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#1 cloudbuster

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 01:12 PM

Hi all,

 

Here's an object we don't see often on this forum due to its southern position in the sky. It's NGC 3201, aka Caldwell 79.

It was observed from the island of La Palma on my trip earlier this month from a height of 2400 mtrs where it's still dark, the sky is transparent and the seeing is sublime.

 

First impression: it's big! The rhomboid shape shows a loose structure, only a bit more concentrated towards the core. Some nice stars chains run away from it, but one is cutting straight through it. On closer inspection, some dark spots are visible on the foreground and at least three of them can be held long enough to draw them with confidence.

 

Even this far south, the glob hangs low in the sky and the light travelling through the atmosphere is smothered to some degree, which has its effect on the resolvability. I can imagine that when this one would be observed in zenith, it must be quite a showpiece!

 

 

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For other sketches I did during the trip, see my sketches.

For some double star observations, I opened a topic here.

 

Regards, Martijn


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#2 Astroman007

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 02:18 PM

Wonderful sketch! One of the best I've seen here in a long time.



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 02:59 PM

Very nice, thx for sharing, i will seek this one out, i was looking at Omega Centauri a couple of nights ago, my location in Tampa will allow me to see it.

Mark



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 06:39 PM

From a fellow sketcher that struggle with Gcl: WHOAA!

 

Thanks for sharing that amazing work of yours.



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 10:21 PM

Martijn,

 

Always stunning deep sky sketches from you.

 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 07:30 AM

Martijn,

 

Nice sketch of  Caldwell 79 smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Tom



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Posted 27 April 2019 - 07:35 AM

Beautiful Martin.  You've got this refined finesse in your pieces that always add to the fidelity of the view you represent.

It's always terrific.

 

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 06:53 AM

Yea, that's a nice one, Martijn. Looks real and an attractive globular. Very well done. 


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Posted 28 April 2019 - 12:19 PM

Thank you all for your kind words and likes smile.png

 

Regards, Martijn




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