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A butterfly, a pine tree and yea olde cross, Lunar

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#1 maroubra_boy


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:17 AM

At last I've been able to put pencil to paper again. Weather and work couldn't conspire this time!

While scanning the terminator for interesting features, I'm always on the look out for interesting "apparitions". These could be alphanumeric symbols, or anything that the mind recognises as a familiar shape or thing. This time, a lovely collection of rimae and craters worked to form a butterfly! As the sketch developed, I found two other items that curiously form a pine tree in silhouette and an old cross with rounded ends.

I also found the crater Vieta to be an interesting item. A striking feature of Vieta is the bottom most section of the crater floor has a very much longer shadow of the rim wall cast across it than the top section. Two things could be at play here: either the rim wall is taller than the surrounding rim (unlikely), or the crater floor has collapsed in this area allowing for the shadow to appear to extend further out (more likely). A tell-tale sign is the small fissure that sits just above the extended shadow that reaches out to the central peak. It also has wonderfully terraced internal walls, that are formed by landslides.

While conditions tonight could have been better, and it was a very cold night, it was a dry evening that saw no dew form at all!!! Wonderful stuff as the previous week had seen the mornings sodden with dew.

I'll post a labelled picture of tonight's sketch to show the location of the various items.

Object: A butterfly, a pine tree and yea olde cross
Scope: orange tube C8, 8" SCT
Gear: 8mm Celestron Ultima LX, 250X
Date: 20th July, 2013
Location: Sydney, Oz
Media: White, grey and black soft pastel & white ink on A5 size black paper
Time: approx. 2hrs

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#2 maroubra_boy


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:18 AM

A labelled sketch:

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:00 AM


This is a wonderful capture and it is done with your superb and recognizable style. Excellent details.
Always a pleasure to see your work here.

Frank :)

#4 JayinUT


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:48 AM


This is very rich and rewarding! Love the various levels of contrast and complexity.

#5 Jef De Wit

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 12:44 PM

Beautiful stuff!

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:23 PM


Very nice sketch of the Moon :).




#7 kenrenard


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Amazing work. Just beautiful.


#8 Ed D

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:34 AM

Alex, it seems to have been a while since last seeing your fine sketches here. Gorgeous lunar sketch.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:28 AM

Thank you for your kind words everyone. I always take a great deal of encouragement from them, :)

Ed, yes it has been a while. Not through lack of wanting, but lack of sky time. Work and weather have been conspiring together against me, :cloudy: :nonono:

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:44 PM

That is very nice!! Awesome artistic twist you have there, I love this type of style.. I would frame something like this and hang it on a wall.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:59 AM

You are quite the artist. Very well done and captivating technique. Do you do art on the side?


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:51 AM

Lovely, it´s always a good time looking at your sketches

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