The Brightest Supernova in My Life

Messier 82 and SN2014J - January 31, 2014
Messier 82 and SN2014J – January 31, 2014

I saw SN2014J in M82 on Korean New Year night.

It is very surprise event to me, since I’ve never seen bright supernova.

Already I saw some supernovas in 2011. (M51, M101, NGC2655)

But that is more dark than this one.

I feel some futility.. because it is too easy to observing 🙂

I drew a sketch with 10″ dob, black paper and white pastel & jelly pen.

And I compared with my previous M82 sketch.

It is so interesting, I want to share everyone!

(original sketch :

Messier 82 and SN 2014J – January 29, 2014

Messier 82 and SN 2014J - January 29, 2014Messier 82 and SN 2014J
Messier 82 and SN 2014J – January 29, 2014

Nombre de objeto ( M82 y SN 2014J )
Tipo de objeto ( Galaxia con SN 2014J )
Ubicación (Observatorio Astronomico ORION)
Fecha ( 29-01-2014- 22:14 T.U )
Medios (lápiz de grafito, carboncillo sobre papel con carta estelar impresa de guide9.0 )

El dibujo se realizo en 1 hora usando un dobsom de 305mm F4.8 usando un ocular explorer cientific de 4.7mm ( 315 X )

La Mg en ese momento de la SN 2014J y que se puede ver en la AAVSO fue de Mg 10.7

SN 2014J 2456687.41682 2014 Jan. 29.91682 10.7 — Vis. TJOB

Object name (M82 and SN 2014J)
Object type (galaxy with SN 2014J)
Location (Observatorio Astronomico ORION)
Date (29-01-2014 – 22:14 T.U)
Media (graphite pencil, charcoal on paper with printed star chart of guide9.0)

The drawing was done in 1 hour using a 305mm F4.8 dobsom using an ocular explorer cientific 4.7mm (315 X)

The Mg at the time of the SN 2014J and you can see on the AAVSO was 10.7 Mg

SN 2014J 2456687.41682 29.91682 10.7 2014 Jan. – Vis. TJOB

SN 2014J in M82 – January 26, 2014

Messier 82 and SN 2014J - January 26, 2014
Messier 82 and SN 2014J – January 26, 2014

Object Name: M 82-SN 2014J
Location: RA: 09h 57m 03.3s, Dec: +69 ° 36 ’58 ”
Magnitude: 8.4
Dimensions: 9’ x 4’
Constellation: Ursa Major
Type: Irregular Galaxy. Type Ia supernova.
Observing Location: Pueblonuevo Bullaque, Ciudad Real
Date: January 26, 2014.
Time: 00:15 Local.
Material Used: Graphite pencil on white paper. Reversed Image processed with Photoshop.
Celestron Telescope S/C 8″ Mount Cgt-5
Eyepiece: Vixen LV-W 22 mm Magnification: 92x.

More information:

New Beacon in the Night of M82

Messier 82 and SN2014J - January 25, 2014
Messier 82 and SN2014J – January 25, 2014

Spectacular view of the supernova in M82 on the night of January 25, 2014

Scketch made at La Hita´s Observatory in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Toledo (Spain).
22:18 UT

With graphite on white paper, looking through TEDI telescope (770 mm, f3.2 ) eyepiece 13mm and the red light of my torch (I call it “the demon” by its two red eyes).

The sky was really clear and pristine, relative humidity 80%. (4.5ºC)
Close to new Moon. My estimate Mag with reference stars is 10.5


A Glorious Supernova

Messier 82 and SN2014J – January 23, 2014
Messier 82 and SN2014J – January 23, 2014

Hi All, here is my sketch of M82 with the glorious Supernova, such a privilege to be able to see such amazing happenings in the universe from ones own garden 🙂

My estimate of current magnitude is Mag 11 to 11.5 using local stars as known reference.

I hope that you get to see it soon too, if you haven’t seen it already.

Good Night, Dale

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Keep up to date with observations from Chippingdale Observatory by reading the Blog

Messier 82 and SN2014J – January 24, 2014

Messier 82 and SN2014J
Messier 82 and SN2014J


I send a sketch of the great supernova in the galaxy M.82.
I could not detect any color in this SN, it looked white to me!
I also observed the SN in M.81 in 1993 (ASOD-gallery).
My sketch here is made with colorcrayons on black paper.
Location: Trondheim, Norway. Info on my sketch.

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Bodes Nebulae: M81 and M82

Messier 81 and 82
Messier 81 and 82

Object: M81\M82 Galaxies in Ursa Major
Scope: 10″ Newtonian
Eyepiece: 36mm Baader Hyperion, FoV 2,07°
Date of scetch: 12.29.2012
Location: Kalteck, Bavaria, Germany

Just before the New year me and my buddy packed our gear and went on a small mountain where we occasionally enjoy the Nightsky . Though my friend is more into photographic Astronomy we sometimes try our skills at the same Objects and share our Scetches\Photos what’s great to compare. Especially if someone asks you if you can see all the colors and details through your scope that they know from Hubble images in Media.
It was a pretty good night with excellent seeing and good transparency. Only 95% illuminated Moon was a little annoying then. Bodes Nebulae are always a nice view.
Made a few scetches that night. This is my first one to post here. There’ll probably be more.

Clear skies

Messier 81 and 82

Messier 81
Messier 81
Messier 82
Messier 82

Date: February 25th, 2012
Location: West Desert, Utah
Time: 07:15 UT and 07:45 UT approx.
Equipment: XX14i, 10mm, 5mm Pentax XW;
Conditions: Antoniadi I
Objects: Messier 81 & 82, Spiral Galaxies in Ursa Major
Sketches done using the Mellish Method with the contrast adjusted in GIMP.

Two of my last several objects of this night were M81 and M82 in Ursa Major. I included them because of the Light Pollution versus Dark Sky comparisons I am wanting to do. Now I just need to the sky to cooperate at home! Nothing but snow that melts the next day and clouds since. M82, Bode’s Galaxy in Ursa Major. Pretty close to spot on how I saw it.

Somewhere in Big Bear


In attachment you can find sketch of famous pair of galaxies M81 & M82

Short description:

Object Name M81 – spiral galaxy & M82 – spiral galaxy with bar. Both in Ursa Major
Object Type galaxies
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 08.02.2011
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope ATM ATROBINO (two Newtonians 165/650) + two TV Plossl 20mm eyepieces
Seeing 5/5
Transparency 4/5
NELM 6 mag

This time I have some kind of classic 🙂 Famous galaxies M81 & M82 in Ursa Major.
I observed it through the ATM ASTROBINO (two connected newtonians 165/650). It is great instrument for this kind of objects under dark sky.
Both galaxies were clearly visible with some details in Cigar (some “shadows” in the structure) . M81 – disk with brighter core, no more details observed.

Clear sky

Exploding with Detail

M82 is also cataloged as Arp 337, which is a good indication that there’s something unusual about its shape and means that interesting things are going on here. Indeed, it’s an especially vigorous starburst galaxy and has a bi-polar outflow from it core region that’s clearly depicted in many high quality images. This galaxy has a high surface brightness and is well seen in almost (any) size telescope, but the outflow is difficult to see except in silhouette to the brighter galaxy in the background. I was fortunate to have a particularly nice view of this energetic galaxy on February 25, 2011, and what follows is an account of my observation and sketch:

A rare clear February night – on a Friday no less – graced Oregon skies on the 25th so I headed out to my good friend Chuck’s place in the Coast Range mountains west of Portland for a few hours of observing. When I got there I was treated to a pristine, unspoiled and completely overcast sky – what?! It was perfectly clear when I left home for crying out loud! A solitary cloud sprang up right over Chuck’s place late in the day, and even though I saw it forming I was sure it would clear off by dark. Nope.

After waiting a couple of hours the sky started to clear. Feeling optimistic I set up my 28 inch f/4 scope – Chuck’s scope was already patiently waiting under a tarp – and by the time I was ready the sky was 100% clear. Sometimes we get lucky! There was about 4 or 5 inches of snow except on the gravel driveway – fortunately the snow there had melted earlier in the day.
After trying out my new DGM NPB filter on M42 – most excellent – I eventually settled on sketching M82. The conditions were quite nice with surprisingly good transparency and seeing. SQM readings were in the 21.25 to 21.35 range for most of the night. Temperatures fell slowly until a low of 17F at 2am when we called it a night. The Moon was coming up about then and revealed high clouds covering most of the sky, so we had gotten the best part of the night. More good luck.

As soon as I got M82 in the scope it was immediately apparent how good the conditions were because the galaxy was “exploding” with detail. I kept putting on more magnification, and until I got to 816x I kept seeing more internal detail. Most of my sketch was done at 408x and I used higher powers to help confirm some of the smaller and more difficult details. The most pleasing view was at 408x anyway so I really enjoyed the process of making this sketch. Chuck came over and soaked in the view for a while and agreed it was one of the better views he’d had of M82 too.

As always, I saw more than expected simply because I put a good effort into sketching. I don’t recall seeing the small details near the core on either side of the dividing central dark lane before but they sure stood out well tonight. I was also surprised how little the NPB and OIII filters dimmed this galaxy. The filters didn’t reveal other details, M82 just didn’t dim as much as most galaxies do.

The sketch is a result of about 90 minutes active drawing at the eyepiece and then I cleaned it up a bit the next day before inverting it. I used an HB lead pencil and an eraser for the original sketch. I tried a slight variation of my usual technique – I had a piece of stiff cardboard behind the page of my notebook I was drawing in and that gave me a little more control over my sketch. I’m impressed by the result because the raw sketch was much nicer looking in the light of day then normal. It could be a fluke, but I’ll keep at it until I know for sure.

Howard Banich

The Big Cigar

Messier 82 (the Cigar) is the smaller member of the Bode’s Galaxy pair.

About 600 million years ago a Cigar ‘s brother (M81 Galaxy) destroyed
regularity of the galactic-structure, by his strong gravity

Due to their proximity a millions of stars explode as supernovae,
ejecting a huge quantity of matter in the tens of thousands light years
Las night I saw this deformed galaxy with magnification 165 x. The Cigar
like high power and need a good seeing and contrast. So I used 11
“Schmidt – Cassegrain on CGEM mount and the Sky-watcher eyepiece.
This sketch represent more than 40 minutes of staring at the white line
in the dark.

Yours sincerely Robert

Object Name: The Big Cigar
Object Type (Galaxy)
Location (Oborniki, suburbia, Poland)
Date (08-02-2011)
Equipment: 11” Schmidt – Cassegrain on CGEM, SWA SW 17mm
Autor: Ignisdei (Robert Twarogal)

Ramshackle in Reticulum

NGC 1313
NGC 1313
Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish

NGC 1313
Star Burst Galaxy
Ilford NSW Australia
56cm f5 Dobsonian
Field: 17′
Magnification: 354x
Sky Quality Meter reading 21:67

Black Canford paper
White pen
White pastel
Soft white pencil
White oil pencil
Blending stump

I was not all that impressed with the quality of the observing conditions while I was sketching this impressive galaxy.
Waves of unsteady air were crossing the eyepiece field at intervals.

Still when there is a clear sky to be had then beggars cannot be choosers.

NGC 1313 is big and bright enough to hold its own in such conditions.
A noted Star Burst galaxy as is quite evident from its ramshackle appearance.

In a large dob this galaxy is a very rewarding sight.

Scott Mellish

Autumn Giant of South

NGC 253
NGC 253
Sketch and Details by Gábor Sánta

Object: NGC 253
Date/Time: 25 Sep 2009
Location: Szeged, Hungary
Intsr.: 8″ f/5 Newtonian
Mag.: 67x
FOV: 52′

This drawing was made by an 8″ f/5 Newtonian from a dark place next to
Szeged, Hungary. It was a very vlear early-autumn night, but cold wind
blown. After sketching some Messiers I targeted the huge and bright
giant NGC 253 in Sculptor. This is one of my favourite galaxies, so I
wanted to see it after a year-round missing. It was relatively low
above the horizon, but the sky vas really clear – and the galaxy was
very stunning. I picked up my drawing set and started to sketch.
Studied it with different magnifications and combined my impressions.
Lot of details was seemed: a bright nucleus, a short central bar,
parts of the spiral arms, and knots. I think it was one of my best

Clear skies
Gábor Sánta
Szeged, Hungary
Columnist of ‘Deep-Sky Objects’ head in journal of the Hungarian
Astronomical Association called ‘Meteor’

Categories: white paper, graphite pencil, inverted, digital, galaxy, star burst

Broken Cigar

Broken Cigar

M81, NGC 3034, the “Cigar Galaxy”
Sketch and details by Miłosz Guzowski


today I send you sketch of M82 – “broken cigar galaxy”.

Object name: M82

Object type: Galaxy

Location: Białuty (Poland)

Date: 21/22.08.2009

Scope: 10″ newtonian + ploosl 10mm (mag. 120x)

Medium : Graphite/blending stump on white paper + GIMP processing

Broken Cigar


M82 (NGC 3034), The Cigar Galaxy
Sketch and Details by Per-Jonny Bremseth

Hey guys!

I send you “M.82, a broken cigar”.
The dark band was easy to see in my telescope and after a time
I could observe dark and lighter structures in this galaxy.
This galaxy is really a good target for amateurastronomers!

The separation between M.81 and M.82 is also a good match!!
The seeng and the transparency was very fine when the
drawing was made, and clean sky!

I use water coloured crayons on black paper only!

The observation of M.82 was from outside Trondheim, Norway.
See more info on my drawing!!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth

First Cigar and Bode

M81 and M82

M81 and M82, the Cigar Galaxy and Bode’s Galaxy
Sketch and Details by Patrick Van Beeck

Cigar and Bode’s Galaxy M81 M82
March 31st 09

My first sketch ever, through my brand new 10inch Meade Lightbridge
I’m thrilled being able so see all these beautiful sights and am looking forward to observing and sketching many many more.
This, my first ever, already said that 😉 was done on a great cloudless night which is rare in this part of the world, with some humidity and unfortunatly bright moon!
With a 3B pencil and white paper, thereafter fliped the image color during scanning and a light smoothening in photoshop.
Hope you enjoy my first and certainly not last attempt!

Cold but happy greetings from Belgium

Patrick Van Beeck

M 82, No Cigar, a Beautiful Galaxy


M82 (NGC 3034) “The Cigar Galaxy” in Ursa Major
Sketch and Details by Frank McCabe

This northern hemisphere bright galaxy (magnitude 8.4) is one of the showpiece island universes of Ursa Major. At 11-12 million light years from us, M 82 which is also known as NGC 3034 clearly shows its central starburst activity with obscuring dust at the eyepiece of moderate to large telescopes. This galaxy is a member of the M81 group of galaxies and is just slightly more than one moon diameter away from this galaxy.
Both M 81 and M 82 were discovered by Johann E. Bode late in 1774 and just 6 years and 1month later Charles Messier added M 82 to his well known catalog.
In 1963 astronomers Sandage and Lynds published a paper describing M 82 as a strong radio source. In infrared this galaxy is very bright. The galaxy was once thought to be an irregular shaped galaxy but is now known to have two normal spiral arms and a central bar visible in near infrared.
I look forward to spring each year to be able to observe this galaxy at culmination on a moonless night.


Date and Time: 3-15-2009, 2:20-3:10 UT
Scope: 10” f/5.7 Dobsonian. 24 mm eyepiece 60x
8”x12” white sketching paper, 2H, HB, 4H graphite pencils,
blending stump, scanned and inverted
Seeing: Pickering 8/10
Transparency: Average 3/5
Faintest stars visible overhead 4.2
Temperature: 0°C (32°F)

Frank McCabe

The Hub of the Antennae

NGC 4038 and 4039

NGC 4038 and 4039 – The Antennae Galaxies
Sketch by Eiji Kato

This colliding pair of galaxies lies about 65 million light years away in the constellation Corvus. They are named after the long tidal tails that were strewn out some 200 to 300 million years ago when the galaxies first began interacting. As the collision proceeds, billions of new stars will eventually be formed. This fascinating merger gives us a preview of what may happen when the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies collide in the distant future.

Sources: HubbleSite News Center, NOAO

Celestial Cigar


Wow, taking a closer look at the Cigar is really worth the effort. After
a drawing of M 82 together with its companion M 81, I took the advice to
have a closer look seriously and I haven’t regretted it in the least.
Just look at how much detail becomes visible after only half an hour of
observation, it might definitely be worth another visit anytime soon to
work up further features of this wonderful object. A bright core, light
and dark lanes, circular structures, it’s all there, ready to be
discovered by the avid eye of the observer.

Date: April 12, 2007
Location: Kegelhaus, Erbendorf, Bavaria, Germany
Instrument: Dobsonian 8″ f/6
Constellation: Ursa major
Seeing: II of VI
Transparency: II of VI
NELM: 6m0
Magnification: 133x

Sebastian Lehner

Dynamic Duo

M81 and M82 

M81 and M82

Here is another digital sketch. It’s the first one made with a digital tablet and a
pressure sensitive pen. It feels more natural than using a mouse to draw nebulosity
or to smudge out an area. The application (Photo-Paint) controls the relationship
between the pressure you apply with the pen to the tablet, and the effect produced
by brush tools in Corel PHOTO-PAINT. As you press down on a drawing tablet with the
pen, the effect produced by such tools changes. Several attributes can be changed at
the same time by pressure, like size, brightness, opacity etc. Like a common pencil,
a line can be drawn thicker by applying more pressure with the pen. I’m still in an
experimental phase with the settings. I hope you like the sketch.

Date : March 12, 2007
Time : 21.14UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500
EP : Vixen LV Zoom at 8mm
Power : 63x
FOV: 50′
Filter : none
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 2.5/5
Sketch Orientation : N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with a wireless digital tablet and a pressure sensitive pen in
PhotoPaint, based on a raw pencil sketch.
Rony De Laet, my personal website.

A Glow In The Night


Messier 94 is a beautiful galaxy in the constellation of Canes venatici;
with a distance of 17 million light years and a diameter of 56000 light
years, it contains about 60 billion sun masses. M 94 is a starburst galaxy.
The conditions, when I observed it, were very good, good transparency
and seeing, so I was able to clearly discern a stellar core, a brighter
inner and a darker outer halo. All of this was embedded into a faint and
distant glow, which faded into nothing at the outer rim.

Sebastian Lehner

Date: March 16, 2007
Location: Steinwald, Bavaria, Germany
Instrument: Dobsonian 8″ f/6
Constellation: Canes venatici
Seeing: I-II of VI
Transparency: I of VI
NELM: 6m4
Sketch Medium: White pastels and white ink on black cardboard.