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M40 - the most stunning Messier object

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#1 chrislon_geo

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:00 PM

Recent sketch of the most popular and awe-inspiring Messier object. I hope you enjoy.

 

Info:

  • Celestron 8SE
  • 6.3x focal reducer
  • 8mm Starguider
  • 160x magnification
  • 0.37° FOV

Sketching Equipment:

  • white printer paper
  • mechanical pencil
  • blending stump

Process:

  • sketched at the eyepiece
  • after sketching I traced it on to a new sheet of paper and made sure star placements were correct, shading looked good, and stars were nice pinpoints
  • scanned as a JPEG
  • inverted in SnapSeed app

 

 

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Edited by chrislon_geo, 01 April 2024 - 12:01 PM.

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#2 CowTipton

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:06 PM

Incredible detail!


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#3 Ed L.

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:16 PM

Worthy of a blue ribbon award!


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#4 chrislon_geo

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:17 PM

Incredible detail!

Thanks! It took nearly 3 hours to do the shading on the upper star.


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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:53 PM

Nice seperation 

Cheers Jon 



#6 pyrasanth

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 12:54 PM

I think you would get a lot more detail if the image was inverted.smile.gif



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Posted 01 April 2024 - 01:04 PM

Thanks! It took nearly 3 hours to do the shading on the upper star.

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 01:36 PM

I feel like more aperture would be helpful for pulling out more detail in the Ha regions.

 

Still, for the employed aperture, it shows great promise.  Perhaps darker skies would help.

 

I also enjoy this object with a vertical orientation.

 

Keep at it. You're getting better!!!



#9 chrislon_geo

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 01:52 PM

I think you would get a lot more detail if the image was inverted.smile.gif

Like this?

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 02:09 PM

They all show up on April first.


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Posted 01 April 2024 - 03:52 PM

I don't believe I've seen a more detailed sketch, absolutely mind boggling. I'm flying to the darkest skies now to even attempt an observation like this ;)

In all seriousness, may I ask how you invert the image in Snapseed? Thanks.

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#12 72Nova

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Posted 01 April 2024 - 04:34 PM

I have always been interested in sketching but didn’t think I had the talent for it.

 

You sir are an inspiration!

 

I’m thinking that I might be able to pull this off with some effort and dedication.


Edited by 72Nova, 01 April 2024 - 04:39 PM.

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Posted 02 April 2024 - 03:40 AM

April sketch contest winner here, fo’ sho!

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Posted 02 April 2024 - 07:50 AM

I mistook it for a comet until I saw the Messier designation
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Posted 02 April 2024 - 02:24 PM

Beautiful rendering!!! Inspiring!
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Posted 03 April 2024 - 10:09 AM

Chris,

 

Nice sketch of M-40 - (The most stunning Messier object) smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Posted 04 April 2024 - 09:21 AM

Hehe, nice one :)


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