Partial Solar Eclipse – 20 March 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse - 20 March 2015


I send you the great eclipse of the sun from Trondheim, Norway.
with 94% of the sun eclipsed!
I also measured the temperature (in shadow) before and during
the eclipse. The sky was clean until just before the end of the partial
phase. I enjoyed the max. partial phase very much. Beautiful!!!
I used crayons (watercolor) on black paper.

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Venus-Uranus-Mars—Two Conjunctions

Conjunctions of Venus, Mars and Uranus - 11 March 2015
Conjunctions of Venus, Mars and Uranus – 11 March 2015

Object Name (Venus, Mars, Uranus)
Object Type (Planet conjunctions)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence, France)
Date (11/03/2015)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour pencils, white watercolour paper,

I always have issue to find Uranus, without GoTo, it’s not so easy…and I don’t like facility…
Thinks are moving in our planet system. It’s why “planetos” in Greek means “vagabond”.
So I use the opportunity of this double conjunction just a week from each other to find Uranus and its so nice colour.
The Venus-Uranus separation was 5.2’ Venus was 10’000 more brilliant than Uranus, while the separation between Mars and Uranus, one week later was 16.25’
The faint K star between Mars and Uranus is HIP 4325 mag=9.5, so no Uranus satellites were visible with my material.

I sketch the two fields on white watercolour paper with inverted method using a chromatic wheel, orange for Venus, blue for Mars and crimson red for Uranus then I just have to invert the two sketches after scanning. The deal is to manage the colour values in inverted mode.

Clear sky to you all, and for some of you I wish you a nice eclipse on Mart 20.

Michel Deconinck Aquarellia – Astronomie

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

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


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
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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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


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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Solar Tree and Bridge 11/16/14

Solar prominences and filaments on and near the limb - November 16, 2014
Solar prominences and filaments on and near the limb – November 16, 2014
Solar prominences and filaments on and near the limb (colorized) - November 16, 2014
Solar prominences and filaments on and near the limb (colorized) – November 16, 2014


Another Sunday morning spent happily with the Sun. Today the first prominence that struck me was one that had the appearance of a very fine “tree” near a “bridge”. The details & seeing were excellent today and I could make out swirling and looping details within the prominence, a lacy network of light and dark. The prominence could be seen spilling onto the solar surface as a filament.

I usually just cant leave done alone, so I tried some different things to colorize and experimented with Photoscape software. I fell upon the magic button – something called color balance. What fun to add color and see more of what I observed in the eyepiece!

Solar Prominence
Lunt 60mm PT
14mm & 6mm
Maui, Hawaii
Black Strathmore paper, Conte’ white crayons and watercolor pencils
Photoscape Software

Cindy (Thia) Krach
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers

H-alpha Solar Observation

A solar observation including prominences, a large active region with sunspots and filaments - October 26, 2014
An H-alpha solar observation including prominences, a large active region with sunspots and filaments – October 26, 2014


This week has been fascinating observing the giant sunspot region 2192 making its way across the solar disc. I was working today to demonstrate the details of the intricate swirls of magnetic activity around the sunspot and filament regions. I utilized the Tilting Sun graphic again for this observation though it is reversed from a standard view to demonstrate my view through the eyepiece.

Solar Observation 10-26-14
Maui, Hawaii
h-alpha Lunt PT 60mm 83X
Black paper, white charcoal, black and white oil pencils, wax pencils and watercolor pencils
Tilting Sun graphics added in Photoscape

Cindy (Thia) Krach

Jupiter – Six Hour Rotation

Jupiter - December 5/6, 2012
Jupiter – December 5/6, 2012

Probably my best Jupiter of the season so far, a 6 hour strip map showing over half of the surface of the planet which I drew back on the night of 05-06 December 2012. I made the drawing with my 8 inch Newtonian Reflector here in Leicester, UK. I make the original drawings at the telescope in black and white and then use water colour pencils to make a colour version indoors.

Best wishes,

Dr. Paul G. Abel,
Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
Department of Physics & Astronomy,
University of Leicester,
University Road,
Leicester UK, LE1 7RH.

Black Sun

Black Sun
Black Sun

Hi all! I present to You a sketch made by a 9yo child, Her name is Wiktoria Janowska. I met Her at the Zelow Observatory a couple days ago. She’s very, very clever n lovely little woman. Well, sometimes her fantasy dominated over realism. She saw a lot of details, maybe a little too much 😀
I hope You like it 🙂

Wiktoria Janowska, 9yo
14.11.2012, 14:30-14:41UT
Zelow, Central Poland
White watercolor crayon on black paper
Coronado PST DS (with Lunt etalon filter)+ Baader Zoom MARK III

Best Wishes!
Wiktoria Janowska & Damian Kępiński (ASTROOKIE)

Western rim of Mare Crisium

Crater Line Linne
Mare Crisium (Move mouse over image to view labels)

2012 09 04, 0330 UT – 0615 UT Mare Crisium
Erika Rix, Texas –

AT6RC f/9 1370mm, LXD75, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8-24mm Mark III (FOV 68 degrees at 171x), no filter
84F, 56% H, winds gusting 5-10 mph, clear, Antoniadi IV increasing to II, T 3/6
Alt: 11deg 43´, Az: 83deg 22´ to Alt: 46deg 21´, Az: 105deg 21´
Phase: 318.4 degrees, Lunation: 17.48 d, Illumination: 87.4%
Lib. Lat: -03:07, Lib. Long: +03.74

Type: Sea (Sea of Crisis)
Geological period: Nectarian (From -3.92 billion years to -3.85 billion years)
Dimension: 740km
Floor: lava-filled and is ~ 1.8 km below lunar datum
Outer rim: ~3.34 km above lunar datum

Eyepiece sketch on black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte’ crayon and pencil, Derwent watercolor pencil, black charcoal, black oil pencil.

The evening started off with DSO hunting while waiting for the Moon to come up, even though the stars were and faint galaxies were starting to wash out from the moonlight rounding the eastern horizon. I started a sketch of M12 that will have to wait for another night to complete when the Moon isn’t so much of a factor.

Once the Moon rose between two short junipers behind me, I switched to black paper and scanned the terminator. Mare Crisium looked like it was taking a bite out of the Moon. I’ve always been a bit intimidated at sketching rough terrain, but took a stab at it nevertheless. Sketching in the highlights makes it incredibly easier in fast moving areas such as along the terminator. The trick is to have very sharp pencils at hand, and I made sure of that during set up before it got dark outside – although I did have to resharpen once or twice during the session (as well as stand up and stretch.) It was a rush against time to render the basin’s western edge before the shadows swallowed the view.

I began with the inner ridge line along the terminator, marking each highlighted crest individually with a very sharp Conte’ pastel pencil. Then as quickly and accurately as I could, started working my way west, alternating between the Conte’, charcoal, Derwent and oil pencils, focusing first on the highlights, then the shadows, followed by albedo.

Of particular interest, Crisium sports the crash landing site(although not visible from last night’s lunar phase) of the Soviet’s Luna 15 in 1969 and the landing site of Luna 24, 1976, when soil samples where successfully brought back to earth.

This was my first time observing the Moon with the AT6RC and once seeing sharpened up, the views were crisp and clear with good contrast. It’s especially good that we’ve never had to collimate this scope and I’m looking forward to trying it out on Jupiter soon.

Boat Moon

Boat Moon
Boat Moon

Boat-Moon 2012-02-13 – 7:30 PM Local Time
Object Name (moon)
Object Type (boat-moon)
Location (Provencal France)
Date (2012-02-13 7:30 PM Local Time)
Media (graphite pencil and watercolour pencil)
Material (Newton telescope 114/500 25x for the moon and naked eyes for the landscape)

Yesterday I climbed with a light telescope on my back to reach the St-Sauveur Mountain, one of my preferred watching places for the moon. I made this unusual view of the « boat-moon ». This is unusual in the south of France, where this position of the moon is quite strange for us. The moon was less brilliant than Venus or Jupiter, not very easy to find out at the beginning of the night.

This sketch was made “naked eyes” for the landscape and with the use of my light telescope (Newton telescope 114/500 25x) for the very new moon (less than 2 days).

The day after in my workshop I coloured the moon using a light blue watercolour pencil and a brush, then I inverted the moon colour with my computer/scan. After this I just position the moon where she was the day before.

A small video explain the journey, just look at :

Clear sky for all of you !


“Perhaps the Finest…”

Hey !

I send you the planetary M.27, “The manual”.

This is a easy object, bright and perhaps the finest in the
northern hemisphere. But M.57 is the most
special for us in Norway. I did not see any central star in this
planetary, and the “ears” were very faint.
It is a very splendid object in small telescopes too. More info on
my sketch!
I used crayons (watercolours) on black paper only.
The sketch was made outside Trondheim city, Norway.

Clear skies, from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Open Cluster IC 4665


The distance to this cluster is about 1400 light year. IC 4665 is
in constellation Ophiuchus near the Beta Oph. It is a very loose
and bright object(4,2 mag.) and fantastic view in the binoculars
with small magnification.

Object name: IC 4665
Object type: Open Cluster
Location: Tarnów , Poland
Date: 17 June 2010 r.
Time: 22:15 UT
Artist: Krzysztof Pieszczoch (Astrokrzychu)
Equipment used: Binocular 16X50 (2″) FOV 4,25 deg.
-pencil , rubber

Weather conditions:
Ä cool evening
– clear sky

Yours sincerely,
Krzysztof Pieszczoch

Messier 7 Open Cluster in the Scorpius

Messier 7
By Kiminori Ikebe

This is an open cluster near the tail of the Scorpion. It is very large and much larger than M6 nearby. It is easily visible to the unaided eye. There are about 15 bright stars with fainter stars filling in space among them. Brighter stars form a misshapen “X” or “H.” There are two almost identical bright stars at the center, which stand out among bright stars in the cluster.

M7 (NGC 6475) Scorpius open cluster
Difficulty level 1

Date of observation: 2001/05/03
Observing site: Kuju, Japan
Transparency/seeing/sky darkness: 2/1/4
Instruments: 32cm Dobsonian with WF32 at 50x
Width of field: 1.4 degrees

Translated by Eiji Kato