Almost a Basin

Object Name: CLAVIUS
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Bristol, UK
Date: 15th November 2010
Media (graphite pencil sketch at the scope and then digitized using graphics tablet and Photoshop)
I usually sketch in some detail at the scope (mainly HB and 2B). I then scanned the result into Photoshop and for the first time used a Bamboo Pen graphics tablet to remaster the sketch. The final sketch was then “blurred” a touch to simulate the actual view which is never as sharp as I would like to see!)

Observational date: I use a Nexstar 8SE teamed with a Hyperion 8-24 mm zoom. Most of the sketch was at the 8mm stop and was drawn in good seeing conditions. The moon was 9.6 days old.
The damaged crater can be clearly seen with Porter embedded in the NE high wall and Rutherfurd in the South. Blancanus (to the SW) is almost completely in shadow. A number of small craterlets can be seen across the floor of Clavius.
Hope you enjoy,

Clear Skies

Chris Lee

3 thoughts on “Almost a Basin”

  1. That’s an absolutely stunning drawing Chris; one of the most realistic computer-sketches of the moon I have ever seen. The shading and sharpness are just perfect. It captures the feeling you get through the eyepiece. I am curious how the original graphite sketch looked.

  2. Chis,

    The stark beauty of Clavius is all there.
    Cumputer moon and planet sketches have a unique beauty all there own.
    A superb piece of work.

    Frank 🙂

  3. Peter and Frank – thanks for the comments.

    Peter – if you give me a link I can send you a scanned image of my original drawing at the scope – not sure how to add that here on asod…

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