The Talkin Horse

B33, NGC 2023, IC 434
B33, NGC 2023, IC 434


The evening of December 4th (morning of the 5th) was a beautiful night at one of my favorite spots 8 miles from my home on the road to Haleakala National Park. Very clear & very dark. I am finishing up my Planetary Nebula project with Astronomical League and at midnight decided to take a break & try for the Horsehead Nebula again while I was totally dark adapted. Last year I was elated to locate it from my driveway but didn’t sketch it at the time. This year I hoped from a darker location it would be even better, but I decided to just look and not get my hopes up.

After enjoying views of the Flame Nebula I placed Alnitak out of my field of view to the north. Using my 27mm & Narrow Pass Band filter I then placed NGC 2023 to the north inside my view and looked for the 2 – 10th & 13th magnitude guide stars to follow into the Horsehead.
I could see a dim dark patch with averted vision, hood over my head and an eyepatch on the opposite eye. After a short time I could make out the thumbprint of the head with some brightness around the rim and with longer observation a notch appeared to the NW. Some tiny stars also present themselves around the head as well as a linear brightness running N/S through IC 434. I then changed to a 20mm with h-beta filter and more light and dark details of IC 434 appeared, though overall it appeared darker. I got to work sketching & writing up details.

As I was finishing my sketch I heard a “whinnying” sound nearby. I froze because it sounded close and I was all alone. After a moment I realized its an app my daughter has on my iPad that makes horse sounds periodically. It just happened to do so while I was observing the “Horse”! I giggled and ended the night there. What could top that!

B33, IC 434, NGC 2023
Dark Nebula, Emission Nebula, Reflection Nebula
Haleakala Highway 6,000 ft el, Maui, Hawaii
12/5/13 12:00pm, 10:00 UTC
12.5” Portaball, h-Beta & NPB filters, 20mm 76x
Charcoal pencil, charcoal with brush technique, white paper
Inverted with Photoscape software

Cindy (Thia) Krach
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers

M42 from Mar del Plata

Messier 42
Messier 42

Object Name: Orion Nebula – M42 – NGC 1976
Object Type: Nebula
Location: Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: 29/11/2013 – 21:30
Media: Digital Tools (Photoshop CS6)

This is my drawing of the Orion Nebula. In Mar del Plata, the sky have light pollution in some places, but I could see something.

I have a reflector telescope Sky-Watcher 114/900 (4,5″) EQ2 with an eyepiece Super 10 mm. I had a good seeing with a good transparency.


The Cat’s Paw

NGC 6334 (Cat's Paw Nebula)
NGC 6334 (Cat’s Paw Nebula)


pour l’ASOD, je te propose la nébuleuse de “la patte de chat” NGC6334 observée en août 2013 au Chili, désert de l’Atacama au pied du VLT, avec le T400 de voyage en carbone (15kg), ethos 8 et 13mm.
Quasi inexistante sans artifice, elle se révèle sans pareil avec un H-béta, d’où cette idée d’une colorisation L, Rouge (H-béta), Vert (OIII).
Dessin en négatif couleur au crayon sur papier blanc.


je profite de cet envoi pour t’informer de la parrution début décembre de notre ouvrage collectif :
“ASTRODESSIN, Observation & Dessin en astronomie”
fruit d’un remarquable travail d’équipe qui s’est étallé sur plus de 3 ans.

je te propose de découvrir et (si tu le souhaite) de faire figurer sur ton site ASOD le lien vers le site du livre :

bien amicalement


PS : désolé pour mon manque en anglais !

[ French to English translation by Google Translate]


For ASOD, I offer the “Cat Paw” Nebula observed in August 2013 in Chile, the Atacama Desert at the foot of the VLT, with the T400 travel carbon (15kg) NGC6334, 8 and 13mm ethos.
Almost nonexistent without artifice, she reveals unmatched with an H-beta, hence the idea of ​​a coloring L, Red (H-beta), Green (OIII).
Drawing negative color pencil on white paper.


I take this dispatch to inform you of the beginning of December parrution our collective work:
“ASTRODESSIN, Astronomical Observation & Sketching”
result of an outstanding team that ETALLE over 3 years work.

I suggest you to discover and (if you wish) to include on your website ASOD the link to the book site:

Best wishes,


PS: sorry for my lack in English!

Orion Nebula in Buenos Aires City

Messier 42
Messier 42

Object Name M42 Orion Nebula
Object Type Nebula
Location Lomas de Zamora – Buenos Aires- Argentina
Date 22/11/2013 23:15 hs
Media graphite pencil, white paper, cotton, digital tools: Gimp (for tweaks)

It is my draw about Orion Nebula. Where im living the sky is difficult to see some objects because it have light pollution and others 🙂
In my Draw you can see the Orion nebula (m42) with the sky that I have.
Equipment: Telescope Hokenn 130 x 900 eye Super Plossl 25 mm
Thats´s all, thanks!

The Eastern Veil

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340


Here is one sketch from my Cirrus Observation/Drawing Project!!
NGC 6992/5
16″ 136-180x with OIII und UHC
Fst: 6m5; Adelegg 1100m; Germany
Sketch with Graphit Pencill and white Paper!
I have drawing the complete object in 4 individual drawings and then i put it together in one final drawing.

Heire the Link to the other Drawings:
The Cirrus Complex:

Lg von Hajü

NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 - Original Negative Sketch
NGC 6992, 6995, IC 1340 – Original Negative Sketch

California Nebula

NGC 1499 (California Nebula)
NGC 1499 (California Nebula)

Hi! Asod, few days ago I saw the nebula California, was very curious to know if I could capture something visual light as they claim is faint. With my little scope locate ξ (xi) menkib, but looking even more side vision was getting nowhere, I knew I needed to filter, but had to try. By putting the filter magically appears, still not something brilliant, but do not strain your eyes because it is obvious that this is no, there is a dark area that crosses na nebula, but with side vision greatly improves contrast. The truth that I could not resist doing a sketch but as always with a very dim light, if you can not have problems adjusting to the darkness.
You only need a dark sky, wide field and nebular filter.


Object name: NGC 1499 California
Object type: Emission nebula
Location: Bonilla Cuenca ( spain )
Date: 1 November 2013
Hour: 00:00 < 00:40
Media: graphite pencil, processed and inverted gimp 2.8
Optical equipment: Refractor Tele Vue 101 F / 5,4 Genesis SDF Eye piece ES 30mm
Magnification 18x True field 4,5°

Sky conditions: Stable sky, clouds on the horizon. Nelm 6,2 Temperature -0,6°C Relative humidity 67%
Borthle scale 3/9

Orion’s belt stars

Orion's Belt
Orion’s Belt

Hello ASOD, here join my last watercolor

Object Name (Orion’s belt stars and M42)
Object Type (Constellation and nebulae)
Location (Porquerolles on board of Aquarellia)
Date (02-10-2013)
Media (watercolor on white paper, for inverting the sky)

In the night of October the first, our old two masts Aquarellia was anchoring close to the harbour of Porquerolles, one of the three “Provencal golden islands”.
At one o’clock in the night I wake me up,… maybe ‘cause of some wave noise? I was surprised by seeing the Orion’s belt stars and M42 rising close to the ‘Sainte Agathe’ fort. With my 7×50 binoculars I sketch this original encounter, the mythic Orion warrior at the rear of a real castle.
The French coast, here in my nord, is full of light pollution but to my surprise, the castle illumination was the only light in the sight. The island is not so close to the polluted coast, so the Orion’s constellation was pure in the dark while rising.
This watercolour was made on board with local salt water (;

I hope you enjoy

Michel Deconinck

The Whispy Veil

NGC 6960
NGC 6960

This is a sketch of NGC 6960, part of the Veil Nebula. Originally sketched on white paper, reversed and processed in Gimp 2. This is my second time doing this method, and I am pleased with the results.

Scope: Criterion RV-6
Ocular: GSO 32mm Plossl + Celestron.
Location: Prescott, AZ

Thanks for looking!

Orion Nebula from the Black Forest

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43


This is my sketch of the orion nebula, drawn on September, 5th 2013, 4:30h at Kaltenbronn Hohloh, black forest, germany, at 998m with my 18″ Dobson Telescope at 135x using an UHC filter.
Height: 18 degrees over Horizon

Drawn with pencil on white paper, scanned, inverted, and processed to remove “dust-stars” from scanning, darkened, and used the smudge tool to recreate the filaments in the nebula.

Kind regards,

Arndt Schädler

The Trifid Nebula

Messier 20
Messier 20

Object: 20 Trifid Nebula
Location: Mt. Nerone
Date 3rd Aug 2013
Pencil on white paper

This nebula is quite low at my latitude and thus is always submerged in the light pollution halo from cities in the south. This makes it a quite difficult object without a nebula filter. I have obtained the best results with an UHC-S filter. I also tried with an OIII filters which gives outstanding constrast on Lagoon Nebula, which is just nearby, but it is not the best for the trifid.

Regards, Immagine in linea 1


Messier 20 and 21

Messier 20 and 21
Messier 20 and 21

Did some observing and sketching in the Sagitarius region on 8/24/2013. Very “crowded” area of the sky … so much to see and sketch. What caught my eye was the view of M20/M21, both easily visible in the FOV of my rich field scope. Hope I did it justice.


M20/M21 Nebula/Open Cluster
Warren County NJ
Orion Astroview 100 Refractor
Sketched on a laptop computer

Splendor of the Eagle

Messier 16
Messier 16

Here’s my impression of M16, a large star-forming nebula with inside of it a brilliant cluster of newborn stars in the constellation of Serpens. It was made on the 10th of August at my little observatory in Carù, Italy. Equipment used was my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob with 40mm Siebert VP Echelon binoviewer, a couple of Explore Scientific 24mm 82° eyepieces and a Baader OIII filter. Conditions were rather good and I could even make out the main “pillar of creation” as a small dark lane in the nebula’s centre. I captured the image with an ordinary pencil on white paper and afterwards elaborated it on the pc, trying to make the final result as realistic as possible. I sincerely hope you like it!

The Eastern Veil

Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)
Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340)


I’d like to submit my latest sketch for the ASOD. The Object is the Eastern Veil (NGC6922-6955 / IC1340) which I’ve observed with my 18″ f/4,45 homemade Dob. It was done at my observatory in Carù di Villa Minozzo, a small village in the Emilian Apennines of northern Italy on the evening of the 5th of July. Originally I used pencil on white paper and then elaborated it extensively on the pc to make it look as realistically as possible.

Have you ever had one of these drawings you’ve always wanted to make but never got round to it? Well, this one used to be mine. Perhaps I was afraid of the many subtleties, the complexity and the enormous amount of time involved (mostly because having to re-acclimatise my eyes to the dark after every pencil stroke). This nebula is so spectacular with the 2″ binoviewers and a couple of 82° eyepieces. It just didn’t fit in the FOV though and unfortunately I had to find a balance between the “snake’s teeth” (IC1340) and the bright NGC6992 area. It also took me quite some time indeed, but in the end I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you are too.

Kind regards,


Great Nebula in Carina

Carina Nebula - NGC 3372, NGC3293 and NGC 3324
Carina Nebula – NGC 3372, NGC3293 and NGC 3324

Object name: NGC 3372, NGC3293 and NGC 3324
Object type: Emission nebula, open clusters
Location: Bogotá, Colombia.
Date: March-2013
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper. Scanned, inverted and processed with photoshop.
Equipment: Celestron skymaster 15X70 Binoculars

Hello all,

I don`t really remember which day of March I started doing this sketch, but the day I started it, the moon was high in the sky so I postponed the sketch to catch the most number of stars possible in this vaste region of the sky. However, I had to postpone the sketch for forever due to the cloudy weather and finally I decided to proceed with the information I had.

I started this sketch with no information about the deep sky objects I was watching. I saw a column very rich with stars, most of them unresolved with the binoculars and forming a vaste region denser and whiter than the LP background sky. I also noticed two groups of stars close to the column (NGC 3372): NGC3293 and NGC 3324. The best out of the three was without doubt NGC3293: just 7 stars could be resolved well, but the whole cluster seemed to shimmer and glow.

This region seems to be a hard one to sketch, but I would like try to sketch it again from a less light polluted site.

Thanks to all for watching.

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula
Rosette Nebula

Hi all!

I made an observation about Rosette nebula with my 10X50 binoculars. This is a digital drawing, but I hope you like it! 🙂

Date: 2012-01-05 20:33UT
Object: NGC2237-2238 (open cluster and nebula)
Location: Nagyvarsány/Hungary (N: 48°09’37” E: 22°16’46”)
Temperature: -2°C (windy)
My blog:

Clear skies!


Alnitak Nebula Complex

B33 - Horsehead Nebula
NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC 434, B33 (Horsehead Nebula), IC 435, NGC 2023


In attachment you can find sketch of nebulas complex in Orion around
Alnitak – NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC434 and B33 (Horsehead Nebula),
IC435, NGC 2023

Short description:

Object Name NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC434 and B33
(Horsehead Nebula), IC435, NGC 2023
Object Type emission nebulas and dark nebula (Barnard 33)
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 04.03.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Columbus 320UL (320/1384 Newtonian) +
Orion Q70 26mm + TS H-Beta 2”’
Seeing 2/5 (good)
Transparency 2/5 (good)
NELM 5,5 mag

I’ve heard that is possible to observe B33 under medium sky
condtitions (5-6mag) using 12” or bigger scope and H-Beta filter and
I’ve wondered is it true… In 2012 I bought 2” TS B-Beta filter and
after some months of really bad weather in Poland I tried it three
days ago.

When you looking thru the eyepiece you can see Alnitak and misty
shadow of flame nebula. All views using H-beta filter are really dark
so you need few minutes for eye adaptation and you need also to cut
off from all external light sources (using some towel on head or
something like that 🙂 ).
After this adaptation really faint fog of IC434 will appear and in the
middle you can observe small black roundy shaped place in this nebula
– this is the shape of B33.
You won’t observe horsehead shape in 12-16” telescope probably even
in extremely good sky conditions. To see horeheadshape you need 18”
or bigger scope and H-Beta filter.

But its worth to try to observe it. It’s a challenge which can give
you knowledge how you can “detect” and observe really faint objects.

Clear Sky

McNeil’s Nebula

McNeil's Nebula
McNeil’s Nebula


Here is my submission, which is, I think, not only my best sketch to date, but also my most valuable one: as I cannot find any other one of the nebula during its short 2008 outburst.

* Object Name (McNeil’s Nebula)
* Object Type (Likely emission nebulosity, outburst of V1647 Ori)
* Location (Santa Cruz mountains, north of Santa Cruz, California)
* Date (12-20-08)
* Media (graphite pencil, white black paper)

The sketch was made in my logbook after a long study about the the nebula, careful preparation of regional charts, and intense scrutiny during a session arranged just for this observation, using my Orion XT-10 Sky Quest 10 inch Dobsonian (f/4.7, 5 mm Orion Stratus eyepiece [240x, 1.1 mm exit pupil, ~17′ FOV], without filtration.)

Sue French, “Deep Sky Wonders” columnist for “Sky & Telescope” magazine, had carefully observed the previous outburst of McNeil’s nebula in 2004, with a 10″ Newtonian (confirmed by Joe Bergeron.) She studied my report and first and second drawings, and commented in reply, “You no doubt saw McNeil’s reflection nebula.”

My lengthy article about the nebula, and this observation, is found at:

This article discusses the meteorological conditions, and many other aspects of my quest to see it, and the actual experience, plus my background research. The viewing location was a rural private road in the Santa Cruz mountains, south of San Jose and north of Santa Cruz, at an elevation of 3,400 feet (site of some previous Don Machholz comet discoveries.) The drawing shown was confirmed by me with a second sighting and sketch made with a C-11 telescope, at Lake San Antonio further south, on 12-28-08.

Respectfully submitted,
Stephen R. Waldee
amateur astronomer, San Jose
Manager: Roper Piano Studio

A Bird in Flight

Messier 42
Messier 42


I send my sketch of M42. This well-known nebula. In particular, beautifully presented in a dark country sky. Friends who looked at this property by my telescope will not forget this view, the dark sky in the eyepiece and on the background of glowing mist that looks like a bird in flight is a sensation that can not be forgotten. It is a pity that the sky is still cloudy for a long time. I hope that in March the weather will be better 🙂 Thank you and best regards,

Object name: M42 ”
Object type: Nebula
Location: Psary in Poland
Date: 6th February 2013
Power 56x
Telescope: Newton 8 “dobson.

Thor’s Helmet

NGC 2359
NGC 2359

Object Name NGC 2359
Object Type emission nebula around Wolf Rayet star
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 05.03.2013
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope Columbus 320UL (320/1384 Newtonian) +
Nagler 22mm + Baader OIII 2”
Seeing 2/5 (good)
Transparency 2/5 (good)
NELM 5,7 mag

In my opinin this object is very underestimated. Usually
astrophotographers choose it as their targets but viusual observers
don’t look at this nebula very often. And this is very bad…. because
object is really impressive. In 10-12” telescopes (or greater of
course) you can see main central helmet shaped part of nebula and
after 2-3 minutes of adaptation you can observe beautiful wings which
grows from central part. Inside helmet, around central W-R star you
can see delicate linear structures created by nebula gas.

OIII filter is necessary and it is greatly improve contrast and shows
many details of this very beutiful object.

If have an occasion try to see it. You won’t be dissapointed 🙂

Clear Sky

M42 Trapezium

M42 Trapezium
M42 Trapezium

Object Name: M42- Trapezium
Object Type: Nebula
Constellation: Orion
Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date: 02/07/13
Time: 21:20 CST
Conditions: Clear; Breezy
Seeing: 3/5; Transparency: 4/5
Equipment: 280mm SCT, 12.5mm EP
Power: 224x
FOV: 12′
Medium: Graphite pencil and Blending Stump on white paper. Photographed and color inverted.

I know this is a popular object. It’s beautiful in just about any telescope even from a light polluted area. But from a dark sky site (near 7 mag) like the one I was at it is unbelievable. So rich in nebulosity my sketch barely does it justice. At about 1400 light years and a diameter of some 24 light years this stellar nursery is fascinating! I have read that, besides being one of the closest star forming regions, the brightest stars and the youngest ones may be only 100,000 years old. I never tire of observing the Great Nebula!!!!

John E.

Messier 43

Messier 43
Messier 43

[An excerpt from Dale Holt’s blog: Chippingdaleobservatory Blog ]
…I pushed onto the great Orion nebula, just intending to take a look but ended up once again trying to be artistic in a rendering of M43 the little brother to the much better known M42, to me this nebula is a ‘morsel’ about to be swallowed by the Angel fish that is M42 the great Orion Nebula. Putting dazzling M42 just out of the field to avoid its distraction one could view this nebula as a standalone and appreciate its form and the intricate darker regions and lanes that bisect it. When I showed my pastel sketch to friend Es Reid the next day, flatteringly he referred to it as like an ‘impressionist’s painting’ that will do for me 🙂

NGC 1980 and Messier 42

NGC 1980 and Messier 42
NGC 1980 and Messier 42

Object Name: NGC 1980
Location: RA: 05h 35m 25.9s, Dec: -05 ° 54 ’35 ”
Magnitude: 2.5
Dimensions: 14′ x 14’
Constellation: Orion
Type: Open Cluster associated with nebulosity.
Observing Location: Bonilla. Cuenca. SPAIN
Date: December 9, 2012.
Time: 23:15 T.U.

Material used: Graphite pencil on white paper. Inverted image and processed with Photoshop.
Celestron Telescope S / C 8″ Mount Cgt-5
Eyepiece: Hyperion Aspheric 31 mm; Magnification: 65x.
Conditions: NEML: 6.13 (Zone 6 Peg.) Temp.: 0.4°C; Humidity 68%.

More information:

Success with the Crescent

NGC 6888
NGC 6888

Object: NGC 6888 “The Crescent Nebula”
Object Type: Diffuse Nebula
Location: Orleans, Ont., Canada
Date: September 10 and 11
Media: graphite on white bond paper

I like hunting for challenging deep sky objects. Unfortunately, my backyard observing site is very light polluted so faint objects with low surface brightness are difficult at best. My log book is full of notes “failed to see Crescent Nebula”. But on the night of September 10, I did manage it to see it using my 12″ Skywatcher dob with a 17mm Hyperion (88x) and an OIII filter. The northern part was quite clear using averted vision but the southern part was more difficult. When I viewed this object again the following night (Sept 11) using higher magnification (115x) I was able to complete the crescent. A few nights later I was at a RASC star party in Cumberland, Ont., with much darker skies and I was able to confirm my observation.

Keep look up,

Trifid from Roque de los Muchachos

Messier 20
Messier 20

Object Name: M20, Trifid Nebula
Object Type: Galactic Nebula (emission, reflection and dark components)
Obeservation Location: Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
Date: 2. June 2011
Media: Chalk pencil on black paper
Observer: Christian Rausch
Telescope: 12inch/F5 Dobson (Hofheim Instruments)

– SQML = 21,7 mag/arcsec*2, seeing good, Temp. +14C, dry
– V=114x (Nagler 13mm)

The Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, is one of the best places to observe the night sky and main base of the European Northern Observatory.

It took me quite some time to get the sketch, I’ve never seen so much detail within this object before. The sky at the app. 2400m high volcano is amazing, in a few weeks I’ll return there with 2 friends.

This time we’ll also have a 20 inch telescope….

Best Regards

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula
Rosette Nebula

hi asod,I send this last observation of the Rosette Nebula.the sky that day was not very transparent,but after an hour of observation I could see many details and translate to paper.
the details are subtle and contrasted with this great filter.greetings and thanks

Object Name: ngc 2239/2244/2238 rosette nebula
Object Type: open cluster and bright nebula
Location: bonilla cuenca / spain
Date: 5 january 2013 hour 22:00 < 23:00 temp. -1 ° C humidity 72% nelm 5,4 bortle scale 3/9 Media: graphite pencil and gimp tools optical equipment: meade lightbridge 10'' & explore scientific 30mm 82° 42x increases 1,9° field 6mm exit pupil omega optics npb filter

The Trapezium in M42

M42 Trapezium
M42 Trapezium

My main observing objects are moon & planets, and I do not invest much time in observing DSO.

But whenever winter season comes, I used to aim my telescopes at the Great orion nebula .

This December, I have observed it 3 times ( 3 day ) with a 16 inch Meade starfinder Dobson , and unfortunately all 3 nights were in bad seeing, the 4 stars in the Trapezium were looked like fat cottons.

Even this seeing condition with a little-bit light polluted site , environs nebula structures were seen quite well .


16 inches dob reflector x 90

date; 3 weekends in DEC. 2012

location; at backyard home in South korea

media; graphite pencils , a white A4 printer paper

inverted image

The Eastern Veil

NGC 6992/6995
NGC 6992/6995

Hey Artists!

I send you the eastern veil in Cygnus seen in my 10 x 50 binocular! (SN – remnant). It was a bit hard to see against the starry sky, but after a time in the dark, I could see it better! Info on my sketch. I used pen and pencil on white paper (inverted).
Location : Trondheim, Norway.

Best wishes from: Per-Jonny Bremseth.

M42 Under a Great Winter Sky

Messier 42/43
Messier 42/43

Object Name: M42
Object Type: Emission Nebula
Location: Mt Nerone, Italy
Date: 05/01/12
Media: pencil on white paper

I took advantage of a surprisingly warm January night to sketch again M42 under a great winter sky. Never seen so many details before in this object, many subtle details couldn’t be represented in this sketch. The interesting thing is that the nebula formed a closed ring with a very faint arch of light reflected by the gas.


Soaring through Orion

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Object Name – M42
Object Type – Diffuse Nebula
Location – Arouca
Date – 13th Decembre 2012
Media – graphite pencil and white paper


This is the object that I like most to see. It’s beautiful, bright and easy to locate. To made this sketch, I used my Orion XT12 and an Hyperion 24mm eyepiece. No filter used.
That wasn’t the best night to observe and I live in the middle of a small town (lots of light pollution).
Hope you enjoy!
Best regards


The Great Orion Nebula from Spain

Messier 42 and 43
Messier 42 and 43

Hi asod, I send you this picture of last weekend, The Great Orion Nebula from Spain with love for you.follow if thanks.

Object Name: messier 42/43
Object Type: emission nebula
Location: bonilla cuenca / spain
Date: 8 december 2012 hour 22:30<23:30 temp. 0,6° C humidity 71% nelm 6,1 Media: graphite pencil and gimp tools optical equipment: meade lightbridge 10'' & explore scientific 18mm 82° 70x increases 1,1° field 3,6mm exit pupil

Three Deep Sky Objects in One FOV

Messier 46, NGC 2438, and PK 231+4.1
Messier 46, NGC 2438, and PK 231+4.1

Object Name: M 46 / NGC 2438 / PK 231+4.1
Object Type: Open Cluster / Planetary Nebula / Planetary Nebula
Location: Scheidegg, Bavaria, Germany
Date: November 16th, 2012
Media: Graphite pencil on paper, digitally inverted

Additional information:

I am working on a personla project that involves the observation of planetary nebulae that have cosmic companions in close proximity (less than half a degree in angular distance). The sketch shows the most spectacular of that list of 14 PNs. b
I first observed NGC 2438 and PK 231+4.1 individually in 2010 from Tucson, AZ, USA. It was not until lately that I realized that both PNs as well as the biggest part of M 46 would fit in a single FOV when using low power.
On November 16th, I was able to observe that beautiful part of the sky with my 18″ Dobsonian telescope having superb conditions (fst 7m0). The sketch was made at 94x and I noted: M 46 and NGC 2438 are brilliant as usual. NGC 2438 shows a distinct ring structure and is very bright. Filters improve contrast. PK 231+4.1 is quite weak and definitely requires a filter to be seen. I first needed 226x in order to see that faint planetary nebula. Once spotted and located, it can also be seen at 94x together with the other two objects. PK 231+4.1 also shows some extent but is way smaller than NGC 2438.


The Eskimo Nebula

NGC 2392
NGC 2392

Hello everyone,

Here is an sketch of the great planetary NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula in Gemini, from a cold but quite good night last winter. The following are my notes from tat night.

Easy to find starhopping from Delta Geminorum, the Eskimo Nebula is visible as a pale blue, fuzzy disk at low powers, in a rich star field. I get the best view at 222x. The 10.5 magnitude central star is easy to see and the basic structure of the nebula is also visible, with two concentric zones of different brightness. There is an inner, bright disk that envelops the central star, and a second, concentric halo of approximately double diameter. This second halo is fainter and smooth. But after some time observing, there’s something more: in some moments, I think I can see a bright arc in the Eastern limb of the inner disk. It appears and disappears, but always in the same place so I assume it’s a real detail.

Sketch: 2HB graphite pencil on white paper, scanned and processed with Photoshop CS3
Object Name: NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula
Object Type: Planetary nebula
Location: Asturias, Spain
Date: February 20th, 2012 23:30 UT
Instrument: 120mm f/8.3 refractor + Planetary 9mm + barlow 2x (222x)
NELM: 5.5, moderate light pollution

Clear and dark skies!
Diego González

Messier 1

Messier 1
Messier 1

This is a sketch of M1 the crab nebula with my 10 inch F4.5 reflector viewed with a Watec 120N+ astro camera, the resulting live view was sketched from the monitor.
The Watec literally doubles the size of your scope so my 10 inch behaves like a 20 inch or slightly larger depending on the conditions.
The view was incredibly detailed and took about an hour to draw.

Eta Carinae Nebula

Eta Carinae Nebula
Eta Carinae Nebula


I submit a recent sketch from 4/14/12 of the Eta Carinae Nebula. It was not much above the horizon this night, perhaps 10 degrees. I had to sit on the ground to observe it using my 12.5” Portaball. Well worth the dirt on my bottom. A gasp was all I could manage after seeing it for the first time. The night was superb, with no wind & excellent seeing.

The nebula is massive, ~4 times larger than the Orion Nebula covering about 3 degrees of sky. It also contains Eta Carinae, one of most luminous & massive stars known. If we could put this star the same distance as our sun it would appear 5 million times brighter. It is partly obscured by gas & dust making it appear dimmer than it actually is.

Eta Carinae Nebula in Carina NGC 3372
Diffuse Nebula
Haleakala, Maui Hawaii ~10,000 elevation
Charcoal pencil & white paper
Sketch inverted with Photoscape
12.5” Portaball, NPB filter
27mm Panoptic 56X