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Brian Musgrave

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Sketching Techniques
      #365343 - 03/06/05 09:16 AM

One of the disadvantages to sketching (at least for me) is that it usually takes a LOT of time--at the eyepiece and when I come inside. In order to reduce the amount of time I spend sketching at the eyepiece, I quickly sketch the object and then use a digital voice recorder to capture the details for completion at a later time. It works okay, but it's not ideal.

What techniques do you folks use to create your sketches?

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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: Brian Musgrave]
      #366023 - 03/06/05 08:34 PM

Hi Brian, I use a recorder too.. handy little things, aren't they?

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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: Carol L]
      #366056 - 03/06/05 09:00 PM

So far I haven't gotten the gumption to use a recorder...but I do make notes if I'm struggling with the rendering of a feature at the eyepiece, and I'll touch it up when I get to a comfy bright desk. I also work to touch up some of my blending later, as well as to thoroughly erase stars I've marked with an 'x' (stars I messed up position on, and don't want to screw up an erasure in the dark).


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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: Jeremy Perez]
      #366821 - 03/07/05 02:51 PM

It seems to me we all have very similar meathods I also use a VOC at the scope when I am sketching and it helps a great deal with keeeping hands free.

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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: Brian Musgrave]
      #2661898 - 09/25/08 03:00 AM

I stumbled across this post from a while back and thought it was a great idea...I sure know I never thought of using a voice recorder while observing/sketching. But I can certainly see the advantages of using such.


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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: WadeVC]
      #2662872 - 09/25/08 04:01 PM

One of my fellow observers uses one as well. The advantage is that he can take 'notes' at a high pace without ruining his night vision.


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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: Brian Musgrave]
      #2665735 - 09/27/08 02:57 AM

I've taken the easy way out in sketching: only draw the brightest field stars! This saves a lot of time when you're in a hurry. Sometimes, you need to sketch more stars as the field is just so beautiful. If I had like 50+ clear nights / year... I might go back to my old, slower ways.

And I used a voice recorder years ago when I was starting up the hobby. It was good for general descriptions but after a few cold winter nights in here... the little beast just died one night and been using pencil ever since.


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Re: Sketching Techniques new [Re: JakeSaloranta]
      #2679971 - 10/04/08 02:32 PM

Well I use red light. Though it's quite frustrating because for sketching it has to be moderately bright, and then when I look at eyepiece I have to wait a minute (if I'm trying to see some dim details).

can't really imagine how to use voice recorder in order to capture visual image

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