Sketching the ISS


The International Space Station
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Ciesla

This is my sketch of International Space Station. It is original i think.

Sketch information:
Scope: Celestron SCT 5” with Antares W70 25mm
Place: Poland, Wroclaw – near city center.
Weather: Not good. Seeing 5/10. Faint fog. Light pollution.
Date and time: 2 October 2008. 7:19 PM (19:19)
Technique: Pencil with finger blur.
Tooling: Scan and GIMP 2 working (only blur option)

Aleksander Ciesla

3 thoughts on “Sketching the ISS”

  1. Aleksander,

    This is a very nice sketch of ISS. I have not seen a sketch of it before but it is clearly visible in a telescope although challenging to track manually at high power.


  2. Thank You Frank. Now I must to make sketch like this at high power to draw not only the photovoltaic arrays but the main segments too. I know that will be not easy. But I have a good method to make sketch of ISS. First we must let it pass through our field of view several times and focus only on its visible parts and shape of this parts. Then we must to try tracking ISS as long as we can and focus on brightness and reflection.
    (And sorry for my english 🙂

  3. Aleksander,
    Congratulations on a unique sketch and an excellent observation!

    Michael Rosolina
    Friars Hill, WV USA

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