Hi, I am Erwin. This is my first posting on this Forum. I have been an avid observer since I was a teenager. But as happens to so many, studies and work forced a break on my observing. But in the last few years I got back into it. I live in a suburban setting (Bortle 5) in the UK. I want to share a series of sketches I have made of Messier 17 through three different scopes. It illustrate to me how growing experience and equipment improves the view. It always gives me a buzz to record faint details (often peripherally) and then back inside see those same details confirmed in photos. I hope to add (even) more detailed views of this nebula in the future.