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Solar Prominence - April 22, 2012
Solar Prominence – April 22, 2012

Object Name (Sun)
Location (Rocbaron – Var in Provence)
Date (April 22 2012 16h12 local time)
Media (white paper, emerald green watercolour, inverted scanning.)

Hello artists

Just a few hours after the great sketch of Stratos Tsanaktsidis, I had the opportunity to draw this one. I use a common H alpha PST Coronado.

My technique is quite original, after a light circle portion made by a graphite pencil on white paper I use directly a pure watercolour “green emerald” to sketch the solar surface on a water base and then the protuberances on the dry part of the sky, taking into account that light green will become dark red and vice-versa. Then I just have to invert the colours after scanning. The white sky is becoming black while the green part is becoming “H alpha red”.

Right, I add the approximate dimension of the earth and the moon orbit.

Clear sky to you all

Michel Deconinck


Evolution of a Solar Prominence

Solar Prominence - September 22, 2013
Solar Prominence – September 22, 2013

Hello from France.

Object Name: Evolution of solar [prominence]
Object Type : Solar [prominences]
Location: Castres France
Date: 22 september 2013
Media (graphite pencil, white paper, digital treatment (color, inversion)

– Good seeing and transparency
– PST and Ethos 8mm

Yours Sincerely
Emmanuel Pélegrin

SITE WEB http://planetarn.pagesperso-orange.fr/manu/MANU.htm

H-Alpha Sun – August 30, 2013

H-Alpha Sun - August 30, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – August 30, 2013

– Object Name: Sun

– Equipment: Coronado, special instrument to observe the Sun

– Location: Castres (France)

– Date: 08/30/13

– Author: Jean Marc Saliou

– Processing : Photoshop

The sun’s activity is very important in this moment, causing greats eruptions that I drew the best I could. Note that few sunspots appear (maximum 2). The dark lines on the sun are eruptions pointing in our direction.


Jean Marc Saliou

Late August Sun – 2013

H-Alpha Sun - August 22-31, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – August 22-31, 2013

Location : Castres, south-west France (near Toulouse)
Date : from 22 to 31 august 2013
Media : graphite pencil, white paper

Comments :
Dayly sketch of sun made through a small Coronado PST (H Alpha) + 15mm Televue eyepiece
Method :
1) dayly observing sun coronado around 12h TU
2) quick sketch with ballpen on paper notepad (2 minutes)
3) later copy out on drawing paper with graphite pencil (10 to 12 minutes)
4) picture take of each drawing with camera + Photoshop processing
– flipping horizontally and vertically in order to see the correct sun orientation
– grouping the 9 pictures + date on the same sheet
One may see the sun rotation from August 26 to 29 watching at spots.
I saw some material projections ejected into space (see August 30)
We currently have a great solar activity
To see the solar prominences evolution one should have to observe every hour !

Thank you for taking into consideration this small contribution
Best regards.

Jean-Marc SALIOU
A.P.A.M. astronomy

Sunspots – August 15, 2013

Sunspots - August 15, 2013
Sunspots – August 15, 2013

Object Name: Sun
Location: Schwanfeld – Germany
Date: August, 15th 2013
Media: graphite pencil on white paper
Optics: Vixen ED102SS (diameter: 102mm / 4 inch, focal length: 660mm / 27 inch)
Mount: Giro II DX (AZ-Mount)
Filter: Baader-Planetarium Astro-Solar ND5 (visual)
Eyepiece: Televue Nagler 12mm Type IV (overview), Speers Waler Zoom @ 6mm (details)

Hello to all,

Today we had a sunny morning, only the sky was crossed with light cirrus clouds. Why shouldn’t I look to the sun? The sun came up with some sunspot groups and an bright area (maybe flares?) on me. I could not help, I took the drawing pad an my pencil and start to draw. Maybe the sunspots in overview are little bigger than they real were, but I think the details outside the circle are located close to the original. Hope you like it too.

With sunny regards

Florian Köhler

Green Ray

Green Ray
Green Ray


un chapelet d’apparition du rayon vert, à la L80x60, Nouméa.
Crayon graphite et colorisation logiciel retouche d’image.


pour info : le livre “ASTRODESSIN, Observation & dessins en astronomie” est achevé, après 3 ans de travail en équipe. 560 pages, 2 volumes, à parraître en novembre 2013.



English Translation via Google Translate:


Appearance of a string of green ray, the L80x60, Noumea.
Graphite pencil and coloring image editing software.


FYI: the book “ASTRODESSIN, Observation & drawings astronomy” was completed after three years of working as a team. 560 pages, 2 volumes, parraître in November 2013.


Dancers on the Northwest Limb

Solar Prominences - August 16, 2012
Solar Prominences – August 16, 2012

2012 08 16, 1330 UT

NW Prominence

Erika Rix – Texas


DS Maxscope 60mm h-alpha, LXD75, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8-24mm Mark III

Temp: 86 F (30 C), winds SE 5 mph, lightly scattered, 37% H
Seeing: Wilson 4.7-4, Transparency: 4/6, 50x, Alt: 72.7, Az: 175.3

Sketch created at the eyepiece with black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte’ pencil and crayon, and white color pencil.

NOAA 11543 had very bright plage. The sunspots within it weren’t quite as pronounced as the other day. There was a very large filament going east to west in the SE quadrant of the solar disk. More plage located to the SW and the E-NE quadrants.

The brightest, largest prominence that I spotted was located on the NW limb and resembled two dancers joined by their outreached hands with their other hands stretched out behind them. More prominences were scattered about the limb, but to the SW, a very short, bright set of prominences were apparent.

White Light Sun – May 22, 2013

White Light Sun - May 22, 2013
White Light Sun – May 22, 2013


I would like to submit a Drawing of the Sun on May 22 2013 at 08h00 UTC,

Object : The Sun (in visible light)

Location : Narbonne – South of France

Media : White paper (18.5*18.5cm) & Graphite pencil (HB0.7mm) + backgroud colour, corections and light/contrast adjustment with “Gimp image editor”

Telescope :Skywatcher Mc 127/1500 + Baader astrosolar Filter,
Eyepieces : Televue Plossl 32mm (46.8x) / Hyperion 24mm (62.5x)

Meteo : cloudy but stable seeing 😉

Thank you for reading,

Gallardo Julien

the Sun – Drawing

Our Sun in White Light – May 19, 2013

White Light Sun - May 19, 2013
White Light Sun – May 19, 2013

Hello astronomers,

This is my drawing of the sun in white light at May 19, 2013.

Object name: Sun
Object type: Star
Location: Koudekerke, Netherlands
Date: May 19, 2013
Media: Graphite pencils and processed with GIMP
Time: Around 14:00 UT
Telescope: Sky-watcher refractor (102/500mm)

First I made a fussy grey background for the sun and drew a circle. Thereafter I drawed the sunspots and the rest of the details inside the disk. I scanned the picture and processed it with GIMP for a smooth contrast and brightness.

Kind regards,
Lennart van Sluijs

White Light and H-Alpha Sun from Polaris Observatory

White Light Sun - February 18, 2012
White Light Sun – February 18, 2012

Dear Asod,

I send you hereby my sketch made this Saturday at Polaris Observatory, Hungary. I used a 114/900 Skywatcher with Baader solar filter for white light sketch and a Lunt 35 for the H-alpha sketch.
The most intersting part is a solar prominence on the northern edge, which is was a very 3D something, biting in the sun-disk.

Equipments used: 114/900 SW (100x) & Lunt 35/400 H-alpha
Date: 18th February 2012, UT: 10:40 (white light) and 11:20 (H-alpha)
Place: Hungary, Budapest, Polaris Observatory
Media: graphite pencil used on white paper

Clear skies,

Full Disc H-Alpha – April 22, 2013

H-Alpha Sun - April 22, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – April 22, 2013

Object Name: Sun
Object Type: Star
Location: Deventer, The Netherlands
Date: April 22, 2013
Media: White pastel pencil on black paper, colorized and mirror reversed with Photoshop

Sunny weather + long lunch break = solar observing!
This afternoon I took 30 minutes to sketch the Sun in h-alpha. It’s been so long since my last solar sketch, I even had to search for the pastels. I made a full disk sketch, the active region AR1726 was large enough so see in detail even at low magnifications. For this sketch I used a 22mm LVW (32x) in my 70mm h-alpha telescope.

Kind regards,
Roel Weijenberg

H-Alpha Sun – April 1, 2013

H-Alpha Sun - April 1, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – April 1, 2013

Working with different gray pastel pencils works fine on the Moon. I tried the same technique on the Sun and was quite happy with the result. Hope you like it too.

Clear skies

Jef De Wit

Object: Sun

Location: Hove, Belgium (51°09’ N 4°28’ E)

Date and time: 1 April 2013, around 9.30 UT

Equipment: Lunt LS35T

Eyepiece: 13mm Nagler T6 (31x)

Medium: white, gray and black pastel pencils on black paper, scanned, colored with Paint Shop Pro, text added with Paint

H-Alpha Sun – March 3, 2013

H-Alpha Sun - March 3, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – March 3, 2013

Dear Asod,

Please find attached one of my latest sketches made of the Sun with my Luns LS35 H-Alpha telescope.
We had a lot of cloudy days so far this year, with only a few opportunities to go out and do any kind of observations, but finally the sun was shining and obviously I was sketching! J

Place: Budapest, Hungary

Date: 3rd March 2013

Equipment: 35/400 Lunt LS35T (H-alpha)

Object: Sun

Media: Graphite pencil used on white paper

Clear skies,

dr. Hannák Judit

Email: hannak.judit@gmail.com

Web: http://egmesek.blogspot.com

H-Alpha Sun – January 23, 2013

H-Alpha Sun - January 23, 2013
H-Alpha Sun – January 23, 2013


I send you my latest h-alpha-sundrawing from 23.01.2013. I send you the positive and the negative version of my drawing.

Object Name: Sun
Object Type: Star
Location: Freising-Lerchenfeld, Bavaria, Germany
Date: January 23, 2013
Media: graphite pencil, knife, digital tools (Minolta Dimage Z2 Camera)
Time: 13:45 – 15:00 MEZ

Telescope: Coronado PST (40/400mm)
Ocular: 9mm SW

I use a drawing pattern with lightgray sun. I draw the prominences, sunspots and filaments with graphite pencil. For the active regions and flares i use the knife to scrape the gray color off. On this away I can hold finest details.

You can find more of my sundrawings on my website: www.dersonnenzeichner.de

Kind regards,

Michael Wendl

H-Alpha Sun - January 23, 2013 - Inverted
H-Alpha Sun – January 23, 2013 – Inverted

Sun by Juliette

Sun - November 16, 2012
Sun - November 16, 2012

This is the first sketch of my daughter Juliette, 10 years old.
Félicitations Juju!!
Object Name : The Sun
Object Type : Star (!)
Location : Gatineau, Qc, Canada
Date : November 16 2012
Media : graphite pencil on white paper

Baader AstroSolar filter on a Sky-Watcher 80 ED with a 8mm Orion Stratus eyepiece.

Étienne Morin
139 Church,
Gatineau, Qc

Black Sun

Black Sun
Black Sun

Hi all! I present to You a sketch made by a 9yo child, Her name is Wiktoria Janowska. I met Her at the Zelow Observatory a couple days ago. She’s very, very clever n lovely little woman. Well, sometimes her fantasy dominated over realism. She saw a lot of details, maybe a little too much 😀
I hope You like it 🙂

Wiktoria Janowska, 9yo
14.11.2012, 14:30-14:41UT
Zelow, Central Poland
White watercolor crayon on black paper
Coronado PST DS (with Lunt etalon filter)+ Baader Zoom MARK III

Best Wishes!
Wiktoria Janowska & Damian Kępiński (ASTROOKIE)

Monster Prominence

Solar Prominence - July 27, 2012
Solar Prominence - July 27, 2012

Object Name: Prominence
Object Type: Large plasma eruption on the solar surface
Location: Deventer, The Netherlands
Date: July 27, 2012
Media: White pastel pencil on black paper

This morning I aimed my 70mm solar telescope at the sun and I almost got blown away by what I saw. I GIANT prominence on the north eastern limb. I hovered above the surface like a huge dragon. I made a sketch with white pastels on black paper, color added and orientation-flip with Photoshop.

Clear skies!

Roel Weijenberg,
Deventer, The Netherlands

Mercury Transit – 1970

Mercury Transit
Mercury Transit

Hey Artists!

As the time of the “last” transit of Venus is perhaps ended, I would like to show all an old
but spectacular observation of a transit of Mercury I made in 1970.
My sketch shows not only a solartransit, but the planet also passed over a close bipolar
It was interesting to observ the absolute black Mercury with the umbra in the spots.
The umbra was easy seen brighter. My info on sketch is in norwegian!
This was a lucky observation, indeed!!
Location : Trondheim, Norway.
I used pen and pencil on this original sketch.

Thanks for nice comments on my sketches!!
Have a clear sky and nice time to all!

Per-Jonny Bremseth.

The Sun of november the 7th

H-Alpha Sun - November 7, 2012
H-Alpha Sun - November 7, 2012

Object Name (Sun)
Object Type (H alpha regio…)
Location (Rocbaron in Provence – France)
Date (2012 Nov 7th)
Media (graphite pencil for the prominences, pastel on white paper for the solar texture, Paint.net as digital tool)
Scope My new Lunt LS35THa/B600 on motorized EQ3 mount with 10mm eyepiece.

I made a pastel texture on CàGrain Canson white paper to imitate the solar surface, and I sketched the proeminences on another paper with graphite pencil. Then I combine both digitalized sketches via Paint.net respecting the 3 bright areas. I cheat a little bit regarding the color pushing my sketch to orange which is maybe more convenient for the contrasts.

Clear sky to you all !

Michel Deconinck

Eclipse in Tokyo

Annular Eclipse
Annular Eclipse

I went to Japan to observe a solar annular eclipse. (My hometown is Korea.)
This picture is the moment of annular eclipse, the gold ring and the surrounding landscape.

Location : Asakusa, Tokyo (The other side of the river, The world’s second tallest building ‘SkyTree’ tower is visible.)
Date : May 21, 2012
Equipment : Naked eye, Baader Solar Filter, 9*63 Finder (http://www.nightflight.or.kr/xe/files/attach/images/25489/324/058/3f36237ec11d646f99a6bd2e94c99a1c.JPG)
Media : White paper, Pastel, Colored pencil

Sun in H-Alpha – September 7, 2012

H-Alpha Sun - September 7, 2012
H-Alpha Sun - September 7, 2012

Dear ASOD,

I send you my latest sketch of the Sun in H-alpa. I cought a very nice prominence which has already „departed” from the disk, and looked very interesting. It was not changing too much within the 20-30 minutes I observed it.

Date & Time: 7th September 2012, UT 10:20
Equipment used: Lunt LS35T H-alpha 35/400, 12mm & 7 mm eyepieces
Media: Graphite pencil used on white paper
Seeing: 8/10, transparency 5/5

Clear skies,

dr. Hannák Judit

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

Partial Solar Eclipse – August 1, 2008

Partial Solar Eclipse - August 1, 2008
Partial Solar Eclipse - August 1, 2008

Hey, I send my drawing of a solar eclipse in August 2008. Eclipse was seen in Poland as a partial. In some parts of the world, it was complete. Since we have completed four years of this beautiful phenomenon, I want to bring these beautiful memories. Although the phase of maximum eclipse in Poland amounted to only about 40% of it was my najpiękniesze of solar eclipses. In Poland Psary eclipse started at 10:55, then there was a phase maximum at 11:49 and at 12:43 finally eclipse ended.
Hours are given during the summer in Poland. Despite the lapse of four years, still treasure the unforgettable moments for which I thank God.
Thanks and best regards

Daniel Stasiak
Object name, date: Solar eclipse of 1 August 2008
Location Psary in Poland
Instrument: Black Filter
Media: Pencil, compass and a yellow crayon