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#1 mdowns

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:05 PM

As I get into the latter years of pursuing this hobby I think back to the many occasions when I contemplated 'drawing what I saw'.There were several times when I started a sketch book of DSO targets only to be lost,forgotten or mistakenly pitched.Fast forward to the present and I've decided to try once more, drawing what I see.I have access to a dark site but only choose my backyard for sketching.My feeling is to represent and replicate what's available to the most of us who view through light domes of various degrees.I try hard to seperate what I know appears under dark skies to what I actually see from the backyard (bortle 4.9).I make a rough sketch at the eyepiece and then a finished drawing on a white drawing pad.Next I take a picture with my p&s,upload to my computer and then invert the colors and add text.Why? Well,why not? After 53 years of observing DSOs its all still fun to me.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 08:42 AM

Why not, indeed?  like-button.jpg 


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:28 PM

Hi,

I think one better asks 'Why?' The answer is a long list:

1st) You spend more time on details. Better than just ticking a list of found objects...found...next one....found....next one....

2nd) It's relaxing.

3rd) Exercise for the eyes, the brain, the hand.

4th to 99th) IT'S FUN!

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Achim

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 02:19 PM

Very nice.waytogo.gif 

 

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 04:30 PM

Very nice! I like the structure you got in 3190, and I am impressed that you got 3187 so brightly as well, that one always seems fainter than it should be to me.

 

Hickson 44 is one of my favorite galaxy clusters. The faintest object I've ever seen in my 12" is right in the same field, LEDA 86788! If/when you find yourself under excellent dark skies one night, you might give it a shot. It has an SDSS g'mag of 16.6 and a surface brightness of 22.6g'm/arcsec^2. A nice starforming spectrum too :)

http://skyserver.sds...667550340841880

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:03 AM

Hi,

 

Good Sketch smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 05:03 PM

I know nothing about galaxies, but it look wonderful waytogo.gif

 

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 08:31 AM

Your sketch is quite impressive. waytogo.gif


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#9 mdowns

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 08:49 AM

All of the ones I did/do try to replicate just what my sky shows.From our dark site there are multiple members of the deerlick group visible in an 11".However,from my backyard,this is what is most common.I have seen others from here on really transparent evenings but this is the norm out back.Thank all for the compliments!

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 07:35 AM

Looks good to me...either way is fine. Whatever works best for you. Clear skies. 




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