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A Drawing thread this month dedicated to our Solar System

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#1 mdowns

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 06:20 AM

Many thanks to the fine contributions to last month's globular thread but it's time to move along. We are up to our ears in a great planetary viewing season and the contributions in this forum have been frequent and strong so let's go forward next, with a month of solar system drawings. Anything related to targets within our solar system with the exception of Luna and Sol(they will have a month all to themselves).Planets, their moons, comets,meteors, asteroids,aurora, etc.Anything related to a solar system observation(with the noted, two exceptions), from last night to a childhood memory. Please share those posts here and now! Even if you posted it an hour ago as a stand-alone thread, it's welcome here as well. We are all looking forward to it.


 

#2 gstrumol

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 08:06 AM

Ok, here are two oldies but goodies! The first is a sketch I made of Jupiter back in 2004 (you did allow for childhood memories, after all!):

 

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And here is a pair of Mars sketches back in 2003 along with some pics for comparison:

 

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also with the C8.

 

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 10:16 AM

The first color sketch in my astro journal. Done last night around 0500 UTC/2200 MST. 150mm f/12 Mak, Celestron 8-24 zoom at 225x.

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 03:12 PM

Here is a sketch I made using the Astroscan!

 

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(Note: to see the bands I had to center Jupiter and wait for clarity)

 

Looking at the beehive in a photo the registration is not half bad, if I may say so myself wink.gif


 

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 04:16 PM

My down and dirty observation of Mars a few nights ago getting back into the swing of things. No report made, just tuning up my scope and getting ready. I was at 400x with my 8" f/6 in about Pickering 6/10 seeing. I was just enthralled by all the white visible on Mars and I had to put it down on paper. 

 

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 04:18 PM

Sketching:

4.25″f/5 Newtonian 6mm eyepiece 90x
For this sketch I used: blue construction paper, 11″x 9″, a white Conte’ pastel crayon and a blending stump, for templating the planet as a circle I used a lens cap. Brightness and contrast were slightly increased (+2) after scanning.

Date: 3-21-2009 7:00-7:15 UT
clear skies, few clouds
Large numbers of greater sandhill cranes flying north

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 07:34 PM

Frank, Venus I am sure. Yes? That's a pretty cool view of it. I need to see it more often. 


 

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Posted 01 December 2022 - 10:38 PM

Took the C8 out tonight during a 1 hour break in the clouds. Seeing was listed as average and Mars was calling, so I scratched out this sketch (it was cold outside!)

 

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I normally don't see the reddish-orange color of Mars (because it's very bright), but tonight it was clear! Syrtis Major was very clearly visible, along with a thin blue strip at the pole.


 

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Posted 02 December 2022 - 08:39 PM

Two Recent Mars sketches.

 

Mars December  01, 2022, 02:00  and  04:15 UT
Seeing was better than average 4/5. Seeing remained very good for the remainder of the time I observed and sketched.  I was able to make out a good number of martian features: clouds in the north polar region, Mare Tyrrhenum, Mare Cimnerium, Syrtis minor, Hellas, Syrtis Major ,Libya, Iapygia, Moeris Lacus, Sinus Sabaeus, Mare Serpentis and Hellespontus to name a few.
Sketching Materials and Equipment
For this sketch I used ground up color pencil dust from white, orange, yellow and light brown pencils. Graphite HB pencil, eraser, blending stumps, white copy paper, Gimp 2 to cut the sketch from the paper and paste it to a black background.
Telescope 16” f/4.41, 6 mm and 4mm eyepieces 298x and 448x
filter: none used IL
Equatorial platform  used.
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Posted 02 December 2022 - 09:26 PM

Some fine sketches everyone!

 
Heres a 2fer! 7/27/2014 2 solar system objects together. Sorry if I just posted this one recently…

 

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Posted 02 December 2022 - 09:30 PM

And one from April 27, 2013

 

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Posted 02 December 2022 - 09:40 PM

Cindy that occultation of Saturn is marvelous! 

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Posted 02 December 2022 - 10:07 PM

Cindy that occultation of Saturn is marvelous!
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What a sight to see. When's the next one? :lol:
 

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Posted 03 December 2022 - 07:34 AM

Frank, very beautiful rendering! Seeing your sketches one is able to watch Mars rotating.

 

Two Recent Mars sketches.

 

Mars December  01, 2022, 02:00  and  04:15 UT
Seeing was better than average 4/5. Seeing remained very good for the remainder of the time I observed and sketched.  I was able to make out a good number of martian features: clouds in the north polar region, Mare Tyrrhenum, Mare Cimnerium, Syrtis minor, Hellas, Syrtis Major ,Libya, Iapygia, Moeris Lacus, Sinus Sabaeus, Mare Serpentis and Hellespontus to name a few.
Sketching Materials and Equipment
For this sketch I used ground up color pencil dust from white, orange, yellow and light brown pencils. Graphite HB pencil, eraser, blending stumps, white copy paper, Gimp 2 to cut the sketch from the paper and paste it to a black background.
Telescope 16” f/4.41, 6 mm and 4mm eyepieces 298x and 448x
filter: none used IL
Equatorial platform  used.
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Posted 04 December 2022 - 10:58 AM

Sketch of Jupiter and Europa
Jupiter on the Evening of November 28, 2013, 8:15 pm local time.

Assorted color pencils used. !0" F/5.7 telescope.

Frank 

 

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 11:26 AM

Frank’s Jupiter is tough to follow. Here’s my last planetary sketch. 

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 01:48 PM

A Couple of 'Flybys'

 

1) Mars Passing Neptune  First sketch (moderate seeing) is the usual HB/stump-painted effort, tinted and scaled in Corel to the field circle.  During that sketch in spite of the twilight (mid-Nautical) I picked out Triton pretty well – shown a little more than actual distance-scale to convey the actual ep impression.  

 

By that was completed the cloud, being watched with an anxious eye, was looming and some bands of cirrostratus were already slowly drifting over the planets.

Hoping for some luck the already aimed 120mm SW refractor (26x/3.1º FOV) was used to lay in the well seen star-field for the second rendition.  Overcoming my cloud-prejudice I came to accept that there was an aesthetic element to those, partly Mars-lit, diaphanous cloud bands.  On a hunch I thought the scene might lend to the 20x100s – and was entranced by a more accentuated view; and actually caught the waited-for scene: when that cloud was virtually clear of Neptune...........

 

Love it when something comes out of a seemingly lost situation........then it rained..........!

 

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2) Geese Sketch-Bombing Mercury  Prior to this view Mercury was making a fairly tight trio with the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction but unfavourable skies denied any sketch of that.  Even so I did catch the, then lone, Mercury sinking in the west on a better evening. Worth sketching I thought, and glad I did when the skein of geese nicely transited the view..........Dave.

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 05:25 PM

Here's Jupiter from 7/24/2009: the black dot on the left is Ganymede's shadow, Ganymede is to the right in front of the belt and the ovalish black area at the bottom is an impact scar that was believed to be from an asteroid collision. I used a 10mm Radian at 198x with my 14.5 Starstructure  f/4.3

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Posted 05 December 2022 - 12:17 PM

A nice idea those monthly threads

 

Here my proposition, from left to right sketches of...

  • Saturn 2018-06-12
  • Jupiter 2019-06-01and some satellites somewhere...
  • Mars 2022-11-20
  • C/2020 F3 (Neowise) 2020-07-19
  • A fireball 2019-10-06
  • Venus 2018-06-09
  • Mercury 2021-05-25

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Kind regards to you all

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Posted 05 December 2022 - 08:49 PM

Saturn with 4 nearby Moons 9/9/2021
Pastel sketch of Saturn, Rhea, Dione, Tethys and Enceladus.
16"/f4.41 scope at 358x

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Posted 06 December 2022 - 03:24 AM

A nice idea those monthly threads

 

Here my proposition, from left to right sketches of...

  • Saturn 2018-06-12
  • Jupiter 2019-06-01and some satellites somewhere...
  • Mars 2022-11-20
  • C/2020 F3 (Neowise) 2020-07-19
  • A fireball 2019-10-06
  • Venus 2018-06-09
  • Mercury 2021-05-25

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Kind regards to you all

Michel

Michel, that is really an amazing composite!


 

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Posted 06 December 2022 - 09:43 AM

Ceres Invades the Hyades   2021 Nov 20 I caught Ceres near a similarly bright star; that being more yellow-white compared to the former’s richer light-amber.  At first the seeing was 3-4/10 overall  some brief 5+ at times.   Even so the disk of Ceres remained fairly apparent; and the star looking quite pear-shaped pointed toward pa ~15º; a check showed this to be the double STT 79 (55 Tau) –

 

The second field sketch is from Nov 11; and the hi-res D-K view from the 20th  which includes a later view that night with Ceres nearer the meridian when the seeing had improved markedly.

 

It was interesting that night (20th) to see even in the initial poorer conditions how there was indications of the disk and how at that time STT 79 gave a larger ragged blur than did Ceres.........and the later view with the double noticeably shrunken compared to Ceres’ well defined disk. 

 

On the second field sketch the 6 ‘X’-spiked ‘stars’ are Ceres’ position from dates left to right: [Starting near-left of Aldebaran Sep 25] Nov 1, 11, 16, 17, 20, 22; with a best-fit track added.

 
Firstly the closer-up-approach September sketch with Aldebaran.......Dave.

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Posted 06 December 2022 - 09:49 AM

A wonderful study Dave.  Thanks for sharing it.  Ceres often gets overshadowed by the "big boys", but you put it front and center here with your meticulous observations and splendid renderings!

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Posted 06 December 2022 - 01:53 PM

6 Dec 2022, 0315-0330 UT (2015-2030 MST)

150 mm f/12 Mak

8-24 zoom @ 10 mm (180x)

Astrospheric seeing and transparency "average"

Mars about 35 degrees alt over Tucson heat island 

 

I wanted to sketch Jupiter, too, but everything dewed up.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 06 December 2022 - 11:55 PM

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Sketching and Equipment: 
For this sketch I used white sketching paper, 2B and 4B graphite pencils and blending stumps
Scope: 13.1” f/6 with a 24mm wide field eyepiece on an equatorial platform
Date: 01-19-2015 - 02:45 UT
Temperature: 0°C (32°F)
Clear, calm, Transparency 4/5
Seeing: 4/5

Approximate location of comet: R.A. 03h 07m
Dec. 22° 58’

 

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