My Two Suns

"My Two Suns" a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna - December 30, 2014
“My Two Suns” a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna – December 30, 2014

Object Name: Sun
Object Type: Star
Location: Argentina, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Quilmes
Date: 30/12/2014
Media: pencil, white paper.

Soy padre de gemelos, Eugenia y Luciano, ellos tienen tres a años y medio, este es el primer dibujo de Eugenia, es la primera figura que se distingue como algo. Como padre y amante de la Astronomia, todos los fines de semana, hacemos observaciones Soleres como tambien observamos la Luna. Eugenia, le agrada dibujar y Luciano le encanta observar por el telescopio, realmente lo disfruta.
El equipo que utilizamos, es un refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, para la observacion Solar, utilizo un filtro Solar Baader , BST 12 mm y un filtro # 21: Para la observacion Lunar utilizamos un bst 12mm con filtro #ND96.

I am a father of twins, Eugenia and Luciano, they have three and a half years, this is the first sketch of Eugenia. As a parent and lover of Astronomy, every weekend, we make observations o Sun as also observe the Moon. Eugenia, likes to draw and Luciano loves observing through the telescope, really enjoys it.
The equipment we use is a refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, for solar observation, I use a Baader solar filter, BST 12 mm and a filter # 21: To the observation Lunar bst use a 12mm filter # ND96.

Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur

Sun Super Spot – Unaided Eye

The naked eye view of the Sun through solar eclipse glasses and detailed view of AR 2214 through a refractor telescope with a white light filter - November 20, 2014
The naked eye view of the Sun through solar eclipse glasses and detailed view of AR 2214 through a refractor telescope with a white light filter – November 20, 2014

Object Name (Sun)
Object Type (Sun photosphere)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon/France )
Date (2014/11/20)
Media (graphite pencil (sketrch down) and watercolor (full sun up) on white paper,
The old sunspot 2192 is now making its second pass across the face of our sun with a new number : 2214.
It’s the first time that I can see a spot naked-eye after a complete sun rotation. For the inverted watercolour shown here up, I use special glasses for eclipse, the orange color is this of my glasses, you can see some mist in the foreground meaning that the conditions were not perfect. For the telescope view I use a white light objective filter, I add an orange color layer after scanning.

Clear sky to you all !

Michel & Jannik Deconinck-Roosens

AR 2192

Active Region 2192, a very large sunspot group - October 27, 2014
Active Region 2192, a very large sunspot group – October 27, 2014

Dear ASOD,

I recently made the drawing on this spectacular Sunspot group. I used the drawing program MyPaint.

Also known as: Sun – AR 2192
Date/time: 2014.10.27. 08:10 – 09:30 UT
Equipment: 120/1000 Newton (Primary and secundary mirror withouth aluminium coating)+gaswelding schield (5 DIN) + OIII filter, Azimuthal mounting,
+ GSO Plössl 20mm + Scopium SWA 15,10mm + 2x Barlow
Seeing: 6-8/10
Transparency: 2-3/5
Temperature: 10°C
Humidity: –
Wind: –
Location: Zákány, Hungary N46°14′ 59,2” E16°57′ 15,3”
Observer: Bognár Tamás

Best Regards,

AR 2192 in Detail

Detail of Active Region 2192  in white light and Hydrogen alpha - October 26, 2014
Detail of Active Region 2192 in white light and Hydrogen alpha – October 26, 2014

Object Name: AR 2192
Object Type: Sunspot group
Location: Carinthia
Date: 2014-10-26
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper. Digital work done with Gimp 2

Seeing was very good at the beginning of my observation – i was able to magnify 200x. The visible details were breathtaking and I decided to sketch just the most striking part of the sunspot.
I was also able to observe and sketch a nice X2-Flare.

Biggest sunspot group in 20 years

Active Region 2192, an unusually large sunspot group - October 27, 2014
Active Region 2192, an unusually large sunspot group – October 27, 2014

Clouds made it not easy to observe the enormous sunspot group AR 2192 in the Low Countries. I had only one good day to observe and sketch this marvel at ease. Thanks to good seeing conditions I could see – despite my small telescope – an impressive amount of detail. I hope the group will survive his voyage on the far side of the sun and give us another beautiful display.

Clear skies
Jef De Wit

Object: Sun
Location: Biggekerke, Netherlands (51°29’ N 3°31’ E)
Date and time: 27 October 2014, around 9.30 UT
Equipment: 8 cm refractor, Baader Herschel wedge, Solar Continuum filter
Eyepiece: 13mm Nagler T6 (79x)
Medium: white, gray and black pastel pencils, a Pierre Noire pencil and a light gray soft pastel on white printing paper, scanned, mirror reversed, contrast adjustments with Paint Shop Pro

AR 2192 Sunspot Group

AR 2192, a very large group of sunspots as seen in white light - October 27, 2014
AR 2192, a very large group of sunspots as seen in white light – October 27, 2014


Enormous sunspot AR2192 was one of the events lighthouse of these last days, so enormous as it was the object of several drawings of which this one, made on October 27th, 2014.

Four hours were necessary to realize it (2 hours behind the ocular + 2 hours to polish up it installed at a table).

Lunette of 102/1000 – ocular ES 6,7 mm – Prism Herchel and filter Continuum.

Department Yvelines – FRANCE.



Spots AR2171 and AR2172 Solar

Active regions AR 2171 and AR 2172 - September 27, 2014
Active regions AR 2171 and AR 2172 – September 27, 2014


As soon as I put the eye in the ocular of the glasses, my heart skipped a beat(I saw red)! That the Solar surface is magnificently stained!

I decide to crunch(outline) one of the spots (who(which) I ignore N at the time of the drawing), the 2172, telling me that the task is already very sufficient(self-important) seen the scale of details.

Once ended, of small spots in small spots, I decide shyly to widen the frame(executive) in 2171.

The twilights of the main spots appear finely chiselled on their outlines when the turbulence calms down in a regular way.

Finally, at the end of 2 big hours of observation stuck on the ocular, and the aching loins, all the spots situated downward the Solar surface is there! I thought not at all of arriving there at this stage(stadium) from the first moments.

Lunette 102 / 1000 – ocular E.S. 6,7 mm – prism Herschel + filter Continuum

Whrite 12 at 14 h UT – 27/09/2014

– France, department Yvelines
– Drawing makes for the criterium HB
– 2 working hours behind the ocular to realize the drawing.


Wilfried Colomina

Freckled Sun

Sun - White Light - February 4, 2014
Sun – White Light – February 4, 2014

Object : Star / Sun
Date : February 04, 2014
Time : 10:30LST / 03:30 UT
Location : Surprise Arizona USA
Medium : Digital sketch done on Iphone with apps
Instruments : Orion 25×100 Binos, William Optics GTF81 APO, 5mm Orion edge-on planetary eyepiece, White light filter, Iphone with PaintFX and Juxtaposer Apps.
Magnitude : -26.7
Weather : 65deg. F, Clear sky (in the morning), no wind and just great day altogether!

Comments: Greetings everyone! Please allow me to bring you this new digital sketch utilizing my Iphone. recently or should I say last month- January. The Sun presented us with one of the biggest sunspots in recent times. That sunspot being AR 1944, It crossed the entire disc of the Sun from our point of view and went all around to reappear again. Well, here I’ve done my best to depict it as it is already under way racing across the face of the Sun. It is now designated AR 1967. It also comes with a fairly huge companion group – AR 1968. As some of you may already know, these freckles on the Sun are ‘cold’ areas comprised of strong magnetic fields capable of hurtling solar flares or coronal mass ejections, CME’s for short. As an added reference, I superimposed an image of the Earth just for size comparison next to those massive sunspots.
Back to the sketch! Are digital sketches or drawings considered a genuine art medium? A medium for sure but I once thought that maybe it’s a bit like cheating. Textures, colors, filters and a plethora of other effects are already predetermined and laid out for you. I’d say, If you get to show and display the view or scene that you have in mind using a digital format and you succeed, then it’s all worth it. I like the the ‘old school’ pad and pencils but i had to give it a try. Enjoy!

Dark and Clear skies,


Sol – Buenos Aires – 14 December 2013

Sun - White Light - December 14, 2013
Sun – White Light – December 14, 2013

Hernan “Moska” Garcia
Llavallol, Buenos Aires, Argentina ( 34°47’34.77″S 58°25’34.73″O)
14 de Diciembre de 2013 – 14:36 Hrs
Clima: Despejado
Equipo: Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P NEQ3
Oculares: Sky-Watcher UWA TMB II Design 3.2 mm – StarGuider BST Explorer Dual ED 18 mm
Filtro: Filtro Solar Baader 150 mm

Sunspot AR1944


Object Name: Sunspot AR1944
Object Type: sunspot
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain)
Date: 6-1-2014
Media: graphite pencil on white paper.


This is a sketch of the biggest sunspot I´ve ever seen. It´s so amazing that can be drawn with small telescopes like the one I´ve used: the Astro-Professional ED80 equiped with binoviewer, a pair of 19 mm eyepieces and a 2.6x galsspath, that gives a magnification of 78x. I have used a Baader solar film to observe the sun with security. Although the seeing was not good at all, the view was great and unforgettable.

Best regards.

David Sedano


H-Alpha / White Light Sun - September 22, 2012
H-Alpha / White Light Sun – September 22, 2012

Object Name Sun
Object Type Sunspot 1575 and crown
Location Néoules Provence France
Date 22 sept. 2012 – 13h TU
Media (graphite pencil for the spot, red pastel for the crown, two different white papers,

I made two separate sketches, one in H alpha via a classic PST for the crown, the second one through a 1000/102 refractor with solar continuum filter for the spot.
I used several eyepeaces.
The compilation was done with the freeware software : Paint.Net
Conditions were perfect, the sun was hot here… !

Clear sky to you all

Michel Deconinck

White Light Sun - September 22, 2012
White Light Sun – September 22, 2012
H-Alpha Sun - September 22, 2012
H-Alpha Sun – September 22, 2012

Solar NOAA 11471 White Light

NOAA 11471
NOAA 11471

2012 05 04, 1830 UT – 1940 UT
Active Region NOAA 11471

PCW Memorial Observatory, Texas – Erika Rix (
Temp: 34.4°C, winds S 9 mph, lightly scattered
Seeing: Wilson 2-3, Transparency: 4/6, 125-250x
Celestron 102 XLT, LXD75, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8-24mm Mark III
2x Barlow, Thousand Oaks glass white light filter.

Sketch created scope-side with white card stock, felt-tipped black artist pen, #2 graphite pencil.

Faculae were present in several areas around the limb, particularly around ARs 1473, 1469, 1474, 1475 and north of 1473 ~45 degrees. Sunspots were observed in all five active regions with 1474 ad 1475 only showing one per region. Seeing was poor and it was windy. I had to wait several moments to catch sharp views so may have missed out on pores in those areas. There were a few sunspots in the two active regions near the western limb, 1473 and 1469.

Active region 1471 was the area I concentrated for today’s sketch. The larger sunspot grouping was in the eastern region of that AR with very defined edges to the penumbrae and radial structure reaching to the umbrae. It was painstaking to wait for the winds to drop and seeing to settle to grab as much detail as I could. I dropped magnification and then increased when sky conditions permitted. That group appeared to have a chain of smaller sunspots, all sporting both umbrae and penumbrae leading east from the larger cluster of sunspots. A very faint speckled area was a further few degrees beyond the chain. I couldn’t make out if they were pores or simply penumbral blotches.

Moving to the western area of the AR ~10-20 degrees showed three more small groupings in that active region. The middle two of the AR had both umbra and penumbra and faint areas that looked penumbral to the south of them. The furthest grouping to the west was too soft and faint to be sure of its structure.

Sunspots – August 15, 2013

Sunspots - August 15, 2013
Sunspots – August 15, 2013

Object Name: Sun
Location: Schwanfeld – Germany
Date: August, 15th 2013
Media: graphite pencil on white paper
Optics: Vixen ED102SS (diameter: 102mm / 4 inch, focal length: 660mm / 27 inch)
Mount: Giro II DX (AZ-Mount)
Filter: Baader-Planetarium Astro-Solar ND5 (visual)
Eyepiece: Televue Nagler 12mm Type IV (overview), Speers Waler Zoom @ 6mm (details)

Hello to all,

Today we had a sunny morning, only the sky was crossed with light cirrus clouds. Why shouldn’t I look to the sun? The sun came up with some sunspot groups and an bright area (maybe flares?) on me. I could not help, I took the drawing pad an my pencil and start to draw. Maybe the sunspots in overview are little bigger than they real were, but I think the details outside the circle are located close to the original. Hope you like it too.

With sunny regards

Florian Köhler

White Light Sun – May 22, 2013

White Light Sun - May 22, 2013
White Light Sun – May 22, 2013


I would like to submit a Drawing of the Sun on May 22 2013 at 08h00 UTC,

Object : The Sun (in visible light)

Location : Narbonne – South of France

Media : White paper (18.5*18.5cm) & Graphite pencil (HB0.7mm) + backgroud colour, corections and light/contrast adjustment with “Gimp image editor”

Telescope :Skywatcher Mc 127/1500 + Baader astrosolar Filter,
Eyepieces : Televue Plossl 32mm (46.8x) / Hyperion 24mm (62.5x)

Meteo : cloudy but stable seeing 😉

Thank you for reading,

Gallardo Julien

the Sun – Drawing

Our Sun in White Light – May 19, 2013

White Light Sun - May 19, 2013
White Light Sun – May 19, 2013

Hello astronomers,

This is my drawing of the sun in white light at May 19, 2013.

Object name: Sun
Object type: Star
Location: Koudekerke, Netherlands
Date: May 19, 2013
Media: Graphite pencils and processed with GIMP
Time: Around 14:00 UT
Telescope: Sky-watcher refractor (102/500mm)

First I made a fussy grey background for the sun and drew a circle. Thereafter I drawed the sunspots and the rest of the details inside the disk. I scanned the picture and processed it with GIMP for a smooth contrast and brightness.

Kind regards,
Lennart van Sluijs

White Light and H-Alpha Sun from Polaris Observatory

White Light Sun - February 18, 2012
White Light Sun – February 18, 2012

Dear Asod,

I send you hereby my sketch made this Saturday at Polaris Observatory, Hungary. I used a 114/900 Skywatcher with Baader solar filter for white light sketch and a Lunt 35 for the H-alpha sketch.
The most intersting part is a solar prominence on the northern edge, which is was a very 3D something, biting in the sun-disk.

Equipments used: 114/900 SW (100x) & Lunt 35/400 H-alpha
Date: 18th February 2012, UT: 10:40 (white light) and 11:20 (H-alpha)
Place: Hungary, Budapest, Polaris Observatory
Media: graphite pencil used on white paper

Clear skies,

Sun by Juliette

Sun - November 16, 2012
Sun - November 16, 2012

This is the first sketch of my daughter Juliette, 10 years old.
Félicitations Juju!!
Object Name : The Sun
Object Type : Star (!)
Location : Gatineau, Qc, Canada
Date : November 16 2012
Media : graphite pencil on white paper

Baader AstroSolar filter on a Sky-Watcher 80 ED with a 8mm Orion Stratus eyepiece.

Étienne Morin
139 Church,
Gatineau, Qc

Mercury Transit – 1970

Mercury Transit
Mercury Transit

Hey Artists!

As the time of the “last” transit of Venus is perhaps ended, I would like to show all an old
but spectacular observation of a transit of Mercury I made in 1970.
My sketch shows not only a solartransit, but the planet also passed over a close bipolar
It was interesting to observ the absolute black Mercury with the umbra in the spots.
The umbra was easy seen brighter. My info on sketch is in norwegian!
This was a lucky observation, indeed!!
Location : Trondheim, Norway.
I used pen and pencil on this original sketch.

Thanks for nice comments on my sketches!!
Have a clear sky and nice time to all!

Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Transit of Venus from Alavi High school

Transit of Venus
Transit of Venus

I’m AhmadReza Hoseini from Alavi Association of Astronomy.
I and my َAstronomy students in Alavi high school in Tehran had a memorable Observation of Venus transit in 6 June 2012.
This sketch from Ali BabaNalbandi is the best in students’ sketches.
in addition, I attached some pictures of our observation for you.
Excuse us for the delay in sending this sketch.
We have got familiar with your site during this month and we hope to have better communications and interactions with you in future.

Sketch Properties:
Observer: Ali BabaNalbandi
Object Name: Venus Transit 2012
Object Type: Sun & Venus
Location: Alavi (High School) Association of Astronomy, Tehran, Iran
Date: 6 June 2012
Media: graphite pencil, charcoal, gouache, watercolor
Observing Tool: SkyWatcher 8″ Dob
Weather: Sunny and clear
seeing: very good

Yhank you
A.R. Hoseini
Astronomy Teacher at Alavi Association of Astronomy
(Alavi High school)

Sunspots in the heat

Sunspots - July 7, 2012
Sunspots - July 7, 2012

Dear Asod,

Please find attached my sketch about the Sun and the sunspots. This sketch has been made in Polaris observatory, Budapest, with the big 200/2470 refractor. This telescope has an awesome optic it shows the sunspots unbelievably detailed and beautiful. I used a 25 mm eyepiece.

That day it was 38 degrees in Celsius in Hungary, but on the other hand the seeing was great.

Date: 7th July 2012
Time: UT 12:30
Place: Budapest, Hungary
Equipment used: 200/2470, 89x
I used graphite pencils on white paper.


dr. Hannák Judit

Sunspots: Sketching and Photography

Sun - July 3, 2012
Sun - July 3, 2012

Object Name: Sun-Sunspots 1512-1513- 1515-1517
Location: Tehran-Iran
Date: July 3, 2012
Time: 14:00 Local Time (+3:30 GMT)
Media: Soft Pastels on Black Fabriano paper

Optic: 80 ED APO Refractor Telescope
Focal Length: 600 mm
Eyepiece: 9mm UWA- 1.25′′- 58º

Photo Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed: 1/6400 sec

Clear Skies
Mona Sorayaei

Plages come, Plages Go…

White Light and H-Alpha Sun - June 30, 2012
White Light and H-Alpha Sun – June 30, 2012

An exciting day under the Sun. Observing with both a Coronado PST h-alpha & white light 8” Dob fitted with a 3.5” solar filter. Sketches were made at the eyepiece(s).

Seeing was good to excellent. After sketching details of the 4 sunspot groups I could readily see with the PST, I noticed one of the plages (bright spots) on the 1513 sunspot brightening intensely. As it brightened the bottom portion (to the South) of the plage developed a greenish/blue hued widening irregularity. There was also a linear band that extended from the widening directly to the center of sunspot 1513. Above the sunspot there appeared a filament which I tried to capture as well in my sketch. Within 5 minutes the dark patch was gone. From some research and asking more experienced friends, I believe I witnessed a solar flare, probably a minor one but still very exciting. I have been observing with the PST for over a month now, but this was a first for me. The plages around all the major sunspots continued to brighten & fade during the observation period, but none to the intensity of 1513. The PST was loaned to me by a friend after my excitement over white light observing. It’s a wonderful instrument showing many features of the Sun not evident in white light solar filters.

Solar prominences on the limb were also detailed today with the larger one appearing as somewhat of a vortex shape, while another more north prominence appeared as a broken loop. I had observed yesterday & did not see this broken loop then.

I moved to white light observing & could see much greater detail in all the sunspots, including many that did not show up well with the PST.

White light filters are primarily for observing details of the photosphere (like sunspots, facule & granulation), where h-alpha narrow bandwidth shows detail in the chromosphere. The chromosphere or “sphere of color” is the second of the three main layers in the Suns atmosphere and is roughly 2,000 kilometers deep. It sits just above the photosphere, and below the corona.

I am in love with the ever changing face of the sun. I am sometimes tired at night by the time the sky clears but the morning is always mine!

Coronado PST 40mm
9mm Plossl 44X

8” Dob w/ masked 3.5” Astro Baader Solar filter (homemade)
25mm Plossl 48X

4,000 ft elevation
Maui, Hawaii


(Cyn) Thia Krach

Last in My Lifetime Pairing

Venus Transit
Venus Transit

Object Name – Sun and Venus
Object Type – Solar System
Location – Green Bay, WI
Date – 6/5/2012
Media – graphite pencil, white paper.

I would like to submit this sketch of the transit of Venus. The sketch was made with my 10” Discovery Dobsonion telescope at about 80 x using a Mylar solar filter. I first sketched the Sun and sunspots before the transit began and then added Venus at various intervals as the transit progressed. The numbers along the side are the times the silhouette of Venus was added, in UTC. I was only able to see about half of the transit from Green Bay. The astronomy club I belong to, the Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society, hosted a public observing event. We had a very large turnout and the weather was great. It was a very enjoyable day and I was happy to capture it in this sketch.

Thank you,

Brian Chopp

Third Contact

Venus Transit - June 6, 2012
Venus Transit - June 6, 2012

Object: Transit of Venus
Location: Pesaro, Italy
Date: 06/06/2012
Pencil on yellow paper, colour and contrast correction with Gimp

The sky was very clean, we coud even see Croatia’s mountains on the other side of coast. Venus was already there at about three quarters of her journey across the solar disc. I used a 32 mm plossl eyepiece to project the Sun on a yellow sheet of paper and marked the sunspots and Venus with a pencil. This drawing pictures the third contact.


White Light Sun – May 11, 2012

White Light Sun - May 11, 2012
White Light Sun - May 11, 2012

Hey, send your sketch of the Sun. During the present observations of the Sun I saw on the surface of a group of duck-like spots. You can see it in my sketch. These were some of the best observation of the sun. I can not wait to see the transit of Venus;) I encourage you to follow our daytime star.
Thanks in advance and best regards.

Date: 11 th May 2012
Location: Psary in Poland
Telescope: Newton 200/1200
Magnification: 48x
Media: 2B pencil, white A4 paper

Solar Sunspot AR1429


Object Name: Sunspot AR1429.
Object Type: Sunspot Cluster
Location: Bristol
Date 10th March 2012
Media: Drawn at scope with graphite pencil on white paper then scanned and processed using Sketchpad Pro on ipad.
I used an 8″ SCT with a mix of 20mm bino viewer plus 10mm lens.
Weather was good.
AR 1429 caused quite a stir in UK as it unleashed a series of CME’s that raised hopes of a widely seen Aurora. Sadly UK weather was not kind for this event (no surprise there!). The cluster runs largely south at bottom.

I have blurred the result to more closely approximate the actual viewing experience.


Chris Lee

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

Peppered with Sunspots

Sunspots - September 1, 2011
Sunspots - September 1, 2011

Object Type : Sunspots
Location : Montreal, Canada
Date: September 1rst 2011
Media: HB pencils and blending stump on white acid-free sketch paper. The sketch was scanned and treated with GIMP software.
The observation was made using a 130mm Newtonian reflector and a 25X and 10X eyepiece. The sun was peppered with sunspots that day.

Jean Barbeau