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Quote:...However what really struck a chord with me is the fact that you were using a 28" scope, with magnifications up to 800! I simply have no idea how cool this must be....Well, apart from seeing your sketch and your description of the galaxy exploding with detail, I didn't know galaxies could do that! they are always faint smudges in my 8"!Love the sketches, they are quite inspirational actually, ie inspiring aperture fever in me!Are the brighter areas gas and dust? ie more pronounced with filters? or are they concentrations of stars?Thanks for sharing that, as you can tell I really enjoyed it.
Quote:Hi Howard,I have to say that this is an excellent sketch of M82! I was blown away by the detail a 28" reflector can reveal, and you definately conquered this galaxy! I recently viewed it with my 10" reflector, and saw quite a bit of mottled brightness under 200X, and indeed the core had those brightened areas on either side. Thank you for posting this, because it varifies that I did see what I saw, because I was a little questionable about it later when I looked back at my sketch.Excellent job!Brandon Doyle
Quote:Howard,It is great to see a sketch posted here that represents what a bright galaxy looks like at the eyepiece of a large telescope.It also helps that you are an excellent sketcher to boot.Frank
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Quote:Howard,A *very* nicely rendered sketch! I'm glad you hung in there until the skies cleared.
Quote: I tried a slight variation of my usual technique – I had a piece of stiff cardboard behind the page of my notebook I was drawing in and that gave me a little more control over my sketch. I’m impressed by the result because the raw sketch was much nicer looking in the light of day then normal. It could be a fluke, but I’ll keep at it until I know for sure.
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Quote:Quote: I tried a slight variation of my usual technique – I had a piece of stiff cardboard behind the page of my notebook I was drawing in and that gave me a little more control over my sketch. I’m impressed by the result because the raw sketch was much nicer looking in the light of day then normal. It could be a fluke, but I’ll keep at it until I know for sure. HowardThis is a very nice sketch , and even more so considering that you produced it as originally inverted with graphite on white paper reversed from the actual appearance in the dark sky. Just reading your final words about it appearing better in the light of day and that it could be a fluke, I wonder now as many have expressed this here about sketching from a dark sky before, have you ever considered using white Conte or pastel chalks on black paper? I, of course favor this method.I like your inverted version as it reminds me of seeing M82 the way I remember it at previous Oregon Star Parties in your large Obsession telescope in the early 1990's.I look forward to seeing your future observations and sketch work,Mark
Quote:A great sketch although I'm not a very big fan of the "blur"-tool used on the inner detail. I'm sure the unedited sketch would look even better./Jake
Quote:Quote:A great sketch although I'm not a very big fan of the "blur"-tool used on the inner detail. I'm sure the unedited sketch would look even better./Jake I agree about the blur tool, but I couldn't get the effect I wanted with my pencil and eraser mostly because these areas were too small for the texture of the paper. Next time I'll have to make a larger sketch so I can render these areas better. Here's the raw sketch: