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Jef De Wit
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
A naked eye Cepheus new
      #5384757 - 08/24/12 03:13 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

I'm not used to sketch naked eye (with all the light pollution at my home), but tried this one on a dark holiday place in France. I sketch the house of the king for the nebulocity at the south of Cepheus (named Star 11 or Cepheus OB2 Association). In fact it is a side-branch of the Milkyway (I sketched just a part at the east of the pentagon).
The weakest star I could see was mag 5.6 (I expected more with a SQM 21.2). Most stars looked a little bit "fuzzy". Two stars (at the south) had an orange color.
The original sketch is almost A4, pencil on white paper, color was added digital.
All comments are welcome, I know there still could be some improvement.


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JeanB
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/11/11

Loc: Montreal, Canada
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5384767 - 08/24/12 03:20 PM

Hi Jeff,

what improvement do you need? The rendering of the nebulosity looks pretty natural as it is.

Very nice sketch!

Jean


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Jef De Wit
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: JeanB]
      #5384782 - 08/24/12 03:35 PM

Thanks Jean!

Quote:

what improvement do you need?



Rendering of the bright stars?


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rolandlinda3
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Reged: 01/24/06

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Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5384812 - 08/24/12 03:52 PM

That is really pretty. Nice rendering!

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ErixAdministrator
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Reged: 12/25/04

Loc: Texas, USA
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5385321 - 08/24/12 09:41 PM

Those types of sketches are very difficult to do and you've done a wonderful job with it! My only comment would be to plot more stars if you can see them on the whole sketch, not just within Cepheus. But I guess that would just depend on if you wanted a true representation of that part of the sky or just to highlight Cepheus. Again, terrific sketch!

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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: Erix]
      #5386752 - 08/25/12 05:39 PM

Jef,

Very fine capture of the constellation. It looks very nice on my monitor.

Frank


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niteskystargazer
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5386763 - 08/25/12 05:42 PM

Jef,

Nice sketch of Cepheus .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Uwe Pilz
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 05/16/08

Loc: Leipzig, Germany
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5387366 - 08/26/12 01:33 AM

This is what we make far too less: Naked eye sketches. The sky is most beautful without any instrument between us and teh sky.

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Jef De Wit
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: A naked eye Cepheus new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5388275 - 08/26/12 04:44 PM

Thanks all!
@ Uwe: I agree, we should all do more naked eye sketches!


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rodelaet
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Reged: 04/28/06

Loc: 50°56' N - 4°58' E (Belgium)
Re: A naked eye Cepheus [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5390031 - 08/27/12 04:13 PM

Great sketch, Jef!

Which reminds me that I want to do more naked eye as well. I find it very enjoyable, from a dark site of course.

Clear skies,


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