Southern Sky

Crux, Lambda centauri, Eta carinae, Pléyades del sur
Crux, Lambda centauri, Eta carinae, Pléyades del sur

Hi ASOD, in my country there are not a good average of cloudless nights, and that to say of my city, however the weather of January and February has left draw these sectors of south sky with my binoculars 10×50.

Hola ASOD, en mi país no hay un buen promedio de noches despejadas y que decir de mi ciudad, sin embargo el clima de principio de año me ha dejado dibujar estos 4 sectores del cielo sur con mis binoculares 10×50.

1. Crux: 23 feb 2015, 06:7 UT.
2. Lambda centauri: 14 jan 2015, 07:58 UT.
3. Eta carinae: 12 jan 2015, 07:46 UT.
4. Pléyades del sur: 07 jan 2015, 07;32 UT.

Location: Medellín, Colombia.
Media: Graphite Pencil- 2H, HB, 2B, PS invert.
Optical instrument: Celestron Binoculars 10×50.

this are me first contribution, I hope you will enjoy it.

The double cluster in Perseus

NGC 884 & NGC 889
NGC 884 & NGC 889


The double cluster in Perseus has always been a challenge for me. But when I came across an impressive dark sky, I did my best and this is the result.

I hope you like it.

Object Name: NGC 884 & NGC 889 The double cluster in Perseus
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Perseus; R.A.: 2h 20m; Dec: 57° 08′
Location: Pelayos de la Presa, Madrid, Spain
Date: April 14th 2015 22:00 h.(CET)
Temperature: 2 ºC
Seeing: 4/5
Telescope: Celestron nexstar 5′ S/C.
Eyepiece: 25 mm celestron.
Magnification: 50x
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper. Scanned and then inverted and processed image with GIMP

Regards and clear skies!

El Joyero Bajo la Luna

El Joyero
El Joyero

Este es el segundo dibujo que hago de este cúmulo abierto. Decidí volver a retratarlo bajo condiciones distintas de observación, esta vez había Luna llena y la idea es comparar ambas condiciones de observación. El seeing no era muy bueno, la atmósfera presentaba turbulencias que desenfocaban la imagen por momentos.

El dibujo fue realizado con papel y lápiz, posteriormente procesado en Photoshop para invertir los colores y simular el efecto de resplandor que genera la luna en el cielo. Además agregué algo de color a las estrellas, tal como las veo a través del ocular (huygens 25mm), pero los colores se atenuaron un poco al fusionar una capa celeste para dar el tono de luz de Luna al fondo. En realidad deberían verse los azules y el rojo de la estrella central más vivos. El equipo que utilicé para realizar el sketch es un telescopio reflector marca Helios, de 114mm de apertura y 900mm de distancia focal. El dibujo fue realizado desde Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Spanish-English Translation via Google Translate

This is the second drawing I do this open cluster. I decided to portray under different viewing conditions, this time there was full moon and the idea is to compare both conditions of observation. The seeing was not very good, the atmosphere had desenfocaban image turbulence at times.

The drawing was done with paper and pencil, then processed in Photoshop to invert the colors and simulate the glow effect generated by the moon in the sky. Also I added some color to the stars, as I see through the eyepiece (huygens 25mm), but the colors are dimmed a little by fusing a celestial layer to set the tone of moonlight in the background. Actually should be blue and red brighter central star. The team I used to do the sketch is a reflector telescope Helios brand, 114mm aperture and 900mm focal length. The drawing was made from Parchment, Buenos Aires.

Southern Gems

NGC3293 - Gem Cluster
NGC3293 – Gem Cluster

Object Name: NGC3293 – Gem Cluster
Object Type: Open Cluster
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: 02/24/15
Media: HB, 2H, 3H. pencil rubber, color pastels, Photoshop.
Telescope: SkyWatcher Maksutov 5″.
Eyepiece: Explore Scientific 14mm 82º (107x).
Conditions: Poor seeing, heavy light pollution.
Observations: Young and compact open cluster in Carina. Lots of unresolved double stars.

C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) – September 1996

C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) - 24-30 September 1996
C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) – 24-30 September 1996


I send you sketches of an early outburst on comet Hale-Bopp!
The observations show the outburst and the expanding dust in the coma!
This is three old sketches, but I hope you enjoy them!
Read my info on the sketch, please!
I used pencil on white paper and inverted.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.

Thank you for comments Frank and also others!!!

Best wishes and clear skies to all !

Per-Jonny Bremseth

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:

Clear skies and warm beds 🙂


Jupiter & Co.

Jupiter and Moons - 12 February 2015
Jupiter and Moons – 12 February 2015

Hi Asod! This is my first astronomic sketch of a planet. I decided to represent Juppiter because I love its moons and their positions, expecially last night, when I realized this sketch. From left to right: Callisto, Io, Ganimede, JUPITER, Europa. I observed it with my dobsonian telescope 10″ f/5 using a 14mm 82° eyepiece. I realized the sketch with pencils on white paper, then inverted.

Object: Jupiter and moons
Location: Copertino (LE), ITALY
Date: 12-02-2015, 23:23 (Local)
Media: Pencils on white paper, then inverted

Bullialdus y Compañía

Bullialdus Crater - 29 January 2015
Bullialdus Crater – 29 January 2015

Object Name: Bullialdus cráter and company
Object Type: Lunar crater
Location : Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina
Date 29 – 01 – 15
Media: Pencil HB, 2B , 4B , Blending stump, white paper and Software Paint.NET to invert colours and minor details

This crater is located in the western part of Nibium Sea. It has a dimension of approximately 60 x 60 km . It is accompanied by Bullialdus A and Bullialdus B, two craters considerably smaller.Like the idea was to draw the area , you can see the KONIG crater (20 x 20 km), which is a little more to the west, and LUBINETZKY crater . The observation was made with NW telescope Sky watcher 150/750, with a TMB II 5 eyepiece

Belleza en la Simplicidad

Minkar, Regulus and Mimosa
Minkar, Regulus and Mimosa

It’s a triple sketch, staring Minkar, Regulus and Mimosa (from left to right), all of them stars.

Location: La Matanza, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Date: 02/03/2015
Media: Graphite pencil, white paper, Photoshop.

Seeing didn’t help at all, but anyway, it took me a while to finish the sketchs; the original idea was to draw at least six different stars from different constellations, but right after finishing Regulus, clouds came out to stop my work.

As a result, these are the three sketched stars. Hope you enjoy it!


Open Cluster NCG 2477

NCG 2477
NCG 2477

Object Name: NGC 2477.
Object Type: Open Cluster.
Location: San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Conditions: Good transparency, bad seeing.
Date: 18/02/15.
Media: 2B, 2H, HB, blend and PS.
Telescope: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform.
Eyepiece: BST Explorer 18mm (x84) .

One of the best open clusters of the sky and my all time favorite!

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

C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – Beautiful Comet!

C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 13 February 2015
C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 February 2015

Object Name: C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy- beautiful comet!
Object Type (comet)
Location (Oborniki, Poland)
Date (13-feb-2015)
Equipment: binoculars Vixen 16×80
Object: – Artist: Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)

There was suburban, slightly hazy sky, although it was clear enough, stabilized by frosty atmosphere.

Beautiful and bright comet reigned today on the border of Perseus and Andromeda near the star Alamah. It was a really marvelous, faint shield, perfectly visible in the wide field of binoculars Vixen 16×80. Also appeared quite delicate colour (as in the planetary nebula) such as glimmer of green. The comet looked like a miniature of asterism swan constellation. 4 star: In the left yellowish HD 1152, in the middle blue-and-white Hd 11188, and on the right white HR 526

The comet core flowed through the center of Hd 11188 star. At the bottom of asterism was like miniature Albireo – yellow SAO 37533,

My Vixen showed also almost visible beam which climbed up. This jet (tail of the comet) was extremely faint and diffuse, shooting up like a geyser!

I encourage you to observe C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy-beautiful comet!

Yours Robert

Conjunction Venus, Mars and Moon

Conjunction Venus, Mars and moon - 20 February 2015
Conjunction Venus, Mars and moon – 20 February 2015

Object Name: Venus, Mars and moon
Object Type: Conjunction
Location: Mystków, Poland
Date 20.02.2015, ~17:00 UT
Media: graphite pencil, white paper, PhotoFiltre 7

Hello everyone.
This is my latest sketch conjunction of Venus and Mars. The planet was near the moon, one day after the new moon. You can see the moon was light gray. When sketching, the sky was clear, visibility was very good, light wind was blowing.

Lovejoy / M76 Rendez-vous.

M76 and C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 February 2015
M76 and C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 February 2015

Object Name (M76 & C2014/Q2 Lovejoy)
Object Type (Planetary nebulae and Comet)
Location (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen – Verdon – France)
Date (2015-02-19 / 21:00LT)
Media (graphite pencil, on white paper, and MS Gif animator)

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) animation
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) animation

Once again I had the opportunity to use the fast (3.3) 24″ reflector made by Olivier Planchon. The EP used is a 2″, 31mm Nagler.
The C2014/Q2 Lovejoy comet fades out on its way back. In the same FOV we can see M76 a planetary nebulae. The NGC number is double because when discovered people suspected that this was a double nebulae (NGC 650 & NGC 651). The distance of M76 is still unknown.
During our 1 hour session we were able to observe the displacement of the proto-nucleus facing a nice m= 8.7 K5 red star, SAO 22504. The separation was here only 1’. To make this small gif animation I made 7 sketches to indicate the relative positions.
The light of this star takes 1400 years through the coma to reach our planet while the light takes only 10 minutes from Lovejoy to us.
That was a nice double rendez-vous!

Clear sky to you all!

Michel Deconinck

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 11 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 11 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 11 January 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/11/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert and enhance with Gimp.

Binoculars Miyauchi Galaxy BJ-100 /45º

SeeIng: 3/5 (good).

This is my last drawing of Lovejoy comet. the comet shows an intense light and his tail extends beyond the field of view, being weaker and looking better by moving the binoculars.
the background of stars and the comet give a lovely image.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015


This sketch show the inner coma seen in 166x magnification!
The false nucleus was diffus and had a flat intensityprofil (not stellar).
An outstream from nucleus to south was observed and a fainter to north.
Two faint streamers was seen to east (tail).
In 10 x 50 binos., I could see a round and diffuse comet with a very faint,
long tail. The dia. of coma was estimated to 18 arcmin.
The coma was grey, D.C. : 4, Mag.: 4.2.
This time the comet was high on the sky, and easy to observe!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 24 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

Object Name: 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type: Comet
Location: Deventer, The Netherlands
Date: Januari 24, 2015
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper

Could it be any better? A nearly finished newly built telescope, clear skies after a full week of clouds, a bright comet visible from my backyard practically made for a scope this size…
I made a sketch of comet Lovejoy through my 150mm f/4 Dobsonian. At first sight I couldn’t spot the tail, but as my eyes became more and more dark adapted, a faint tail began to grow larger and larger. It remained faint but the shape was well visible: quite narrow, slightly brighter near the coma, and gradually widening towards the east. Unfortunately I did not detect the greenish color some reported. In the sketch north is up, east is left.

Clear Skies!
Roel Weijenberg

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 16, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 16, 2015

Nombre de objeto Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Tipo de objeto:Cometa
Ubicacion: Observatorio Astronomico Orion-San Agustin del Pozo-Zamora-España
Medios: (lápiz de grafito, papel blanco ,Photosop,

Today the clear night with a north wind and cold stayed and had to take before they come clouds in the coming days to observe this comet that can already be seen with the naked eye in the constellation of Taurus and soon passed north .
Today was much better appreciated his tail and was a joy to watch is 30mm eyepiece. With 1.6º field.

Asin and all the drawing I’ve had to make split it did not fit into the eyepiece 1.6º.

Its nucleus is bright star with a magnitude of 4.0 and its tail and 3rd round long.

Vos advise that you observe when you can these days because every day and be farther from Earth.

These are the ephemeris for the remainder of the month.

Fecha AR declinacion r delta mag Elong
17 Ene 2015 03h20m30.44s +18 34′ 32.5″ 1.3054 0.5287 5.0 116.0
18 Ene 2015 03h15m12.93s +20 31′ 33.2″ 1.3032 0.5408 5.1 114.3
19 Ene 2015 03h10m06.31s +22 22′ 57.2″ 1.3012 0.5537 5.1 112.6
20 Ene 2015 03h05m10.54s +24 08′ 47.3″ 1.2993 0.5674 5.2 110.9
21 Ene 2015 03h00m25.57s +25 49′ 10.7″ 1.2976 0.5818 5.2 109.2
22 Ene 2015 02h55m51.27s +27 24′ 17.5″ 1.2961 0.5968 5.2 107.6
23 Ene 2015 02h51m27.46s +28 54′ 20.1″ 1.2948 0.6124 5.3 106.0
24 Ene 2015 02h47m13.96s +30 19′ 32.5″ 1.2936 0.6286 5.3 104.5
25 Ene 2015 02h43m10.50s +31 40′ 09.7″ 1.2926 0.6452 5.4 103.0
26 Ene 2015 02h39m16.85s +32 56′ 27.0″ 1.2918 0.6623 5.4 101.5
27 Ene 2015 02h35m32.71s +34 08′ 40.0″ 1.2912 0.6797 5.5 100.1
28 Ene 2015 02h31m57.80s +35 17′ 04.0″ 1.2907 0.6975 5.5 98.8
29 Ene 2015 02h28m31.82s +36 21′ 53.9″ 1.2905 0.7156 5.6 97.5
30 Ene 2015 02h25m14.46s +37 23′ 24.2″ 1.2904 0.7339 5.7 96.2
31 Ene 2015 02h22m05.44s +38 21′ 48.4″ 1.2904 0.7525 5.7 95.0

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 17, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
– January 17, 2015


From the looks of the ASOD webpage, Comet Q2 Lovejoy is getting the attention it deserves from observers around the globe. Some really fine sketches are here.

I did this high magnification study of the comet using my 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under the dark, transparent skies of wintertime rural Appalachia. Even using my lowest magnification eyepiece to give the widest field of view. the head of the comet and the beginning of the ion tail and the dust tail filled the field.

The short fan shaped dust tail stretched from about PA 100° to 170° and was hard to differentiate from the coma. The longer ion tail at PA 80° was highlighted with streamers and extended outwards for several fields. The very bright pseudo-nucleus was flanked by two background stars.

The moonless night was chilly, 21°F (-6°C), so I did the sketch from field notes immediately after coming indoors. A blending stump loaded with 2B or HB graphite was used for the coma and tail with additional blending with my finger. The stars were made with an HB pencil. I tweaked the gamma when scanning and flipped the drawing during processing to give the correct image view (north up/west to the right).

I expect astrosketchers will continue to have fun with this comet–it’s a nice one.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Twin Sugars Observatory Friars Hill, West Virginia USA
17 January 2015 0130 UT
Graphite on white paper inverted digitally


Michael Rosolina

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 14, 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 14, 2015

Nombre de objeto

C/ 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Tipo de objeto


Observatorio Orion -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – España


(lápiz de grafito, papel blanco, escaneado y invertido el color.

Esta tarde estaba medio despejado y había que aprovechar antes de que se acercaran mas las nubes y que en los prosimos días no nos dejaran observar.

Hoy prepare los bártulos para dibujar al C2014 Q2 Lovejoy y me puse sobre las 19:15 TU a observar el cometa con el 12″ primeramente su núcleo y su gran coma que tiene unos 17 minutos de arco con el ocular de 8mm ES para ver si había algo raro en su núcleo por si empiezan a salir chorros como fue en el caso del Halo Boop, que disfrutamos muchos aficionados ya en el año 1997, si ya ha pasado mucho tiempo pero yo aun recuerdo esos chorros de gas saliendo en espiral del núcleo del cometa.

Bueno en fin que no se veía nada raro a no ser por un pequeño tono azulado verdoso que parece desprenderse de su núcleo y después de captar este pequeño detalle empece a dibujar por partes el cometa empezando por su núcleo y coma y mirando aun por el 8mm ES, es una gozada estar dibujando y que el objeto no se te marche de parranda luego gracias al picgoto de Angel Caparros.

Dibujar la coma es mas o menos facil, pero otra cosa a sido su cola.

Primero tuve que cambiar de ocular para poder abarcar todo el campo que me permitiera y lo masimo lo logro con el 30mm ES – 1.6º por lo que hay que dibujar la cola por partes pues 2.6º de cola es mucha cola para este ocular y este telescopio de 12″ F4.8.

Primero estoy un rato moviendo el tubo en altura para arriba y para abajo pera ver mejor hasta donde llega la salida de la cola y me refiero a su anchura pegando al cometa.

Los detalles son muy sutiles por lo que antes de plasmar algo en el papel hay que asegurarse desde donde a donde llega esa cola a su salida del núcleo y asín lo tuve que hacer durante 3 veces hasta conseguir plasmar toda su cola.

He de decir que los detalles son muy sutiles y hay que estar mas de 2 minutos observando detenidamente para que esos pocos fotones de luz se queden en el cerebro para luego plasmar eso en el papel.

Cuando he terminado me doy cuenta que el cometa se ha movido unos 5 minutos de arco desde que empece el dibujo, osea que mas o menos he estado con el 1 hora.

El cometa esta en Mg 4.0 viéndose perfectamente a simple vista desde mi observatorio que la calidad del cielo ronda la Mg 6 en visual.

Parece que hoy he tenido mucha suerte ya que terminado de plasmar el cometa en el papel ya empezaron a meterse nubes.

Como veréis el cometa esta dibujado sobre una carta estelar del GUIDE 9.0 pues no me gusta dibujar tanta estrella cuando lo que quiero es plasmar un cometa.

Espero que vos guste.

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Google translate:

Object Name

   C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Object Type


  Orion Observatory -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – Spain


(graphite pencil, white paper, scanned and inverted color.

This afternoon was half cleared and had to take before they come out more clouds and in the days Forthcoming not let us observe.

Today prepare gear for drawing the C2014 Q2 Lovejoy and got about 19:15 TU to observe the comet with 12 “first nucleus and large eat has about 17 arcmin with ES 8mm eyepiece to see if there was something strange in your kernel if they start out jets as was in the case of Halo Boop, who enjoyed many fans already in 1997, if it has been a long time but I still remember those gas jets out spiral core comet.

Well in order not seen nothing unusual except for a small greenish blue tint that appears from its core and then to capture this small detail parts started to draw by starting the comet nucleus and coma and looking even by 8mm it is a joy to be drawing the object and do not leave out partying then thanks to picgoto Angel Caparros.

Draw the comma is more or less easy, but otherwise been his tail.

First I had to change eye to cover the whole field to allow me and masimo I succeed with 30mm ES – 1.6º so you have to draw the line for parts as 2.6º tail is long queue for this eye and this 12 “telescope F4.8.

First I’m a bit by moving the tube height up and down pear see better far off the tail comes and I mean width hitting the comet.

The details are very subtle so before translating something on paper make sure from where to where that queue reaches its core outlet and asynchronous I had to do for 3 times until capture all his tail.

I have to say that the details are very subtle and we must be more than two minutes watching carefully for those few photons of light left in the brain and then translate that into the paper.

When I’m done I realize that the comet has moved about 5 arcmin since I started drawing, I mean that more or less have been with the 1 hour.

The comet was added to 4.0 Mg looking perfectly at first sight from my observatory sky quality round the Mg 6 in visual.

It seems that today I have been very lucky as finished translating the comet on paper already started to get cloudy.

As you will see the comet is drawn on a star chart GUIDE 9.0 because I do not like to draw so many stars when what I want is to capture a comet.

I hope you like it.

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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015


Like many astronomy enthusiasts I have been following the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. I present to you a montage of sketches beginning with binocular views and progressing to higher magnification as the comet moved through the sky.

The first sketch in binoculars on 12/20/14 showed the bright yellow/ orange star Kappa Columba in the same field of view as the comet. On 12/28/14 the close proximity to M79 made for a special observation in my 4” refractor. In the last sketched observation on 1/7/15 in the 12.5” reflector I was taken aback by the sheer size of the comet, also at its brightest at this time with light and dark streaking visible in the tail. Beautiful to behold at any magnification.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

12/20/14 to 1/7/15, all times listed are Hawaii Standard Time.

7×50 Binoculars, 4” Refractor, 12.5” Reflector

White paper, #2 pencil, blending stump

Inverted and combined in Photoscape

Cindy (Thia) L Krach

Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Amateur Astronomer

Doble Cúmulo de Perseo The Double Cluster in Perseus

The Perseus Double Cluster  two large open clusters in the constellation Perseus
The Perseus Double Cluster two large open clusters in the constellation Perseus

***Please click on sketch for full size image***

Object Name: NGC 869 and NGC 884 “Double Cluster The Perseo”
Object type : Open Clusters
Location : Zone Observatory AAM Bonilla-Spain
Date: Part 1: 2 hours 25 October 2014. Part 2: 2h January 10, 2015

New 10 ” TFOV 2º x 3.2 ° 40x SQM 21.3

With the GIMP and inverted color and have given color to any star.

Pleasant evening with cold and good company.

Salud y buenos cielos.


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 9, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 9, 2015


I got the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Norway, Trondheim.
This one was a fine object, big coma but no seen structures near nucleus
and no tail. Info on my sketch!
I used pencil and inkpen on white paper (inverted).
Hope you enjoy my sketch and observation!
I wish you all happy new year and clear skies!!

A Globular Cluster Challenge for the “Deep Space Forum”

The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and  Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a "globular cluster challenge sponsored by the "Deep Space Forum"
The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a “globular cluster challenge sponsored by the “Deep Space Forum”

This is an internal challenge the forum , astronomical section drawing, in which it was proposed to draw a globular cluster choice and these are the results. The credit of this picture is for Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini and Martin Boni, and we are representing .
The three drawings were made in different parts of Argentina. The first (NGC 2808) was held in San Miguel, Buenos Aires. The second (NGC 362) in Malabrigo, Santa Fe; and the third (Omega Cen) in the town of Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipment Used:

NGC 2808:
Telescope: Dobson 12 “.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescope: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescope: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.

Este es un desafío interno del foro, de la sección de dibujo astronómico, en el que se planteó dibujar un cúmulo globular a elección y estos son los resultados. El crédito de esta imagen es para Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini y Martín Boni, y estamos en representación de
Los tres dibujos fueron realizados en lugares diferentes de Argentina. El primero (NGC 2808) se realizó en San Miguel, Buenos Aires. El segundo (NGC 362) en Malabrigo, Santa Fe; y el tercero (Omega Cen) en la localidad de Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipos Utilizados:

NGC 2808:
Telescopio: Dobson 12”.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescopio: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescopio: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.

Lovejoy Comet in Contrast with Colorful Stars

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 4, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 4, 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/4/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert and enhance with Gimp.

Zeiss binoculars 15×60 BGAT

SeeIng: 3/5 (good). Intense moonlight.

This is my drawing of Lovejoy comet. I couldn´t see the tail of the comet because a full moon was shining.
It was a very pleasant view the contrast between yellowish colour in the comet, the orange stars HR 1451 and HR 1452 and the white-greenish light from the HIP 21258.

Este es mi dibujo del cometa Lovejoy. No he podido observar la cola del cometa, la observación se hizo con una intensa luz lunar. Lo más placentero de la observación ha sido el contraste entre el color amarillento del cometa y la luz anaranjada de las estrellas HR 1451 y HR 1452 frente al color blanco-verdoso de la estrella más pequeña HIP21258.

Conjunción Lovejoy y M79

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014

Object Name C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and M79
Object Type Comet and Globular cluster
Location Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina
Date 29/12/14
Media I use pencil, paper, and Gimp to invert colour

Conjunción del cometa Lovejoy con el cúmulo globular M79, en la constelación de la liebre.
El equipo con el cual se realizo la observación es un telescopio reflector sw 150/750 con un ocular de 25.
Podemos notar un bonito “triángulo ” entre el Cometa, m79 y la estrella HIP 25045 A. Se pudo observar un color con tintes verdosos hacia el centro del cometa. No se pudo observar coma

Google translate:
Comet Lovejoy conjunction with the globular cluster M79 in the constellation of the hare.
The equipment with which the observation was performed is a reflecting telescope with an eyepiece 150/750 sw 25.
We can notice a nice “triangle” between the Comet, m79 and the star HIP 25045 A. It was observed color with greenish tints to the center of the comet. Could be observed comma

The Great Nebula of Orion

M42 and M43, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy  - December 23, 2014
M42 and M43, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy – December 23, 2014
M42 and M43 - Original "positive" graphite sketch on white paper
M42 and M43 – Original “positive” graphite sketch on white paper

Here is myobservation and sketch from 23.12.2014
Messier 42/43
Telescope: 16″
v= 90-180x
Without and UHC
Observation: Adelegg/Stafflangen, Germany(1080m/560m)

The Sun before Christmas

The Sun before Christmas - December 24, 2014
The Sun before Christmas – December 24, 2014


Objet: Sun
Objet Type: Sun Ha
Location: Panama city, Republic of Panama (Central America)
Date: December 24 , 2014
Media: graphite pencil , white paper and Phto Zone to invert, color tone and text.
Telescope: Meade Coronado PST – H alpha, 40/400.
Ocular: 13mm

The Sun before Christmas

clear skies , Ricardo Schwarz

Nebulosa de Orion (M-42)

M 42, "The Great Nebula in Orion", a giant  star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion
M 42, “The Great Nebula in Orion”, a giant star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion

Object name: M-42
Object type: Nebulosa brillante
Location: Pelayos de la Presa (Madrid) España
Date: 21-Dic-2014 Hora: 02:45 T.U:
Media: lápiz de grafito; A4 de 120 gr; difumino; procesado con GIMP 2.4
Equipo: Refractor Acromático Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F/7.8. Montura: HEQ5 Pro. Ocular: WO 2″ 25mm 48X.
Condiciones de observación: Cielo rural urbano con algo de viento y una magnitud límite de 6 a simple vista en el cenit; humedad del 70% aproximádamente

Object name: M-42
Object type: Bright Nebula
Location: Pelayo de la Presa (Madrid) Spain
Date: 21-Dec-2014 Time: 2:45 T.U:
Media: pencil graphite; A4 120 gr; stump; processed with GIMP 2.4
Team: Achromatic Refractor Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F / 7.8. Frame:. HEQ5 Pro Ocular: WO 2 “25mm 48X.
Conditions of observation: urban rural sky with some wind and a limiting magnitude of 6 to glance at the zenith; Approximately 70% humidity

A Supernova in the Galaxy NGC 4666

NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova - December 21, 2014
NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova – December 21, 2014

Object Name (NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP)
Object Type (Galaxy and Supernova)
Location (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen – Provence France)
Date (2014 12 21)
Media (graphite pencil, white paper, just rapid usage of to invert the B&W)

Here’s the sketch I made while looking at this galaxy. The mag. estimation I did is far better than expected : 11.2.
A target easy to find because the galaxy NGC 4666 is quite big and very close to gamma Virgo with a confortable magnitude, but the SN is very close to the galactic centrum, only 12 sec of arc!!, so to separate the two lights the use of the 24″ helps a lot.

Sentinel C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view - December 21, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view – December 21, 2014

Hello friends,
I send you a report observation of Comet C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy yesterday night, December 21, 2014
Just started the winter solstice and wanted to celebrate it!

Waiting for the chance to see the comet decide to go to the rooftop, the map says it’s 15 degrees high. I hope that the fog has not risen much …

The humidity is very high but its clear and I can see lot of stars south of CMa … looks like I’ll be lucky.

I pointed to the area between south CMa and Columba with binoculars 12×80 (4.2º), no need to look further: there it is. His precious coma highlighting against the background of stars…

The field of binoculars is beautiful, the comet is framed in a triangle of stars and I can see a thin tail with indirect vision that goes north. It’s longer than I expected to see, I make a mark on the picture to know the length of the tail I see (arrow).
I make a drawing with the position of the comet and the reference stars and the size of the coma and tail to the correct scale I see.

Graphite (H, HB) and difumino on white paper, scanned and inverted.



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NGC 362 in Tucana

NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana
NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana

Object Name: NGC 362.
Object Type: Globular Cluster.
Location: Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Date: Friday December 19, 2014, 22:00 hs
Media: White paper, pencil HB and GIMP to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Dobson SkyWatcher 12″ (305 mm).
Power: 70x, with Baader Hyperion 21 mm.

Claudio Vidolini
Foro “Espacio Profundo”
Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.