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#1 frank5817

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

This evening presented the rare, clear sky that we always look forward to enjoying. Early on some deep sky treasures presented themselves at the eyepiece but before long the Moon was up and deep sky targets became washed out. Now my attention and telescope turned toward old luna with the Moon just past full by 2.5 days. My eye ran along the terminator and the famous “four in a row” which rest upon the 61° E longitude line. All four were standing at the edge. I skipped over craters Furnerius and Petavius this time and went north to Vendelinus (147 km.) and Langrenus (133 km.) as they were the easier two sketching targets. As I sketched the younger crater Langrenus, all that was visible from the floor were the tips of the two tallest central peaks pushing up to catch the last of the sunlight. North and west of Langrenus on the eastern edge of Mare Fecunditatis, the trio of Atwood (30 km.), Naonobu (35 km.) and Bilharz (43 km.) were easily seen and parts of the ray system extending from Langrenus was detectable even at this time of low illumination. To the south and straddled by Lohse (41 km.) and Holden (48 km.), Vendelinus was showing its best look for an old shattered crater. Parts of the shallow floor were illuminated by grazing light and presenting a fine view.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 8”x 10”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils, white pearl eraser and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 07-25-2013 04:15-06:00 UT
Temperature: 20°C (68°F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 115.0°
Lunation: 16.7 days
Illumination: 93.0 %
Phase: 329.4°

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 kenrenard

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 07:19 PM

Frank,
You have outdone yourself. So very beautiful. I like the way the light is captured in your sketch. Great work.

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#3 Michael Rapp

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:43 PM

What really makes a lunar sketch work for me is the texture of the maria, which really stands out to me in your sketch, Frank. You've got both the sharper features and the rounded, sculpted features wonderfully rendered.

Looks like the temperature was perfect for an enjoyable night sketching!

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:10 AM

Superb Frank ! Another masterpiece. I dream to see your originals...
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 03:53 AM

:waytogo: The clair/obscure-craterfloor is really special!

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

Excellent and so Frank :-)
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

Ken, Michael, Michel, Jef and Dee,

Thank you all for your comments and encouraging words.

Frank :)

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

Frank,

Good sketch of Langrenus & Vendelinus :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:38 AM

Tom,
Thank you.
Now that the Moon is in the morning sky we can do deep sky in the evening and set the alarm early to do lunar sketching in the morning. :rimshot:

Frank :)

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:54 PM

Another outstanding sketch, thanks for posting.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 12:22 AM

Frank,

Another great sketch !

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 12:30 AM

Tommy and Tamás,

Thank you both for the positive response.
I'm looking forward to seeing more sketches from both of you.

Frank :)

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:04 PM

Another fine sketch as always Frank,

Best,

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:57 AM

Eric,

Thank you much, it continues to be too cloudy here to please me but I have managed a few observing sessions this summer.

Frank :)

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:23 AM

Now dang it Frank, you need to get all your sketches put into a book, because you know I'd buy a copy.

As always, just a beautiful sketch my old friend.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:13 PM

Hello Wade,

Nice to see you back at the sketching forum.
I made another lunar sketch a few nights ago
of the Stofler- Faraday region of the moon.
I have not scanned it yet but I'm finding
the skies here in Chicagoland getting a little better (fewer clouds and rain).

Thanks again for the nice words.

Frank :)

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

Wowie... Frank, you've truly amazed me with this one. I've seen many lunar sketches but only very few of them come close to this. The 3D feeling you get from yours is truly overwhelming. I bow my head humbly in respect.

Peter

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:22 AM

Peter,

Thank you much. I had a good comfortable night and conditions were very relaxed while sketching.

Frank :)

PS Looking forward to seeing your next sketches.






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