Here's a sketch from a couple weeks ago, in a wonderful dark sky site several hours away. I really enjoyed pausing on this galaxy and taking it all in! Definitely the best view of it that I've seen.
When I inverted this image in photoshop, I tried to keep the overall brightness consistent with how I remember it appearing in the eyepiece. It wasn't screaming bright, but the central dust lane was so pronounced and unmistakeable. What a view!
Graphite pencils on white paper, inverted in photoshop
Date: Oct 10, 2021
Time 01:30 CST
Location: Grasslands National Park, SK
Scope: 17.5" f/5
Eyepiece: TeleVue Panoptic 24mm