Deep Sky Triple Sketch

Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42
Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a triple sketch made in “El Triunfo”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Object Name: M86 (First Sketch), Lagoon Nebula (Second Sketch) and Orion Nebula (Third Sketch)

Object Type: Galaxy (M86), Emission Nebula (Lagoon) and Reflection Nebula (M42)

Location: El Triunfo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: 19/04/2015

Media: Graphite Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B. Inverted with Photoshop

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: BST 18mm (M86 and Lagoon), SP 32mm (M42)

Weather: Clear

Seeing: Excellent

I hope you enjoy the drawings. Regards & Good Luck!


Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Nombre de objeto (M42
Tipo de objeto (Nebulosa.)
Ubicación (Observatorio Astronomico Orion)
Fecha (15-02-2015)
Medios (lápiz de grafito,.)

Bueno pues vos presento el dibujo de esta noche, que trabajo me ha costado.
Mas de una hora dibujando y a merecido la pena para poder plasmar tanta belleza en un papel con unos lapiceros de grafito, un difumino y mucha paciencia.
Que lo disfruteis.


[English translation via Google Translate]
Well I present you tonight’s drawing, that work has cost me.
More than an hour drawing already worthwhile to capture such beauty on paper with a graphite pencils a stump and patience.
I hope you enjoy it.

M42 AND M43 Under Polluted Suburban Skies

M42, M43
Messier 42 and 43

Object Name: M42 Orion´s Nebula and M43 Marian´s Nebula
Object Type: Nebulas
Location: Boadilla del Monte, Madrid. Polluted suburban skies.
SW refractor 102/1000; Ocular 25mm; 40x; No filter; No barlow.
Date: 27 March 2015; 22:30 hrs
Media: Black pencil on White paper. Inverted colors with Fitswork.
Magnitude: M42: 4,00 ; M43: 9,00
Seeing: 4/5

Thank´s a lot,

Flaming Star Nebula

C31 IC 405 Flaing Star Nebulawordssmaller
C31 IC 405 Flaing Star Nebulawordssmaller


IC 405, Caldwell 31 or the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission/reflection nebula that requires darkness and patience to pull details out. A 12.5” reflector was used here to observe and a NPB filter from DMG optics helpful. I observed & sketched the same object 3 years ago and didn’t see the details visible this time around. I would partly account this to gaining greater ability from sketching the object again with more patience this time around.

Proper motion studies of AE Auriga show it to be an ejected star from the Orion Belt region. Its chance passage through this nebulous region of gas & dust give it a “Flaming Star” appearance.

Heavyweight white paper, 2B pencil, charcoal and brush.
Photoscape to invert
12.5” Portaball 80X
NPB DMG Optics Filter

Cindy (Thia) Krach
Maui, Hawaii

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

Crab Nebula Binocular View

Messier 1
Messier 1

Object name: M1, Crab Nebula
Object type: Supernova remnant
Location: Lijiang, China
Date: November 27, 2014 05+30 hours
Media: Graphite pencil and yellow notebook paper. Scanned, inverted and processed in photoshop
Equipment: 15×70 Binoculars

Conditions: Clear sky with no moon, seeing 2/3, Bortle 5, Constellation above 60 degrees over the horizon.

Hello dear ASOD friends,

Since last time from Bogota Colombia, me and my family decided to move to Lijiang China. This is a very clean air “little” city (800000 hab aprox) and thanks to that and its altitude (2400 meters above sea level), I have had wonderful clear and dark nights to enjoy. Although it is only me and my binos since I sold my scope in Colombia, these skies have given me the most pleasant views of dim sky objects and now I am having the opportunity to add more and more dim DSOs to me sketching list. Let me invite you all to take a look in my blog for more sketches:

Clear skies and warm beds 🙂


The Horsehead Area with a RFT

Horsehead Nebula Environs
Horsehead Nebula Environs

Object name: IC434, B33, Horsehead Nebula
Object type: dark nebula
Location: Cottage Grove Lake, Oregon
Date: Feb 21, 2015
Media: charcoal and graphite pencils on drawing paper, scanned to jpg

Telescope: 13.2 inch [34cm] f/3.0 on a night of incredible transparency
Eyepiece: 21mm Ethos giving a 1.8 degree field of view
Filter: H-Beta

Mel Bartels

The Orion Nebula from El Triunfo

Messier 42
Messier 42

Hi, ASOD. My name is Renato Trono Figueras from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m 15 years old.

Objet Name: NGC 1976/ Messier 42/ Orion Nebula

Objet type: Diffuse Nebula

Location: A country village called “El Triunfo” (Argentina).

Date: 23/01/2014

Media: Digital Tools (Photoshop)

Seeing: Excellent

Transparence: Excellent

Weather: Clear

Telescope: Newtonian Reflector 4.5″ (114mm/ 900mm)

I hope that you post my skecth. Thanks you very much!

Sorry if my english is not good

Regards and Good Luck!!

The Great Nebula of Orion

M42 and M43, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy  - December 23, 2014
M42 and M43, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy – December 23, 2014
M42 and M43 - Original "positive" graphite sketch on white paper
M42 and M43 – Original “positive” graphite sketch on white paper

Here is myobservation and sketch from 23.12.2014
Messier 42/43
Telescope: 16″
v= 90-180x
Without and UHC
Observation: Adelegg/Stafflangen, Germany(1080m/560m)

Nebulosa de Orion (M-42)

M 42, "The Great Nebula in Orion", a giant  star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion
M 42, “The Great Nebula in Orion”, a giant star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion

Object name: M-42
Object type: Nebulosa brillante
Location: Pelayos de la Presa (Madrid) España
Date: 21-Dic-2014 Hora: 02:45 T.U:
Media: lápiz de grafito; A4 de 120 gr; difumino; procesado con GIMP 2.4
Equipo: Refractor Acromático Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F/7.8. Montura: HEQ5 Pro. Ocular: WO 2″ 25mm 48X.
Condiciones de observación: Cielo rural urbano con algo de viento y una magnitud límite de 6 a simple vista en el cenit; humedad del 70% aproximádamente

Object name: M-42
Object type: Bright Nebula
Location: Pelayo de la Presa (Madrid) Spain
Date: 21-Dec-2014 Time: 2:45 T.U:
Media: pencil graphite; A4 120 gr; stump; processed with GIMP 2.4
Team: Achromatic Refractor Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F / 7.8. Frame:. HEQ5 Pro Ocular: WO 2 “25mm 48X.
Conditions of observation: urban rural sky with some wind and a limiting magnitude of 6 to glance at the zenith; Approximately 70% humidity

Nebulosa de Orión (Orion Nebula)

Messier 42, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant stellar nursery in the constellation Orion
Messier 42, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant stellar nursery in the constellation Orion

Object Name: M42.
Object Type: Nebula.
Location: Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Date 05/12/2014, 00:15am.
Media: White paper, pencil and photoshop to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Helios 114/900 (reflector).
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.

Lost in the Small Magallanic Cloud

The Small Magellan Cloud, a dwarf irregular satellite galaxy of the Milky Way
The Small Magellan Cloud, a dwarf irregular satellite galaxy of the Milky Way

Object Name: Small Magallanic Cloud
Object Type: Galaxy
Location: Argentina, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Monasterio
Date: 22/11/2014 Time 22:30 Hs
Media (graphite pencil, white paper, digital tools.
Telescopio: Reflector 130-900 Eq2 motorizado.
Eyepiece: BST 18MM (50X)
Seeing: 6/10.
En esta epoca del Año, las Pequeña nube de Magallanes, se encuentra a un elevacion 50º, permitiendo una observacion muy comoda. La idea de la observacion era registrar e identificar diferentes objetos de la Nube Menor asi como tambien de sus alrededores.
Dentro de la Galaxia pude observar 4 objetos:
NGC 330 : Cumulo Globular.
NGC 346: Region H II.
NGC 371: Cumulo Abierto con nebulosidad.
Estos 3 objetos ubicados en la parte inferior izquierda de abajo hacia arriba.
Por otra parte, en la parte centrar de la galaxia, pude detectar una region compuesta por un Cumulo Abierto con Nebulosidad denominado N19.
Lo interesante de esta region en el cielo es que es muy rica en objetos, muy cerca de la Pequeña Nube de Magallanes, se encuentran dos Cumulos Globulares, NGC 104 y NGC 362, estos dos objetos, fueron incluidos en el Skech a pesar de que no entran en el campo del eyepiece, pero realmente es una zona del cielo muy rica en objetos y no podia dejarlos fuera del skech

Traslator Google:
Telescope: Reflector Eq2 motorized 130-900.
Eyepiece: BST 18MM (50X)
Seeing: 6/10.
This time of year, the Small Magellanic Cloud, is an elevation 50 °, allowing a very comfortable observation. The idea was to record the observation and identify different objects in the Cloud Minor as well as its surroundings.
Inside the Galaxy could see four items:
NGC 330: Globular Cumulo.
NGC 346: H II Region.
NGC 371: Cumulo Open with nebulosity.
These three objects located in the lower left bottom upwards.
Moreover, in the part center of the galaxy, I could detect a region composed of an Open Cumulo with Nebulosity called N19.
The interesting thing about this region in heaven is that it is very rich in objects near the Small Magellanic Cloud, are two Clusters Globular, NGC 104 and NGC 362, these two items were included in the Skech though do not enter the field eyepiece, but it really is an area rich sky objects and could not leave them out of skech.

Pacman Nebula

NGC 281, "The Pacman Nebula", an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia
NGC 281, “The Pacman Nebula”, an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia

We organised about one month ago a nice starparty on a location about 40 minutes driving east of Brussels. The skies cleared up (not common this time of the year …) and we enjoyed the splendid autumn sky under quite dark conditions.
My observation list included a mixture of IC, NGC and Hickson objects, with The Pacman Nebula (NGC 281) in Cassiopeia as main objective of the night. Hereby the results of more that one hour of observation and searching subtle details with averted vision in this beautiful object.

* Object Name : Pacman Nebula (NGC 281)
* Location : Meldert – Belgium
* Date : 18 October 2014 – 22h55 UT
* Optics: SCT C11 (279mm f/10) on CGEM mount – ES82 34mm (82x – FOV 50 arcm) – Astronomik UHC filter
* Sky conditions: NELM 5.9 – SQM 20.32 – Seeing 2/5 – Transp. 2/5 (Antoniadi)
* Media : Media: graphite pencil on white paper, scanned and inverted (GIMP2)

Observing notes:
Beautiful emission nebula complex, subtle but surprisingly easy visible. A bright oval patchy area is visible in the central area, just east of a smal rich star cluster. Averted vision brings a clear bright extension towards the west with a large subtle patchy glow in the northern area. At the southwestern side the nebula is less bright, with a faint glow extending towards the south. A dark lane can be detected using averted vision, resembling a “byte” in the central area and extending towards the west.

Mars adjacent to the Lagoon Nebula

Messier 8, "The Lagoon Nebula", an emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius
Messier 8, “The Lagoon Nebula”, an emission nebula in the constellation Sagittarius

Mars adjacent to the Lagoon Nebula
(Planet and Emission Nebula)
Hartesbeespoort Dam South Africa
28th October (2014)
Graphite Pencil, smartphone photo using the invert function on PS phone app.

In Southern Skies at the moment and made the most of the opportunity to sketch some really nice deep sky objects in and around the teapot including M7 and the Lagoon Nebula (with Mars adjacent to it)

The Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888, "The Crescent Nebula", an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus
NGC 6888, “The Crescent Nebula”, an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus

Object Name: NGC 6888(Crescent Nebula)
Object Type: Wolf-Rayet Nebula
Location: Bercedo, Burgos (Spain)
Date: 17/10/2014
Media: Graphite pencil, white paper, scanned and inverted with paint.
Equipment: Dobson 8″ + 25mm plössl (48x) + OIII Filter
Sky Conditions: windy, regular/bad seeing, no light pollution

Notes:While I manage to not fall over the telescope because of the gusty wind, I try to sketch that nebula. It shows really faint at the eyepiece field and without the OIII filter is barely visible. The nebula has an elliptical form (I would say it is like a potato) and I can discern the NW nebula’s elliptic edge (supposing that the North and East are 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively at the eyepiece field’s edge) and the nebula’s interior is dark.

Best Regards

A Little Rose

NGC 2237, a close up of NGC 2244, the Rosette nebula, centered on the well known dark vein
NGC 2237, a close up of NGC 2244, the Rosette nebula, centered on the well known dark vein

Here is a sketch of an observation I did several years ago: NGC 2237, a close up of NGC 2244, the Rosette nebula, centered on the well known dark veins.

Instrument: dobson Obsession 25”, 635mm
eyepieces: nagler 31mm and Panoptic 24mm
power: 100x and 130x
filters: Lumicon OIII 12nm and Astrodon OIII 5nm
sky: SQM 21.15, limit naked eyes 6.4v
place: Observatoire des Baronnies, southern french Alps
length of observation: 107 min

Classic drawing with graphite, and pencil on 180 gr Canson paper, scanned and processed with Paintshop Pro

More details of the Observatory:, of the observation:



The Omega Nebula

Messier 17, "The Omega Nebula"
Messier 17, “The Omega Nebula”

Object Name Omega nebula or M17
Object Type Nebula
Location El Picacho (Cádiz)
Date 08/26/2014
Media graphite pencil, processed for inverting black with Photoshop software
Telescope: Dobson Meade LB 12″
Eye: Ethos 17 mm + UHC
Observing conditions: SQML 21,10
Greetings and thank you very much
Javier Perez (javi_cad)


Mi blog de astronomía Observando el Universo.

Jupiter’s Ghost

NGC 3242, "Jupiter's Ghost" - Planetary nebula
NGC 3242, “Jupiter’s Ghost” – Planetary nebula
NGC 3242, "Jupiter's Ghost" - Planetary nebula (positive)
NGC 3242, “Jupiter’s Ghost” – Planetary nebula (positive)

NGC 3242 “Jupiters Ghost” Hydra
Instrument: 16″
360-522x; No Filter
Place: Kreuzleshöhe 1100m,Germany
Time: 14.4.2013
fst: 6m3; SQM 21,49

Link to the Obersation:

Lg Hajü Merk

The Veil with a pair of big binos

The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995
The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995

A pair of big binos are certainly complementary to a telescope and you’d be amazed at what they can reveal under a decent sky. Here’s how I saw the eastern Veil through my Nexus 100 binos under my Italian mountain sky, using a couple of 21mm Siebert Ultrawide eyepieces and a pair of UHC filters. According to my experience even a C8 would have a difficult time matching this, although obviously at only 24x the magnification was a lot lower. The field of view was cut slightly more than you’d expect with 80° eyepieces because it took me already about an hour and a half putting all this on paper (pencil on white paper) and given the very short eye relief of these eyepieces it was too tiring trying to scan the outer edges of the FOV every time. Well, I hope you like it…

NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula
NGC 6888 – The Crescent Nebula

– Object Name: NGC 6888 “Crescent Nebula” – Object Type: bright diffuse nebula (in Cygnus)

– New 10” 50x TFOV 70′ x 110′ – ML 6 Height of object +85º

– Location: Bonilla-Cuenca Spain – Date: July 2, 2014

– Media: Graphite Pencil HB, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet – Inverted color and processed GIMP 2.8

Greetings to all visitors of this page.

Pedro Villamiel

Alcorcon, Madrid July 8, 2014

The Sword of Azzinoth

M42 and M43 The Great Nebula of Orion
M42 and M43 The Great Nebula of Orion

Objeto: M42 – M43

Observador: Hernan “Moska” Garcia

Telescopio: United Optics 80 ED Fiber Carbon

Ocular: BST Explorer Dual ED 18mm

Hora y Fecha: 22:00 hrs – 28 de Marzo de 2014

Lugar: Doyle, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hernan “Moska” Garcia

Administrador de Espacio Profundo – Foro Argentino de Astronomia

The Orion Nebula

The Great Nebula of Orion
The Great Nebula of Orion

Hi Friends,
Following with my drawings from a light-polluted place, this time I show you my own Orion Nebula (M42) version, from the center of Madrid. As you could see, the nebula becomes faintest than in a dark sky but you can still perceive the trapezium.

Siguiendo con mis dibujos en lugares contaminados lumínicamente, esta vez os envío mi versión de la nebulosa de Orion (M42) desde el centro de Madrid. Como veis se vuelve más difusa que un cielo oscuro, pero aun así es fácilmente distinguible el trapecio.

Object Name: M42 – NGC 1976
Object Type: Nebula
Constellation: Orion; R.A.: 05h 35m; Dec: −05° 23′
Location Madrid (City Center), Spain.
Date March 5th 2014 21:50 h.(CET)
Temperature: 9 ºC Seeing: 4/5
Telescope: Celestron nexstar 5′ S/C.
Eyepiece: 25 mm celestron + barlow 2x.
Magnification: 100x
Filter: Astronomik UHC-E.
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper.
Scanned and then inverted and processed image with GIMP

Clear skies!!

Thor’s Helmet

NGC 2359, Thor's Helmet
NGC 2359, Thor’s Helmet

• Object Name: NGC 2359 The Helmet Thor`s

• Object Type: Bright

• Location: Pueblonuevo de Bullaque España

• Date: January 25 2014

• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2, torchon 1 and white paper

• inverted colors with GIMP 2.8

Observation notes:

80x TFOV 1º New 10” dob telescope.

Object Elevation +35 º. Nelm 6,3. 6º C. Moisture 82 º/º.

Pedro Villamiel.

Greetings to all visitors of this page. Pedro Villamiel Alcorcón, Madrid February 1 2014

Veil Nebula Complex – Widefield

Veil Nebula Complex - NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle
Veil Nebula Complex – NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle

Short description:

Object Name Veil Complex in Cygnus – NGC6960, NGC 6992, Pickering Triangle
Object Type supernova remnant
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 03.10.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Sky Watcher refractor 120/600 + GSO 30mm + Baader OIII
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 5,5 mag

Veil Complex (or Cygnus Loop) is a very popular object for bigger apertures (>10”) with OIII filter. But in past I dreamt to see it whole in one field of view. When I bought SW 120/600 I decided to try. I needed to use wide field GSO 30mm eyepiece with 70 degree AFOV, so I achieved 3,5 degree of FOV. It was sufficent 🙂
Full Veil Complex in one field of view looks really beatufiul. “Finger of God” and Eastern Veil shine bright on a dark sky backround and between them you can find misty shadow of Pickering Traingle.
I can say it’s really easy object, but one of the most spectacular ones.

You should try it!

Clear Sky

Orion Nebula

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Hi Asod! This is the Orion Nebula and M43, sketched by me with my Dobsonian Telescope f/5 10”. I think M42 is the most beautiful object of our sky, i cried when I saw it the first time. So I decided to sketch it; I spent 45 minutes and I used black pencil on White paper, then the sketch was inverted and elaborated at computer. I hope you enjoy it!

Object name: M42 & M43
Object type: Nebula
Location: Copertino (LE), Italy
Date: 2-3-2014, 20:10
Media: Black pencil on white paper, inverted and elaborated at computer

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula
Rosette Nebula

Hello here is my submission. This painting started as a sketch. -Greg Wing

Object Name (Rosette Nebula & NGC 2244)
Object Type (Emission Nebula and Open Cluster in the Constellation Monoceros)
Location (Viewed from Landis Arboretum in Esperance, NY. Painting created in my art studio)
Date (January, 2013)
Media (graphite pencil sketch on canvas overlaid with oil paints)

For some time I was only able to observe the beautiful open cluster NGC 2244 which is centrally associated with the Rosette Nebula using my modified 10″ f/4.7 dob. Then using an OIII filter, there it was! This open cluster is so visually stunning that I wanted to preserve its beauty and rather than using a rosey color for painting the nebulosity, I was influenced by the so-called “Hubble Palette”. I try to accurately position the main stars.

My Astro Paintings convey my memory transformed, a mood, an experience that can be seen and renewed with subsequent viewings. Rather than a representation, the painting is an impressions of what I have seen with my telescope, read about and seen in images made with large telescopes. Painting in my studio after observing an object not only gives me something to do on all those cloudy nights, it helps me understand and experience the object further.

Greg Wing

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Un dessin de M42 réalisé sur 2 nuits (7h d’observation) au T400 en Nouvelle Calédonie. Tous les grossissements ont été utilisés, mais principalement 300x. Ciel perfectible avec des passages nuageux génants.
C’est un dessin original format A4, en négatif couleur sur un champ préétoilé, colorisé L, V(OIII), R(H-béta) , reprise des étoiles sous photoshop.

J’en profite pour rappeler la sortie de notre ouvrage commun
“ASTRODESSIN, Observation & dessins en astronomie”


PS : désolé pour la langue anglaise !

[English Translation via Google Translate]

A drawing of M42 performed on two nights (7am observation) at T400 in New Caledonia. All magnifications were used, but mainly 300x. Perfectible troublesome sky with clouds.
This is an original drawing A4 format color negative on a préétoilé field colorized L, V (OIII), R (H-beta), resumption of stars in photoshop.

I want to remind the release of our joint work
“ASTRODESSIN, Observation & drawings astronomy”


The Bipolar Homunculus

Carina Nebula
Carina Nebula

Object Name: The Homunculus. η Car. Keyhole Nebula. Carina Nebula.
Object Type: Bipolar nebula. Star. Dark Nebula. Emission Nebula.
Location: San Miguel, Buenos Aires Argentina.
Conditions: NELM 4.8-5.1. Good transparency, acceptable seeing. Moonset (Waxing Gibbous).
Date: 12/01/2014 3:30 am.
Media: 2H, HB, blend stump and PS.
Equipment: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform. Plossl 10mm + x2 Barlow.

Hi ASOD! This time I’ve drawn the incredible Homunculus and the surrounding nebula along with the stars. As a beginner, the sketch was a challenge for me. I`m not sure if the Keyhole and Carina nebula are 100% correct because of the light from early summer sunrise. Anyway, the Homunculus was amazing with interior dust lanes and notches.

Best regards. Leo

Ghost of California

NGC1499 - California Nebula
NGC1499 – California Nebula

Object Name California Nebula in Perseus – NGC1499
Object Type emission nebula
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 04.10.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Sky Watcher refractor 120/600 + GSO 30mm + TS H-Beta
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 5,5 mag

I heard that this object is extremely hard to observe (in visual, of course). That’s why i decided to try 🙂 I bought TS H-Beta filter which is essential during observations of this faint object.

And I can say, with this filter, nebula is quite easy and obvious to observe. It looks like delicate fog.
But you need rich-field telescope to catch it fully in one FOV – to be precise, minimum 3,5 degree of FOV is necessary. And of course H-beta filter, because without it you will see nothing.

Clear Sky

Great Nebula in Carina

NGC 3372 and NGC 3293
NGC 3372 and NGC 3293

Object name: NGC 3372 and NGC 3293
Object type: Emission nebula and open cluster
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Date: January 04, 2014
Media: Digital sketch with adobe photoshop CS2, based on a graphite pencil sketch
Equipment: Celestron astromaster 130EQ, 25mm and 10mm eyepieces

Seeing conditions: moonless, transparency 2/3, Antoniadi III, Bortle 8.

Hello all,

At the end of 2013 I had the opportunity to look once again to a clear southern sky so I decided to go for it in the first days of January. On the early morning of January 4th I went to the whole nebula, this time, through my telescope view.

It was just an amazing view that I could only sketch approximately 80% of the stars I could resolved. I am just concern about the star Eta Carinae: all the information I got about it says that it is a blue variable giant. I´m not sure why is classified like that, if in true it looks like a red giant.

Hope you know the answer.

I have the whole entry (original sketches too) of this observation in my blog.
If eventually you want to see it, here is the adrees:

Thanks to all for watching!!!


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!!!!


Eta Carina – The Goliath through a 4″ Refractor

NGC 3372 / Eta Carina
NGC 3372 / Eta Carina

Hello all,

I finally got to go bush with my latest scope acquisition, and my smallest scope, a 4” achro refractor. I was spoilt for choice for potential targets, but I settled on one target I’ve sketched four times previously, Eta Carina. The previous sketches of Eta Carina were done with an 8” (once) and my 17.5” (twice) and once with my binos from my home. But this time, I had the opportunity to chase the full extent of the visible nebulosity of this celestial giant. With the single eyepiece I took on this outing, this little refractor gives me a whopping TFOV of 5°! This would be the perfect weapon and dark sky combination to tackle this target.

Oh my goodness! How much detail is visible! At first glance the nebulosity is nice and compact. As the sketch developed, and I slowly examined the scene, the nebulosity kept on reaching further and further out. Add to this the mottling of the background Milky Way star field that surrounds Eta Carina. I also spotted a couple of faint open clusters in the field of view.

The sketch doesn’t show the full extent of the TFOV – the sheet of paper wasn’t big enough! I was spent after this too.

I hope you find this sketch to your liking.


Object: Eta Carina, NGC 3372
Scope: 4” f/5 refractor
Gear: 30mm Explore Scientific 82°, 17X, plus OIII filter
Date: 3rd January 2014
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Media: White soft pastel, charcoal and white ink on A4 size black paper.