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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:38 PM

Dear All,


As you may recall I set-out in January to submit one Lunar sketch each month throughout 2020. The purpose of this exercise is to systematically record any progress I might make over the year. In addition, by making a commitment to sketch the moon each month, I'm hoping to learn more about our closest celestial neighbour. Not only am I happy to submit my second sketch of the moon this evening, but I have spent the past couple of hours discovering the wonders of Hainzel Crater (41.3° S, 33.5° W). 


Up to this point I was unaware of the crater and its environs. With the Moon at a waxing gibbous phase (85%) the terminator was close by. Consequently, there were beautiful shadows cast along Hainzel, Hainzel A, and Hainzel, C. When observing these craters I felt that a 'guitar-like' shape was evident. What struck me most though, was the magnificent array of small craters running west to east under Hainzel A. These features were striking at  200X, and I plan to revisit this area of the Lunar surface again for two reasons: Firstly, to spend more time observing the rather complex formation in and around Hainzel Crater, and secondly I'd like to give Mee Crater another go. I found the intricate details within Mee Crater extremely difficult to illustrate, particularly given I used charcoal. I think next time I'll use pencils, or pastel pencils because I feel being able to sharpen the tip will help bring out some of the finer details.


In terms of the other details from tonight's session they are as follows:


Date: 04/02/2020

Time: 21:24 UT

Location: Dublin Ireland (Bortle 8)

Weather: 3°C, with a slight breeze

Seeing: 7PK

Transparency: 4

Instrument: Orion XT6 (150mm Newtonian Reflector on a dobsonain base)

Eyepiece: 6mm Orion Expanse Eyepiece

AFOV: 66°

TFOV: 0.33

Materials used: Charcoals, black paper, and clipboard.


As always thank you for taking the time to read the above and I welcome your comments, critique, and guidance.


Clear skies to all,



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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:40 PM

well done .

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 09:40 PM



This is a fine sketch  of crater Hainzel. and Mee. These two complexes are interesting  to observe.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 10:20 AM



Nice sketch of Hainzel smile.gif .




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Posted 05 February 2020 - 02:22 PM

Hello Darren,


that's indeed an excellent sketch! It's looking pretty threedimensional!

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 06:55 PM

Dear 'sunnyday, Frank, Tom, and Achim thank you for your messages, and thank you to those who liked the post.

I was amazed by the complexity of this part of the Lunar surface last night. I could have spent hours observing Hainzel and the countless features surrounding it... So much to see, so little time...fascinating area!

Clear skies,

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:15 PM

Great job, Darren! Your sketch really has a 'fly-over' aspect. Some significant improvements in technique visible in this one. Keep up the good work! 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 03:16 PM

I have observed the Hainzel complex crater at some stage in the past, Darren.
I have also seen Hainzel A and C too.
As to when I do not know.

Paul Hainzel was German astronomer who co-operated with the great Tycho Brahe.
He lived from 1527 to 1581. Both men lived before the age of the telescope.


But your sublime sketch will encourage those of us who love to do lunar observing at some stage in the future.

Please keep up the good work with your sketches, Darren.
I'm already looking forward to your next one.


The Mee crater I have never seen.


Clear skies (after Storm Ciara)



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Posted 08 February 2020 - 11:18 AM

Excellent sketch of this region of the moon!

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 01:02 AM

I like this type of sketch. Very different from all what I saw here. A new technique is always attracting and encouraging. Thank you.

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 04:13 AM

Hello Ian, Mike, Aubrey, and Uwe. Very many thanks for your messages. Also, I am grateful to those who have 'liked' my sketch over the past few days. The 'new' technique is not a new technique at all. It's simply the angle I held camera phone when I snapped the sketch. Each time I tried to photograpgh the sketch from directly above the page, the shadow of my phone, my arm, or my body kept getting in the way. To remove these shadows, which were blocking-out portions of the sketch, I had to angle my camera phone. Consequently, it produced the 'fly-over' effect that Ian mentions. Thus, it was the angle of my phone, and not my artistic ability that created the effect you see above you. I'm sure if you went back to your sketches of the lunar surface, and held your phone (or camera) low enough to the page and tilted your phone at a certain angle, it would produce a similar effect. Give it a go, I'd love to hear if it worked for you.

Clear skies to all,



I've just attached the photograph of me trying to capture the sketch from directly above the page. This should help you to see what I mean. 

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