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#1 frank5817

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:05 PM

Crater Cichus (41 km.) sits on the remains of the high rim of Mare Nubium in one of the few places where the edge of this mare is clearly visible. Resting high on the rim of Cichus is small crater Cichus C (11 km.). This region is a very interesting piece of lunar real estate which includes craters young, old, concentric ringed, buried ghosts, grabens like the one in this sketch to the north called Rima Hesiodus and domes like Kies Pi just beyond the sketch area. To the west of crater Cichus is a portion of Palus Epidemiarum.
The seeing was slightly less than average but you could wait for intervals of better seeing which arrived now and again.
A fun observation and relaxing sketch with mosquito repellent applied.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 9”x 12”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils, white pearl eraser and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 07-18-2013 02:05-03:50 UT
Temperature: 31°C (88°F)
Hazy, calm, humid
Seeing: mostly Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 27.3°
Lunation: 9.5 days
Illumination: 67.8 %

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 Dee

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:36 PM

Very cool Frank , love the blue/ grey hue , lovely deep shadow work.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:51 AM

Super Frank, another masterpiece!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:12 AM

Great sketch, lots of good shadows and the thin rilles are outstanding.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:22 AM

The rima has a photo-like quality :waytogo:

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:08 AM

Frank,
You are a true master. I love it! I always marvel at your abilities. It's just what you see at the eyepiece!

:)

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

Dee, Michel, Tommy, Jef and Ken,

Thank you all for your kind comments.
Can't wait to see all of your next sketches.

Frank :)

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:35 AM

Frank,

Very good sketch of Craters Cichus & Environs :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:27 PM

Super Lunar Sketch Frank.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:22 AM

hi Frank,

very nice sketch, please more :) !

Bye
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#11 frank5817

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:59 AM

Tom, Rutilus and Christian,

Thank you for your kind remarks.
It is cloudy and raining here at the moment but
I do believe fair weather is in all our futures.

Frank :)

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:10 AM

Hi Frank,

Very fine sketch as always, and interesting description of the details.

What are buried ghosts?

Best,

Eric

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 03:46 PM

Hi Eric,

Ghost craters nearly unseen because of lava flooding over them.
Thanks for your nice words.

Frank :)

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:15 AM

Lovely touch there, Frank. A lot of fine details that make this sketch so precious.

Alex.

#15 frank5817

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:16 PM

Alex,

Thank you much, I have done much less sketching so far this year than in the last 7. It has been tough getting the weather to cooperate.

That is a very impressive sketch you just posted. Your lunar work is as good as all the rest of those targets below my horizon.

Frank :)

#16 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:30 PM

I like the diversity of forms: old an new crater, ridges, ray, hills... Great sketch!

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:33 AM

Uwe,

Thank you much. It is always fun to get out at night and sketch something astronomical.
I await your next sketch.

Frank :)

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:24 AM

Absolutely love this Frank!!!

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:22 PM

Another beauty... I totally agree you should have them all published. :D

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:59 PM

Frank - I want to reach out and touch it, it seems to pop off the screen. Very nice!

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:14 PM

Another great sketch Frank. Love it.

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:31 AM

Wade, Peter, Tom and Jim,

Thanks a bunch. I'm having best moments in life when sketching. Astronomy in all in avenues and side streets is a great lifelong hobby.

Frank :)

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Hi Frank,

I missed seeing this when you first posted it. It seems to have a little bit of everything. You know how to pick 'em. :cool:

Another beauty... I totally agree you should have them all published. :D

Peter


It would be nice to see all of Frank's work in one volume (if it would all fit). But he has had some work published:
Sketching the Moon

Thomas McCague is our own Frank. :bow:

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:47 PM

Very beautiful work that conveys that sense of mystery I so much love about the moon and its landscapes The colors also add to that sense of "otherworldniness". Thank you!
Randolph

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:12 PM

Michael and Randolph,

Thank you both for your kind words and comments.
The moon is endlessly fascinating to observe and sketch.

Frank :)






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