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Michael11
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Reged: 06/24/06

Loc: Israel
Double Cluster in Perseus
      #5434107 - 09/22/12 09:53 AM Attachment (54 downloads)

Hello all

This is a drawing of the famous Double Cluster in Perseus - NGC 884 and NGC 869:
http://www.deepskywatch.com/Astrosketches/perseus-double-cluster-sketch.html

The sketch was made with a graphite pencil, on a white paper (inverted). I observed with a 10" Skywatcher equatorial Newtonian, 18mm ES82 eyepiece and a Paracorr, under ~6 magnitude skies. Also I was using my new observing chair - and I must admit it made a HUGE difference. Drawing, while comfortably sitting, with a sketch pad on my knees


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KidOrion
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5434141 - 09/22/12 10:17 AM

WOW.

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frank5817
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5434257 - 09/22/12 11:29 AM

Michael,

The is a real treat to look at. You have wonderfully captured the colors of the brightest stars and acurately positioned all of them.

Frank


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Uwe Pilz
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: frank5817]
      #5434326 - 09/22/12 12:09 PM

Real great!

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rodelaet
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Loc: 50°56' N - 4°58' E (Belgium)
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5434351 - 09/22/12 12:25 PM

Hello Michael,

Wonderful sketch!
I know how much effort and energy goes in drawing such a crowded star-field. One can use all the comfort there is.


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IVM
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Reged: 01/07/08

Loc: Western New York
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5434359 - 09/22/12 12:28 PM

A most admirable effort. Drawing OC's is very difficult. Didn't you see any nebulosity from unresolved stars at this magnification? I like the subtle color. The different size of stars as a primary means of conveying their brightness - personally not so much, but of course it is a common convention. The yellowish stars (the bright one on the border top-right and a few fainter ones in the middle) - how was it done? After inverting in Photoshop?

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Michael11
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: IVM]
      #5434370 - 09/22/12 12:38 PM

Thanks for your replies =)

Quote:

Didn't you see any nebulosity from unresolved stars at this magnification? I like the subtle color. The different size of stars as the primary means of conveying their brightness - personally not so much, but of course it is a common convention. The yellowish stars (the bright one on the border top-right and a few fainter ones in the middle) - how was it done? After inverting in Photoshop?



I didn't see any nebulosity, apart from the usual milky way background. Colours were marked on a separate sheet, and added in photoshop with a brush tool in "colour" mode.

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IVM
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5434377 - 09/22/12 12:42 PM

Quote:

Colours were marked on a separate sheet, and added in photoshop with a brush tool in "colour" mode.




This is a clever technique, I'll make a note of it.


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niteskystargazer
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5434380 - 09/22/12 12:43 PM

Michael,

Very good sketch of the Double Cluster .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Dennis_S253
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Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: West Central Florida
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5434384 - 09/22/12 12:45 PM

very good job, I did a couple sketches last year where there where only 10 or 15 stars in the FOV. This must have been a chore. Wow...

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joelimite
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5434418 - 09/22/12 12:58 PM

Truly incredible sketch, Michael!

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Rutilus
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: joelimite]
      #5434810 - 09/22/12 05:41 PM

A great sketch indeed.

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AdirondackAstro
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Rutilus]
      #5434844 - 09/22/12 06:06 PM

Amazing sketch, Michael. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to do such a good job. How long did this sketch take you to do? Was it over a couple nights adding to it, or many hours in one night?

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azure1961p
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: AdirondackAstro]
      #5435055 - 09/22/12 08:33 PM

Unexpectedly excellent. Great work!

Pete


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John K
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Reged: 12/26/05

Loc: Vernon BC Canada
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5435066 - 09/22/12 08:41 PM

Great work!You have some serious sky's there.

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mdowns
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: John K]
      #5435189 - 09/22/12 10:30 PM

I have viewed many of the drawings in your gallery and am not surprised by the quality of this one.You've been able to bring to your paper a satisfying,realistic reproduction that few could ever hope to do.I truly look forward to your next drawing and can only suggest that other members take the time to view your gallery if they hav'nt already.

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Michael11
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Reged: 06/24/06

Loc: Israel
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: mdowns]
      #5435403 - 09/23/12 02:15 AM

Thank you very much for the feedback

Quote:

How long did this sketch take you to do? Was it over a couple nights adding to it, or many hours in one night?



It took about 1.5 - 2 hours to draw this one.

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daniel_h
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Loc: VIC, Australia
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Michael11]
      #5435514 - 09/23/12 05:33 AM

Beautiful, it's an object I don't get to see but it's out sketch brings it to life

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Jef De Wit
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Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5435843 - 09/23/12 10:35 AM



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Ibmelrod
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Reged: 10/18/04

Loc: Ontario Canada
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5436170 - 09/23/12 01:53 PM

Just awesome Michael and your gallery is surely one to view for inspiration.

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cpr1
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Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: Ibmelrod]
      #5436236 - 09/23/12 02:18 PM

excellent sketch. Photograpic!!

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blb
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Reged: 11/25/05

Loc: Piedmont NC
Re: Double Cluster in Perseus new [Re: cpr1]
      #5436366 - 09/23/12 03:25 PM

Quote:

Just awesome Michael and your gallery is surely one to view for inspiration.




Yes, and probably one of the best sketches I have seem of these clusters.


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Michael11
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Reged: 06/24/06

Loc: Israel
Re: new [Re: Michael11]
      #5438355 - 09/24/12 03:54 PM

Thanks again everyone for your comments

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Undermidnight
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Reged: 05/25/04

Loc: Untermitternacht
Re: new [Re: Michael11]
      #5438505 - 09/24/12 05:32 PM

Michael,

One of the things I love about sketching is that to me, it truly represents what I see in the eyepiece. No photograph seems to duplicate that.

Your sketch is a perfect example of what I would see in the eyepiece and reminds me of first light with the first telescope I ever built with a the first mirror I ever ground/polished/figured with my own hands.

Thank you for sharing!!!!

Jason


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