A Small Compilation of 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)

Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2

Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2
Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2

Hello friends,
I send you a a quick drawing of Nova Sagitarii taken this morning, March 31, 2015
The sky was clear but the nova was very low on the horizon, with binoculars it looked splendid and bright.
Although very easy to locate from Nunki naked eye vision was difficult due to its low height.


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Southern Sky

Crux, Lambda centauri, Eta carinae, Pléyades del sur
Crux, Lambda centauri, Eta carinae, Pléyades del sur

Hi ASOD, in my country there are not a good average of cloudless nights, and that to say of my city, however the weather of January and February has left draw these sectors of south sky with my binoculars 10×50.

Hola ASOD, en mi país no hay un buen promedio de noches despejadas y que decir de mi ciudad, sin embargo el clima de principio de año me ha dejado dibujar estos 4 sectores del cielo sur con mis binoculares 10×50.

1. Crux: 23 feb 2015, 06:7 UT.
2. Lambda centauri: 14 jan 2015, 07:58 UT.
3. Eta carinae: 12 jan 2015, 07:46 UT.
4. Pléyades del sur: 07 jan 2015, 07;32 UT.

Location: Medellín, Colombia.
Media: Graphite Pencil- 2H, HB, 2B, PS invert.
Optical instrument: Celestron Binoculars 10×50.

this are me first contribution, I hope you will enjoy it.

Mel 20 the Alfa Persei Cluster

Mellote 20, Collinder 39 aka "The Alpha Persei Cluster"
Mellote 20, Collinder 39 aka “The Alpha Persei Cluster”

• Object Name: Mel 20
• Object type: Open cluster
• Location: Pelayo de la Presa Spain
• Date: December 22, 2013
• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2 and 130g drawing sheet
• Inverted Color and processed: GIMP 2.8

– Search 9×50, 5th TFOV. Pedro Villamiel.

The image offered by this huge and remarkable cluster is, for me, the most rewarding of heaven.

Quietly watching him with binoculars is a pleasure.

October 8, 2014, Alcorcon-Madrid, Pedro Villamiel.

The Pipe Nebula

The Pipe Nebula
The Pipe Nebula


For the first time I send you one of my sketches. I sketched the Pipe Nebula a month ago at Hakos Guestfarm / Namibia. It’s the first finished of about 20 sketches I did during 6 nights.

Object Name: Pipe Nebula (made of lots of Barnard Dark Nebulae)
Object type: Dark Nebula
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namib Naukluft, Namibia
Date: June 2nd and 3rd, 2014 (two nights, about 4 hours total of sketching while nebula passed zenith)
Media: Pastel and graphite pencils
Optics: Fujinon 25×150 Binoculars

Additional aspects:
Field is about 7 degrees wide.To concentrate on object (and not on dimensions) I used a pattern of stars printed from Guide 9. Sketch is processed with Photshop to change appearance from Grey/White to Black/Grey. Pinpoint stars and Globular Clusters added by Photoshop (to replace printed and sketched stars)

More sketches:

Clear Skies!


Double Crescents

The conjunction of the Moon and Venus - January 2, 2014
The conjunction of the Moon and Venus – January 2, 2014

I got a quick walk up the hill behind the house this afternoon with 8×32 Nikon binoculars, I scanned for Venus at 16.20ut and was surprised to see a very thin crescent moon in the same fov, also even in the binoculars Venus was a sharp and beautiful crescent, I walked home quickly and made a memory painting in watercolours to try and capture a totally exquisite sight 🙂


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/

Lunar Hide and Seek – Occultatio​n and Lunar Eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse and occultation of April 15, 2014
The Lunar Eclipse and occultation of April 15, 2014


Tonight after setting up with friends and being thwarted by clouds, I raced home to see if I could still observe part of the lunar eclipse from a different location. Upon arriving home I found it was clear and quickly set up my 15×70 binoculars. I was delighted to see h Virginis just peeking its bright head out from behind the limb of the Moon and quickly started a sketch of my observation. The umbra had almost made it over the last portion of the limb and the remaining edge was brightly lit. The Moon took on a coppery glow and the stars shone nearby that normally cant be observed during full Moon.

15×70 Binocular on tripod

Black Stathmore paper, colored pencils & pastels

Thia (Cindy) Krach

Maui, Hawaii



Nombre del objeto : M45 – NGC 1432

Tipo : cumulo abierto

Ubicación : san diego/Venezuela

Fecha : 23-03-14

Medio : herramienta digital photoshop CS5

Instrumento: Binocular tasco 10×70

Objeto messier 45 “las pléyades” 30’ de arco con mi binocular en un campo de visión de 5° con transparencia aceptable.

Es mi primer dibujo con técnica digital.

Gracias ¡

Object name: M45 – NGC 1432

Type: Open cluster

Location: san diego / Venezuela

Date: 03/14/23

Medium: digital tool photoshop CS5

Instrument: Tasco 10×70 Binocular

Messier object 45 “Pleiades” 30 ‘of arc in my binocular field of view of 5 ° with acceptable transparency.

It’s my first drawing with digital art.


Orion’s Belt

The Orion Belt Asterism
The Orion Belt Asterism

My last observation of the official winter season, I chose the infamous asterism of Orion’s Belt. Perhaps one of the most recognizable formations in the Northern Hemisphere night sky, it is often best studied and seen in the winter… thus, my farewell to Winter… and hello to Spring! My eyes were also drawn to a sort of secondary formation that seemed to snake through the “belt”. Orion was a hunter, so perhaps aside from his sword, he carried some rope with him as well!

Object: Orion’s Belt
Date: March 18th, 2014 – 9:45 – 10:30pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas – back yard
Conditions: 66°F, clear, just before the full moon rose
Instruments: 10×50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted

Stars of Jen

Double Cluster NGC 869/884 in Perseus

NGC 869 and 884
Double cluster NGC 869/884

It was so easy to find these two in my field of vision… almost like they rather found me instead! I did not see anything “fuzzy” about the two… which is something I sort of half expected, but it was a perfect crystal clear night and every star was sharp. So far, this is the most complicated star field I’ve drawn.

Object: Double Cluster NGC 869/884 in constellation Perseus
Date: January 11th, 2014 – 9:00 – 10:30pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas – back yard
Conditions: 45°F, perfectly clear with waxing gibbous moon
Instruments: 10×50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted

Stars of Jen