Crater Posidonius at Sunset

Lunar crater Posidonius and environs at sunset - August 7, 2012
Lunar crater Posidonius and environs at sunset – August 7, 2012

Crater Posidonius at Sunset

On this night I watched the sunset terminator creep slowly toward ring-plain crater
Posidonius; in addition I sketched the crater and other features on the floor of Mare Serenitatis. Posidonius (96 km.) is an old upper Imbrian era impact remnant. Its age is underlined by the way shadows penetrate the rim at numerous points betraying impact damage there. The highest part of the rim is on the terminator side of this crater. Sunlight was still reaching Posidonius A and other high points on ridges including one on the inner ring. Beyond this crater to the west and south the great serpentine ridge could be seen in best light. This ridge is made up of dorsa Smirnov and dorsa Lister.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper 9″x 12″, white and black Conte’ pastel pencils and a blending stump. After scanning, Brightness was decreased just slightly using my scanner.

Telescope: 10 inch f/ 5.7 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece 241x

Date: 08-07-2012, 06:30 – 07:40 UT

Temperature: 29°C (85° F)
clear, calm

Seeing: Antoniadi III

Colongitude 147.9 °

Lunation 19 days

Illumination: 73.4 %



Frank McCabe


Luna Through Cloud

The six day old crescent Moon through the clouds - April 16, 2013
The six day old crescent Moon through the clouds – April 16, 2013

Not really an astronomical observation more a romantic interlude.

Best to all, Dale

Do you want to know more about my interest in astronomy? If so take a look at my Website: http://www.chippingdaleobservatory.com/

Keep up to date with observations from Chippingdale Observatory by reading the Blog http://www.chippingdaleobservatory.com/blog/


Lunar craters Aristoteles and Mitchell

Lunar craters Aristoteles and and Mitchell - November 28, 2014
Lunar craters Aristoteles and and Mitchell – November 28, 2014

Hi,

Tonight I could do yet another lunar crater sketch:

Object Name: Aristoteles and Mitchell
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Germany, Dusseldorf area
Date: 2014-11-28, 1910-1940 CET
Media: chalk pencil and charcoal pencil on black sketching cardbox
Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT
Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm
Clear skies!

Achim


Lunar craters Snellius and Stevinus

Lunar craters Snellius and Stevinius - November 25, 2014
Lunar craters Snellius and Stevinius – November 25, 2014

Hi,

yesterday evening, I got the opportunity to do another chalk/charcoal sketch of the moon. Here we go with my sketch of craters Snellius and Stevinus. Due to the bad seeing, I couldn’t go beyond the 10mm eyepiece this time.
Object Name: Snellius and Stevinus
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Germany, Dusseldorf area
Date: 2014-11-25, 1715-1745 CET
Media: chalk pencil and charcoal pencil on black sketching cardbox
Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT
Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm
Clear skies!

Achim


Rabbit on the Moon

The Rabbit on the Moon, a naked eye sketch showing a commonly recognized pattern - November 5, 2014
The Rabbit on the Moon, a naked eye sketch showing a commonly recognized pattern – November 5, 2014

Rabbit On The Moon
Lunar Observing Pattern
Pilanesberg Game Reserve South Africa
5th November
Jet Black Canford Paper with White Pastel Pencil. Used a smartphone to take a picture and crop.
Sketched on holiday in South Africa – The ‘Rabbit on the Moon’ pattern really jumps out at you from Southern Skies and creates a whole new observing experience if you are used to the Northern hemisphere.


Total Lunar Eclipse

The Total Lunar Eclipse of October 8th 2014 as seen from the skies north of Catherine, Australia
The Total Lunar Eclipse of October 8th 2014 as seen from the skies north of Catherine, Australia
Detail of background sketch of full Moon that had color applied
Detail of background sketch of full Moon that had color applied

Total Lunar Eclipse of October 8, 2014, observed T250, Australia, north of Katherine. Nice atmosphere in the twilight moonrise partially eclipsed silhouetted against the red cliffs. This string is selected among the eight drawings, sketches showing the COLLECTED colors and visibility of lunar formations.
Full Moon déssinée the eve of the eclipse. It served as the background image for the realization of the rosary.
Sincerely
Serge


Lunar Crater Copernicus

Lunar crater Copernicus - November 3, 2014
Lunar crater Copernicus – November 3, 2014

Lunar Crater Copernicus

Across the Carpathian Mountains resting on the eastern Ocean of Storms is the
landmark crater of the Sea of Islands, mighty Copernicus. Copernicus is a 95
kilometer diameter complex crater that begins to show itself in all its majesty
two days past first quarter. During the time of “Snow-Ball Earth” 800 million
years ago the event that created Copernicus suddenly occurred. What remains is a
3.8 kilometer deep hummock covered flat floored, centrally peaked, terrace walled
spectacular sentinel. Especially during high sun the bright ray system of this
crater can be seen extending from the base of the glassy glacis in all directions.
The descent from the rampart to the mare floor below is about one kilometer. Three
of five peaks were clearly visible in morning sunlight. In 1999 the Clementine
near infrared camera detected magnesium iron silicates in the peaks indicating
rebound of this deep rock through the surface crust following the impact event.
To view this impressive crater all you need is a good pair of binoculars and an
opportunity between two days past first quarter and one day past last quarter.
Weather permitting, you can see it tonight.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 9”x 12”, white and
black Conte’pastel pencils and a blending stump.

Telescope: 13.1 inch f/5.9 Dobsonian and 9mm eyepiece 218x
Date: 11-03-2014, 00:45 – 02:10 UT
Temperature: 0°C (32°F)
clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 23.2°
Lunation: 8.9 days
Illumination: 69.3 %
Phase: 67.4°

Frank McCabe


Lunar Crater Clavius

Lunar crater Clavius - November 1, 2014
Lunar crater Clavius – November 1, 2014

My sketch of lunar crater Clavius together with smaller craters Porter and Rutherfurd at the top of the drawing. Clavius measures 225km in diameter and is located near the southern pole of the Moon. It is named after Christophorus Clavius, a 16th century German mathematician and astronomer.

Regards,

Alexei Pace
Astronomical Society of Malta


Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

The Occultation of Saturn by the Moon - October 26, 2014
The Occultation of Saturn by the Moon – October 26, 2014

Object Name (Saturn, Moon first croissant)
Object Type (Occultation)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon, France )
Date (2014 Oct 26)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour, white paper, Paint.net for inversion and crop)
Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

Here join a watercolour I made while Saturn just leaves the very young moon.
That was a very nice spectacle indeed!
The original sketch was done in B&W on white paper; the small brilliant point on the very end of the moon croissant was used to define the Saturn disk intensity.
The colours were added in my workshop and the inverted while scanning.
During the emersion (17:17 UTC) the moon was less than 4° up my horizon and the sun was only 6° behind. So the sky was still clear.
The observation was made with a 102 f/10 refractor and a 10mm Delos EP, no filters.

Clear sky to you all !

Michel Deconinck


The Aristarchus Plateau

The Aristarchus Plateau, the lunar crater Aristarchus and environs - October 5, 2014
The Aristarchus Plateau, the lunar crater Aristarchus and environs – October 5, 2014

The Aristarchus Plateau, the lunar crater Aristarchus and environs – October 5, 2014[/caption]The Aristarchus plateau is one of the biggest and most spectacular volcanic regions in the Moon. With good seeing and the Moon high above the horizon, the region was impressive on October 5th, when it was near the terminator. Vallis Schröteri, the giantic lava channel meanders through the plateau starting from the famous Cobra Head vent, which is now mostly under shadow. The Aristarchus crater has a very bright wall with two dark bands; and to its north, Rupes Toscanelli stands out nicely. Finally, to the south of the plateau, the Herodotus Omega dome is easy to see, thanks to the oblique illumination.

Sketch: 2HB graphite pencil on white paper, scanned and processed with Photoshop CS3
Object Name: The Aristarchus Plateau
Location: Asturias, Spain
Date: October 5th, 2014 21:30-22:30 UT
Instrument: 120mm f/8.3 refractor + Barlow 2x + UWA 6,7mm (300x)
Observing report (in Spanish): https://sites.google.com/site/astrodgonzalez/observaciones/201410-aristarco
Best regards,
Diego González


Gassendi at Terminator

Lunar crater Gassendi - October 4, 2014
Lunar crater Gassendi – October 4, 2014

Object Name: Gassendi
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Dunboyne Ireland
Date: 4th October 2014
Media: Graphite pencil H2, H3 & B6 with standard white stock and technical drawing equipment.

This is actually sketched as observed through the eyepiece with a 15mm on a 9.25 SCT rather than from the phone screen. The seeing was fair but a weather front was fast approaching and just managed to observe long enough to capture this detail. At the same time I took some snapshots through the eyepiece with my smartphone for a smartphone astronomy site – so got to do both before the clouds rolled in. Adding the phone to the sketch allows me to add a technical drawing into the mix which I not (only) enjoy but also allows me to capture the evenings activities and optical equipment used during the session.

Many Thanks

Kevin


Rupes Recta on the Moon

Rupes Recta, "The Straight Wall", a linear fault - March 15, 2008
Rupes Recta, “The Straight Wall”, a linear fault – March 15, 2008

Object Name: Rupes Recta on the Moon
Object Type: Moon crater
Location: Chiba Japan
Date: 2008/3/15
Media Black graphite pencil on a white paper. Contrast adjusted with PC.

Equipments:: Telescope: Televue 85, Eyepiece: Pentax XW-10 with Power mate 2.5x

After outlining major features using solid lines, dotted lines and numbers(1-9) are used to express gradation in brightness(right). The numbers are replaced with “real” darkness after the lines are copied on another paper (left).

Thanks.

Takeshi


Mooncrater – Wilhelm

Lunar crater Wilhelm - October 3, 2014
Lunar crater Wilhelm – October 3, 2014

Hello,

last week (October, 3rd, 2014) I met my astro-friend Ralf Mündlein in his nice observatory. In his 5m dome with 16″ ACF and 8″ Apo we started our observation. First object in this night was the moon. The air was excellent and we were very happy to have such great impressions on our cosmical neightbour.

A chose the nice crater Wilhelm with some bigger impacts around the craterwall. A fine mountain chain at the bottom of the crater took my attention. So I made a drawing of this crater with the 8″ Apochromat. It was hard work, because there were so many details. I needed nearly one hour to catch the whole crater.

CS Uwe

Object: Moon
Object Name: Crater Wilhelm
Telescope: 200mm Apo
Eyepiece: 6mm Ethos
Magnification: about 300x
Location: Lindelbach near Würzburg, Germany


Craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel

Lunar craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel -October 1, 2014
Lunar craters Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel -October 1, 2014

Hi,

Here’s my lunar sketch of today.
Object Name: Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel
Object Type Lunar Craters
Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany
Date: Oct 1st, 2014, 1930-2000 CEST
Media: charcoal and white pastel on black cardbox
Clear skies!

Achim


Brilliant Saturn at the Dark Lunar Limb

A conjunction of the Moon and the planet Saturn - September 27, 2014
A conjunction of the Moon and the planet Saturn – September 27, 2014

Aloha!

I had plans to go to the summit of Haleakala to observe the occultation of Saturn by the Moon, but clouds and wind kept me closer to home. I was delighted when a patch of sky opened up and I could observe the wonderful phenomenon from home.

As I was observing Saturn get closer to our Moon I was struck by how small it appeared in comparison, appearing the size of some of the smaller lunar craters. I began sketching in the details of the Moon and noticed a few stars I wanted to include. I needed to do some erasures because one of the stars was occulted ~15 minutes before Saturn, an unexpected treat. Once Saturn made it to the limb I could not clearly time the initial ingress as conditions began to deteriorate. It was however brilliantly lit in comparison to the dark lunar limb. I noted time as 19:41:36 HAST when all evidence of Saturn disappeared. My sketch is as Saturn had partially slipped past the limb. I was unable to view egress as the Moon had slipped behind clouds by this time.

Occultation of Saturn by the Moon
Maui, Hawaii
4,000el
SV102ED 79x
9/27/14
Black paper, white & black charcoal
Photoscape to clean up sketch

Cindy (Thia) Krach


Early Morning Pitatus and Neighbors

Lunar crater Pitatus and environs - September 17, 2014
Lunar crater Pitatus and environs – September 17, 2014
Lunar crater Pitatus and environs (labeled) - September 17, 2014
Lunar crater Pitatus and environs (labeled) – September 17, 2014

Pitatus is an old, large 97 km. diameter crater on the edge of Mare Nubium. The floor of this crater has a linear central peak which was casting a fine elongated triangular shadow at the time of this observation and sketch. To the south craters Wurzelbauer (88 km.) and Gauricus (79 km.) could be seen; both of these craters show badly warn rims; both much older than Pitatus. Attached to the northwest rim of Pitatus is the crater Hesodius (43 km.). At about the eighth or ninth day of lunation you can observe the famous “sunrise ray” beaming across the floor of Hesodius through a break in the wall with Pitatus. This is certainly a sight worth observing.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: Black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 12”x 9”, both white and
black Conte’pastel pencils and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 9mm eyepiece 161x
Date: 09-17-2014 10:00-11:25 UT
Temperature: 5°C (42°F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 187.3°
Lunation: 22.6 days
Illumination: 39.0 %

Frank McCabe


Crater Gassendi and the northern part of Mare Humorum

Lunar crater Gassendi and the the northern part of Mare Humorum - September 5, 2014
Lunar crater Gassendi and the the northern part of Mare Humorum – September 5, 2014

Here is a sketch of the Moon on the 5th of September from my backyard
in Adelaide, South Australia.

The moons phase was waxing at 83%, with only the very western edge
still in shadow. I observed with a C11 SCT. Seeing was quite
reasonable, so I took a 15mm eyepiece + 2x Barlow for a close look.

The shallow illumination on Mare Humorum made the creases on the mare
floor stand out. Crater Gassendi, toward the bottom, showed stark
shadows. Rimae Hippalus was visible, passing through the partially
submerged crater Hippalus at the top right. Because I used a diagonal
prism, the sketch is mirror imaged.

I used pastel chalks and black and white pastel pencils on black
paper.

-Ivan


Dorsa Euclides F and Euclides

Dorsa Euclides and the lunar crater Euclides - August 6, 2014
Dorsa Euclides and the lunar crater Euclides – August 6, 2014

Dorsa Euclides F and Euclides

Object Type: Moon

Location: Tarragona – Spain

Usually it is not easy for me to draw the moon, and if I have to draw something as delicate as lunar wrinkle ridges (dorsa / Dorsum), things get complicated. But the time I spent enjoying Dorsa F Euclides, Euclides and the neighbors ghost craters worth it.

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:

http://laorilladelcosmos.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/dorsa-euclides-f-euclides.html

Date and Time: 2014-08-06, 21h 50m UT

Telescope: SC Celestron 235mm (9.25″); CGEM mount.

Eyepiece: 7.5mm (313x)

White paper, HB2 graphite pencil, and scanned with Photoshop

Seeing: 4/5 (5 the best)

Transparency: Clear. Rural skies.

Thank you and best regards.

Oscar


Crater Clavius Out and Over the Terminator

Lunar crater Clavius - September 3, 2014
Lunar crater Clavius – September 3, 2014

Among the large craters of the lunar southern highlands, a nearly 4 billion year old crater stood out over the terminator on this evening just after local sunset here in the central USA. This crater is the 230 km. diameter impactor known by the name Clavius. Clavius is blanketed with a sizable number of craters and numerous craterlets . The north-northeastern rim of Clavius has a large crater resting upon it and most of its rim is just catching the light of sunrise. This 52 km. diameter crater is Porter. Much of the central floor of crater Clavius remains in darkness except for Clavius D (21 km.) and to its right in the sketch Clavius C (13 km.). Note that crater D is casting a nice shadow across the high central floor which is just beginning to light up in the lunar morning sun.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: Black Canson sketching paper, 8”x10”, white and black Conte’ pastel pencils and blending stumps.
Telescope: 10 inch f/ 5.7 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 09-03-2014 01:05-02:00 UT
Temperature: 26°C (79°F)
Partly cloudy, breezy
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 14.9°
Lunation: 8.47 days
Illumination: 56.7 %

Frank McCabe


Zeno Crater

Zeno crater - August 11, 2014
Zeno crater – August 11, 2014
Zeno crater imagined- oil painting
Zeno crater imagined – oil painting

I hope,have to correct my previous ASOD posted that sketched on 11,11,2011 [ The Chevallier crater ] as to [The Zeno crater] ….. in the begining month of this year I found this name in Wiki and now most probably this split rimed crater,s name is maybe “Zeno” . The LRO photo shows a 5 km diameter criminal impactor crater vividly laid on the demolished and streamed down rim-wall that I think must be made of reratively soft weak meterial or even I think the small impactor crater was not ” the a criminal ” for this dramaticaly split rim of Zeno.

This 60km diameter crater is located near the Moon,s limb upper Mare Crisium and looked always long slender elliptical shape. For the first time I saw it accidentally with my 8″ dob on excelent seeing night on 10.25, 1999. Second time,with my 8″ refractor on 11.11,2011 , and now I have 10-12 night observations for this interesting crater.

The bottom in my sketch , a inserted 8″ dob,s old sketch shows a small convex hill between split rims of maybe over 2-4km height and that was sketched also as a more impactor crater like in my other 8″ og observations at more favorable librations but even yet where I did not certain whether it was the impactor crater or a massif hill ,barely visible.

The 16″ dob sketch shows the Zeno with it,s environs well, When starting 13″ og observing after 16″ dob , the shadow of the strong jet-stream flow over 20km upper atmosphere passed through on the lunar disc from north pole to south pole at a velocity per in every 0.1 second speed in the eyepices view for 15-20 minutes and strangely eyepiece seeing was ok . Still the interior environs between splited rims were not seen sharply but outer black sharp shadows were well seen, so, shadow [A] consistently 1 hour viewed on the other hand shadow [B] was not viewed for 40 minutes and unexpectedly suddenly appeared as a 2km long, 200m wide jet black shadow in the x420 84 * bino- eyepieces view . This [A] and [B] consist the two legs of the rushing out blackbird shape black shadow that I observed in other nights 1.5years ago.

Turn my eyes to the 500-600km long west lunar limb of Mare Orientale environs for a brief rest, I could see some 10-15 single mountains and 5-6 twin mountains which looked almost similarly but with less details than that I posted here 6,21, 2014. , untill soon after dark clouds stopped the night,s observation.

In recent several lunar observing night, I thought about why there exist no atmosphere molecules on the Moon,… It,s because of weak gravity, .. then from where and when the gravity begins or generates ?

Myself final answer yet…. it generated from in the body of the every a quark or a lepton as a form of “graviton particles” . Need more study.

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Object; Zeno crater

Observe/ Sketch for 1.5 hours; AUG,11, 2014,

16″ dob, x130,x260, uwa14 #4000, 2x bal

13″ refractor, x 420, mostly uwa 8.8s #4000, binoviewer

tak abbe 6, 9mms, nagler 7mms

8″ dob (10,25,1999), x240, x480 , nagler4.8, 2x bal

Lunation ; all 16 -16.5 day

Location ; Backyard home in South Korea

A local made white paper [33 x25 cm] with pencils , black ink, and a old 1999 sketch was inserted

My oil painting 61x73cm imagened before I saw LRO photo of Zeno


Bailly Crater and Region

Lunar crater Bailly and environs - August 9, 2014
Lunar crater Bailly and environs – August 9, 2014

Hi,

Please accept my submission of Baily crater and surrounding region. The weather was very nice that night; warm and dry and the seeing was excellent. The Moon’s liberation was favorable to bring Bailly just past the terminator. I made this sketch using my 10” Discovery Dobsonian telescope at a magnification of 170x with neutral filter.

Object Name: Bailly crater and region.
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: My backyard in Green Bay, WI, USA
Date: 8/9/2014 2:00 UTC
Media: mechanical graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B), white paper and blending stumps

Thank you,

Brian Chopp


Sirsalis Crater Area

Sirsalis crater and environs - August 9, 2014
Sirsalis crater and environs – August 9, 2014

• Object Name: Sirsalis crater area
• Object Type: Lunar crater
• Location:Terrace housing Alcorcón – Spain
• Date: August 8, 2014 22:30h TU – Lunation 13 days, illumination 95%
• Media: Graphite Pencil 3H, 6B, 6B graphite rod torchon 1 and white paper
• Formated with GIMP 2.8

Observation notes:

Drawing Sirsalis crater area
(Position: Longitude: 60.507° West Latitude: 12.492° South Side: Nearside Quadrant: South-West Area: Moon West limb)

Rima Sirsalis (left)
craters:
Sirsalis of 41 km is superimposed on Sirsalis A of 48 km.
To the left and from top to bottom:
Sirsalis H: 26 km.
Sirsalis G: 30 km.
Sirsalis F: 13 Km.
Sirsalis J: 12 Km.

New 10” dob telescope, 220x. City sky. 25º C. Moisture 40 º/º.

Greetings to all visitors of this page. PVG. Alcorcon, Madrid 8/10/2013


Moon-Crater Mersenius

Lunar crater Mersenius - August 7, 2014
Lunar crater Mersenius – August 7, 2014

Hello,

After some weeks during the “White nights” without a look in the sky, I started observation at the 7th August with my new 130/1200 Aspherical Doublet Apochromat (it was planned by Ralf Mündlein and me in the last two years) the planet. The air was quite well and the conditions were warm and dry.

A nice crater with some little impacts and mountains at the bottom took my attention. So I made a drawing of this view. I hope you like the “Mersenius”.with it´s nice landscape.

CS Uwe

Object: Moon
Object Name: Crater Mersenius
Telescope: 130/1200 Aspherical Doublet Apochromat
Eyepiece: 7mm Nagler / Maxbright Binocular
Magnification: about 170x
Location: near Tauberbischofsheim Germany


Moon Race Watercolour

July 4-8, 2014 - Conjunction of Moon with Mars, Saturn and Spica
July 4-8, 2014 – Conjunction of Moon with Mars, Saturn and Spica
July 4-8, 2014 - Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Spica
July 4-8, 2014 – Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Spica

* Object Name (Moon, Mars, Saturn)
* Object Type (Conjunctions)
* Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence – France)
* Date (2014 from 4 to 8 July)
* Media (Watercolour, white paper, paint.net to invert the result)

From July 4 to 8 Moon played with planets. From a purely astronomical point of view the Moon showed us some beautiful conjunctions, Mars, Spica and then Saturn. By the way the game was a little complicated with the clouds. What a season!
On July 5, the moon was still visible behind heavy clouds. The next day, I have not even been able to detect the moon light ! I had to invent the sky. July 7, when the Moon approaches Saturn, clouds returned to disturb the magic of the moment. I’m a bit fed-up about this weather, and I think not being alone!
The advantage of astro-artist on the astro-photographer is that we can complete our design. This time I have to add the missing lunar position on the view. And to capture those irritating clouds, I painted a hazy wash around the Moon as was the case on July 5.
The small hilltop village that served as a foreground is called Artignosc-sur-Verdon. I confess to being quite happy by this view. Artignosc is just halfway to two now well-known astro-spots “The Blaque” in Varages and the OAB in Bauduen. And ‘cause we are nevertheless in Provence, believe me above the clouds the sky is very dark!
Still … what a season!

To do this watercolour, I went out on my terrace at ten PM every night, sometimes before the storm, sometimes after and once during, being passionate or you do not. Every time I sketched some sketches in a hurry, and took two or three pictures allow me to keep the shades. At the workshop, I started by gathering the different positions of the stars and their locations relative to the village. In less than a week, only the Lunar race was noteworthy, Mars and Saturn are much quieter than the stars. Then I realized in reverse mode (colors and contrast) this watercolour. I just had to scan my sheet and reverse the colors.

http://astro.aquarellia.com

Michel Deconinck


A little fat Owl

"A Little Fat Owl", Lunar craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland - May 8, 2014
“A Little Fat Owl”, Lunar craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland – May 8, 2014

It had been a while since I did a lunar sketch. May saw me complete my first lunar sketch in many months. I made several attempts, but on those occasions, seeing was so poor the Moon was ‘boiling’ using just 100X magnification. Disappointing and frustrating. Eventually things did change in my favour…

As always, unless I have a specific target in mind, I just let my eye wonder along the terminator to see what pricks my interest. And, as there are several repeated alphanumeric apparitions on the Moon, I’ve found a second avian one! Some time ago I spotted an owl formed around the crater Mercator. Last night I found a second Owl, this time around the flooded craters Fra Mauro (the fat body), Parry (the right eye), and Bonpland (the left eye).Cute little fella I think is formed here J.

As it turns out, Fra Mauro is just to the south of the Apollo 14 landing site – south is to the top of the page, so the Apollo 14 site lies just below where the Owl’s feet would be.

Object: “Little Fat Owl”, craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland
Scope: C8, 8” SCT
Gear: 5mm Baader Hyperion, 400X
Date: 8th May, 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
Media: White & grey soft pastel, charcoal and white ink on A5 size black paper
Duration: approx. 2hrs.


Copernicus crater

Lunar crater Copernicus - July 8, 2014
Lunar crater Copernicus – July 8, 2014
Detail of Copernicus crater - July 8, 2014
Detail of Copernicus crater – July 8, 2014

The atmosphere on my loction is generally not stable in spring ,summer and I had to eyepiece- sketch fastly this crater for 1 hour before the heavy clouds came on and hid the moon.

Think about the never- changing lunar morphology always make my mind to be infatuated with humble, sad, lonely feelings.

This relatively young [ yes, … “young” ] lunar crater has a 800 million years old age. My humble heart can not accept ,perceive even the vastness of the time-span of my mother country’s 4500 years written history…. then, Ahy-, … it is like as that the repeat of merely 200,000 times mother country’s full history will reach the age of the Copernicus crater.

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Object; Copernicus crater [sketched only 1/6 area]

Observe/ Sketch for 1 hours; July 8, 2014

13″ refractor, x 420, uwa 8.8s #4000, binoviewer

Lunation ; 12 day

Location ; Backyard home in South Korea

White paper [33 x25 cm] with pencils , A4 priter paper for explanation


Another Look Near to the Altai Scarp at Higher Sun

The lunar craters Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau near the Altai Scarp - July 4, 2014
The lunar craters Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau near the Altai Scarp – July 4, 2014
Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau - Labeled
Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau – Labeled

Two hundred or so kilometers to the southwest of the Altai Scarp you will find a mix of large and small highland craters that may catch your eye as they did mine. Many have written of the “boring” look-a-like craters of this region but good lighting can make a big difference in appeal here. Ancient Riccius crater (71 km.) is a worn, an almost obliterated remnant, covered and surrounded by crater from 10-15 km. of various ages. Adjacent to Riccius is crater Rabbi Levi (81 km.) with an interesting short chain of craters across its floor. The next crater Zagut (84 km.) is the largest of those in the sketch with Zagut A (11 km.) near the center of the floor and Zagut E (35 km.) pushed through the eastern wall of Zagut. Next to Zagut is crater Lindenau (53 km.) which is younger than the other large crater here as evidenced by the sharper rim and what looks like a part of a central peak remaining.
A fine summer evening of observing and sketching after a long spell of poor weather.
Sketching and Equipment:

For this sketch, I used black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper 8” x 12”, white and
black Conte’ pastel pencils and blending stumps.
Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece (241x) riding on an equatorial platform
Date: 07-04-2014, 01:15-02:50 UT
Temperature: 16° C (60° F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Average – Antoniadi III
Transparency: 4.5/5
Colongitude: 349.0 °
Lunation: 6.7 days
Illumination: 36 %

Frank McCabe


Double Crescents

The conjunction of the Moon and Venus - January 2, 2014
The conjunction of the Moon and Venus – January 2, 2014

I got a quick walk up the hill behind the house this afternoon with 8×32 Nikon binoculars, I scanned for Venus at 16.20ut and was surprised to see a very thin crescent moon in the same fov, also even in the binoculars Venus was a sharp and beautiful crescent, I walked home quickly and made a memory painting in watercolours to try and capture a totally exquisite sight 🙂

Dale

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On the Horizon Near Mare Orientale

Mountains on the lunar horizon near Mare Orientale - June 15, 2014
Mountains on the lunar horizon near Mare Orientale – June 15, 2014
Mountains on the lunar horizon near Mare Orientale, water color painting- June 20, 2014
Mountains on the lunar horizon near Mare Orientale, water color painting- June 20, 2014

Goddess Selene showed me this beautiful old Lunar horizon landscape on the good seeing night on 15th 6. 2014.

I was very happy to see this view .

I opened covers of optics at soon after sun set , …. always the 35kg 18″ flat in front of the 13″ og cools slowly, the image saturn began to show encke minima when I started observing at 10 o’clark.
I was very tired then to give up observing as this 13″ never showed me a Lunar view that surpass 8″….. until now , I slept for 2-3 hours till 2 o’ clock ….. I woke up and again looked through the bino eyepieces.

The beautiful whole Lunar surface was there in incredible details that far surpass the 8″ even along the entire moon limbs… even in that low transparency night, then every skepticisms about the optical qualities shattered , vanished away.
The power of 13′ OG could penetrated twice times into the lunar horizon, so sketch span reduced from 70- 80 km of 8″ og to 30-40 km of 13″ og.

I was interested in water color painting when I was a high-school student and there is 40 years vacancy till worked again on this a lunar limb water -color picture.

…..Still work-able…, right?

Always clear nights, to all amateurs
K. S. Min

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Object; Two mountains near Mare Orientale West Lunar limb

Observe/ Sketch for 2.5 hours; 15. 6, 2014

Water color painting for 2 hours ; 20. 6, 2014

13″ refractor, x 530, naglar 7s type 1

Lunation ; 16 day [14 day is incorrect]

Altitude of moon at 3 ;00 am; about 40 deg [maybe the amount of photons flow from that night’s moon came into the 13″ was 1/100 in compare with that from the clear cold winter nights’ high alt. moon ]

Location ; Backyard home in South. Korea

White paper [40 x30 cm] with pencils , [70x 40 cm] in color with brushes


Maurolycus at Terminator

Lunar craters Maurolycus and Barocius on the terminator - June 6, 2014
Lunar craters Maurolycus and Barocius on the terminator – June 6, 2014

Object Name : Maurolycus

Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location Torrevieja Spain
Date Friday 6th June
Media (graphite pencil 2H/6B/2B , charcoal (Hard/Dark), white paper,
Sketched whilst on holiday with good conditions and viewed through small Travelscope 70 mm refractor and 9mm eyepiece.

Regards

Kevin


Plato

Lunar crater Plato - June 8, 2014
Lunar crater Plato – June 8, 2014

Object Type (Lunar Crater)
Location (Vins sur Caramy – Var – France)
Date (08-06-2014)
Media (graphite pencil, white paper )
Made through my 254mm reflector with 25mm EP and 2.5 barlow lens.
Misc. graphite pencils on white paper. No scanning, (this is just a camera shot).
This sketch is issued of my first steps in drawing the moon.

Thank you
Patrick


Sinus Iridum

Sinus Iridum - June 8, 2014
Sinus Iridum – June 8, 2014
Hi,

Find attached a sketch of Sinus Iridum with craters Bianchini, Laplace A, Laplace D and Heraclides E done yesterday evening.

Object Name Sinus Iridum, The Moon
Object Type Impact basin
Location Dusseldorf region, Germany
Date June 8th, 2014, 2120-2205 CEST
Media white pastel pen, charcoal pen on black cardbox paper
Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 127/1500 SLT
Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm
Best Regards,

Achim


Anaximander environs

Anaximander environs - December 14, 2013
Anaximander environs – December 14, 2013

Tonight, DEC, 14th, 2013. I could have a brief time for an observation/sketching on the nothern moon limb ,

the environs of the crater [ Carpenter, Anaximander, J . Herschel ] .

I have focused 8″ refractor at the curiously connected shadow casted by the splitted rim- walls of each of Anaximander,s and of J, Herschel, s .

Although, seeing was bad , I observed/ sketched this for 40-50 minutes.

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8″ f12 a chinise made achromatic lens , x340

location; Backyard home in South. Korea

white paper [40 x30 cm] , graphite pencils , black ink

Date of observe/ sketch ; 12, 14, 2013


Tycho

Lunar crater Tycho - May 9, 2014
Lunar crater Tycho – May 9, 2014

Tycho

Object Type: Moon

Location: Tarragona – Spain

A childhood memory: Summer, 1975, Tycho observed with an old binoculars 8×30 of my father. I never would have imagined be viewed as night May 9, 2014.

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:

http://www.laorilladelcosmos.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/tycho.html

Date and Time: 2014-05-09, 21h 49m UT

Telescope: SC Celestron 235mm (9.25″); CGEM mount.

Eyepiece: 7.5mm (313x)

White paper, HB2 graphite pencil, and scanned with Photoshop

Seeing: 4/5 (5 the best)

Transparency: Clear. Rural skies.

Thank you and best regards.

Oscar


Gassendi in Mare Humorum

Mare Humorum and Gassendi crater - March 12, 2014
Mare Humorum and Gassendi crater – March 12, 2014

Object name: Mare Humorum, Gassendi Crater
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: Lisbon, Portugal ( 38º 44′ N 9º 30′ W)
Date: 12-03-2014
Media: graphite pencil

Equipment: ED doublet refractor, 80/720mm, (3.15″) F9; EP 9mm OR, 80x.
This was my third sketch, the first attempt was such an enjoyable expirience that I repeated it the following nights.
Fortunately I had 3 or 4 good nights in a row.

Clear skies
Bernardo Andrade