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frank5817
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Waning Moon High in the East
      #4081762 - 09/29/10 09:35 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

On the night of September 27-28, 2010, I witnessed the rising gibbous moon paired with the Pleiades near the northeastern horizon. By placing my thumb over the moon the seven sisters were clearly visible further to the north. Together they began their march across the sky after 9pm local time.
After I finished some indoor chores I returned to the telescope and set up to do some sketching.
Initially I considered sketching both of them together but soon changed my mind to go after just the moon. I spent about two hours recording as much as I could see before fatigue began forcing me to erase with greater frequency. This is my lunar sketching result.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used black sketching paper 9" x 12", white and black Conte' pastel pencils, blending stumps, a gum eraser and brush. Brightness was slightly increased (+1) using the scanner

Scope 4.25" f/5 Newtonian scope at 45x

Date: 9-28-2010, 1:00-3:00 local time
Temperature: 14° C (58° F)
clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Colongitude: 151.6 °
Lunation: 20 days
Illumination: 78.3% Waning Gibbous

Frank McCabe


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FrenchStar
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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4081819 - 09/29/10 10:00 PM

It floats up there! It's magnificient!

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niteskystargazer
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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4082125 - 09/30/10 12:31 AM

Frank,

Nice sketch :

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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frank5817
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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #4082213 - 09/30/10 01:27 AM

FrenchStar and Tom,

Thank you both for the kind words.

Frank


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Jef De Wit
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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4082568 - 09/30/10 09:04 AM

Two hours of beautiful work! Thanks for posting.

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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #4082751 - 09/30/10 10:38 AM

Hallo Frank,

your moon sketch looks great , a wonderful work.

CS

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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: rerun]
      #4082809 - 09/30/10 11:11 AM

Frank,

An outstanding observation of the Waning Moon. You have captured an impressive number of features over the surface of the Moon. Well worth the time that it took you to produce it. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

If you desire I can post an adjusted image of your fine observation?

Carlos


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #4082827 - 09/30/10 11:21 AM

and... congratulations with your ASOD!

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frank5817
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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #4082832 - 09/30/10 11:22 AM

Jef, Markus, and Carlos,

Thank you all for your nice comments.

Carlos- work your magic. I'd like to see.

Frank


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4082842 - 09/30/10 11:27 AM Attachment (40 downloads)

Frank,

I cropped your fine image of the Waning Moon and placed it upon a dark background. I then adjusted the levels over the image and below is my final result. I hope that you like it. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #4084293 - 09/30/10 09:00 PM

I like Frank's original better.

The "adjusted' version looks fake.


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      #4084495 - 09/30/10 10:14 PM

Bruce,

I had not noticed that the original image that I posted was one that I thought I had deleted. It replaced the real image I wanted to post above. I hope that this one is better.

Carlos


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #4084670 - 09/30/10 11:13 PM

Fine sketch.

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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #4084815 - 10/01/10 12:35 AM

Carlos,

Thank you. The darker background looks better and you removed some of my smudges.

Frank


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4084818 - 10/01/10 12:36 AM

BB and Roland,

Thank you both.

Frank


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4084872 - 10/01/10 01:25 AM

Well done, Frank.

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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: mathteacher]
      #4085082 - 10/01/10 05:29 AM

Carlos - that IS better, not so heavy-handed.

Frank - your original is a fine piece of work, beautiful.


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: -=BB=-]
      #4086589 - 10/01/10 08:10 PM

Very nice lunar sketch, it looks almost 3-d and very realistic.

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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: Tommy5]
      #4086704 - 10/01/10 09:25 PM

Ging-Li, Bruce and T5,

Thank you all for your kind words about my sketch.

Frank


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Re: Waning Moon High in the East new [Re: frank5817]
      #4091162 - 10/04/10 04:41 AM

Frank

That is some beautiful and technically very accurate artwork!

I just simply marvel at your details and accurate placement of all the features. As I look over the rendering I can relate to every little feature that I have recalled sketching now many times. Yet I have never captured all those smaller craters adjacent to Tycho as you have here. That takes allot of patience and a specially trained good eye. Other sketchers should take note that you got all this information accurately into your rendering in only two hours. That is quite a feat of accomplishment and shows great artistic and observational skill. Not something that a younger artist could easily do without the many hours of well practiced and greatly exerted observational sessions at the eyepiece to know well of the moons many features. This is where Frank’s patience and great skills as an advanced amateur are shown to succeed in this artwork.

I can also appreciate the clean-up and contrast that Carlos adjusted to your work. I understand that Bruce was put off by it at first as once we see the effort with some slight flaws we appreciate the hard work, where a sterile clean look to the work later may fail to show the real effort with some of its original flaws. This might boarder on the discussions we have seen over the years where finely and accurately produced handmade artwork still edges out in a vote over a machine produced photograph, possibly because we appreciate the hard work exerted in its production if done correctly. I have also noticed that Carlos’ work has become more detailed and artistic. He has definitely mastered the electronic medium that he uses.

We like knowing that a real human hand made the art rather than a machine which might omit the judgment of adding aesthetics- In great art the presence of the human mind and hand is undeniable.

I too used to polish up my art after photographing it, removing smudges and adding a little contrast, then found later that the general publics minds eyes appreciate the real hands-on appearance of slight imperfections; even flaws and rough abstract lineage at times; hence, that we like knowing that a real hand was imparted in producing the work with old world art mediums. Perhaps even putting the hand into the work- well I won’t go there at length again like in the past with my hand literally in the work. I have also noticed that Carlos’ work has become more detailed and artistic. He has definitely mastered the electronic medium that he uses.

This is not my opinion but what I have found over the last previous years as I was told after some of my art appeared in Spaceweather.com. A lady artist wrote to me after I was somewhat stunned that they even posted some of my less than completed work, as I had expressed to all those who wrote to commend me. She explained that the internet is becoming so over-saturated with digital photography images everywhere, that the public yearns for old world hand drawn art again. This was predicted to happen some years ago as I heard a story run on the BBC one night about this.

Mark

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