Lunar Crater Plato

Crater Plato
Crater Plato

Please find attached a sketch of the lunar crater Plato and its environs….I used soft graphite pencils to do the sketch on cartridge paper. The colours were then inverted on the computer. This sketch is based on a number of observations I have made of Plato in the last year. I use a Meade LX90 GPS telescope. It has an aperture of 203mm. Plato is one of my favourite regions on the Moon as I love how the crater is filled with deep shadows when the sun is at a low angle. I also have a website with more of my photographic work at Photos of Weather.

My name: Kiran
Object Name: Plato
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: South East United Kingdom
Date of Sketch: 14th June 2015
Media: Graphite Pencils
Equipment: LX90 GPS (8 inch aperture)
Website: www.photosofweather.com

Many thanks
Kind Regards

Kiran


Blue Planetary

NGC 3918
NGC 3918

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Argentina.

Blue Planetary is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation “Centauro”.

Object Name: NGC 3918/ Blue Planetary

Object Type: Planetary Nebula

Location: Lincoln, Argentina

Date: 12/04/2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Media: Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 4B and 6B, white paper, red lantern and “Difumino”. Inverted with Photoshop.

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: Ultra Wide Angle 6mm

Weather: Clear with some clouds

Seeing: Regular

I hope you enjoy the sketch. Regards & Good Luck!


NGC 2266

NGC 2266
NGC 2266

• Object Name: NGC 2266

• Object Type: Open cluster

• Location: San Martín de Montalbán Spain

• Date: 2015/03/14

• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet

• Inverted color GIMP 2.8

Notas de observación:

NGC 2266 es un cúmulo abierto en la constelación de Geminis; fácil de encontrar; se encuentra a 1º 50’ de la estrella epsilon. Unas cartas de mag. 6,5 son suficientes para localizarle.

De magnitud 9.5, no lo aprecio en el buscador de 9x.

Es un pequeño y llamativo grupo bien separado del fondo que se halla en un campo estelar rico.

Tiene forma de triángulo, en el que destaca uno de sus lados formado por una cadena arqueada de varias estrellas brillantes, cuya magnitud va descendiendo gradualmente desde una de las estrellas de una esquina (mag. 9).

Concentrado al medio, con dos docenas de estrellas pequeñas diseminadas irregularmente y con un fondo moteado debido a las estrellas que no son resolubles con este equipo.

De tamaño considerablemente grande, unos 5’ o 6’.

Observation notes:

NGC 2266 is an open cluster in the constellation Gemini, easy to find; 1 is at 50 ‘of the star epsilon. Letters of mag. 6.5 are sufficient to locate. Magnitude 9.5 do not appreciate it in the search box 9x.

Is on small and striking good fund separate group that is in a rich star field.

It is a triangle, which highlights one side formed by a curved chain of several bright stars, whose magnitude gradually descending from one of the stars of a corner (mag. 9).

Concentrated in the middle, with two dozen small stars scattered irregularly and with a mottled background because the stars are not solvable with this team.

Considerably large, about 5 ‘or 6’.

Greetings to all visitors of this page.

PVG. Alcorcon, Madrid 2015/06/10


Mariposa Pontiac

Messier 6
Messier 6

Hi ASOD!

On May 25th, I’ve sketched a famous, nice object: Messier 6, or “Butterfly Cluster”, a beautiful cluster near the end of the Scorpion, celebrating a historical date in Argentina: 205 years ago, argentinians started to organize a revolution against the Spanish Empire which succeed and helped a lot to declare our Independence six years after that initial revolution, now called “Mayo’s Revolution”, which happened on May 25th, 1810.

I used a newtonian telescope SW 150/750 f5, graphite pencils 4B, 2B and HB, on a white paper, and then edited with Photoshop tool.

As for the title, it’s the name of a famous argentinian rock song, called “Mariposa Pontiac/Rock del País” (translated: Pontiac Butterfly/Country’s Rock), from a very famous band here, “Los Redondos”.

Hope you like it!

Tomás


Cumulo Abierto en Cancer

Messier 67
Messier 67

Object Name: M67

Object Type: Open Cluster

Location: Leioa (Bizkaia) – Spain

Date: 2015-05-04 / 22h 15m U.T.

Media: White paper, HB graphite pencil, scanned and inverted/processed with Photoshop

Telescope: Celestron C8-A XLT (SC-203/2032mm)

Eyepiece: Hyperion 13mm (156X)

Transparency: City Skies.

Location Constellation: Cancer

Assessments: I can see a bright star that I consult with the Stellarium program, I think it can be HIP 43519, the other very faint stars, it costs me perceive, after a while to adapt, I’m seeing a number of stars that make visually cluster resembles as a bunch of grapes, is what comes to mind.

Comentarios: Puedo ver una estrella brillante que consultando con el programa Stellarium, creo que puede ser HIP 43519, el resto de estrellas muy tenues, me cuesta percibirlas, tras un rato de adaptación voy viendo una serie de estrellas que hacen que visualmente el cúmulo se asemeje como a un racimo de uvas, es lo que me viene a la mente.


Messier 13 – Great Globular in Hercules

Messier 13
Messier 13

ASOD: ” Messier 13, Great Globular in Hercules”

Object Name: Messier 13

Object Type: Globular cluster

Date: 05/16/15

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

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

Dobson 305 mm and Vixen LVW 13 mm (115x)

Seein: 3/5 (fair)

This is my draw of the Great globular cluster in Hercules that we can enjoy in this nights. This globular cluster is located 25000 light years from us and contains more than 300,000 stars.


Galaxia NGC4565 (La Aguja)

NGC4565
NGC4565

Hola;

El dibujo de esta preciosa galaxia la tenia prevista ya hace tiempo y ahora llego el momento de acerlo usando mi actual dobsom 12″ gotorizado por mi usando el sistema picgoto.
El dibujo fue realizado sobre una carta estelar de guide 9.0 con lapiz de grafito y luego invertido el color y fue dibujada observando la galaxia a 168X usando un ocular esplorer cientific 8.8mm de 82º.
La galaxia NGC4565 es uno de los mejores ejemplos de galaxia espiral vista de canto que se puede ver en la constelacion de coma verenices a una distancia de 47 millones de años luz y facilmente vista con telescopios de aficionado.
Esta galaxia es mas grande y luminosa que la galaxia de andromeda.

NGC 4565
Magnitud: 10.3
Eje mayor: 14.90 minutos de arco
Eje menor: 2.0

Espero que vos guste.

J.Tapioles

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


English:

Hello;

The drawing of this beautiful galaxy had planned long ago and now it’s time to acerlo using my current dobsom 12 “gotorizado my picgoto using the system.
The drawing was done on a star chart to guide 9.0 with graphite pencil and then color inverted and was drawn by observing the galaxy 168x using an eye esplorer cientific 8.8mm 82º.
The galaxy NGC4565 is one of the best examples of spiral galaxy seen edge that can be seen in the constellation of verenices eat at a distance of 47 million light years away and easily seen with amateur telescopes.
This galaxy is larger and brighter than the Andromeda galaxy.

NGC 4565
Magnitude: 10.3
Major axis: 14.90 arc minutes
Minor axis: 2.0

I hope you like it.

J.Tapioles


Jupiter’s Arrow

Jupiter - 15 May 2015
Jupiter – 15 May 2015

Object: Jupiter and moons plus a couple of stars

Telescope: Dobson 8″
Eyepiece: Delos 12mm
Location: Garganta la Olla, Spain

Materials: Black ink fountain pen on white paper , and reversed on Photoshop

The night was a bad seeing one, so I turned to Jupiter and catched this Arrow shape formation tha I found funny.

Hope you like it!
___________________

Aurelio Alcalde


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in Eridanus

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 6 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 6 January 2015

Comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2 in Eridanus
Comet sketched from Wailuku, Maui, HI
Elevation: 450 ft. January 6, 2015
This sketch was executed with pencil on white paper out in my yard and scanned to my MacBook. I reversed the color and labeled it in GIMP. This sketch was rendered when the comet was almost at its brightest in the constellation Eridanus. Although many observers didn’t see the tail as readily as this sketch reveals, I found that I could see it better with averted vision. SkySafari ranked it at a magnitude 5 at that time. In my notes I pointed out three stars almost in a line running west to east and two more further east on a NE to ENE axis, one of which is Struve 536, a double star with a separation of only 1.5 arc seconds. ZI Eri at magnitude 5.2 is to the NNE in line with the tail of the comet. As noted, I used a 2″ Explore Scientific 18mm eyepiece with no filter on a Vixen 104mm refractor. I noted a Transparency of 2 – 3 out of 5 and a Seeing of 4 out of 10. The moon was nearly full in Cancer and low in the east at the time.


Deep Sky Triple Sketch

Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42
Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a triple sketch made in “El Triunfo”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Object Name: M86 (First Sketch), Lagoon Nebula (Second Sketch) and Orion Nebula (Third Sketch)

Object Type: Galaxy (M86), Emission Nebula (Lagoon) and Reflection Nebula (M42)

Location: El Triunfo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: 19/04/2015

Media: Graphite Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B. Inverted with Photoshop

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: BST 18mm (M86 and Lagoon), SP 32mm (M42)

Weather: Clear

Seeing: Excellent

I hope you enjoy the drawings. Regards & Good Luck!


Small dwarf galaxy in Leo

Leo I
Leo I

Object Name Leo I
Object Type dwarf galaxy
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 10.04.2015
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Newton 16” (400/1800) + Speers Waler 14mm
Seeing 2/5 (good)
Transparency 2/5 (good)
NELM 5,9 mag

Leo I is a dwarf galaxy in Leo constellation. It is also the most distant satellite of Milky Way.
The object is extremely hard to observe because of really low surface brightness and also proximity of Regulus.
You need good dark sky and nice transparency to catch this object. It is one of the small “night challenges”

Clear Sky
Łukasz


A Small Compilation of Asterisms

Asterisms
Asterisms

Dear ASOD!

I made a small compilation for some asterisms. These are not popular objects, and few amateur astronomers watching these group of stars. I think, you find very pretty star clusters in these catalogs: Alessi, Teutsch, O’Neal, Harrington, Slotegraaf, Ferrero, Markov, Streicher, ESO etc. You can see a lot of binoculars, and small telescope. I used this telescopes: 15X70 binoculars, 130/650 Newtonian reflector.

The objects you find here on sky:

1 – 03h28m -35°50′ (Fornax)
2 – 21h22m +02°55′ (Equuleus)
3 – 05h02m -31°36′ (Caelum)
4 – 02h29m +29°46′ (Triangulum)
5 – 05h39m -17°50′ (Lepus)
6 – 10h50m -09°55′ (Sextans)
7 – 08h23m +21°50′ (Cancer)
8 – 12h36m -12°05′ (Corvus) “Stargate cluster”
9 – 12h21m -29°00′ (Hydra)

I hope you like these some inserts of my drawings. This is a very interesting and exciting observation project. I wish to clear skies! 🙂

Viktor (from Hungary)


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

Hei ASOD!

I send one sketch from january of C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) seen with 50X magn.
in my telescope. I could see two faint stripes in the beginning of the tail.
I used pencil (9B) on white paper and inverted. Info on my sketch.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.
I also used 10 x 50 binos, and could see a longer, faint tail to east!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.


Messier 5

Messier 5
Messier 5

Messier 5

Object Type: Globular Cluster

Location: Tarragona – Spain

M5 is undoubtedly one of the finest globular clusters we can observe with our telescopes, But I have to admit that I was not able to show all the beauty I saw through the eyepiece, better to take a look for yourselves .

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:

http://laorilladelcosmos.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/m5-cumulo-globular-en-serpens.html

Date and Time: 2015-05-09, 00h 10m UT

Telescope: SC Celestron 235mm (9.25″); CGEM mount.

Eyepiece: Nagler 16mm Type 5 (x146.88)

White paper, HB2 graphite pencil, scanned and inverted with Gimp 2

Seeing: 3/5 (5 the best)

Transparency: Clear. Rural skies.

Location Constellation: Serpens Caput

Position: R.A. 15 h 18 min / Dec. +02° 05′

Thank you and best regards.

Oscar


The Foot of the Cross

Acrux
Acrux

On April first at 23:00 hs. in La Matanza, Buenos Aires, Argentina, I sketched Acrux, the brightest star in the constellation called “Southern Cross”, “Crux”, etc. This star is also known, in religious terms, as The Foot of the Cross, due to obvious location reasons.

It’s a nice double-star system done in white paper, with graphite 4B, 2B and HB2 pencils; after edited with Photoshop tool, while observing with a Newtonian SW 150/750 f5 telescope.

I liked the final results, so hope you like it too!

Tomás


Messier 44 with Meade ETX 70AT

Messier 44
Messier 44

Object Name: M44 (Praesepe/El Pesebre)

Object Type: Open Cluster

Location: Leioa (Bizkaia) – Spain

Date: 2015-04-01 / 23h 35m U.T.

Media: White paper, HB graphite pencil, scanned and inverted/processed with Photoshop

Telescope: Meade ETX 70AT

Eyepiece: Hyperion zoom 8-24mm a 8mm (44X)

Transparency: City Skies.

Location Constellation: Cancer

Assessments:I use the zoom eyepiece at 8mm position (44X), center brighter area of cluster and start to draw what I see, initially see little stars, and as I start acclimating sight see more stars and more clearly, some brightest stars and other stars least, I drawing that I saw, the Moon is almost full and does not help in the observation and I greatly clear sky.

Comentarios: Utilizo el ocular zoom en la posición de 8mm (44X), centro la parte mas brillante y comienzo a dibujar lo que veo, al principio veo pocas estrellas, pero a medida que voy aclimatando la vista comienzo a ver mas estrellas y mas claramente, unas mas brillantes y otras menos, dibujo las que voy viendo, el que la Luna este casi llena no ayuda en la observación ya que me aclara mucho el cielo.

For more details of my observation, you can visit my blog:

https://acercandoelcosmos.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/m44-el-pesebre-cumulo-abierto-en-cancer/

Thank you and best regards


Evolution of a Solar Prominence

H-Alpha Sun - 28 April 2015
H-Alpha Sun – 28 April 2015

On April 28th, I had the opportunity to follow the evolution of this very nice and long prominence.
That was made using a very small Lunt in Halpha (35mm) the total sketch time was less than 2h.
The full view sketch was made using black pencils HB and 4B on white paper and with the help of transparent paper for the active zones, inverted while scanning.
For the sun’s “comic” I sketch only on white paper with a HB pencil, I had no time to sketch more details and the other details were quite calm facing the prom evolution.
This kind of exercise is interesting because no space probe, nor camera are programmed or able to send us such a big number of photo’s and so quick. Let’s say this is another evidence why sketch is still an interesting technique, as is ASOD !.

The filament, origin of this prom is visible on the main sketch and on the first one of the sequence, after that the filament disappear. At the end I just add a digital color layer to my sketch with the use of Paint.net.

Thank you to you all for your interest and on top of that thank you to the ASOD team for their work.

Michel Deconinck
http://astro.aquarellia.com

H-Alpha Prominence Sequence
H-Alpha Prominence Sequence

Messier 109

Messier 109
Messier 109

Hi ASOD,

Please find hereby a recent sketch of the barred spiral galaxy M109 in Ursa Major, made during our astro-holiday in Northern France about a month ago. That night the sky completely cleared out with impressive SQM values around 21.6 – being amongst the highest possible in light-polluted Western Europe.

One of the objects scheduled to revisit was Messier 109, since it contains a complex barred spiral structure that is difficult to visually discern. Attentive averted vision under a dark sky though brings out these beautiful features!

Sketch details:

Location: 18 April 2015 – 23h54 UT – Grandpré (Fr)
Conditions: NELM 6.6 – SQM-L 21.6 – Seeing moderate
Optics: SCT C11 (279mm f/10) – Nagler 13mm (215x – FOV 23 arcm) – no filters
Media: graphite pencil on white paper, scanned & inverted using GIMP2

Notes:

Large diffuse face-on galaxy, displays a bright core containing a diagonal barred structure through a round, mottled glow. Attentive averted vision brings out a subtle theta-like structure, less intense at the eastern side and more pronounced on the northwest and southern outer side. The inside of the barred spiral, to the eastside of the core, appears more dark and contains a nice faint field star.

Additional observations of that night can be found in the deepsky database www.deepskylog.org

Clear nights !

Tom


Jupiter – 1 April 2015

Jupiter - 1 April 2015
Jupiter – 1 April 2015

Hi,

This sketch of my favorite planet of the solar system, that day their moons aligned, the great red spot and below this, the shadow of Europe, the picture was very rewarding and enjoyed meeting observation, but since the city only allows this type comments, try to have a place for these events really impressive. The original sketch was reduced and adjusted as is the eyepiece.

Best regards.
Roberto.

Jupiter and Moons - 1 April 2015
Jupiter and Moons – 1 April 2015

Object name: Jupiter
Object type: Planet
Location: Madrid City ( Spain )
Date: 1 April 2015
Hour: 22:15 < 23:20 Media: Graphite pencil, processed and inverted gimp 2.8 Optical equipment: Dobsonian telescope 10'' F/5 Eye piece Ethos 8mm + Barlow 2x Magnification 317x Sky conditions: Seeing 3/5. http://dibujodelcielonocturno.blogspot.com.es/


Messier 104 – The Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104
Messier 104

• Object Name: Messier 104 – The Sombrero Galaxy

• Object Type: Spiral galaxy

• Location: Pueblonuevo del Bullaque – Spain

• Date: 2015.2.22

• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet

• Inverted color and stars with GIMP 2.8

Observation notes:

Los objetos más importantes se les suele echar un vistazo siempre que están a nuestro alcance, pero las sensaciones son siempre distintas en cada observación. Antes de esta observación y no sé porque, esta notable galaxia, nunca me había llamado la atención.

The most important objects are often look so long as they are within our reach, but the feelings are always different in each observation. Before this observation and not know why, this remarkable galaxy, never caught my attention.

Greetings to all visitors of this page.

Pedro Villamiel
Alcorcon, Madrid 20.02.2015


Nova Sagittarii 2015

Nova Sagittarii 2015
Nova Sagittarii 2015

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a sketch made in “El Triunfo”, Argentina. See this types of object are important opportunities for see different object than usually. I’m very lucky for have seen this Nova.

Object Name: Nova Sagittarii 2015

Object Type: Nova

Location: El Triunfo, Argentina

Date: 19/04/2015 at 2:30 a.m.

Media: Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, white paper and inverted with PS

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: BST 18mm

Weather: Clear

Seeing: Excellent

I hope you enjoy the sketch. Regards & Good Luck!


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 13 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

Object Name C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type comet
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 13.01.2015
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope binocular Leidory 22×100
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 6 mag

In January 2015 comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was really bright.
In big 22×100 bino view was really breathtaking.

Clear Sky
Łukasz


Messier 51 and NGC 5195

Messier 51 and NGC 5195
Messier 51 and NGC 5195

ASOD: ” M51 and NGC 5195″

Object Name: Messier 51 and NGC 5195

Object Type: Galaxy

Date: 04/12/15

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

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

Dobson 305 mm and Vixen LVW 17 mm (88x)

Seein: 2/5 (regular-bad)

This is my draw of this beautiful pair of galaxies. That night the seeing was not very good and Jupiter vision was suffering a lot, so I pointed at some galaxies. My north sky has some luminic contamination so the sky background is not totally dark. Nonetheless M51 shows a very contrasted image. I could see two arms and a darker space between them. The end of the arm opposite to NGC 5195 had weaker light but the arm that touches 5195 was clearly visible. A wonderful sight¡¡


Comet Lovejoy from Chinese Skies

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 20/30 December 2014
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 20/30 December 2014

Object name: C/2014 Q2 Comet Lovejoy
Object type: Comet
Location: Lijiang, China
Date: 20th and 30th of December , 2014
Media: Graphite pencil and yellow notebook paper. Scanned, inverted and processed in photoshop CS6
Equipment: 15×70 Binoculars

Seeing Conditions:

20th Dec: Clear, seeing 2/3, T 0° C, moonless, some direct light over the observation site, Bortle 5
30th Dec: Clear, seeing 1/3, crescent moon, artificial sources of light close to the observation site, Bortle 5.

Hello dear ASOD friends,

Since I saw this wonderful comet on last december, I haven’t had the opportunity to process the raw sketches on photoshop.
I was initially planning to do one sketch, but since on 30th December there was a “conjunction” with M79, I decided to compare how bright they seemed compared each other. There was an enormous difference in apparent magnitude between the two objects as you can see in the sketch. I have the “feeling” of having seen the comet tail but being honest I could not adapt well my night vision since there was a lot of artificial lights around and therefore It could be just a “feeling” than a real view.

Once again let me invite you to check other of my sketches in my blog: pollutedskiesstargazing.blogspot.com.

Thanks,

LG


Cluster of Gems

NGC 3293
NGC 3293

Hi ASOD. My name is Renato Trono Figueras. I’m 15 years old. I’m from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Object Name: NGC 3293

Object Type: Open Cluster

Location: Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: 01/03/2015

Media: Graphite Pencil- 2H, 4H, HB, 2B and 4B- PS

Telescope: Celestron 114mm/900mm

Eyepiece: SP 32mm

Seeing: Regular

Transparency: Regular

Weather: Clear

I hope you post my sketch soon. Thanks you very much!

Regards & Nice Skys


M42

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Nombre de objeto (M42
Tipo de objeto (Nebulosa.)
Ubicación (Observatorio Astronomico Orion)
Fecha (15-02-2015)
Medios (lápiz de grafito,.)

Bueno pues vos presento el dibujo de esta noche, que trabajo me ha costado.
Mas de una hora dibujando y a merecido la pena para poder plasmar tanta belleza en un papel con unos lapiceros de grafito, un difumino y mucha paciencia.
Que lo disfruteis.

J.Tapioles
http://pastorgalactico.16mb.com/
http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/

[English translation via Google Translate]
Well I present you tonight’s drawing, that work has cost me.
More than an hour drawing already worthwhile to capture such beauty on paper with a graphite pencils a stump and patience.
I hope you enjoy it.


M42 AND M43 Under Polluted Suburban Skies

M42, M43
Messier 42 and 43

Object Name: M42 Orion´s Nebula and M43 Marian´s Nebula
Object Type: Nebulas
Location: Boadilla del Monte, Madrid. Polluted suburban skies.
SW refractor 102/1000; Ocular 25mm; 40x; No filter; No barlow.
Date: 27 March 2015; 22:30 hrs
Media: Black pencil on White paper. Inverted colors with Fitswork.
Magnitude: M42: 4,00 ; M43: 9,00
Seeing: 4/5

Thank´s a lot,
BORJA SANCHEZ ROBLEDO


A Beautiful Pair in Virgo

NGC 4527, NGC 4533 and NGC 4536
NGC 4527, NGC 4533 and NGC 4536

Object Name: NGC 4527, NGC 4533 and NGC 4536.
Location: Doyle, Bs. As., Argentina. Star party!
Date: 14/03/2015. 1 AM.
Conditions: Very good transparency, bad seeing. Rural sky.
Media: 2B, HB, 2H, blend stump and PS for color.
Telescope: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform.
Eyepiece: ES 24mm 68º, BST 18mm 60º and TMB II 6mm 60º (for NGC 4533).

Hi ASOD! Here’s my sketch of this stunning pair (or trio) of galaxies located in the constellation of Virgo. I stumbled across these galaxies by mistake when I was searching the quasar 3c 273, lucky me!

Best regards, Leo.


NGC1502 and Kemble’s Cascade

NGC1502 and Kemble's Cascade
NGC1502 and Kemble’s Cascade

This sketch contains the open cluster NGC 1502 and an asterism made up of a 2 1/2° chain of stars that forms a line from the cluster towards the northwest called Kemble’s Cascade. Kemble’s Cascade was so named by the late Walter Scott Houston, who authored Sky and Telescope’s magazine column “Deep Sky Wonders” for decades. Lucian Kemble was the person who sent Houston a description and drawing of the cascade.