushed.

I used my 12 inch F5 dob for these sketches. I sketched other targets too but these were my favorites of that night.

I primarily used a Nagler 26 t5, 13 ethos, and 9 nagler t6.

Observing from this spot is spoiling me rotten.

M101

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M104 I am not sure if I like how this one turned out. It looked much better through the 13 ethos and 9 nag.

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NGC 4565 I think this one turned out the best. It helps that it is a fairly bright object too.

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#2 PeterDob

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

Superb drawings, Christopher! I like the bluish hue you've given to the galaxies... very artistic! :D

Peter

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:40 PM

The blue isn't on purpose. The combination of the drawing paper and a new scanner caused this. The paper I used is off white and the scanner interpreted it this way.

But thanks for the compliment.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:55 PM

The most brilliant ideas always come by accident! :D

Cheers!

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:09 PM

The blue isn't on purpose.

Just an idea: you can change the sketch in black/white by using PS. BTW fine sketches!

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:15 PM

Thanks Jef. At least I know I am not color blind. ;)

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:10 PM

Christopher,

Very good sketches of M-101, M104 & NGC 4565 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:18 PM

I do really like the last one, it's got a lovely texture to it, and the dust lane is very striking.

How do you cope with dark adaption sketching at the eyepiece under such dark skies?

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:54 PM

Thanks Chris, I do a rough sketch under red light then refine the best I can from memory as soon as I get inside under a well lit room. I just can't finalize the details at the eyepiece unless it is a moon lit night.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 05:28 PM

Fine sketches. I got to view with some ethos the other night in a Yellow zone. What a great eyepiece. Now I know what they look like in a blue zone. Superb work.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:28 AM

Christopher,

You have three very fine galaxy sketches here.
Excellent.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:18 AM

Very nice set of observations. I thought the blue was a blue zone artifact
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I'm thinking Im going to need to drive as far for equally good sky's. though I think 2 hours gets me a black zone or close to it.

Again very nice work!

Pete

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:49 PM

Very fine sketches Christopher.

Best,

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:05 AM

Very nice sketches! Fine details!

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:20 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I did some testing from home with my new 16 inch dob recently and one of the targets I chose was M104 again. I was optically testing and testing sky commander. I sketched it again with a different paper and directly from the eyepiece.

The 12 easily beat the view at the dark site versus the 16 in a red zone. No surprise here.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:57 PM


Christopher,
Beautiful and detailed renderings.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:41 PM

Woooaaaah.... That is simply beautiful. The third one for sure is my favorite because of more details. Unbelieving.

Ande.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:37 PM

Nicely done.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:30 AM

Thanks Roland, Ande, and Jim much appreciated.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:44 AM

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