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#1 Kimbo2112

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 11:52 AM

This is my rough draft of M50 in the constellation Monoceros. I used black Strathmore paper, a white gel pen for the brightest stars, white charcoal pencil for the mid-range stars, and two colored pencils for the faintest stars (Cloud Blue and Medium Gray).
Again, it is a rough draft (I haven't cleaned it up in Gimp, etc...), and a first try. Hopefully, tonight I will get a second shot. :o

I would be grateful for any comments or helpful advice. I would also like to know if anyone has an idea for a less ambitious open cluster to go for?? :help:

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#2 kenrenard

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:27 PM

Wow! I think that is a great job. I would go for whatever suits your fancy. We are moving into a great season for open clusters.


I like M41. I find it has some hidden colored stars mixed in. It should look fabulous in your 10 inch.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:19 PM

Yes, I agree. Its a very beautiful first sketch. Quite promising for the next ones.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:54 PM

I second André and Ken.

lovely first DSO indeed. Will love to see the next ones.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

Very nice indeed! What's next?

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:46 PM

Nice. I like the color on the fainter stars.

#7 Kimbo2112

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 08:03 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. Ken, I think I will take your suggestion for M41. Knuklhdastnmr, I got that really faint star look by starting with a light touch with a white charcoal pencil, dabbing a bit off with a kneaded eraser, then going over that with a Prismacolor cloud blue pencil, or for the very faint stars, a medium gray pencil.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 08:10 PM

Ambition only makes you better at what you are doing :) Looks great for a 1st try!

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 08:46 PM

Yes, you must have some great skies. Look at all those stars. And the nebula. Very nice.

The only advice I might offer is to find a way to image your sketch so it's more flat and the lighting more even. Not sure how to do that other than trial and error.

#10 Kimbo2112

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:11 PM

My dark sky site is at my mother-in-law's 10 acre abode out in the country. It's a green-transition to blue Bortle area. :jump: And I agree, the image could be improved. Practice, and all that... thanks for the advice!

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:16 PM

Good luck and keep up the sketches. It's a great form of observing and sharing them.

#12 Roragi

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:59 AM


Good catch, it is difficult to work with pastel sketches, congratulations.

regards.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 08:04 AM

My dark sky site is at my mother-in-law's 10 acre abode out in the country. It's a green-transition to blue Bortle area. :jump: And I agree, the image could be improved. Practice, and all that... thanks for the advice!


A+ for a magical piece of property like that! Very good sketch. There's a particularly impressive amount of nebulous information there. Looking forward to more of your work. :cool:

#14 Jef De Wit

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:25 PM

Fine sketch. If you like you can add some information (telescope, magnification, FOV,...).

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:34 PM

Kim,

Very good sketch of M-50 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:38 PM

Hope you don't mind - did a little adjusting and crop.

Pete

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