Needle tip end of the crescent Moon

l like the crescent Moon shining on the western sky in remained blue,vermilion hue just after sun set.

lt was always looked as most mysterious, beautiful, or with some a feeling of affection.

Of course l used to see not the horizon alone but l see beyond over in my mind trillions of trillions of moons rising on over its parent planets maybe from in our own galaxy to in the Hubble Deep Fields galaxies. Also l think about trillions of advanced civilizations.

J2-schamali -IMG_0345

J2-schamali -IMG_0344

Observed; 2014. 10.29 ( Original eyepiece sketch)

Painted; 2015. 6.5

320mm refractor x270

Graphite pencils, water color, acrylic color, white/black paper

Moon limb span; 50km for [A], 50km for [B], [A]&[B] to be connected

South Korea

The Zuben-eschmali & Fantasy


The Zuben-eschamali…. a old beautifuly Arabian-named emerald greenish blue star was lonely shineing that May night just a year ago when l firstly aimed fixed star with freshly constructed 13″ refractor at the highest power which can bears. For more than 2 decade l usealy like to see the fixed single stars of 3-0 mignitude range especially since from the time my 8″, 8.5″ glasses were used

and l looked Vega, Arcturus, Sirius, Capella, Alteir, or 2-3 mignitude stars like this one through 12,13″ glasses particularly at high power 950-1500x . l represented the Zubeneschmali as possible as l can do as you see here but the real thing was far from my humble art for in the 1480 magnification Nagler 2.5s window image l can explain nothing but it was eradiating beautifuly & magnificently, even l felt eerie emotions with the large but still sharpest star image ragely gushed out spokes of light bunches. To explain the 2.6 mag, 160 ly distant alien sun, l made some 20 pages eyepiece sketches with explanationes & l introduce here only one on the recent night Arcturus record as almost 2-0 mag suns to be looked similaly except colors , l named myself the 3 parts at the 1000-1480x images ( under 1000x the 3 parts could not be seen easily with its break downed parts ) as a Diffraction disk part(Airy disk) , 1st flames part , Spokes part …. one 1st flame exactly confrontations one spoke each other & total number of this star,s spokes was observed of 18-25 bunches at every 1/30 second because ca 3-4 rowes of radial spokes rotating each other in slight different directions that l could not represent it here for the spokes were so dynamic as each 3-4 rows spokes rotated once in a 1/50-1/30 seconds that may lie in a human eye,s limited captureing time spans so there l could observe the perspective among the 3-4 rows….

For the other explanations l have to omit as thousends words not equals to just you look through once.

With these observations of years l could more &more feel the fixed stars are alien suns like ours in not fictions (in papers or photos) but in reality, reality emotion… that l feel only just a few minutes for in a full one year,s automatic robotic diary life time span , stangely , in my private opinion , we humanbeing (include other species on earth?) have not yet the 7th sensor organ feel direct the existent emotions in cosmos.

l have to thanks for the pioneers who firstly sought the star parallaxes.

My humble instruments are imposing enough against the 5 billion doller HST at least when they aim fixed stars , if l seated in it with 15,000x power, it,ll show me nothing but a 1/10 diameter Airy disk of mine even the HST can,t show the Alien sun,s limb circle even in pinpoint size at all that tells the vastness of the interstellar space.


K.S. Min

Observed; 2014. 5

Painted ; 2015. 5

320mm refractor x1480

Graphite pencils, water color, acrylic& oil color, white paper 30x45cm (working time; 4 hours)

Himax follows the Blackmax climing snowy hills where on a old Taoism landscaped alien planet in the Zubeneschamalli solar system

Photographed in a room w/ lights with a Canon 450d camera

South Korea

Crinkled Solar Surface – 21 March 2015

H-Alpha Solar - 21 March2015
H-Alpha Solar – 21 March2015


Todays solar surface showed some interesting features that I tried to capture. There were a lot of long detailed filaments as well as a region to the east that looked like a piece of silk that had been crinkled and then flattened. To the west of this area was a brightening plage, at the moment the brightest region in the observation besides a bright spike on the limb. The prominences to the north were more subtle and dim.

White sketch paper
Grey charcoal, Tombow pencils 2H, 6B
White acrylic paint (plage)
Blending pencil
Photoscape to adjust contrast

60mm Lunt h-alpha 36x
3/21/2015 2010-2035 UT
Seeing Wilson 4/5 Transparency 2/4
Cindy (Thia) L. Krach
Maui, Hawaii

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury – 18 January 2015

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury - 18 January 2015
Conjunction of Venus and Mercury – 18 January 2015

Living in Eastbourne, I am lucky enough to have the famous cliffs at the end of the South Downs close by; the panoramic views they afford are ideal for watching sunrises and sunsets, which are frequently rendered even more beautiful by dramatic coastal clouds. On Sunday 18th January I was driving back from a visit to the beach further east at Normans Bay, when I noticed a break opening up in the blanket of cloud to the west. Instead of heading home I made the short detour up to Beachy Head, where I was treated to this wonderfully picturesque celestial scene.

Best regards and clear skies, Oli

18/01/15 18:45 UT
Soft pastels on Rembrandt pastel paper with acrylic paint for Venus

Heart beating Ganymede

Jupiter - 2-3 January 2015
Jupiter – 2-3 January 2015

The beginning nights of this year l could study intensely the physics of the Jupiter and moons such as motions, speeds, approachings, etc.

Great seeing were on the nights January. 3, 5, 18th, l made 2 main body of Jupiter sketches, 100 of the moons’ movements brief sketches with my 13″ refractor during just only 3 nights and these were seems to surpass the total amount of knowledges about Jupiter system saved in past 20 years with my 5-8″ instruments.

Am 2- 5 ;00 , the seeing was maintained 9-10 /10 for 3 hours on 18th Jan. l could see even the internal simplest details on Ganymede that heart beating with it’s limb between expanding and contracting with a 2 -3 seconds cycle . You can see its one of the mouments here as a water color painting , the feature on the moon was not settled as one but changed as ” T,Y,<,V,X,*..." shapes in the eyepieces because of the hard 1.7 arcseconds dia observing object also because by the 4.5 Ju-Dia distant Jupiter's glare. l observed Ganymede for 1 hour , the features were seen 20 times with one time as long as 5 seconds in 3 minuts interval for 1 hour. The large grayish white "NPC of Mars like" looking feature was impressive. Notice the Io, Europa's circular disks transformed as strong ellipsoid at 3;20 , weak at 4;02 on 3rd Jan. when they approaching together in the center of the field of the eyepieces. lt was very much impressive. l prepared that night's moons contact time-site markings in their syncronous motions in my bird-eye view scale plans describes the objects' exact time-positions to seek light speed for following 2-3 months as the Roemer did 350 years ago. "Seek himself (or herself ) the light speed"... lt is a must for a ama-astronomer. K.S. Min 2015. 1.3 - 1. 18 320mm refractor x400-600 Graphite pencils, water color, acrylic, crayons , white paper South Korea KSMin_Diagram1


Taoism on an Anomalous Lunar Phase Night

Lunar mountains as they appear along the limb - December 6, 2014
Lunar mountains as they appear along the limb – December 6, 2014
Anomalous December 6, 2014 libration illustrated
Anomalous December 6, 2014 libration illustrated

The night on December 6 , 3;00-4;00 am was great to observe the 15day moon.

After study some pdf Taurus-Littrow Valley ,NASA, in web, l looked through the eyepieces and soon l found the position of the 15day lunar shade terminator was wrong and strangely for, l remember the lunar phases on 15day moon were always [East-West]ward apparent, this time it was anomalously [North-South] ward.

l think it was not because by libration definitely but by some unknown force pushed the moon downward against the flat normal orbital plane of moon-earth system. l was so tired that night that l had only one hour observation not enough time to check how the limb shade was changing even l could’nt sketch reasonably well the old China or Korean Taoism like landscape and this magnificent similarly scenery was stretched along the limb almost 350km long and of course my limitation was only 70km span , yes-, l have also experienced the Grand Canyon like scenery once with the 8′ og in Dec 2013, twice was recently with the 13″ og 1.5months ago. Now is a Taoism scene.


320mm homemade refractor x420

2014, 12. 6th

Transparecy,seeing together superb ,8/10;.8/10

White paper, graphite pencils, black acrilic

Shot with a Olympus d-camera

K.S.Min S. Korea

Lambert & Mons La Hire

Crater Lambert, Mons La Hire and Dorsum Zirkel - February 9, 2014
Crater Lambert, Mons La Hire and Dorsum Zirkel – February 9, 2014

Made this sketch of crater Lambert, Mons La Hire and Dorsum Zirkel and surrounding areas this evening, using my 505mm mirror and Watec video camera on its least sensitive setting. The view on the monitor was delightful and one I shared with optical designer and engineer Mr Es Reid of Cambridge, all very civilized and enjoyable.

The sketch was made on black A5 220gm art paper using Conte hard pastels and acrylic paint for bright highlights and deep shadow.

I hope you like it.

Kind regards, Dale

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Moon in Acrylic and Ink

Moon in Acrylic and Ink
Moon in Acrylic and Ink

Object Name (Moon)
Object Type (Satellite)
Location (Gołkowice,Silesia/Poland)
Date (5 ‎grudnia ‎2012)
Media (White/black acrylic/black ink/)

Add info:
The painting was made when i bought my first telescope (70/900 skylux) and i was very delighted with the beauty of the moon. So I study it for couple of nights, and with a bit of help of moon photos from the internet and map with the moon i painted two moon’s. This is the first one. And it took me two weeks to complete it fully.

best regards Przemo

Jupiter’s Wondrous Red Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

This is the drawing I have made last year. ….
It represents the Great Red Spot of Jupiter.I have mentioned the details of the drawing below.Thank you.
Object Name : Jupiter
Object Type : Planet
Location : Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Date : 28 June 2012
Media : Canvass and acrylic colors

Thanks & Regards,
Amruta Sunil Pund

Close up with the Orion Nebula

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

My name is Maksymilian Novak-Zemplinski and I’d like to show what I can see through my new baby Newtonian reflector Pablitus 22″.
Best regards


Oject name: M42 The Orion Nebula
Object type: nebula
Location: Tulowice , Poland
Date: 14 October 2012
Media: Acrylic/oil on panel
Equipment: Newtonian reflector dob PABLITUS 22″ f-3,75, Tele Vue Ethos 10mm eyepiece, Astronomik UHC filter
Seeing: 8/10

Two Days in the Life of Our Sun

H-Alpha Sun
H-Alpha Sun

Object Name : Sun
Object Type : H alpha observation
Location : Montreal, Canada
Date : September 2 and 3
Media : Acrylic on black paper
Scope: Lunt LS60THa/B600|CPT on motorized EQ3 mount.

Our star put up a great show during 2 days. I was able to observe the «good hair day» of the sun for a total of nearly 5 hours. Many proeminences, which remained relatively stable throughout 48 hours, could be seen. The observation of September 2nd was interesting. I started the observation around 13:00 EDT keeping the magnification low (25-50X) to sketch the whole disk and the distribution of the proeminences. I kept an eye on AR 1560, which was facing earth. Around 14:00 EDT this region began to light up. Two bright flares (showed at the upper center lane of the first disk) were clearly visible and increased in brightness for the next 30 minutes. Then they faded away and by 15:00 EDT the phenomenon ended. I was glad to be able to capture this activity on my sketch.

The sketches were done on black Pastel Paper with HB pencil to record details of the proeminences. The disk was traced with a compass. Acrylic paint (red and yellow) was then used to reproduce the color seen in H alpha. The paint was layered with large and small brushes directly on the lines of the HB pencil. The two separate sketches were photographed and then assembled with Photoshop CS3. No color or contrast adjustment were done except for the background.

Jean Barbeau

Propeller in M13

Messier 13 - Acrylic Rendering
Messier 13 - Acrylic Rendering
Messier 13 - Graphite Sketch
Messier 13 - Graphite Sketch

I saw the ‘Propeller’ in M13 under a good seeing condition.


Equipment : Discovery 15″
Media : Sharp pencil
Location : Inje, S.Korea

After few days, I went to the national art gallery to see monochrome paintings.

Suddenly an inspiration flashed through my mind.

And I drew the M13 with acrylic & brush.

I love this tough painting than detailed sketch!

Nightwid 無雲

Bringing the Sun to Earth

Kinaesthetic Sun
Kinaesthetic Sun
Yes we did it!
Yes we did it!

St Cronans Stargazers St Cronans National School
Bray Co Wicklow
13:00 – 14:03 UT
May 4th 2012

May 4th 2012 14:03 UT Crepe Paper, Acrylic Paint, Washable Glue, Structure Gel and energy. Today in Bray Co Wicklow Ireland 16 boys from St Cronans National School brought the sun to Earth. Deirdre did some observations early in the day, but then because of cloud we took the rest of the information from ‘ the sun now’ on SDO. We added in Active Region 1471,with the large sunspot , some small filaments and some prominences. ( a bit of artistic licence there) We looked at the Earth to scale, we learnt about the Photosphere and the Chromosphere . We learnt about the Venus Transit. The event was part of Dublin City of Science 2012. The children did a great job and were very proud of their work. We carried our sun into the school singing ‘here comes the sun’ The Sun will be on exhibit for all the pupils to see and learn. The boys were members of St Cronans Stargazers the kids astronomy group based at the school. Action Sun – Lets bring the Sun to Earth by Deirdre Kelleghan Action Sun – is an indoor or outdoor activity which allows groups of children to participate in building a large solar disc or several solar discs. This Earth built sun mimics the Photosphere and Chromosphere of the sun, includes sunspots, filaments, and prominences present on the sun in real time. The materials are simple, paper, glue and paint. It is kinaesthetic participatory learning for young children. The activity educates and supports science through art and the creative process. We made the Sun on Earth and also learnt about the Venus Transit

Action Sun participantes were St Cronans Stargazers:
Sean S
Sean K

Deirdre Kelleghan
Discover Science and Engineering Science Ambassador 2012
Vice Chair IFAS
National Coordinator for Astronomers Without Borders
UNAWE rep Ireland
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Pallas and Ruinous Murchison

Pallas and Murchison
Pallas and Murchison

Dear Lunar fans hope this might be of interest? A study of Pallas and ruinous Murchison I made yesterday evening (January 31, 2012, 2130UT), I was using the Watec 120N+ with the 20″ mirror onto a b&w monitor, very cosy in the -3 temp outdoors, various pastels, pencils and paint were used on black heavy grained art paper.

Best, Dale

Partial Lunar Eclipse Over the Sonoran Desert

Object : Moon/ Partial Lunar Eclipse
Date : June 26, 2010
Time : 04:45 LST / 11:45 UT
Location : Wickenburg Arizona USA
Instrument : Naked eye observation
Weather : Moderate winds, cool upper 70’s , clear skies and the glow of the
semi-eclipsed Moon.
Medium : Acrylic paint on canvas paper 8.5 x 11

Comments :
This was my chance, I’ve wanted to do this acrylic paint since quite a while
back! I figured since the Moon will shed some light on the subject, I might
as well take advantage of the situation. At first, I didn’t know how big to
go on the canvas since I wanted to put some detail on the eclipsed Moon. Too
big and I might just make a weekend project out of something simple. So, I
settled for an 8.5 x 11 inch, which would make it easy for me to scan and
upload without to much hassle.

I framed my view next to a Saguaro cactus and set myself so that if I
painted the foreground first, the Moon will still be in the vicinity of my
selected view within an hour or so later. Shortly after 10:00 UT, I noticed
the Moon began to creep into the Earth’s shadow but that was not the time
for me to immortalize it on canvas just yet. I didn’t know how hard this
task was going to become but I realized it was going to be trickier than I
had anticipated. After brushing away on the static vegetation for almost an
hour and keeping an eye on the Moon that kept inching closer to the horizon,
I had to act on it ‘pronto’.

The full Strawberry Moon lay there tranquil and serene but being eaten away
by the umbral darkness. I noticed the shadow working its way from Mare
Frigoris and moving down onward into part of Oceanus Procellarum, all of
Mare Imbrium and Mare Serenitatis, and a portion of Mare Tranquilitatis and
Mare Fecunditatis. At this point, I would say the Moon was about 40 percent
covered while it would still go on to cover for a total of 50 percent or so.
While this was a naked eye session, I still carried my 12 x 60’s just for
kicks. I noticed through the binoculars that the Northern part of the Moon
had a pinkish to copper hue along that edge. I thought perhaps half the Moon
would turn red orange but that wasn’t the case, I guess I’ll have to wait
until December of this year to get that effect when we get the entire lunar
eclipse! : D

Wishing you dark and clear nights!

Moon over Armagh

Moon over Armagh
Moon over Armagh on Christmas Eve
Sketch and Details by Miruna Popescu

This painting depicts how the southern sky looks on 24 December 2009 at 5.30 pm, when the Moon’s phase reaches first quarter. The next brightest celestial object at this time is the planet Jupiter, which this year is the “Christmas Star” for the Royal School, Armagh. Jupiter is seen here just before it disappears behind the school. The painting shows stars in Pisces, Pegasus, Aquarius and other constellations, and the location of the planet Uranus (visible through a telescope) about a third of the way from the Moon to Jupiter. Uranus was found in 1781 (seven years after the old building of the Royal School was completed) by the astronomer and musician William Herschel, the discovery constituting the first identification of a planet since ancient times and earning Herschel the post of King’s astronomer from George III.

In 1609, the year after the founding of the Royal School, Galileo Galilei used an early telescope to map the Moon and discover satellites of Jupiter. To mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope to observe the sky, 2009 is being celebrated worldwide as the International Year of Astronomy.

Dr Miruna Popescu from Armagh Observatory is the coordinator for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Ireland.

Surprises on the Turkish Mediterranian



The total solar eclipse seen from the Turkish Mediterranean coast last year
was our first eclipse. It was an overwhelming and unforgettable experience.
We wanted to soak up the spectacle and so deliberately did not take a
camera, our only equipment was binoculars for a quick look at prominences
and the corona immediately after the start of totality.

All the textbook sights were there, Venus and Mercury before totality, the
pink prominences, a gauzy corona pearly white and twisted and pulled by the
sun’s magnetic fields, diamond rings whiter than diamonds and the receding
lunar shadow blotting out distant mountains. That much was expected. But the
overpowering impressions were the ones that were not expected. The point
like sun and greying light before totality like being in a steel tank lit by
a single light bulb. The rapid and wholly shocking plunge downwards in light
as totality started. The swiftly changing and blazing diamond rings, the
sheer speed of it all. For the first time we got the real sense that we were
on a turning Earth with the Moon and Sun shifting and moving in the heavens.

This little acrylic on board painting tries to sum up those impressions. It
fails miserably – but then what could succeed when pitted against a real
solar eclipse!

Les Cowley