What kind of paper do you use?
Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:49 PM
I have a RiteInTheRain blank notebook which is very smooth, but it also didn't seem great for blending in sketches, but not having to worry about dew ruining the paper is why I tried it.
So, what paper/sketchpad/drawing pad do you use?
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Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:36 PM
Southworth 100% Cotton Resume Paper, 8.5" x 11", 32 lb/120 GSM
This seem to work for me. I've also used something similar in 28lb but I like the heavier paper.
Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:47 PM
I use pretty much anything that's designed as a sketching paper. Over the last couple of years I've been using 150g/m^2 acid free cartridge paper, but I prefer something slightly smoother and whiter. Printer paper isn't really good enough for me, as I like properly bound books that will last, and the paper to be stronger. I tend to buy my sketch books a few at a time and each one will usually last me about a year before I move on to the next, but that's for finished observational sketches. For sketches made in rough at the eyepiece, I tend to use a cheaper rough sketch book, then I make a cleaned up sketch on better paper later. The printer paper may be ok for rough initial sketches but not for the finished work.
Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:10 PM
Hi Mike, I'm currently using 110 gsm cartridge, but I intend to change to 140 gsm album paper for its smoother finish.
Posted 28 March 2020 - 07:01 PM
Master's Touch 100lb. black, white, CPP chipboard paper, Strathmore assorted types black or white most 60lb., Canson and a few others including copy paper and butcher paper..
Posted 28 March 2020 - 08:50 PM
Thank you for all of the suggestions!
Mike: I had never considered the sketches at the eyepiece to be rough sketches to be transferred later. I haven't found a need to do that yet, but it's definitely a good idea to make those minor adjustments that are hard to do under dim red lighting and for better marking of the stars in better lighting.
Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:05 PM