Prominence Extraordinaire! H-alpha Prominence 1-10-15

Solar Prominence - January 10, 2015
Solar Prominence – January 10, 2015

Aloha!

I think what I like best about solar observing is you never know what you will find going on! This large prominence at the eastern limb appeared extraordinary in its detailed and lacey appearance. Seeing was very good and at higher magnification a network of bright areas appeared, much like a picture of a neuron cell with branching filaments extending in all directions. Tilting Sun Graphics are used to denote prominence location.

Solar Prominence
1/10/15
h-alpha 60mm Lunt
Maui, Hawaii
0945-1020 HST (1945-2020 UT)
Black Canson paper, white & black charcoal pencil, watercolor pencil & Conte’ Crayon
Tilting Sun Graphics

Cindy (Thia ) L. Krach
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers

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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

My latest sketch for your interest. As previous, 153mm OG Watec 120N+ video camera, sketched from b&w monitor onto black art paper with white Conte hard pastel, watercolour pencil and white acrylic paint.

Regards, Dale

Do you want to know more about my interest in astronomy? If so take a look at my Website: www.chippingdaleobservatory.com

Keep up to date with observations from Chippingdale Observatory by reading the Blog http://chippingdaleobservatory.com/blog/


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 16, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 16, 2015

Nombre de objeto Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Tipo de objeto:Cometa
Fecha:16/01/2015
Ubicacion: Observatorio Astronomico Orion-San Agustin del Pozo-Zamora-España
Medios: (lápiz de grafito, papel blanco ,Photosop,

Today the clear night with a north wind and cold stayed and had to take before they come clouds in the coming days to observe this comet that can already be seen with the naked eye in the constellation of Taurus and soon passed north .
Today was much better appreciated his tail and was a joy to watch is 30mm eyepiece. With 1.6º field.

Asin and all the drawing I’ve had to make split it did not fit into the eyepiece 1.6º.

Its nucleus is bright star with a magnitude of 4.0 and its tail and 3rd round long.

Vos advise that you observe when you can these days because every day and be farther from Earth.

These are the ephemeris for the remainder of the month.

Fecha AR declinacion r delta mag Elong
——————————————————————————————————
17 Ene 2015 03h20m30.44s +18 34′ 32.5″ 1.3054 0.5287 5.0 116.0
18 Ene 2015 03h15m12.93s +20 31′ 33.2″ 1.3032 0.5408 5.1 114.3
19 Ene 2015 03h10m06.31s +22 22′ 57.2″ 1.3012 0.5537 5.1 112.6
20 Ene 2015 03h05m10.54s +24 08′ 47.3″ 1.2993 0.5674 5.2 110.9
21 Ene 2015 03h00m25.57s +25 49′ 10.7″ 1.2976 0.5818 5.2 109.2
22 Ene 2015 02h55m51.27s +27 24′ 17.5″ 1.2961 0.5968 5.2 107.6
23 Ene 2015 02h51m27.46s +28 54′ 20.1″ 1.2948 0.6124 5.3 106.0
24 Ene 2015 02h47m13.96s +30 19′ 32.5″ 1.2936 0.6286 5.3 104.5
25 Ene 2015 02h43m10.50s +31 40′ 09.7″ 1.2926 0.6452 5.4 103.0
26 Ene 2015 02h39m16.85s +32 56′ 27.0″ 1.2918 0.6623 5.4 101.5
27 Ene 2015 02h35m32.71s +34 08′ 40.0″ 1.2912 0.6797 5.5 100.1
28 Ene 2015 02h31m57.80s +35 17′ 04.0″ 1.2907 0.6975 5.5 98.8
29 Ene 2015 02h28m31.82s +36 21′ 53.9″ 1.2905 0.7156 5.6 97.5
30 Ene 2015 02h25m14.46s +37 23′ 24.2″ 1.2904 0.7339 5.7 96.2
31 Ene 2015 02h22m05.44s +38 21′ 48.4″ 1.2904 0.7525 5.7 95.0
J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 17, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
– January 17, 2015

Hello,

From the looks of the ASOD webpage, Comet Q2 Lovejoy is getting the attention it deserves from observers around the globe. Some really fine sketches are here.

I did this high magnification study of the comet using my 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under the dark, transparent skies of wintertime rural Appalachia. Even using my lowest magnification eyepiece to give the widest field of view. the head of the comet and the beginning of the ion tail and the dust tail filled the field.

The short fan shaped dust tail stretched from about PA 100° to 170° and was hard to differentiate from the coma. The longer ion tail at PA 80° was highlighted with streamers and extended outwards for several fields. The very bright pseudo-nucleus was flanked by two background stars.

The moonless night was chilly, 21°F (-6°C), so I did the sketch from field notes immediately after coming indoors. A blending stump loaded with 2B or HB graphite was used for the coma and tail with additional blending with my finger. The stars were made with an HB pencil. I tweaked the gamma when scanning and flipped the drawing during processing to give the correct image view (north up/west to the right).

I expect astrosketchers will continue to have fun with this comet–it’s a nice one.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet
Twin Sugars Observatory Friars Hill, West Virginia USA
17 January 2015 0130 UT
Graphite on white paper inverted digitally

Regards,

Michael Rosolina


C2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 14, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 14, 2015

Hello Asodians!
After the clouds went away Comet C2014Q2 (Lovejoy) appeared glowing in the
sky! The nucleous was very bright, nearly stellar but the tail was not
visible. Not yet.
I observed from my balcony on the 7th floor…
Immediately – after placing my chair there – I went to work but had to wait
for an annoying Cirrus blanket that covered the view. It finally cleared
but before I even looked through the binos, I tried to spot it with my eyes
alone but I just couldn’t convince myself that it was visible. However, I
suspect that with excellent sky conditions the first naked eye observations
will be reported very, very soon!
I made this sketch with white pastel and blending stump on black
paper.


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 14, 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 14, 2015

Nombre de objeto

C/ 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Tipo de objeto

Cometa
Ubicación

Observatorio Orion -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – España
Date

14/01/2015
Media

(lápiz de grafito, papel blanco, escaneado y invertido el color.

Esta tarde estaba medio despejado y había que aprovechar antes de que se acercaran mas las nubes y que en los prosimos días no nos dejaran observar.

Hoy prepare los bártulos para dibujar al C2014 Q2 Lovejoy y me puse sobre las 19:15 TU a observar el cometa con el 12″ primeramente su núcleo y su gran coma que tiene unos 17 minutos de arco con el ocular de 8mm ES para ver si había algo raro en su núcleo por si empiezan a salir chorros como fue en el caso del Halo Boop, que disfrutamos muchos aficionados ya en el año 1997, si ya ha pasado mucho tiempo pero yo aun recuerdo esos chorros de gas saliendo en espiral del núcleo del cometa.

Bueno en fin que no se veía nada raro a no ser por un pequeño tono azulado verdoso que parece desprenderse de su núcleo y después de captar este pequeño detalle empece a dibujar por partes el cometa empezando por su núcleo y coma y mirando aun por el 8mm ES, es una gozada estar dibujando y que el objeto no se te marche de parranda luego gracias al picgoto de Angel Caparros.

Dibujar la coma es mas o menos facil, pero otra cosa a sido su cola.

Primero tuve que cambiar de ocular para poder abarcar todo el campo que me permitiera y lo masimo lo logro con el 30mm ES – 1.6º por lo que hay que dibujar la cola por partes pues 2.6º de cola es mucha cola para este ocular y este telescopio de 12″ F4.8.

Primero estoy un rato moviendo el tubo en altura para arriba y para abajo pera ver mejor hasta donde llega la salida de la cola y me refiero a su anchura pegando al cometa.

Los detalles son muy sutiles por lo que antes de plasmar algo en el papel hay que asegurarse desde donde a donde llega esa cola a su salida del núcleo y asín lo tuve que hacer durante 3 veces hasta conseguir plasmar toda su cola.

He de decir que los detalles son muy sutiles y hay que estar mas de 2 minutos observando detenidamente para que esos pocos fotones de luz se queden en el cerebro para luego plasmar eso en el papel.

Cuando he terminado me doy cuenta que el cometa se ha movido unos 5 minutos de arco desde que empece el dibujo, osea que mas o menos he estado con el 1 hora.

El cometa esta en Mg 4.0 viéndose perfectamente a simple vista desde mi observatorio que la calidad del cielo ronda la Mg 6 en visual.

Parece que hoy he tenido mucha suerte ya que terminado de plasmar el cometa en el papel ya empezaron a meterse nubes.

Como veréis el cometa esta dibujado sobre una carta estelar del GUIDE 9.0 pues no me gusta dibujar tanta estrella cuando lo que quiero es plasmar un cometa.

Espero que vos guste.

J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/
http://pastorgalactico.16mb.com/
Attachments area

Google translate:

Object Name

   C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Object Type

  comet
location

  Orion Observatory -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – Spain
Date

  01/14/2015
average

(graphite pencil, white paper, scanned and inverted color.
 

This afternoon was half cleared and had to take before they come out more clouds and in the days Forthcoming not let us observe.

Today prepare gear for drawing the C2014 Q2 Lovejoy and got about 19:15 TU to observe the comet with 12 “first nucleus and large eat has about 17 arcmin with ES 8mm eyepiece to see if there was something strange in your kernel if they start out jets as was in the case of Halo Boop, who enjoyed many fans already in 1997, if it has been a long time but I still remember those gas jets out spiral core comet.

Well in order not seen nothing unusual except for a small greenish blue tint that appears from its core and then to capture this small detail parts started to draw by starting the comet nucleus and coma and looking even by 8mm it is a joy to be drawing the object and do not leave out partying then thanks to picgoto Angel Caparros.

Draw the comma is more or less easy, but otherwise been his tail.

First I had to change eye to cover the whole field to allow me and masimo I succeed with 30mm ES – 1.6º so you have to draw the line for parts as 2.6º tail is long queue for this eye and this 12 “telescope F4.8.

First I’m a bit by moving the tube height up and down pear see better far off the tail comes and I mean width hitting the comet.

The details are very subtle so before translating something on paper make sure from where to where that queue reaches its core outlet and asynchronous I had to do for 3 times until capture all his tail.

I have to say that the details are very subtle and we must be more than two minutes watching carefully for those few photons of light left in the brain and then translate that into the paper.

When I’m done I realize that the comet has moved about 5 arcmin since I started drawing, I mean that more or less have been with the 1 hour.

The comet was added to 4.0 Mg looking perfectly at first sight from my observatory sky quality round the Mg 6 in visual.

It seems that today I have been very lucky as finished translating the comet on paper already started to get cloudy.

As you will see the comet is drawn on a star chart GUIDE 9.0 because I do not like to draw so many stars when what I want is to capture a comet.

I hope you like it.

J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/
http://pastorgalactico.16mb.com/
Attachments area
 


Lovejoy for Charlie

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 11, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 11, 2015
Michel's fellow observers on the night of January 11, 2015
Michel’s fellow observers on the night of January 11, 2015

Object Name (C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy)
Object Type (Comet in Eridan)
Location (Verdon river in France)
Date (Jan. 11th 2015)
Media (watercolor on white paper, inverted after scan via paint.net)

During the “Charlie Hebdo” event we had to keep the pencil in hand, to prove that life goes on and is beautiful and that cretinism can’t win, ever. Today, poverty of spirit associated with force no longer have a voice in civilized countries !

The Lovejoy expedition.

Four of my good friends astronomers propose to come and enjoy the dark sky of the region. Appointment is made on 8 January in the early evening. The day before I found a good ground for observing this beautiful comet without too many trees in the view. Near the small village of Saint-Laurent, a platform overlooking the north side of the Lake of Artignosc on the Verdon river. First I will make some sketches and (yes I know… sorry guys) photographs of the landscape and material that will serve my watercolor the day after.

The photo of the sky taken on Jan. the 7th (Pentax K50 3.5 – 3sec 25600 ISO -18mm) shows the comet as a brillant green star equivalent magnitude to Pi ORI +/- 4.0. But I’m not here to make photo ! it just allow me to position the stars on the sky background on my future painting.
The evening of Jan. 8th everyone is there, my friends Vincent, Antoine, Yvan and Jean-Bernard, made the trip from Brignoles, La Garde, Forcalqueiret and Salon. It’s cold, the wind and the news from Paris make us shiver.

The comet is visible to the unaided eye, even in direct vision. During the previous night, a tail departure was barely noticeable in my Dobson 12ˮ f 5. Today we are three of us observing a double tail, a very short first part is attached to the hair while another, a sort of fine filament spreading further.
It was extremely difficult to see that tail, face this huge ball of light that is the coma of Comet Lovejoy.
Through a set of 2ˮ filters provided by Vincent (CLS, OIII, UHC) we got to see something other than the coma. This is strangely due to the CLS filter that we have been able to detect some clarity in front of the dark sky. We had to get the coma out of the eyepiece to discern the low-contrast gradient between the black sky and the thin clouds of the tail. We are here at the border of the possibilities for the vision.

Dobson used was a 12ˮ f/d 5 and 2ˮ eyepieces Meade 24mm to Omegon 38mm, UWA. We deployed 80mm and 150mm refractors as well as quality binoculars: Echo and Swarovski.

The watercolor shows our group gathered for this “Lovejoy expedition” after two hours of dense observation.

So the final watercolor shows the views of the sky the day before, a view of the Dobson and -with a flash- portraits taken by the Vincent’s camera.

Observing is also meeting us for the same vibration, the same enthusiasm, and that night it was … it was … there was … something strong in the air!

http://astro.aquarellia.com

Michel Deconinck


C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015

Aloha!

Like many astronomy enthusiasts I have been following the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. I present to you a montage of sketches beginning with binocular views and progressing to higher magnification as the comet moved through the sky.

The first sketch in binoculars on 12/20/14 showed the bright yellow/ orange star Kappa Columba in the same field of view as the comet. On 12/28/14 the close proximity to M79 made for a special observation in my 4” refractor. In the last sketched observation on 1/7/15 in the 12.5” reflector I was taken aback by the sheer size of the comet, also at its brightest at this time with light and dark streaking visible in the tail. Beautiful to behold at any magnification.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

12/20/14 to 1/7/15, all times listed are Hawaii Standard Time.

7×50 Binoculars, 4” Refractor, 12.5” Reflector

White paper, #2 pencil, blending stump

Inverted and combined in Photoscape

Cindy (Thia) L Krach

Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Amateur Astronomer


Doble Cúmulo de Perseo The Double Cluster in Perseus

The Perseus Double Cluster  two large open clusters in the constellation Perseus
The Perseus Double Cluster two large open clusters in the constellation Perseus

***Please click on sketch for full size image***

Object Name: NGC 869 and NGC 884 “Double Cluster The Perseo”
Object type : Open Clusters
Location : Zone Observatory AAM Bonilla-Spain
Date: Part 1: 2 hours 25 October 2014. Part 2: 2h January 10, 2015

New 10 ” TFOV 2º x 3.2 ° 40x SQM 21.3

With the GIMP and inverted color and have given color to any star.

Pleasant evening with cold and good company.

Salud y buenos cielos.

Pedro.


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 9, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 9, 2015

Hey ASOD!

I got the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Norway, Trondheim.
This one was a fine object, big coma but no seen structures near nucleus
and no tail. Info on my sketch!
I used pencil and inkpen on white paper (inverted).
Hope you enjoy my sketch and observation!
I wish you all happy new year and clear skies!!


Young Winter December Moon

"The Young Winter December Moon" - December 23, 2014
“The Young Winter December Moon” – December 23, 2014

Young Winter December Moon

During the early part of the current lunation I was observing and sketching in Mesa, Arizona and caught the thin crescent Moon in the southwestern sky just after sunset. Venus was also visible much closer to the horizon but not close enough to the Moon to be included. Earthshine improved and brightened as the hour passed.

Sketching:
For this sketch I used dark blue sketching paper (8.5” x 11”), white, yellow and brown pastel pencils, blending stumps, white Pearl eraser.

Telescope 6”f/7.2 Dobsonian telescope, 28mm eyepiece 39x
Date and Time: 12-23-2014; 18:15 – 19:10 local time
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Transparency: clear 4/5
Temperature: 18 °C (65°F)
Colongitude: 295.3°
Lunation: 1.74 days
Illumination: 4.1%

Frank McCabe


Height of Lunar Features

The measurement of the height of lunar features by measuring the length of the cast shadows - December 28, 2014
The measurement of the height of lunar features by measuring the length of the cast shadows – December 28, 2014

Lunar Features at First Quarter
Lunar Craters and Montes
Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland
28/12/2014
Graphite pencils plain paper

This is a sketch I did as part of an assignment for an Astronomy course I am taking for fun. The exercise was to calculate 4 lunar features heights by making accurate sketch observations, measuring the shadows and calculating the height using the distances along with the Earth-Sun-Moon angles. It just happened to be clear at exactly first quarter. I am having trouble sketching a very dark black and new to many of the sketching techniques and making it up as I go along. Is there an extra dark lead past an 8b or should I be looking sketch on black paper? I am also having problems scanning and am taking photos of my sketches? Any help appreciated. Clear Skies! Kevin


A Globular Cluster Challenge for the “Deep Space Forum”

The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and  Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a "globular cluster challenge sponsored by the "Deep Space Forum"
The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a “globular cluster challenge sponsored by the “Deep Space Forum”

This is an internal challenge the forum espacioprofundo.com.ar , astronomical section drawing, in which it was proposed to draw a globular cluster choice and these are the results. The credit of this picture is for Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini and Martin Boni, and we are representing espacioprofundo.com .
The three drawings were made in different parts of Argentina. The first (NGC 2808) was held in San Miguel, Buenos Aires. The second (NGC 362) in Malabrigo, Santa Fe; and the third (Omega Cen) in the town of Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipment Used:

NGC 2808:
Telescope: Dobson 12 “.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescope: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescope: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.

Este es un desafío interno del foro espacioprofundo.com.ar, de la sección de dibujo astronómico, en el que se planteó dibujar un cúmulo globular a elección y estos son los resultados. El crédito de esta imagen es para Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini y Martín Boni, y estamos en representación de espacioprofundo.com.
Los tres dibujos fueron realizados en lugares diferentes de Argentina. El primero (NGC 2808) se realizó en San Miguel, Buenos Aires. El segundo (NGC 362) en Malabrigo, Santa Fe; y el tercero (Omega Cen) en la localidad de Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipos Utilizados:

NGC 2808:
Telescopio: Dobson 12”.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescopio: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescopio: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.


My Two Suns

"My Two Suns" a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna - December 30, 2014
“My Two Suns” a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna – December 30, 2014

Object Name: Sun
Object Type: Star
Location: Argentina, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Quilmes
Date: 30/12/2014
Media: pencil, white paper.

Soy padre de gemelos, Eugenia y Luciano, ellos tienen tres a años y medio, este es el primer dibujo de Eugenia, es la primera figura que se distingue como algo. Como padre y amante de la Astronomia, todos los fines de semana, hacemos observaciones Soleres como tambien observamos la Luna. Eugenia, le agrada dibujar y Luciano le encanta observar por el telescopio, realmente lo disfruta.
El equipo que utilizamos, es un refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, para la observacion Solar, utilizo un filtro Solar Baader , BST 12 mm y un filtro # 21: Para la observacion Lunar utilizamos un bst 12mm con filtro #ND96.

I am a father of twins, Eugenia and Luciano, they have three and a half years, this is the first sketch of Eugenia. As a parent and lover of Astronomy, every weekend, we make observations o Sun as also observe the Moon. Eugenia, likes to draw and Luciano loves observing through the telescope, really enjoys it.
The equipment we use is a refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, for solar observation, I use a Baader solar filter, BST 12 mm and a filter # 21: To the observation Lunar bst use a 12mm filter # ND96.

Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur


Vallis Schröteri

Vallis Schröteri, a huge lava vent and rille system on the Aristarchus Plateau - January 2, 2015
Vallis Schröteri, a huge lava vent and rille system on the Aristarchus Plateau – January 2, 2015

Hi,

find attached a charcoal and pastel sketch of Aristarchus, Herodotus and the famous Vallis Schröteri. I hope you like it.

Object Name: Vallis Schröteri, Aristarchus, Herodotus
Object Type: Lunar Valley and Crater
Location: Germany, Dusseldorf area
Date: 2015-01-02, 1800-1845 CET
Media: chalk pastel pencil and charcoal pencil on black sketching cardbox
Telescope: Martini 10” f/5 Dobsonian
Eyepiece: Skywatcher HR Planetary 5mm
Clear skies!

Achim


Lovejoy Comet in Contrast with Colorful Stars

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 4, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 4, 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/4/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert and enhance with Gimp.

Zeiss binoculars 15×60 BGAT

SeeIng: 3/5 (good). Intense moonlight.

This is my drawing of Lovejoy comet. I couldn´t see the tail of the comet because a full moon was shining.
It was a very pleasant view the contrast between yellowish colour in the comet, the orange stars HR 1451 and HR 1452 and the white-greenish light from the HIP 21258.

Este es mi dibujo del cometa Lovejoy. No he podido observar la cola del cometa, la observación se hizo con una intensa luz lunar. Lo más placentero de la observación ha sido el contraste entre el color amarillento del cometa y la luz anaranjada de las estrellas HR 1451 y HR 1452 frente al color blanco-verdoso de la estrella más pequeña HIP21258.


Comet and Globular

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) and the globular star cluster M79 in the constellation Lepus
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) and the globular star cluster M79 in the constellation Lepus

M79 and Comet Lovejoy in Lepus

I have been monitoring comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) for the past several nights and on this occasion they both shared the same field of view at130 power. I was using my daughter’s 10 inch Orion Dobsonian telescope and was able to capture this sketch under clear skies and good seeing conditions. The observation site was in eastern Mesa, Arizona with a good view to the south. The comet can be seen much brighter and larger in angular size than than 8.5 magnitude globular cluster M 79. This was a pleasing view at the eyepiece with the comet showing a hint of green color. I switched to 48 power and a wider field of view for the sketch.

Sketching:

White and Black Conte’ pastel pencils on black sketching paper
blending stump and Pink Pearl eraser also used
R.A. 05hr 24′ ; Dec. -24 degrees 33min.
Comet distance less than 100million km.
M79 distance 42,100 light years 150 million stars

Frank 🙂


Big Bowl of Pythagoras

Lunar crater Pythagoras - January 3, 2015
Lunar crater Pythagoras – January 3, 2015

Object Name – Pythagoras
Object Type – Lunar impact crater
Location – Deventer, The Netherands
Date – Januari 3, 2015
Media – White pastel pencil on black paper

So far this winter is terrible for astronomy. Nothing but clouds and rain in the Netherlands… But yesterday evening the skies finally cleared and my 3″ Polarex Unitron was quickly set up in the backyard. Crater Pythagoras on the northeastern limb of the Moon looked particularly nice – like a deep rocky bowl in the lunar surface. Seeing conditions were fair, so I pumped up the magnifcation to a crazy (for a 3″) 200x. It still gave a pleasant and sharp view and sketching was quite comfortable with the crater looking big in the eyepiece.

Pythagoras is a 130km wide impact crater with staggering 5km high terraced walls. The central peaks (I could see two of them) are also pretty huge: 3,5km high! Imagine the panoramic view from the top op one of those mountains….

Sketch made with a pastel pencil on black paper, through a 3″ Polarex Unitron at 200x (Baader 6mm BGO). The image is mirror reversed.

Clear Skies,
Roel Weijenberg
www.roelblog.nl


Conjunción Lovejoy y M79

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014

Object Name C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and M79
Object Type Comet and Globular cluster
Location Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina
Date 29/12/14
Media I use pencil, paper, and Gimp to invert colour

Conjunción del cometa Lovejoy con el cúmulo globular M79, en la constelación de la liebre.
El equipo con el cual se realizo la observación es un telescopio reflector sw 150/750 con un ocular de 25.
Podemos notar un bonito “triángulo ” entre el Cometa, m79 y la estrella HIP 25045 A. Se pudo observar un color con tintes verdosos hacia el centro del cometa. No se pudo observar coma

Google translate:
Comet Lovejoy conjunction with the globular cluster M79 in the constellation of the hare.
The equipment with which the observation was performed is a reflecting telescope with an eyepiece 150/750 sw 25.
We can notice a nice “triangle” between the Comet, m79 and the star HIP 25045 A. It was observed color with greenish tints to the center of the comet. Could be observed comma


The Great Nebula of Orion

M42 and M43, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy  - December 23, 2014
M42 and M43, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy – December 23, 2014
M42 and M43 - Original "positive" graphite sketch on white paper
M42 and M43 – Original “positive” graphite sketch on white paper

Here is myobservation and sketch from 23.12.2014
Messier 42/43
Telescope: 16″
v= 90-180x
Without and UHC
Observation: Adelegg/Stafflangen, Germany(1080m/560m)


The Sun before Christmas

The Sun before Christmas - December 24, 2014
The Sun before Christmas – December 24, 2014

Hi ASOD:

Objet: Sun
Objet Type: Sun Ha
Location: Panama city, Republic of Panama (Central America)
Date: December 24 , 2014
Media: graphite pencil , white paper and Phto Zone to invert, color tone and text.
Telescope: Meade Coronado PST – H alpha, 40/400.
Ocular: 13mm

The Sun before Christmas

clear skies , Ricardo Schwarz


Nebulosa de Orion (M-42)

M 42, "The Great Nebula in Orion", a giant  star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion
M 42, “The Great Nebula in Orion”, a giant star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion

Object name: M-42
Object type: Nebulosa brillante
Location: Pelayos de la Presa (Madrid) España
Date: 21-Dic-2014 Hora: 02:45 T.U:
Media: lápiz de grafito; A4 de 120 gr; difumino; procesado con GIMP 2.4
Equipo: Refractor Acromático Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F/7.8. Montura: HEQ5 Pro. Ocular: WO 2″ 25mm 48X.
Condiciones de observación: Cielo rural urbano con algo de viento y una magnitud límite de 6 a simple vista en el cenit; humedad del 70% aproximádamente

Object name: M-42
Object type: Bright Nebula
Location: Pelayo de la Presa (Madrid) Spain
Date: 21-Dec-2014 Time: 2:45 T.U:
Media: pencil graphite; A4 120 gr; stump; processed with GIMP 2.4
Team: Achromatic Refractor Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F / 7.8. Frame:. HEQ5 Pro Ocular: WO 2 “25mm 48X.
Conditions of observation: urban rural sky with some wind and a limiting magnitude of 6 to glance at the zenith; Approximately 70% humidity


Smiling Christmas Eve Moon & Mars

The conjunction of the crescent Moon and Planet Mars - December 24, 2014
The conjunction of the crescent Moon and Planet Mars – December 24, 2014

Aloha,

Every Christmas Eve, my family treks to the top of Haleakala to feel the chill and look for Santa’s Sleigh. This year we went to the 10,000 el to find it a cold 36*, wet, and blowing rain. After a few minutes we jumped back into the car a bit disappointed, to descend the mountain. Right before the park exit the sky had mostly cleared and the winds calmed. There we hiked under the “smiling” Hawaiian crescent. Chilled cheeks and fingers, it was perhaps one of the nicest Christmas Eves ever. This sketch was drawn from my memory of the evening.

In the winter months the path of the Moon is more parallel with the horizon giving the lunar crescent in Hawaii a bowl or smile like appearance when lit from the already set sun. Ancient Hawaiian’s called this the “wet moon” because it looks like a bowl that could be filled up with rain. As the winter moves into Spring & Summer the crescent shifts to “pour” water onto the land, empties and becomes a “dry moon” once more. Wet moons occur routinely in the tropics where the sun and moon rise and set nearly vertically.

3.5 day old Crescent Moon & Mars
12/24/14 1930 HST
Haleakala National Park, Hosmers Grove
Black Canson paper with colored Conte’ Crayon and watercolor pencils

Cindy (Thia) Krach

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Lunar crater Maurolycus

Lunar crater Maurolycus and environs - December 28, 2014
Lunar crater Maurolycus and environs – December 28, 2014

Hi,

here we go with a chalk/charcoal sketch of lunar crater Maurolycus.
Object Name: Maurolycus
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Germany, Dusseldorf area
Date: 2014-12-28, 1650-1720 CET
Media: chalk pencil and charcoal pencil on black sketching cardbox
Telescope: Martini 10” f/5 truss tube dobsonian
Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm

Clear Skies!

Achim


A Supernova in the Galaxy NGC 4666

NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova - December 21, 2014
NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova – December 21, 2014

Object Name (NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP)
Object Type (Galaxy and Supernova)
Location (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen – Provence France)
Date (2014 12 21)
Media (graphite pencil, white paper, just rapid usage of Paint.net to invert the B&W)

Here’s the sketch I made while looking at this galaxy. The mag. estimation I did is far better than expected : 11.2.
A target easy to find because the galaxy NGC 4666 is quite big and very close to gamma Virgo with a confortable magnitude, but the SN is very close to the galactic centrum, only 12 sec of arc!!, so to separate the two lights the use of the 24″ helps a lot.

http://astro.aquarellia.com/


Sentinel C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view - December 21, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view – December 21, 2014

Hello friends,
I send you a report observation of Comet C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy yesterday night, December 21, 2014
Just started the winter solstice and wanted to celebrate it!

Waiting for the chance to see the comet decide to go to the rooftop, the map says it’s 15 degrees high. I hope that the fog has not risen much …

The humidity is very high but its clear and I can see lot of stars south of CMa … looks like I’ll be lucky.

I pointed to the area between south CMa and Columba with binoculars 12×80 (4.2º), no need to look further: there it is. His precious coma highlighting against the background of stars…

The field of binoculars is beautiful, the comet is framed in a triangle of stars and I can see a thin tail with indirect vision that goes north. It’s longer than I expected to see, I make a mark on the picture to know the length of the tail I see (arrow).
I make a drawing with the position of the comet and the reference stars and the size of the coma and tail to the correct scale I see.

Graphite (H, HB) and difumino on white paper, scanned and inverted.

Regards.

Leonor


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NGC 362 in Tucana

NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana
NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana

Object Name: NGC 362.
Object Type: Globular Cluster.
Location: Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Date: Friday December 19, 2014, 22:00 hs
Media: White paper, pencil HB and GIMP to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Dobson SkyWatcher 12″ (305 mm).
Power: 70x, with Baader Hyperion 21 mm.

Claudio Vidolini
Foro “Espacio Profundo”
Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.


NGC 2808

NGC 2808, a globular star cluster in the constellation Carina
NGC 2808, a globular star cluster in the constellation Carina

Object Name: NGC 2808.
Object Type: Globular Cluster.
Location: San Miguel, Buenos Aires Argentina.
Conditions: Good transparency, bad seeing.
Date: 19/12/14.
Media: 2B, 2H, blend stump and PS. Averted vision.
Telescope: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform.
Eyepiece: Plössl 10mm (x152) .
First glob, very tricky!


Difficult Uranus

The Planet Uranus and its moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania December 11, 2014
The Planet Uranus and its moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania December 11, 2014
Uranus and it's moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania - December 11, 2014
Uranus and it’s moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania – December 11, 2014

Object Name (Uranus with moons)
Object Type (Planet and satellites)
Location : Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen, Provence France
Date 2014 Dec 11th
Media (graphite pencil, and inverted watercolor on white paper, Paint.net for the inversion)
That’s maybe because I like to use this great telescope, or it’s because I like challenges but,… it’s certainly not the best optical combination for this observation.
On 11 December, I finally found a corner of pure sky above the 24-inch reflector made by Olivier Planchon. To observe Uranus, the speed is definitely too high: f / 3.3 d, so we had to use very short focal EP to reach the useful magnification (Nagler 3.7 and 2.5) !.
If you look at my watercolor you can see a somewhat elongated comet hair that diffuse around the planet, that’s exactly how we see the planet area in the field, this is probably linked to a not 100% perfect collimation, but still. I get the impression that the work of collimation facing these big tubes, it is not a piece of cake.
Anyway, we can say two things:
1- We observed three of the Uranus satellites: Oberon, Titania and Ariel, this last one being a bit lost in the lights of the planet
2- the disk of the planet was not uniform as seen in a small telescope or some photos. It’s very difficult to confirm, but a diffuse zone clearer was observed in the upper atmosphere of Uranus, is that an artifact, I do not know? Anyway the main direction of the area is not in the direction of the cloud bands of Uranus.

Another composition of this observation is given here: http://astro.aquarellia.com/croquis/uranus_page_h.jpg


Near Orion-NGC 1980-1981

NGC 1981, a young star cluster with nebulosity in the constellation Orion
NGC 1981, a young star cluster with nebulosity in the constellation Orion
NGC 1980, a small open cluster with nebulosity near M42 in the constellation Orion
NGC 1980, a small open cluster with nebulosity near M42 in the constellation Orion

Object Name : NGC 1980-1981
Object Type Nebula
Location: Argentina-Provincia de Buenos Aires-Monasterio
Date: 13/12/2014
Media graphite pencil, white paper, digital tools.
All observations be performed with a motorized telescope Eq2 130-900 refelctor and eyepieces BST 12MM (75x).
Seeing 7/10.
The region where the Great Nebula in Orion is accompanied by these two objects that sometimes is a little lost in the majesty of M42. in these drawings I wanted to highlight the stars reflecting part of the nebulosity of these young clusters

Español:
Todas las observaciones ser realizaron con un telescopio 130-900 Eq2 motorizado con oculares BST 12 MM (75x).
Seeing 7/10.
La región donde se encuentra la Gran Nebulosa de Orion esta acompañada por estos dos objetos que a veces queda un poco perdido por la majestuosidad de M42. en estos dibujos quise remarcar las estrellas que reflejan parte de la nebulosidad de dichos jóvenes cúmulos

Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur


NGC 3372 The Keyhole Nebula

NGC 3372,"The Carina Nebula" aka "The Great Nebula in Carina" and the "Keyhole Nebula" portion of this complex emission, reflection and dark nebula.
NGC 3372,”The Carina Nebula” aka “The Great Nebula in Carina” and the “Keyhole Nebula” portion of this complex emission, reflection and dark nebula.

Hi,

The constellation Carina alone makes it worthwhile travelling to Southern Africa – and the Carina Nebula NGC 3372 is the heart of it – especially for visual observing. NGC 3372 is studded with bright and even dark nebulae. The most impressive to me is a combination of “light & shadow” – the Keyhole Nebula (the famous “eta carina” is the bright star at lower left).

Data:
Object Name: Keyhole Nebula (in NGC 3372)
Object type: Galactic Nebula
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namib Naukluft, Namibia
Date: June 1st & 2nd, 2014 (about 3 hours total of sketching)
Media: Pastel and graphite pencils
Optics: 24” Dobson f 4.0, 300x
No filter

Additional aspects:
Field is about 12 x 15’ wide, north is up. To concentrate on object (and not on dimensions) I used a pattern of stars printed from Guide 9 as a template. Pinpoint stars added by image processing software (to replace printed and sketched stars)

More sketches:

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Clear Skies!
Rainer


C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - December 18, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – December 18, 2014

Object: C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Object type: Comet
Location: Panama city, Republic of Panama (Central America)
Date: December 18 , 2014
Media: graphite pencil , white paper and Microsoft Paint to invert colors.
Telescope: Orion XT6i
Ocular: 17mm
Hard to see in the skies with light pollution in the city of Panama …. but we draw the sketch.

clear skies,

Ricardo Schwarz


The Witch Head Nebula

IC 2118 aka NGC 1909, "The Witch Head Nebula", a large reflection nebula in the constellation Eridanus
IC 2118 aka NGC 1909, “The Witch Head Nebula”, a large reflection nebula in the constellation Eridanus

Winter arrives, and with it, all the Orion wide field.
Therefore, it’s time for me to propose a drawing of an elusive object of that region: Witch’s Head Nebula, IC 2118.

This observation spent on 3 nights, for an amount of a bit more of 6 hours !
Here are my observing notes:

IC 2118, aka NGC 1909
dates of observation: 8, 9, & 13 02 2013
site: Observatoire des Baronnies Provençales, southern french Alps (www.obs-bp.com)

observing conditions: naked eye visual magnitude 6.6 on UMi, SQML 21.50 to 21.57 at zenith
Instrument: Dobson Obsession 25” (635mm)
power: 100x, with Nagler 31mm and CLS filter.
Drawing with Paintshop Pro 7.

You can have a detailed report at: http://www.deepsky-drawings.com/ic-2118/dsdlang/fr

Clear skies for all of you !

Bertrand
from Marseille, France


Gassendi, Rimae Mersenius and Rupes Liebig at the terminator

Mare Humorum including Gassendi, Rimae Mersenius and Rupes Liebig at the terminator - December 2, 2014
Mare Humorum including Gassendi, Rimae Mersenius and Rupes Liebig at the terminator – December 2, 2014
Gassendi, Rimae Mersenius and Rupes Liebig at the terminator labeled
Gassendi, Rimae Mersenius and Rupes Liebig at the terminator labeled

Aloha!

This was one of those nights things just fall together. Excellent seeing and light enough from the Moon that I could see the paper well. After finishing my sketch at the eyepiece I went inside to clean it up and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it pretty much the way it was.

110km wide Gassendi Crater showed some excellent roughened floor details with hummocks casting shadows as well as floor rilles illuminated as bright & dark lines. Rima Mersenius is brilliantly lit on the terminator and the bright scarp of Rupes Liebig can be seen at the base of the wall.

Gassendi Crater, Mersenius Rille, Rupes Liebig, Mare Humorum @11.7 days lunation
.12/2/14 2030-2140 HST
12.5″ Portaball, 227x
Canson Black paper and white and black Conte’ Crayon, white charcoal pencil
Photoscape to adjust contrast

Cindy (Thia) Krach
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers
Maui, Hawaii


Les Pleiades

Messier 45, "The Pleiades", an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus
Messier 45, “The Pleiades”, an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus

les Pleiades,
T400
Nagler 26mm
SQM 21.8
Nouvelle Calédonie le 13/12/2014.

Observation bien agréable !
Dessin sur champ préétoilé.

Amicalement

Serge

the Pleiades,
T400
Nagler 26mm
21.8 SQM
New Caledonia on 12/13/2014.
 
Observation nice!
Drawing on préétoilé field.
 
Sincerely
 
serge