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#1 frank5817

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:17 PM

There are some very fine craters to be found in the lunar highlands among the look-alike craters there. Two that I have included in this sketch are craters Stofler (125 km.) and Faraday (70 km.). Many of the craters in the region have large smooth regions on their floors. The remains of the eastern wall of Stofler form a rampart between older Stofler and Faraday and can be seen near Stofler’s center. The Faraday impact moved the east wall like an enormous excavator. On the south rim of Faraday sit two more overlapping craters, Stofler P (33 km.) and Faraday C (30 km.). That makes 4 fairly large overlapping craters in a small lunar region and many, many more small ones beyond resolution.
Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 6”x 11”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils, white pearl eraser and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 08-13-2013 00:10 - 01:50 UT
Temperature: 15°C (60°F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 356.1°
Lunation: 6.9 days
Illumination: 43.3 %
Phase: 97.7°

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:17 PM

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#3 Jef De Wit

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:04 AM

Interesting information and fine sketch!

#4 Rutilus

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:46 AM

Nice sketching Frank.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:08 AM

Frank,

very nice skech of Craters Stofler & Faraday :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:55 AM

I am amazed at a sketch such as this. I get so lost in the lunar highlands, even with Rukl's atlas by my side. You inspire me to give sketching the highlands a try ( I've stayed away from those areas in my sketches ).
Thanks!
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:09 AM

Frank, it takes a lot of courage to take on a challenge such as this one. The number of features you observed must have been overwhelming. Yet, you managed to draw them all in a superb way, adding a lot of depth and emotion to your work. Thank you very much!

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:01 AM

Jef, Rutilus, Tom, Randolph, Peter,

Thank you all for your comments and kind words. It was a fine evening with good viewing.

Frank :)

#9 Tommy5

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

Great sketch, lots of detail, thanks for sharing.

#10 frank5817

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:04 PM

Tom,

Thanks for your comments and kind words.
I'm hopeful as Fall approaches we will get some improvements in our observing weather.

Frank :)

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:51 AM

Super Frank, I like your moon sketches a lot as well as the associated story.
Your a good storysketcher ! ;)
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:14 AM

Wonderful work Frank. There's no doubt you are a talented draftsman and it conveys well here with so many well defined crater walls.

Great work and your own look.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:51 AM

Always a a pleasure, Frank. Someday I might try to do what you do.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:20 PM

wow awesome!

#15 frank5817

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:39 PM

Michel, Pete, Norme and Jeff,

Thank you all gentlemen for the encouraging words.
Sketching while observing is the way I enjoy amateur astronomy to the fullest.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:44 AM

Me, too, Frank...I really enjoy sketching. Observing, then sketching it. :)

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:04 AM

Frank.

Wow, what a complexe sketch. Must be hard to do and lot of patience to acheive that. Beautiful.

Andre.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:48 AM

Great sketches as always Frank :jump:

Best,

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:11 AM

Norme, Andre, Eric,

Thank you all gentlemen for your nice words

Frank :)

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:45 AM

Very nice sketch, I really like the soft tones you were using.

But the image with the labels is a real disappointment... There are about 50 craters on the sketch, and you were labeling only 4? That's unacceptable.

;) just kidding of course

(I had a classmate in the high school who had a face very similar to this sketch, poor guy.)

#21 frank5817

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

Ferenc,

After sketching all those craters I was to worn out to label more than 4. :sleepy:

Thanks :)

Frank

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:41 AM

Once again you have presented to us a great sketch of the Lunar surface. Just amazing!!

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:16 AM

Frank,

I really like your drawings . You have a distinctive style. Congratulations !

#24 frank5817

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:32 AM

Wade and Tamas,

Thank you for your nice remarks.

Frank :)






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