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#1 cloudbuster

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:16 PM

A popular target these days smile.png

 

Bode's Galaxy is a grand design galaxy in Ursa Major. Much larger than it's cosmic neighbor M82, very bright and with spiral arms that can be hard to discern. The south arm (up in the sketch) was a bit easier, because it's betrayed by a brighter part on the left where it makes its bend. This arm is a bit brighter and thicker than the opposite one, which was hard to distinguish even with averted vision. I had to restrain myself from drawing the arms too apparent to keep the end result as realistic as possible. But even now, the arms appear brighter than I have actually seen them.

 

Furthermore, I noticed a dark lane just under the bright core. Not sure if it's real or just my imagination, but it kept popping up.

 

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Regards, Martijn


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#2 Raul Leon

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:34 PM

Well done Martijn

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:55 PM

Martijn, its been cloudy and or raining in Southern California for weeks.  I want to thank you for the nice view of M81 through you 16" scope.


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 04:01 PM

Martijn,

 

Your M-81 sketch looks great.

Thanks for posting it here.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 05:11 PM

one of the most beautiful sketches I have seen.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 05:12 AM

Great work!



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 11:01 AM

Martijn,

 

Very good sketch of Messier 81 smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 11:42 PM

Nice, Martijn. I am afraid to try this one, just looks to hard. :) 



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:39 AM

Hello Martijn, an very authentic view of this nice galaxy and well documented! Thanks for this great sketch and clear skies,Jens



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 11:28 AM

You are a hunter of deep sky detail!

Well done!

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:03 AM

Thank you all smile.png

 

Last Sunday I had the chance to sketch its illustrious neighbour, coming up soon...

 

Martijn


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 01:11 PM

Excellent, I can only dream about catching the arms from our backyard...
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