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.

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: pollutedskiesstargazing.blogspot.com

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!!

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.

NGC 6995 (Veil Nebula)

NGC 6995, "The Veil Nebula", a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus
NGC 6995, “The Veil Nebula”, a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus

Object Name: NGC 6995
Object Type: Supernova Remnant
Location: Morella (Spain)
Media: white paper, graphite pencil, 7B, HB, scanned and inverted with Paint
Equipment: Newton 8″ + plossl 25mm + OIII filter
Sky Conditions: Clear sky, no light pollution, good seeing and transparency
Notes: Without OIII filter that nebula appears as faint “cloud” at the eyepiece field but I can see some structures along the nebula. Using OIII filter the image is incredible!, I can see much more details and structures and the contrast between the sky and nebula is higher. One of my favourite objects, awesome.

Thank you.

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: www.obs-bp.com, of the observation: http://www.deepsky-drawings.com/ngc-2237/dsdlang/fr



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

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”


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.

The Talkin Horse

B33, NGC 2023, IC 434
B33, NGC 2023, IC 434


The evening of December 4th (morning of the 5th) was a beautiful night at one of my favorite spots 8 miles from my home on the road to Haleakala National Park. Very clear & very dark. I am finishing up my Planetary Nebula project with Astronomical League and at midnight decided to take a break & try for the Horsehead Nebula again while I was totally dark adapted. Last year I was elated to locate it from my driveway but didn’t sketch it at the time. This year I hoped from a darker location it would be even better, but I decided to just look and not get my hopes up.

After enjoying views of the Flame Nebula I placed Alnitak out of my field of view to the north. Using my 27mm & Narrow Pass Band filter I then placed NGC 2023 to the north inside my view and looked for the 2 – 10th & 13th magnitude guide stars to follow into the Horsehead.
I could see a dim dark patch with averted vision, hood over my head and an eyepatch on the opposite eye. After a short time I could make out the thumbprint of the head with some brightness around the rim and with longer observation a notch appeared to the NW. Some tiny stars also present themselves around the head as well as a linear brightness running N/S through IC 434. I then changed to a 20mm with h-beta filter and more light and dark details of IC 434 appeared, though overall it appeared darker. I got to work sketching & writing up details.

As I was finishing my sketch I heard a “whinnying” sound nearby. I froze because it sounded close and I was all alone. After a moment I realized its an app my daughter has on my iPad that makes horse sounds periodically. It just happened to do so while I was observing the “Horse”! I giggled and ended the night there. What could top that!

B33, IC 434, NGC 2023
Dark Nebula, Emission Nebula, Reflection Nebula
Haleakala Highway 6,000 ft el, Maui, Hawaii
12/5/13 12:00pm, 10:00 UTC
12.5” Portaball, h-Beta & NPB filters, 20mm 76x
Charcoal pencil, charcoal with brush technique, white paper
Inverted with Photoscape software

Cindy (Thia) Krach
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers

Messier 78

Messier 78
Messier 78

Object Name: Messier 78
Object Type: Reflection Nebula
Location Observatorio Municipal de Mercedes “Ingeniero Ángel Di Palma”, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date 23/11/2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, Photoshop
Reflector Newt 6″ (130-900), Ocular BST 12 MM, 75X
Seeing (1-6) 3.
Constelation :Orion.
Local Time: 23:30
Mag: 8.0
Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur
Mi Colección de Meteoritos

M42 from Mar del Plata

Messier 42
Messier 42

Object Name: Orion Nebula – M42 – NGC 1976
Object Type: Nebula
Location: Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: 29/11/2013 – 21:30
Media: Digital Tools (Photoshop CS6)

This is my drawing of the Orion Nebula. In Mar del Plata, the sky have light pollution in some places, but I could see something.

I have a reflector telescope Sky-Watcher 114/900 (4,5″) EQ2 with an eyepiece Super 10 mm. I had a good seeing with a good transparency.


The Cat’s Paw

NGC 6334 (Cat's Paw Nebula)
NGC 6334 (Cat’s Paw Nebula)


pour l’ASOD, je te propose la nébuleuse de “la patte de chat” NGC6334 observée en août 2013 au Chili, désert de l’Atacama au pied du VLT, avec le T400 de voyage en carbone (15kg), ethos 8 et 13mm.
Quasi inexistante sans artifice, elle se révèle sans pareil avec un H-béta, d’où cette idée d’une colorisation L, Rouge (H-béta), Vert (OIII).
Dessin en négatif couleur au crayon sur papier blanc.


je profite de cet envoi pour t’informer de la parrution début décembre de notre ouvrage collectif :
“ASTRODESSIN, Observation & Dessin en astronomie”
fruit d’un remarquable travail d’équipe qui s’est étallé sur plus de 3 ans.

je te propose de découvrir et (si tu le souhaite) de faire figurer sur ton site ASOD le lien vers le site du livre :

bien amicalement


PS : désolé pour mon manque en anglais !

[ French to English translation by Google Translate]


For ASOD, I offer the “Cat Paw” Nebula observed in August 2013 in Chile, the Atacama Desert at the foot of the VLT, with the T400 travel carbon (15kg) NGC6334, 8 and 13mm ethos.
Almost nonexistent without artifice, she reveals unmatched with an H-beta, hence the idea of ​​a coloring L, Red (H-beta), Green (OIII).
Drawing negative color pencil on white paper.


I take this dispatch to inform you of the beginning of December parrution our collective work:
“ASTRODESSIN, Astronomical Observation & Sketching”
result of an outstanding team that ETALLE over 3 years work.

I suggest you to discover and (if you wish) to include on your website ASOD the link to the book site:

Best wishes,


PS: sorry for my lack in English!

Orion Nebula in Buenos Aires City

Messier 42
Messier 42

Object Name M42 Orion Nebula
Object Type Nebula
Location Lomas de Zamora – Buenos Aires- Argentina
Date 22/11/2013 23:15 hs
Media graphite pencil, white paper, cotton, digital tools: Gimp (for tweaks)

It is my draw about Orion Nebula. Where im living the sky is difficult to see some objects because it have light pollution and others 🙂
In my Draw you can see the Orion nebula (m42) with the sky that I have.
Equipment: Telescope Hokenn 130 x 900 eye Super Plossl 25 mm
Thats´s all, thanks!

The Eastern Veil

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340


Here is one sketch from my Cirrus Observation/Drawing Project!!
NGC 6992/5
16″ 136-180x with OIII und UHC
Fst: 6m5; Adelegg 1100m; Germany
Sketch with Graphit Pencill and white Paper!
I have drawing the complete object in 4 individual drawings and then i put it together in one final drawing.

Heire the Link to the other Drawings:
The Cirrus Complex:

Lg von Hajü

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 - Original Negative Sketch
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 – Original Negative Sketch

California Nebula

NGC 1499 (California Nebula)
NGC 1499 (California Nebula)

Hi! Asod, few days ago I saw the nebula California, was very curious to know if I could capture something visual light as they claim is faint. With my little scope locate ξ (xi) menkib, but looking even more side vision was getting nowhere, I knew I needed to filter, but had to try. By putting the filter magically appears, still not something brilliant, but do not strain your eyes because it is obvious that this is no, there is a dark area that crosses na nebula, but with side vision greatly improves contrast. The truth that I could not resist doing a sketch but as always with a very dim light, if you can not have problems adjusting to the darkness.
You only need a dark sky, wide field and nebular filter.


Object name: NGC 1499 California
Object type: Emission nebula
Location: Bonilla Cuenca ( spain )
Date: 1 November 2013
Hour: 00:00 < 00:40
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, clouds on the horizon. Nelm 6,2 Temperature -0,6°C Relative humidity 67%
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


The Whispy Veil

NGC 6960
NGC 6960

This is a sketch of NGC 6960, part of the Veil Nebula. Originally sketched on white paper, reversed and processed in Gimp 2. This is my second time doing this method, and I am pleased with the results.

Scope: Criterion RV-6
Ocular: GSO 32mm Plossl + Celestron.
Location: Prescott, AZ

Thanks for looking!

Orion Nebula from the Black Forest

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43


This is my sketch of the orion nebula, drawn on September, 5th 2013, 4:30h at Kaltenbronn Hohloh, black forest, germany, at 998m with my 18″ Dobson Telescope at 135x using an UHC filter.
Height: 18 degrees over Horizon

Drawn with pencil on white paper, scanned, inverted, and processed to remove “dust-stars” from scanning, darkened, and used the smudge tool to recreate the filaments in the nebula.

Kind regards,

Arndt Schädler

The Trifid Nebula

Messier 20
Messier 20

Object: 20 Trifid Nebula
Location: Mt. Nerone
Date 3rd Aug 2013
Pencil on white paper

This nebula is quite low at my latitude and thus is always submerged in the light pollution halo from cities in the south. This makes it a quite difficult object without a nebula filter. I have obtained the best results with an UHC-S filter. I also tried with an OIII filters which gives outstanding constrast on Lagoon Nebula, which is just nearby, but it is not the best for the trifid.

Regards, Immagine in linea 1


Messier 20 and 21

Messier 20 and 21
Messier 20 and 21

Did some observing and sketching in the Sagitarius region on 8/24/2013. Very “crowded” area of the sky … so much to see and sketch. What caught my eye was the view of M20/M21, both easily visible in the FOV of my rich field scope. Hope I did it justice.


M20/M21 Nebula/Open Cluster
Warren County NJ
Orion Astroview 100 Refractor
Sketched on a laptop computer

Splendor of the Eagle

Messier 16
Messier 16

Here’s my impression of M16, a large star-forming nebula with inside of it a brilliant cluster of newborn stars in the constellation of Serpens. It was made on the 10th of August at my little observatory in Carù, Italy. Equipment used was my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob with 40mm Siebert VP Echelon binoviewer, a couple of Explore Scientific 24mm 82° eyepieces and a Baader OIII filter. Conditions were rather good and I could even make out the main “pillar of creation” as a small dark lane in the nebula’s centre. I captured the image with an ordinary pencil on white paper and afterwards elaborated it on the pc, trying to make the final result as realistic as possible. I sincerely hope you like it!

The Eastern Veil

Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)
Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)


I’d like to submit my latest sketch for the ASOD. The Object is the Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340) which I’ve observed with my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob. It was done at my observatory in Carù di Villa Minozzo, a small village in the Emilian Apennines of northern Italy on the evening of the 5th of July. Originally I used pencil on white paper and then elaborated it extensively on the pc to make it look as realistically as possible.

Have you ever had one of these drawings you’ve always wanted to make but never got round to it? Well, this one used to be mine. Perhaps I was afraid of the many subtleties, the complexity and the enormous amount of time involved (mostly because having to re-acclimatise my eyes to the dark after every pencil stroke). This nebula is so spectacular with the 2″ binoviewers and a couple of 82° eyepieces. It just didn’t fit in the FOV though and unfortunately I had to find a balance between the “snake’s teeth” (IC1340) and the bright NGC6992 area. It also took me quite some time indeed, but in the end I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you are too.

Kind regards,


Alnitak Nebula Complex

B33 - Horsehead Nebula
NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC 434, B33 (Horsehead Nebula), IC 435, NGC 2023


In attachment you can find sketch of nebulas complex in Orion around
Alnitak – NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC434 and B33 (Horsehead Nebula),
IC435, NGC 2023

Short description:

Object Name NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC434 and B33
(Horsehead Nebula), IC435, NGC 2023
Object Type emission nebulas and dark nebula (Barnard 33)
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 04.03.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Columbus 320UL (320/1384 Newtonian) +
Orion Q70 26mm + TS H-Beta 2”’
Seeing 2/5 (good)
Transparency 2/5 (good)
NELM 5,5 mag

I’ve heard that is possible to observe B33 under medium sky
condtitions (5-6mag) using 12” or bigger scope and H-Beta filter and
I’ve wondered is it true… In 2012 I bought 2” TS B-Beta filter and
after some months of really bad weather in Poland I tried it three
days ago.

When you looking thru the eyepiece you can see Alnitak and misty
shadow of flame nebula. All views using H-beta filter are really dark
so you need few minutes for eye adaptation and you need also to cut
off from all external light sources (using some towel on head or
something like that 🙂 ).
After this adaptation really faint fog of IC434 will appear and in the
middle you can observe small black roundy shaped place in this nebula
– this is the shape of B33.
You won’t observe horsehead shape in 12-16” telescope probably even
in extremely good sky conditions. To see horeheadshape you need 18”
or bigger scope and H-Beta filter.

But its worth to try to observe it. It’s a challenge which can give
you knowledge how you can “detect” and observe really faint objects.

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HR 7169-70 and a Nebula Trio

Double Star HR 7169 & 7170 in Corona Australis with NGC 6726, 6727 & 6729
Double Star HR 7169 & 7170 in Corona Australis with NGC 6726, 6727 & 6729

Object Name: Double Star HR 7169 & 7170 in Corona Australis with NGC 6726, 6727 & 6729.
Object Type: Double Star with three Bright Nebulae
Location: The Summit of Haleakala on Maui at 10,000 ft. elevation
Date: July 24, 2012
Media: Light pencil on white paper, scanned to GIMP, and color inverted, Labelled in Mac Preview.
Notes: This sketch was executed with a Celestron C925 on a CGEM with a Swan 40mm EP and a Williams Optics 45º erecting prism diagonal at 58X. The wind was 10mph, Temp: 47ºF, Humidity 24% under a first quarter moon at 2130. The Lit. Rho is 12.8″, Theta is 280º. I measured the pair with a Meade 12mm Astrometric EP and obtained an average Rho of 14.8″, and average Theta of 218º.
I am interested in the nebulosity of the three NGC objects that are included in the field of view. I plotted 25 field stars including one outside the F.O.V. to the west and two outside the F.O.V. to the WSW.

Steve McGaughey
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers

A Bird in Flight

Messier 42
Messier 42


I send my sketch of M42. This well-known nebula. In particular, beautifully presented in a dark country sky. Friends who looked at this property by my telescope will not forget this view, the dark sky in the eyepiece and on the background of glowing mist that looks like a bird in flight is a sensation that can not be forgotten. It is a pity that the sky is still cloudy for a long time. I hope that in March the weather will be better 🙂 Thank you and best regards,

Object name: M42 ”
Object type: Nebula
Location: Psary in Poland
Date: 6th February 2013
Power 56x
Telescope: Newton 8 “dobson.

Thor’s Helmet

NGC 2359
NGC 2359

Object Name NGC 2359
Object Type emission nebula around Wolf Rayet star
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 05.03.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Columbus 320UL (320/1384 Newtonian) +
Nagler 22mm + Baader OIII 2”
Seeing 2/5 (good)
Transparency 2/5 (good)
NELM 5,7 mag

In my opinin this object is very underestimated. Usually
astrophotographers choose it as their targets but viusual observers
don’t look at this nebula very often. And this is very bad…. because
object is really impressive. In 10-12” telescopes (or greater of
course) you can see main central helmet shaped part of nebula and
after 2-3 minutes of adaptation you can observe beautiful wings which
grows from central part. Inside helmet, around central W-R star you
can see delicate linear structures created by nebula gas.

OIII filter is necessary and it is greatly improve contrast and shows
many details of this very beutiful object.

If have an occasion try to see it. You won’t be dissapointed 🙂

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