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)

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.

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.

Orion’s Belt and Sword

Orion's Belt and Sword
Orion’s Belt and Sword

Object: Orion’s belt and sword

Date: 28. 01. 2015. – 14. 02. 2015.

UT.: –

Equipment: – 72/432 Lacerta ED refractor
– 2” Lacerta dielectric star diagonal
– 55 mm Tele Vue Plössl eyepiece (2”)
– 2” filters:
Tele Vue Bandmate OIII
Thousand Oaks H-Beta
Thousand Oaks Narrowband

– GSO Port-3 alt-azimuth mount

Mag.: 8x

FOV: 6,4˚

S = 6 / 10 T = 4 / 5

Observer: János Gábor Kernya

Location: Sükösd, Hungary

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

Kemble’s Cascade

Kemble's Cascade
Kemble’s Cascade

In looking at the upcoming forecast, I decided to take advantage of a semi-clear and warm night to sketch another observation. It took a bit of star-hopping to find the cascade… mainly drawing lines between Auriga to Perseus to Cassiopeia and back again, but once it was in my field of view, there was no mistaking Kemble’s Cascade.

Object: Kemble’s Cascade in constellation Camelopardalis
Date: January 4th, 2014 – 9:15 – 10:15pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas – back yard
Conditions: 56°F, partially hazy, some clouds
Instruments: 10×50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted
(see the original sketch)

Thank You,
Jen Bishop

Stars of Jen

Kemble’s Cascade & NGC 1502 – Camelopardalis

Kemble's Cascade and NGC 1502
Kemble’s Cascade and NGC 1502

Hi ASOD, sending this observation of this magnificent object. It was the first time I could see this object and had to make the sketch. is a large area with a number of very luminous stars that end up in the open cluster NGC 1502 with its easy double star Struve 485 detectable at low power. This object will be of my favorite deep sky objects, I hope you can watch it and enjoy it as much as I do.


Object name: Kemble’s Cascade & NGC 1502 Camelopardalis
Object type: Asterism & Open cluster
Location: Bonilla Cuenca ( spain )
Date: 7 October 2013
Hour: 00:00 < 00:45
Media: graphite pencil, processed and inverted gimp 2.8
Optical equipment: Refractor Tele Vue 101 F / 5,4 Genesis SDF Eye piece ES 30mm
Magnification 18x True field 4,5°

Sky conditions: Stable sky, light wind. Nelm 6,2 Temperature 10,2°C Relative humidity 57% Borthle scale 3/9


Orion’s belt stars

Orion's Belt
Orion’s Belt

Hello ASOD, here join my last watercolor

Object Name (Orion’s belt stars and M42)
Object Type (Constellation and nebulae)
Location (Porquerolles on board of Aquarellia)
Date (02-10-2013)
Media (watercolor on white paper, paint.net for inverting the sky)

In the night of October the first, our old two masts Aquarellia was anchoring close to the harbour of Porquerolles, one of the three “Provencal golden islands”.
At one o’clock in the night I wake me up,… maybe ‘cause of some wave noise? I was surprised by seeing the Orion’s belt stars and M42 rising close to the ‘Sainte Agathe’ fort. With my 7×50 binoculars I sketch this original encounter, the mythic Orion warrior at the rear of a real castle.
The French coast, here in my nord, is full of light pollution but to my surprise, the castle illumination was the only light in the sight. The island is not so close to the polluted coast, so the Orion’s constellation was pure in the dark while rising.
This watercolour was made on board with local salt water (;

I hope you enjoy

Michel Deconinck