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Jan09 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Winner!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:20 PM

[b]I am pleased to announce the winner of the January 2009 Cloudy

Nights Imaging and Sketching Contest - markseibold!

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Moonrise with Saturn - Pastel Sketch on 19" X 25" format-

Tuesday night January 13th in very still air at 33 degrees F, yet poor seeing conditions, I decided to observe the moons spectacular terminator line with my 10.1" f/4.5 Newtonian and render this

impressionistic and somewhat accurate pastel of the moons terminator line and as it was low and ‘warmed in color’ by the atmosphere. A 32mm Plossl was used for the general whole moon and a 12mm and 9.7mm for

medium close-up details although the bad seeing (5/10 ?)did not allow much magnification.

A spectacular phase it was! I spent about an hour from Jan 13th 11:45 PM PDT till 1 AM Jan 14th roughing in the terminator and other key details, then retreated to indoors with use of a several digital

photos I took through the eyepiece with a 9.7mm Plossl for close-up and 32mm for wide field for reference to recheck positions of and fill in the mare and other general surface features.

As Saturn was a few degrees above left of the moon I decided to add it in here, albeit a little out of distance scale from the moon yet showing the poor seeing conditions, I could barely make out Titan to

the planets left, it is to accurate scale in apparent size to the live observation of the moon with a 32mm plossl at low power.

The paper was not what I would have preferred, a 19" X 25" Strathmore in rich blue with embossed ridge, my last available sheet. An undesired ridge-line shows through the surface. The moon was sketched at 15

inches diameter with various pastel chalks and mostly kept in the warm golden range of colors due to the appearance of it rising low in the atmosphere. I photographed the pastel image today in daylight for

accurate pastel color representation.



To all of you who took the time to stop by and vote for your favorite submission - thank you so much! Your participation really makes the contest!

To all the contestants - almost every comment entered in the poll thread this month says it - every one of your submissions is worthy of winning. Congratulations to all of you on a job done very well


markseibold, congratulations on your win! Please contact me via PM with your t-shirt size and also the address where you want us to send it!


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Posted 16 February 2009 - 04:24 PM

Congratulations, Mark! :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:55 AM


Thank you. I guess I am playing catch-up as I never went back to this poll to check messages. I am getting careless about my follow-up responses and protocol. I tend to only look at the main sketch forum posts as that is where most of the activity resides and thus I have forgotten the contest poll results.

My belated apologies,


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