M82 and Supernova News

SN 2014J in M82 - February 2, 2014
SN 2014J in M82 – February 2, 2014

Object Name (SN 2014J in M82)
Object Type (Supernova in galaxy)
Location (Provence – France)
Date (Feb 2nd 2014)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour on white paper)

Hello sketchers, here is my contribution to the observation of SN 2014J.

From Jan. 23rd till Feb. 11th I spend a lot of good time with the M82 supernova. Sketching the galaxy, estimate the visual magnitude and made watercolour of the sceneries.
Sometime I observed with friends and their materials, sometime I’m alone on the middle of no where, between the Provencal wild nature and the dark sky. Here in south France the temperature is quite high for the season but wind blows, so, often I place my car to protect the 12” Dobson from the mistral.
Attached is a kind of “auto portrait” (yes, that’s me!), from a photo I take tonight. On the basis I add the AAVSO curve with my own visual observations (blue cross is DMIB).

The technique used is inverted watercolour, so I invert the colours of the sketch while scanning. For the galaxy this is common sketch black on white – inverted.

Thanks to read this, clear sky to you all !


Perseid Heading through Andromeda

Perseid - August 13, 2013
Perseid – August 13, 2013

Object Name: Meteor
Object Type: Perseid
Location: Sketched at a dark sky sight in Bristol, UK
Date: 13th August 2013; 00:40am; conditions – very good
Media (graphite pencil sketch and then digitized using graphics tablet and Photoshop)

I usually sketch in some detail (mainly HB and 2B). I then scanned the result into Photoshop and sharpened the sketch.

Observing Details

Had intended to spend an evening under dark skies watching the Perseids. Started out at 11:30pm but after numerous bright meteors over the next hour or so I decided it might be worth trying to accurately sketch one. This meteor came out of Cassiopeia and headed towards Andromeda Galaxy and broke in two as it trailed away. Frustratingly while I was sketching the background stars (and looking down) my pad was illuminated by a flash and on glancing up I realised I had missed a monster heading towards Pegasus – I could see the smoking trail for a good 2 secs. Suffering for my art? Perhaps!!

Hope you enjoy,

Clear Skies

Chris Lee

Smartphone Sketch at 2012 Australia Expedition

2012 Australia Expedition
2012 Australia Expedition

Last week’s way to work, I drew one picture about the australia expedition in 2012.

I used digital painting application in smartphone.

(Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S Note)

Eight celestial objects are in this drawing. 🙂

The surface of smartphone is very slippery.

So It is very hard to draw exquisitely.

If you want to exactly understand this picture,

please refer to below video clip.

(http://www.nightflight.or.kr/xe/103065 or http://youtu.be/yR2sOEkDKqQ)

– Location : Leyburn, QLD, Australia

– Date : November, 2012

– Media : Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S Note

S Pen

Trigger finger

Nightwid 無雲

Leaving the Local Group

Voyager, Milky Way and M31
Voyager, Milky Way and M31

Dear ASOD,

Hereby I would like you to send a sketch I made of the Voyager Probe, which is currently in Interstellar space. The sketch isn’t realistic, but it is supposed to depict a véry far future where the probe is leaving our Local group.

Best Regards,

Marijn van de Ruit
The Netherlands
Object Name (Voyager Probe/Milkyway/M31)
Object Type (Galaxy)
Location (Home Sofa )
Date (30-10-2011)
Media (Simple pencile, tortillon)

My Mate Scorpius


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Object type: constellation
Location: Itajobi, SP, Brazil (on a farm)
21º19′ S
49º03′ W
Date: July 2011
Media: 2B 0.5mm graphite pencil on white paper, scanned then inverted
Instrument: naked eye and 10×50 binoculars
Observer: Rodrigo Pasiani Costa

July 2011 was definitely a great month for me to observe the night sky. In fact it didn’t rain at all, so I could set my telescope on my mom’s farm several times. I spent many hours a night observing, sometimes from seven pm (local time) untill half past trhee am (local time), and I would be alone if not for a mate: Scorpius, high above in the sky, always looking at me from the top, crossing from East to West through the zenit. So, between one object and another, I skethed this fascinating constellation together with some of its stellar clusters and nebulosity. The details were observed with a 10×50 binoculars, but the stars and the Milky Way were observed with the naked eye. I hope you enjoy it, it took me three or four nights, and was a great experience.
Oh, I could not forget. Past September 24th was the 18th birthday of my friend Camila. Happy birthday, Camila, enjoy the great dark sky you have from your garden.

More July sketches coming soon.
Dark skies to everybody.
From Brazil,
Rodrigo P. C.

Starfield in Cygnus

Cygnus Starfield
Cygnus Starfield
Cygnus Starfield 2
Cygnus Starfield 2

– Object Name: Milky Way
– Object Type: Starfield
– Location: Lith, the Netherlands
– Date: 25-7-2011
– Media: pencil sketch on white paper

The bright band of the Milky Way is beautiful visible in this time of the year. When you look high up in the sky, you’ll see the constellation of Cygnus. This constellation lies from our perspective in the Milky Way band.
So, when you aim your binocular or telescope to this region, you’ll see a countless amount of stars. Each star in this vast starfield is unique. Every single star tells his own story. They have planets that orbit around them, and on those planets may be live. Dreaming about the wonders that are out there is what makes astronomy so special.

Thanks for watching,

Rutger Teule

The Galactic Center

Object Name: The Galactic Center
Object Type: Center of the Milky Way
Location: , , the
Date: August 2010
Media: pencils and fineliner on white paper, photographed with Sony A200, edited with The Gimp
Telescope: Bynostar SPN 130/900
Observer: Rutger Teule
Aim your telescope on a clear night to the , and you’ll see a countless amount of stars. Each star tells a different story and many of them have planets that orbits around them. It’s very good possible that there is life on one or more of those planets. When I look at all those stars on a clear night, I always dream about the wonders that are out there. And that dreaming, makes astronomy so special.

Clear Skies!


In Flight through the Milky Way to Andromeda

Milky Way
Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy
Sketch and Details by Patrick Van Beeck

The milky way and the stunning great galaxy of andromeda
38000 feet over north western Italy
Feb 7th, 2010

This sketch was made at an altitude of 38000 feet over the north western Italian coastline enroute to Paris in an Airbus 319 cruising at 455 kts groundspeed.
The views from the cockpit at night can be truly amazing, the reason being that 70% of the atmospheres mass is below us! Giving a crystal clear view of the sky almost right down to the horizon. What stuns me every winter, is the size of the blob of the andromeda galaxy almost as big as the moon!

This sketch was made digitally with photoshop

Enjoy this nightly cruise with me as the atmosphere rushes by…

Patrick Van Beeck

Milky Way in Cassiopeia

Milky Way in Cassiopeia

The Milky Way in Cassiopeia
By Rony De Laet

 This is a lawn chair observation of the Milky Way passing through Cassiopeia. The view was so beautiful that I wanted to capture it in a sketch. I studied the region for about 20 minutes before sketching. North is right in the sketch. The two patches on top of the view are the double cluster in Perseus. I tried to simulate the glow of the Milky Way as it crossed this mighty constellation.

Location : Bischofshofen, Austria
Date:  Dec. 25, 2006 , 21.00UT
Seeing:  4 on a scale of 5, Transparency : 4, Nelm : 5.1
Scope : naked eye

A Promenade Through a Royale Garden

IC 1396 

IC1396, a promenade through the Royale Garden.

One of the known highlights of Cepheus is Mu Cephei, a deep orange star. This night Mu Cephei served as the guiding light to IC1396. This region is a beautiful field of stars. There was something peaceful about this place. I felt like strolling through an exotic garden covered with haze. The place seemed majesticaly silent with Mu Cephei as a guard of honour at the border of the eyepiece. I don’t know if I saw IC1396 at all. I just noted all the light I could absorb in this field. A strange fact is that Mu Cephei kept his orange color through the UHC filter.

Date : October 13, 2007
Time : 21.00UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500
Meade SP 26mm
Power : x20
FOV: 150′
Filter : Lumicon UHC
Seeing : 3.5/5
Transp. : 3/5
Nelm : 5.3
Sketch Orientation : N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with PhotoPaint, based on a raw pencil sketch.

Rony De Laet