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#76 Sasa

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 05:24 PM

I'm still continuing with sketching Messier objects in small telescopes. Yesterday I focused on M36. I was also able to glimpse NGC1931 in 60mm refractor. First at higher power of 56x, and then when knowing where to look, it was also recognizable at 23x. I could not detect any color for members of M36. I saw only few red/orange nearby stars and one blue.

 

Based on a raw sketch, I made this final sketch purely on computer using again a stippling technique code that I developed recently.

 

 

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Edited by Sasa, 17 January 2020 - 05:25 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 07:44 PM

Alexander,

 

Nice looking sketch of M36. It is well placed at this time of year for sketching.

 

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 04:28 PM

 Alexander,

 

Good looking sketch of M-36 smile.gif .

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:23 PM

Tonight, I was trying to sketch two Messier clusters near horizon. The first sketch (completely redrawn on computer using my stippling software) is M79. At 113x, the cluster started to mottle and I suspected few stars in the halo:

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 08:10 PM

Alexander,

 

This sketch of globular M-79 from your northern location is very impressive.

Very nice.

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:14 PM

Those sketches are fantastic. All of them. A lot can be seen with small aperture.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:34 PM

wow empresive work 



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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:00 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Here is the second target of night, open cluster M93. The nicest feature was probably two brighter reddish stars preceding the cluster. Their color was quite nicely visible on first sight at power of 23x

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 05:09 AM

Super Sketches Alexander. Your posts do a great job of highlighting what can be achieved with a small scope... Many Thanks!

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 05:45 PM

I'm still continuing with sketching Messier objects in small telescopes. Yesterday I focused on M36. I was also able to glimpse NGC1931 in 60mm refractor. First at higher power of 56x, and then when knowing where to look, it was also recognizable at 23x. I could not detect any color for members of M36. I saw only few red/orange nearby stars and one blue.

 

Based on a raw sketch, I made this final sketch purely on computer using again a stippling technique code that I developed recently.

Great sketch!

Alexander, all those faint dots, covering you sketch, are they the stars visible?

 

Sergey 


Edited by semej, 22 February 2020 - 01:52 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:31 PM

Great sketch!

Alexander, all those faint dots, covering you sketch, are they the stars visible?

 

Sergey 

Nope Sergey, as I explained I developed recently a software which allows me to produce computer redrawn sketched with stippling technique. With those dots everywhere, I'm trying to simulate light background.


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:34 PM

Here is yet another Messier. This time M47. There were two more clusters. NGC2423 was quite sparse, just several faint stars on slightly brighter background. NGC2425 was visible only at higher magnification of 56x just as very faint small misty rounded misty patch.

 

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 11:05 AM

 Alexander,

 

Very nice sketch of M-47 ( NGC 2423 ) smile.gif .

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 09:05 AM

Two days I picked up galaxy M63 for sketching. For this I set up my larger 82mm refractor. Pushing power up to 167x revealed tiny stellar nucleus and mottled body. Southern edge was better defined (arm or dark line?) plus there was a hint of arm (brighter, lightly more extended region) along NW edge. All this (except stellar nuclues) were rather elusive and quite uncertain features

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:02 PM

 Alexander,,

 

Nice sketch of NGC 5055 (M-63) smile.gif .

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 03:31 PM

This is turning out to be a great topic. How lovely to scroll through all the pages and see one after the other beautiful sketch by your hand. Keep up the good work Sasa!

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:20 PM

Alexander,

 

Especially fine detail in your inset sketch.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 26 March 2020 - 08:45 PM

Good work, Alexander. I've always liked the little bug legs protruding from M30.

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 12:40 AM

Ok, not a Messier but a fine southern cluster NGC 3293 (just 1.7 deg NW of the Famous Eta Carina complex)  White ink on black art paper. Scanned with post clean up.  60mm "department store" refractor. Suburban sky SQM ~18.8. The faint sprinkling of stars among the brighter members were just popping into visibility at threshold. limiting magnitude ~10.

 

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Telescope is a cheap "department store" 2.4 -inch refractor picked up new on Ebay for AU $60 .Made a few fixes for better performance such as oil-spacing the achromat. Better quality eyepieces from broken binoculars. Used a 10mmm binocular Kellner for the sketch. The cheapo finder was moved near the mount axis as this is far easier ergonomically to aim than the  traditional near  eyepiece position. More garage fixes on the way...

 

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 10:39 AM

Marty,

 

Nice sketch of NGC 3293 smile.gif .

 

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 04:50 PM

Yesterday I took out my larger 82mm refractor as I wanted to concentrate on Messier galaxies from Virgo cluster. I managed to sketch quickly 5 of them.

 

M88 was interesting. It was showing brigther stellar core with short bar which seemed to continue in two S-shaped arms. The souther one was more obvious, may be an optical illusion due to faint star at southern end

 

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M91 was not showing many details. It was just faint rounded glow not easy to notice

 

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M90 was more interesting. It was showing brighter stellar core and some brighter line along its main axis. There seemed to be another brightening west of the core

 

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M89 was again not showing too many details. It was just almost rounded glow with some mild central condensation and stellar core. There was faint star at NE edge

 

m89_20200411.jpg

 

Finally, M87 was large, elliptical, pretty bright with bight central stellar core. At home I identified the bright star south from M87 to be galaxy NGC4486A. I also noticed one more nearby galaxy NGC4478 (and missed few more)

 

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 04:53 PM

Those are beautiful sketches, Alex.

 

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Posted 13 April 2020 - 01:29 AM

Alexander, these are outstanding! What Bortle skies do you have? bow.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 13 April 2020 - 03:50 AM

Thanks, nothing special. I live in small town at the edge of 1+ million city. Just 60m behind our backyard we have railways with all the high bright orange lamps... With naked eye I can see stars down to about 5.0 magnitude. I can also see faintly summer Milky Way.

 

Take this sketches with reserve. Of course, the observed features are exaggerated. Plus, to have fun, I record also not so sure features. For example, the S-shape of M88 was more like a feeling or wild guess. I could clearly see the brighter bar. With averted vision, both ends were in short moments attracting the eye with something brighter which I interpreted as arms (connected to the bar). I'm actually surprised that I can see something on galaxies with small 60-82mm refractors.



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Posted 13 April 2020 - 05:49 AM

Excellent sketches, Alex! bow.gif

 

Those refractors are performing very well. In his time, Charles Messier used similar performing scopes as you are now.

 

I look forward to your next sketches.




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