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

El Espíritu Oculto de Argos (The Hidden Spirit of Argos)

NGC 3372
NGC 3372

Object Name : NGC 3372
Object Type: Nebula
Location: Miramar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Instrumental: Binocular Braun 12×50
Date: 04/01/2014
Media: graphite pencil 2H and 2B, white paper, edited with GIMP2

Hi everyone! This was the first sketch I made in the year. It was a wonderful dark night, the weather was nice and the Carina constellation was in an ideal elevation to observe it through what i call “my little sky window”, that is, my 12×50 binoculars. I always enjoy a lot the whole area of Argos which I think is the most impressive in binoculars. Thank you so much!!!!


Vega and Epsilon Lyrae

Vega and Epsilon Lyrae
Vega and Epsilon Lyrae

I chose Vega in the constellation of Lyra as my first sketch study, as it was the brightest star in my visible night sky (… and 3rd brightest star in the Northern hemisphere night sky after Sirius and Arcturus). I threw the towel in on several sketches before arriving to this one. It sure is different to sketch in the dark! My first attempts had severely mis-plotted star fields, and even though a sketch of the night sky is never 100% perfect, it wasn’t even looking close to what I was seeing in my field of view! An hour and a half later, I was satisfied enough to call this one my first.

I was able to spot the famous “double double” stars of Epsilon Lyrae very easily, as well as a light blue tint to Vega, and some various stars with a light tint of orange. Even though winter is coming along, I could still see part of the “Summer Triangle” asterism with Altair and Deneb.

Object: Vega in constellation Lyra
Date: November 15th, 2013 – 6:30 – 7pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas – back yard
Conditions: 62°F, Clear
Instruments: 10×50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted
(see the original sketch)

Thank You,
Jen Bishop

Stars of Jen

Green Ray

Green Ray
Green Ray


un chapelet d’apparition du rayon vert, à la L80x60, Nouméa.
Crayon graphite et colorisation logiciel retouche d’image.


pour info : le livre “ASTRODESSIN, Observation & dessins en astronomie” est achevé, après 3 ans de travail en équipe. 560 pages, 2 volumes, à parraître en novembre 2013.



English Translation via Google Translate:


Appearance of a string of green ray, the L80x60, Noumea.
Graphite pencil and coloring image editing software.


FYI: the book “ASTRODESSIN, Observation & drawings astronomy” was completed after three years of working as a team. 560 pages, 2 volumes, parraître in November 2013.


Moon and Jupiter – November 28, 2012

Moon and Jupiter - November 28, 2012
Moon and Jupiter – November 28, 2012

On the night of 11/28/2012 the Full Moon was shining brightly with Jupiter as its companion. The sketch was done while looking through an old (circa 1960’s) pair of Tasco 8-15×50 binoculars which I recently had refurbished. I used the binocs at 15x for the sketch which was done in Warren county NJ, USA on a laptop computer.

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula
Rosette Nebula

Hi all!

I made an observation about Rosette nebula with my 10X50 binoculars. This is a digital drawing, but I hope you like it! 🙂

Date: 2012-01-05 20:33UT
Object: NGC2237-2238 (open cluster and nebula)
Location: Nagyvarsány/Hungary (N: 48°09’37” E: 22°16’46”)
Temperature: -2°C (windy)
My blog: www.viktorcsehdraws.blogspot.com

Clear skies!


Comet PanSTARRS: Panoramica e Particolare

C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)
C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)

Hello Artists,after a long time with rain(GRRRRR!!), I made two sketches about Comet PanStarrs!! I go out from work and I go to hill near Little town of Saltara. Very cold temperature and light icely wind. The clouds covered the zone but ,finally they go out from the horizon. I see the comet under the rest of gray clouds and, on blue paper i made the first sketch with bino 10×50. In the same time I take my big bino 25×100 on tripod and made the second sketch, with pencil on black
paper. Unfortunately the comet was very low and the sketch was very difficult to made.
I hope like you.
Ciao a tutti!!

Site: Saltara,19 March 2013

Instruments: bino 10×50 and big bino 25×100
Media: Coloured pencil on blue paper, with pencil on black paper
seeing: Very clear after rain but icely temperature!

C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) with Horizon
C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) with Horizon

The Twilight Colors of PanSTARRS

C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)
C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS)

Object Name: Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4
Object Type: Comet
Location: Near Grant, AL, USA
Date: Feb. 13, 2013, Approx. 7:35PM CDT
Equipment: 4-inch (100×25) Binoculars, Red Backlit Panel, Soft Pencils, and Tracing Paper. Used multiple layers for different colors to assemble drawing using the computer.

Comet PanStarrs was only visible for a short time on the 13th (about 1/2 hour), but we were able to sketch several individual layers to assemble a color drawing of the Comet in the Sunset/Twilight. We were going to take an astrophoto, but realized that a drawing might work better, given the twilight. Glad we switched! The white coma and red dust tail contrasted strongly in the view.

–James M.

Marathon M24

Messier 24 and Environment
Messier 24 and Environment


I made a marathon sketch in the past month; I drew the M24 and the environment. It was very hard work, but it is also interesting. In the drawing are visible these objects: M24 star-cloud, NGC6603 the popular open cluster in M24, M18 open cluster, M17 Omega nebula, NGC6561 diffuse nebula, Ic1283 diffuse nebula, NGC6589 open cluster, Sharpless-35 diffuse nebula and Barnard 92-93 dark nebulae. My next target of the Scutum star-cloud… 🙂

Observation time: 2012 July-August (a lot of nights)
Equipment used: 10X50 binoculars
Field of view: 6° (360′)
Location: Nagyvarsány/Hungary
Observer: Viktor Cseh

Check my blog: http://viktorcsehdraws.blogspot.hu/

All the best, and clear skies!


C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) and Messier 45

Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) and the Pleiades
Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) and the Pleiades

Hey Artists!

I send you one of my observations of C/ 2004, Q2, Machholz
passing the well known open cluster Pleiades (M. 45).
The comet was a splended and interesting object to see in my 10 x 50 binos.
with over 90 deg. splitted dust and gastail and greenish coma. Info on sketch.
I used pen and pencil on white paper and inverted.
Location : Trondheim, Norway.

Thank you for all nice comments on my sketches!!

Best wishes and clear sky from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

A Near Miss

Comet Garradd and Messier 92
Comet Garradd and Messier 92

Object Name: Comet Garradd and M92
Object Type: comet, globular gluster
Location: Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park, Pennsylvania
Date: February 3, 2012
Media: Digitally simulated chalk and white pencil on black paper.

I literally had seconds to glimpse it this morning, so my sketch cannot be accurate (9:30 UT). We were completely socked in. I waited 45 minutes for a tiny tear in the cloud cover to sweep rapidly across
Hercules. Then for another 30 minutes there was no other opportunity and I went back to bed. Now, a long wait under almost complete cloud cover makes you exceptionally well dark adapted… so I really believe it was the comet that I saw with the naked eye for a few moments as I was raising my binoculars with
shaking hands. Blue, near grey zone, altitude 2400 ft/700 m.

Sun – November 9, 2011

Sun - November 9, 2011
Sun - November 9, 2011

The Sun is my fawourite object to sketch that is why I am sending you this sketch, drawn 9.11.2011 at 12:20, in Ely, England.
I have used my SkyMaster 15×70 binoculars and the foil filter (Seymour Solar) which gives natural looking colors (The Sun is orange).
The conditions that day where cloudy, so I had to be patient waiting for The Sun to reappear from behind the clouds.
I have used graphite pencils and the stamps to draw it on smooth white paper. The drawing is 16 cm( 6,2 inch ) in diameter.

Clear skies

Agnieszka Adamkiewicz

Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

Moon/Jupiter Conjunction
Moon/Jupiter Conjunction

I present to You my sketch of the Moon and Jupiter conjunction.

Objects: Moon & Jupiter
Date: December 6, 2011
Time: About 23:00 (11:00 PM)
Place: Nowy Sącz, Poland
Equipment: Binoculars Bresser 10×50
Conditions: High clouds, light fog.
Technique: White pastels on navy blue art paper. Some correction and tooling with GIMP2
Author: Aleksander Cieśla (Wimmer)

The Pleiades and the Moon

Messier 45 and the Moon
Messier 45 and the Moon

Object: The Pleiades (M45) and the moon
Object type: Open cluster/moon
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: December 8th, 2011
Media: White pastel on black paper, digital retouch

I marked the date in my agenda: The beautiful Pleiades and an almost full moon side by side. Something not to be missed. And the conditions were good: no clouds and a comfortable 3°C.

My 15 X 70 binoculars were the perfect instrument for this observation as the two objects could fit within two field of view. A sketch had to be done…

Jean Barbeau

A Faint Arc of Light

Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011
Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011


I got up at 3:50 am this morning – crystal clear skies & not too cold, maybe 50 degrees, out on my deck with my 7×50 binocular. At that time the moon looked like a 25% crescent with the remaining body visible. At 4:10 it was so lovely, just a faint SW arc of light still on the moon & the shadow a dark dusty orange. The sky became dark enough to see stars around the moon – an eerie sight. At ~4:45 the eclipse appeared complete but clouds were coming in & it was even difficult to see the outline but I could still make out nearby stars. The moon just disappeared in totality and was difficult to locate without binocular aid.

Object: Lunar Eclipse
Equipment: 7X50 Nikon Action Extreme Binocular
Date: 12/10/11 @ 4:10 am
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Media: Black art paper, pastels & colored pencils

Eclipsed Moon

Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011
Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011

This is my sketch of the Lunar Eclipse. In Poland the initial phase and the main phase of the eclipse was impossible to observe. But we could watch the final phase of the eclipse.
This sketch shows the Moon coming out from the shadow of the Earth.

Objects: Moon – Lunar Eclipse
Date: December 10, 2011
Time: About 16:25 – 16:35 (4:25 – 4:35 PM)
Place: Nowy Sącz, Poland
Equipment: Binoculars Bresser 10×50
Conditions: faint fog, light pollution.
Technique: Pastels on navy blue art paper. Correction and tooling with GIMP2
Author: Aleksander Cieśla (Wimmer)

Stellar Explosion in The Whirlpool

Object : Supernova SN2011dh in Spiral Galaxy M51
Date : June 08, 2011
Time : 12:30-02:00 LST/ 07:30-09:00 UT
Location : Aguila, Arizona USA
Gear : Binoculars 25 x 100 and CPC1100 XLT with 25mm Plossl
Detector : Visual Sketch
Magnitude : 8.5 for M51 and 14.9 for SN2011dh(webtreatz.com)
Weather : Clear sky, no winds, low 70’s and quiet as a mouse!
Comments :
It’s interesting to ponder in awe, how a star that has turned into a supernova some 30 million light years distant is just NOW reaching our immediate universe, our light buckets our dilated pupils! This recently discovered supernova cataloged SN2011dh and found on May 31, 2011, might not last long. It’s believed to be diminishing in magnitude with a possible viewing window of some weeks or perhaps a couple of months. If you would like to get a glimpse of it, my suggestion is- don’t wait any longer!
With mounted binoculars it is quite easy to pick up M51 as it appears elongated and fuzzy. Some fidgetting of the eyeball around the circumference of the oculars and it’s companion NGC5195 emerges just as well. Both gravitationally interacting galaxies seem like puffs of smoke with their nucleus showing a hint of brightness.There are no noticeable spiral arms, no connecting bridge or other discernable features- not even the main attraction SN2011dh.
All this will change when I prepare the 11 inch SCT and aim it at the said subject with a 25mm Plossl. Yes, I had tried a 10mm and a 32mm but the 25mm gave me the best results. Peering down the eyepiece, Hazy blotches but distinct spiral structures are emanating from the soft glowing core of M51. Of the two major spiraling limbs, the one stretching all the way to NGC5195 or the one with the southeast orientation, will be the one sporting the newly discovered supernova. Four tiny specks of starlight ranging in magnitude from 13 -15 located on the southwest side of the Whirlpool and lined-up from East to West are clearly visible when using the cone receptors within the corners of your eyeballs. Averted vision here my friends, or you will miss the whole point. No pun intended! From recent photo submissions to various popular social websites, I made a mental note to see the whereabouts or location of SN2011dh. It’ll be nested on the spiral arm which embraces NGC5195 or the one facing the southeast coordinates.Much better seeing than explaining but after plotting their correct places among the broken segments of spiral arcs- one of the specks surely did fell where the photos had indicated it should be! I concluded my quest and my sketching for the night was done. Enjoy!

Dark and clear skies to all,

Juanchin 😀

Moon Over Budapest

Object name: Moon
Object type: Moon
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Date: 13th March 2011
Media: graphite pencil used on white paper. No digital tools used
Equipment: 10×50 Scopium WA Binocular

Additional info: The weather conditions were not the best, only the lighter start were visible. However the Moon was beautifully lighting on the sky so I have choosen her to draw. Some of the craters were very much visible and sharp.

dr. Hannák Judit

Lightning Moon

Object name and type: Moon
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Date: 8th March 2011
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper, Photoshop to invert.
Equipment used: 10×50 Scopium WA Binocular

The weather conditions were great, the Moon (at least a quarter of it :-)) was lighting outloud. It was beautiful and as this lightlyness was the most beautiful part of it I have tried to give it back on my graphic. Some of the craters were also visible with the binocular, especially the bigger ones between the dark and light border.

Dr. Hannák Judit

The Crescent Moon and Crater Delambre & Taylor’s Environs

Hello Artists,how are you ? I’m o.k. at moment,only aches of season,cough and cold.Two weeks ago the Moon was splendid over my head crescent phase and i take my Newton 6″ f 5 . I have placed my scope in front of my home and i start my draw.
Splendid vision the image was still, decide for zone at South(North in Newton) of crater Julius Cesar and Ariadeus Rhyme.
The zone was full of craters,different dimension, very difficult to draw,at the end turbulence and clouds oblige me to stop….The second sketch was a simply drawn on black paper and white pencil and pen made with my big bino 25×100 in front of my home.
I hope you like it.

One particular greetings at Master Frank, Richard Handy and Deirdre Kellegan and all great astro artists.
Ciao a tutti, Giorgio.

Site:Pergola,Marche Region,Center Italy,265 m. o.l.s.
Date:9 February 2011 from 9,30 p.m. to 10,49 p.m. local time.
Instrument: Newton 6″ Meade f.5
Eyepiece:12,4 mm Meade “Reserch Grade” and Barlow 2x
The crater is: Delambre (great at left),Theon Senior ( at low under Delambre),Theon Junior (up ),Taylor (at high center),Taylor A and B ( at center nearly).
Seeing:Good at start,turbulence and clouds from second half of sketch (interrupted ).
Temperature:Cold,many humidity at low

The ineffable Beauties of Orion

The data of the drawing:

Telescope: 7×50 binoculars (Tento)
Date: .01.24.2011

Observing Location: Zakany – Hungary, 46° 15′ N 16° 57’E elev.: 129m
This digital drawing preparated GIMP 2.6 programs.

Thank you for it!

Clear Sky !

Tamas Bognar


Üdvözlettel !
Bognár Tamás


skype : bognartamas
msn : bognart@gmail.com

Big Binocular Orion Nebula

Subject: big binocular M42

Hello Artists,all o.k.?I’m depressed about the weather..i hope in 4 of January for the partial Eclipse of Sun.
I made only one sketch,M42 made with my big bino Astrotech 25×100 behind my home.The night was very icely but the sky was great,the Nebula in the bino was spectacular , in one full field of stars….I hope,next day to continue my sketch with the stars of belt and Flame Nebula.At the end i made one “poster”of Orion!
Happy New Year at all.
Location:Pergola,10 December 2010 at 11,45 p.m. l.t.
Instrument: Big bino 25×100 (straight vision)on wood heavi trypod in steady mount
Temperature:Icely,no wind.
Technics:withe pastel and penn on black paper Fabriano 3.