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#1 Quinnipiac Monster

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:00 AM

Hi all,

 

I am mostly an observer of planets, and anyway I live under a 3 mag sky but from time to time I drive to darker sites and give a try to some deep-sky object.

 

A couple of nights ago I sketched those three. One is pretty obvious, as for the other two they are objects in the Virgo cluster that caught my attention. I don't know what they are exactly, I was not aiming for specific objects - just wandering around in the area in search of nice views. I wonder if the weird one in the middle might be Markarian's chain as (kind of) seen through a way too small telescope and too bright sky?

 

My telescope is a newton 10" f/7, a beast on planets but definitely challenged that night. I sketched with regular crayons and blending stumps, then inverted colors with GIMP. M51 was sketched last and the paper absorbed some moisture (also posted in deep-sky observing).

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Edited by Quinnipiac Monster, 23 May 2020 - 08:11 AM.

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#2 Astroman007

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:44 AM

Was the night especially hazy?



#3 Quinnipiac Monster

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:52 AM

Was the night especially hazy?

No, there were thin veils but not too bad. It was still Connecticut though. Perhaps forecasts led me to high expectations. 


Edited by Quinnipiac Monster, 23 May 2020 - 08:53 AM.

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#4 niteskystargazer

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:59 AM

Hi,

 

Nice sketches of Springtime Galaxies smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

thanx.gif ,

 

Tom



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 11:17 AM

I was out, in Western Massachusetts, that night, and yes, lots of thin clouds moving through over me too, despite the prediction for clear skies... typical New England.

 

Beautiful sketches!




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