"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
Clear skies / "Bright skies aren't empty skies" (James Mallaney)
My best solar system sketches / My deep sky sketches
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote: A nice sketch, has a good feeling to it but it'd feel more "authentic" to me if the stars - no matter how few - were drawn manually at the eyepiece.
Quote: In countries such as mine when during the summer you cannot observe and the cloudy nights are many... you need to optimize everything
Quote: In my view, there's no need sketch all the stars visible at the eyepiece but only the brightest ones for example.
Quote:I disagree. While I haven't drawn *every* little star visible while working on the sketches I've posted recently, I have added some of the fainter ones close to the galaxies, at least if they were involved in the galaxy. When I worked without preprinted star fields, I drew *every* star I saw in the field. I think omitting them is a serious error, especially if they're close to the galaxy - what if one of them was a supernova?
Quote:My problem exactly! The summer twilight nights start tomorrow and in two weeks time, there will be no more galaxy observing until August.
Quote: But for me, summer is time to relax and take few months away from entire hobby and focus completely on something else. One can of course take a few weeks off work and visit Canary Islands or something for some serious star gazing if the withdrawal symptom get too bad
Quote: The little island you're on seems quite a good place to observe. Might give it a go some time, must be a lovely place!