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#1 frank5817

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:49 PM


I have not sketched Saturn this go around because of extremely poor weather so far this year. On Wednesday evening the atmosphere cooperated and I had a scope outside cooling down. I did not have access to any Saturn templates because of a computer crash I have not yet been able to repair. So I took out my old mechanical drawing equipment and made an ellipse of the approximate eccentricity of Saturn’s rings and sketched from there. It’s a bit crude but reasonably close to the view. Seeing was good and the atmosphere was transparent. I was able to see Mimas but it was just beyond the way I framed the sketch for posting. Enceladus was about 12th magnitude.



Sketching:

Date: 06/20/2013, 01:45 – 02:45 UT
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy
Transparency: 3/5
Seeing: Pickering 7/10

For sketching I used 10” x 12” Canson black paper, white, gray, charcoal and black pastel pencils, powdered Conte’ crayons, white Pearl eraser, blending stumps.

Equipment: 18” f/4.95 Dobsonian with a 9mm ortho eyepiece for 250 x.
Neodymium filter and single polarizing filter

Frank :)

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#2 kenrenard

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:55 PM

Frank,
Fine work. I was looking Friday night at a local star party. We had hazy skies but it still looked good. You got a great deal of detail. Nice work.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:18 PM

Woah Frank. This is really nice. I like so much when a moon or two are figuring with the main planet. So nice.

Andre.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 04:41 PM

Frank,

Very good sketch of Saturn & Enceladus :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#5 frank5817

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:32 PM

Ken, Andre, and Tom,

Thanks so much for your comments.
Saturn is a tough sketching target, beautiful to look at but problematic to capture faithfully.

frank :)

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:31 AM

I find Saturn sketches without template always more personal. Fine work!

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:45 AM

Frank

I believe you.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:30 AM

Great Saturn, its very difficult to get right without a template, you did a great job, lots of detail and banding, superb.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:33 PM

Jef and Tommy,

Thank you.

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Andre,

If I sketched Saturn often,I would use ring templates.
I don't see the colors on Jupiter or Saturn that I can easily see on Mars.
I really enjoy seeing those color Saturn sketches by others.

Frank :)

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:57 PM

Aaaahhhh see the difference aperture makes lol.

Great work Frank!!!! I particularly like the temperate belts a s the one bisect ing the EZ. In better seeing Ive glimpsed the thin one that bisects that zone with my 8". So far I haven't had good enough seeing to make a call on it.

Very nice work and good catch picking out Enceladus!

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:08 AM

Nice one Frank............

#12 frank5817

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:10 PM

Pete and Sol,

Thank you both.
Always a real treat to see this planet on a good night.

Frank :)

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:27 AM

Taking a break from the moon, Frank? Get back to it before you show me up on Saturn. Ooops, already did. :)

Nice to see you out observing the planets, too. Well done.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:36 PM

Frank,

Aperture matters. So does eye, hand and pencil. Bravo.

Regards,

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 01:17 AM

hi all,

Frank: great, detailed sketch !

Bye
Christian

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:52 AM

That is a very fine sketch, full of details!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:23 AM

Norme, Mel, Christian and Uwe,

Thank you all for your kind words.

Clear skies to you all,

Frank :)

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 01:26 PM

Lovely sketch, and,... As said here before, without template the result is maybe more artistic. A good ASOD day !

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:57 PM

Michel,

Thank you much.

Frank :)

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:38 AM

Very nice drawing, Frank! Perhaps it could still use a touch of colour, like you do so well with your moon drawings? Well done!

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:30 PM

Peter,

Yes color adds much.
Thanks.

Frank :)

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:53 AM

Very nice sketch Frank and you did a good job creating a Saturn template.

Best,

Eric






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