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mike73
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Reged: 05/01/12

Loc: UK Plymouth
Lunar X
      #5686708 - 02/18/13 10:00 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

I've wanted to sketch the lunar X for a while now so last night I set my 4" Lyra up with plenty of time to spare.
The position of the X was easy to find even early in the evening before it showed, Werner crater is directly below the X with Aliacensis below that again, the large crater to the side is Playfair G.
The actual X is made by sunlight falling on the crater ridges of La Caille, Blanchinus and Purbach.

Telescope / 4" f/11 Lyra
EP / 3-6mm Nagler zoom at 5mm x220
17/2/2013
2140 UT - 2235 UT
Temp 3C
Transparency / Excellent
Antoniadi III
Colongitude 357
Phase 90
Lunation 7.53 days


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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Lunar X new [Re: mike73]
      #5686721 - 02/18/13 10:08 AM

Mike,

You caught it perfectly. Superb sketch.
It just hangs out there for a little while.

Frank


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niteskystargazer
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: Lunar X new [Re: mike73]
      #5686783 - 02/18/13 11:01 AM

Mike,

Nice capture of the Lunar "X" .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Jef De Wit
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Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: Lunar X new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5687079 - 02/18/13 02:53 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Impressive! Much better than my "close-up"...

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PeterDob
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Reged: 07/29/05

Loc: CarĂ¹, Italy
Re: Lunar X new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5687095 - 02/18/13 03:03 PM

Mike, words fail me every time I see your sketches... Very, very well done!

Peter


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Uwe Pilz
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Reged: 05/16/08

Loc: Leipzig, Germany
Re: Lunar X new [Re: PeterDob]
      #5688112 - 02/19/13 12:21 AM

I hav never seen lunar X. Your sketch reminds me to create a time map for that. Fine sketch.

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Aquarellia
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Provence, France
Re: Lunar X new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5688161 - 02/19/13 12:58 AM

Ah whaw, it´s always a pleasure to see your sketches.
I agree with Uwe, you show us a good subject and inspiration


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Tom and Beth
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Reged: 01/08/07

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Re: Lunar X new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5688205 - 02/19/13 02:03 AM

Quote:

I hav never seen lunar X. Your sketch reminds me to create a time map for that. Fine sketch.




FWIW, there's already some posted predictions in the Lunar group just below.


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mike73
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Reged: 05/01/12

Loc: UK Plymouth
Re: Lunar X new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5688340 - 02/19/13 05:18 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.
I dont know why but when I made the sketch I felt a little rushed as if the sun was going to rush over the X making it quickly vanish, of course it didnt though, the X shape was there for at least 3 hours.

Looking like the fourth clear night in a row in the UK which is near enough unheard of! I'm really enjoying lunar sketching so at least this weather is helping me with time to practice.


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PeterDob
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Reged: 07/29/05

Loc: CarĂ¹, Italy
Re: Lunar X new [Re: mike73]
      #5688759 - 02/19/13 12:02 PM

Time to practice??? Are you joking??? You still need time to practice??? Your works are museum pieces already!

Cheers!

Peter


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kenrenard
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Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: Lunar X new [Re: mike73]
      #5688904 - 02/19/13 01:12 PM

Mike,
Beautiful sketch. May I ask of your supplies? I am new to sketching and started with pencil and blending stump. Thanks

Ken


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mike73
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Reged: 05/01/12

Loc: UK Plymouth
Re: Lunar X new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5689009 - 02/19/13 02:31 PM

Hi Ken

I use Conte' pastels/pencils with a black charcoal pencil for shadow detail, the sketch pad is nothing fancy but the paper is fairly heavy weight.
Apart from that I use a blending stump and my fingers.

I'm fairly new to lunar sketching but the best advice I can give is to practice inside on cloudy nights just to get used to using pastels.

Best of luck and make sure you post your results.


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kenrenard
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Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: Lunar X new [Re: mike73]
      #5689020 - 02/19/13 02:39 PM

Mike,
Thank you for the info. Last night I tried my first Lunar sketch. It is much more difficult than a deep space objects. I have about 10 sketches total under my belt although none are that great. It does help me to see more detail than ever before. I will look into getting the white pencils and black paper. It may make it easier to see some of the detail.

I have been browsing your site. You have some wonderful sketches. Keep up the good work.

Ken


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drbyyz
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Reged: 11/04/12

Re: Lunar X new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5689088 - 02/19/13 03:25 PM

Incredible sketch...you are a talented person.

Love the X, one of my favorite sights on the moon, missed it this time around though.


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Andrev
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Re: Lunar X new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5689169 - 02/19/13 04:06 PM

Mike

Oh wow, so beautiful Lunar X sketch. You are so talented. Like Uwe, I never seen the lunar X and you are telling me it was yesterday... Grrrr, that was clear outside and I didn't get out to see that because I didn't know it was there.

Andre.


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Undermidnight
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Reged: 05/25/04

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Re: Lunar X new [Re: Andrev]
      #5699891 - 02/25/13 01:55 PM

Very nice!!!

Jason


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JimPie
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Reged: 11/10/07

Loc: S.E.Michigan
Re: Lunar X new [Re: Undermidnight]
      #5701481 - 02/26/13 11:41 AM

Mike,
I've never seen this phenomenon either. Beautiful sketch.


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Rutilus
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Reged: 12/17/10

Re: Lunar X new [Re: JimPie]
      #5702079 - 02/26/13 04:58 PM

Wonderful drawing of the X.

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