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Michael Rapp
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My First Sketch (M 103)
      #5500082 - 11/01/12 10:35 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

While I was troubled a little bit by some high cirrus and the impending moonrise, I managed to do my first real sketch of M 103 tonight.

The two biggest challenges for me that I need to work on are getting the star relative brightnesses better. I seem to have two "magnitudes:" bright and dim. I've also noticed it is very easy to get the proportions off when one starts plotting down the first few stars. I need to work on that. But what I especially need to practice is drawing dots, not these weird quasi-crescent shapes that manifest themselves when I try to draw stars!

All in all, this is a great beginning cluster. Very sparse field with several cool asterisms, including one I labeled a radio telescope in the northeast of the field.

Meade 8" f/6 Dob, 32mm eyepiece, 1.3 degree field.

(Oddly enough, shrinking the photo of the sketch down to meet the image size requirements actually hides the imperfections!)


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Andrev
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5500106 - 11/01/12 10:46 PM

Michael.

Its nice for a first one. I never tried sketching at night and for sure it demand some skill. With practice you will get better and find new tricks to make your sketches better. Its nice to have a new sketcher in the gang.

Andre.


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Undermidnight
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: Andrev]
      #5500166 - 11/01/12 11:26 PM

Most excellent!! Looks like you are off to a great start.

Jason


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Jef De Wit
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5500383 - 11/02/12 04:18 AM

Fine first sketch, my first one was much worse! Hope to see much more in the future here on CN. Be aware: sketching can be adactive...

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shrinking the photo of the sketch down hides the imperfections



You already learnt one big trick


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niteskystargazer
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5500738 - 11/02/12 11:18 AM

Michael,

Nice sketch of M-103 .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Chopin
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5500794 - 11/02/12 11:47 AM

Open clusters are indeed challenging, given their introduction to star placement accuracy and rendered brightness. To my eyes your brightness level look very good. Placement of stars also appears authentic. Excellent work!

Given the washed out skies in your first outing, it might be interesting for you to repeat the sketch on a night with good transparency.

I look forward to seeing more of your work.


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frank5817
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Re: My First Sketch (M 103) new [Re: Chopin]
      #5501525 - 11/02/12 08:27 PM

Michael,

It looks just fine. All thoe issues you have now will resolve over time, just keep at it.

Frank


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