Todays solar surface showed some interesting features that I tried to capture. There were a lot of long detailed filaments as well as a region to the east that looked like a piece of silk that had been crinkled and then flattened. To the west of this area was a brightening plage, at the moment the brightest region in the observation besides a bright spike on the limb. The prominences to the north were more subtle and dim.
White sketch paper
Grey charcoal, Tombow pencils 2H, 6B
White acrylic paint (plage)
Photoscape to adjust contrast
60mm Lunt h-alpha 36x
3/21/2015 2010-2035 UT
Seeing Wilson 4/5 Transparency 2/4
Cindy (Thia) L. Krach
Object name: C/2014 Q2 Comet Lovejoy
Object type: Comet
Location: Lijiang, China
Date: 20th and 30th of December , 2014
Media: Graphite pencil and yellow notebook paper. Scanned, inverted and processed in photoshop CS6
Equipment: 15×70 Binoculars
20th Dec: Clear, seeing 2/3, T 0° C, moonless, some direct light over the observation site, Bortle 5
30th Dec: Clear, seeing 1/3, crescent moon, artificial sources of light close to the observation site, Bortle 5.
Hello dear ASOD friends,
Since I saw this wonderful comet on last december, I haven’t had the opportunity to process the raw sketches on photoshop.
I was initially planning to do one sketch, but since on 30th December there was a “conjunction” with M79, I decided to compare how bright they seemed compared each other. There was an enormous difference in apparent magnitude between the two objects as you can see in the sketch. I have the “feeling” of having seen the comet tail but being honest I could not adapt well my night vision since there was a lot of artificial lights around and therefore It could be just a “feeling” than a real view.
Nombre de objeto (M42
Tipo de objeto (Nebulosa.)
Ubicación (Observatorio Astronomico Orion)
Medios (lápiz de grafito,.)
Bueno pues vos presento el dibujo de esta noche, que trabajo me ha costado.
Mas de una hora dibujando y a merecido la pena para poder plasmar tanta belleza en un papel con unos lapiceros de grafito, un difumino y mucha paciencia.
Que lo disfruteis.
[English translation via Google Translate]
Well I present you tonight’s drawing, that work has cost me.
More than an hour drawing already worthwhile to capture such beauty on paper with a graphite pencils a stump and patience.
I hope you enjoy it.
Hi ASOD , this is my second version of the sketch !
Objetive : Ptolomeo Open Cluster , or M7.
Tool : pencil HB and white paper
Edit with :Picasa
Author : Rodrigo Green
From General Viamonte , Argentina to ASOD
I send you a a quick drawing of Nova Sagitarii taken this morning, March 31, 2015
The sky was clear but the nova was very low on the horizon, with binoculars it looked splendid and bright.
Although very easy to locate from Nunki naked eye vision was difficult due to its low height.
Object Name: NGC 4527, NGC 4533 and NGC 4536.
Location: Doyle, Bs. As., Argentina. Star party!
Date: 14/03/2015. 1 AM.
Conditions: Very good transparency, bad seeing. Rural sky.
Media: 2B, HB, 2H, blend stump and PS for color.
Telescope: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform.
Eyepiece: ES 24mm 68º, BST 18mm 60º and TMB II 6mm 60º (for NGC 4533).
Hi ASOD! Here’s my sketch of this stunning pair (or trio) of galaxies located in the constellation of Virgo. I stumbled across these galaxies by mistake when I was searching the quasar 3c 273, lucky me!
This sketch contains the open cluster NGC 1502 and an asterism made up of a 2 1/2° chain of stars that forms a line from the cluster towards the northwest called Kemble’s Cascade. Kemble’s Cascade was so named by the late Walter Scott Houston, who authored Sky and Telescope’s magazine column “Deep Sky Wonders” for decades. Lucian Kemble was the person who sent Houston a description and drawing of the cascade.
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.
Hello guys! Here I send my sketch of IC2602 Pléyades del Sur.
Objet type: Open Cluster in Carina
Simple tools that were used:
Edit with Microsoft Photo Editor
Author Rodrigo “Rodrigator” Casal
From Florencio Varela, Argentina to ASOD
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
Telescope: Celestron nexstar 5′ S/C.
Eyepiece: 25 mm celestron.
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper. Scanned and then inverted and processed image with GIMP
Object Name (Venus, Mars, Uranus)
Object Type (Planet conjunctions)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence, France)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour pencils, white watercolour paper, Paint.net)
I always have issue to find Uranus, without GoTo, it’s not so easy…and I don’t like facility…
Thinks are moving in our planet system. It’s why “planetos” in Greek means “vagabond”.
So I use the opportunity of this double conjunction just a week from each other to find Uranus and its so nice colour.
The Venus-Uranus separation was 5.2’ Venus was 10’000 more brilliant than Uranus, while the separation between Mars and Uranus, one week later was 16.25’
The faint K star between Mars and Uranus is HIP 4325 mag=9.5, so no Uranus satellites were visible with my material.
I sketch the two fields on white watercolour paper with inverted method using a chromatic wheel, orange for Venus, blue for Mars and crimson red for Uranus then I just have to invert the two sketches after scanning. The deal is to manage the colour values in inverted mode.
Clear sky to you all, and for some of you I wish you a nice eclipse on Mart 20.
Solar active region AR2297
Position: S15 E10
Classification of Zurich: Dkc
Day March 12, 2015 at 13h UT
Equipment: 120ED Refractor, Herschel wedge, green light filter nº56, 7mm eyepiece to 130x
Media: 1B graphite pencil and white paper
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.
IC 405, Caldwell 31 or the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission/reflection nebula that requires darkness and patience to pull details out. A 12.5” reflector was used here to observe and a NPB filter from DMG optics helpful. I observed & sketched the same object 3 years ago and didn’t see the details visible this time around. I would partly account this to gaining greater ability from sketching the object again with more patience this time around.
Proper motion studies of AE Auriga show it to be an ejected star from the Orion Belt region. Its chance passage through this nebulous region of gas & dust give it a “Flaming Star” appearance.
Heavyweight white paper, 2B pencil, charcoal and brush.
Photoscape to invert
12.5” Portaball 80X
NPB DMG Optics Filter
Last week at the 26th. February I took the chance to make a sketch of the mutual moon cover. Of course, I also observed Jupiter. The air was not so good but in quite moments there were some details to hold.
All in all it was a real fantastic night. First ran Callisto and its shadow over the planet. Then Kallisto covered Europa and at last moved Io over the planetary disk followed by his shadow.
I enjoyed the Moment when Io covered Europe and sketched this nice scenery for my astro-log.
Date: 26. February 2015
Objects: Planet Jupiter and its moons
Telescope: 10″ ACF SC
Eyepiece: Binocular 18 mm Baader Genuine Ortho (1,25x Corrector)
Magnification: about 180x
Location: Near Tauberbischofsheim Germany
Para mi cumpleaños mi hija Sofía, de 9 años, realizó esta hermosa composición desplegable en “3D”. Un cohete con una carita feliz rumbo a la luna con un fondo de estrellas y cúmulos.
Sofía me acompaña en mi pasión por la Astronomía desde hace algunos años. Utilizamos un telescopio refractor 90/900 y unos binoculares 10×50, Ella es muy entusiasta y decidida a la hora de manipular la montura ecuatorial, especialista en encontrar satélites artificiales.
Conocedora de mi pasión por la llegada del hombre a la Luna, como todos aquellos que eramos niños en aquellos años, se decidió a realizar este regalo sorpresa.
Muchas gracias Sofi!
Mario Castillo (padre orgulloso)
In english (poor):
For my birthday my daughter Sofía, 9, did is beautiful composition “3D”. A rocket with a happy face towards the moon with a background of stars and clusters.
Sofia accompanies me in my passion for astronomy for several years. We use a 90/900 refractor telescope and binoculars 10×50, She is very enthusiastic and determined when handling the equatorial mount, specializes in finding satellites.
Aware of my passion for the man on the moon, and all those who were children in those years, she decided to make this surprise gift.
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.
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: pollutedskiesstargazing.blogspot.com
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
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
It’s a triple sketch, staring Minkar, Regulus and Mimosa (from left to right), all of them stars.
Location: La Matanza, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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!
Object Name: Jupiter
Object Type: Planet
Location: Stokesley, North Yorkshire, UK
Date: 24th January 2015
Media: HB, B, 4B pencils, blending stumps, kneadable eraser on white paper
I used a 130mm reflector at 100x to make this sketch. The weather was cold and clear with good seeing and a limiting magnitude of 5.4. Despite the good seeing, I had to be quite patient to see all the shadows. Callisto itself was easy but Io was quite difficult. It was wonderful to see the shadows suddenly appear during moments of good seeing but at other times not all of them were visible at any one time.
Object Name: NGC 2477.
Object Type: Open Cluster.
Location: San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Conditions: Good transparency, bad seeing.
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!
When: January 5, 2015 Night of the Magi
Media: Lápizes HB, B2, B6 and difumino
Filled with black background with GIMP
Refractor 4 ”, 30x
1º La noche del día 4 hice un esbozo con los tamaños y formas de los accidentes principales
2º La noche del día 5 incluí todos los detalles que pude en dos horas de observación y añadí muchas notas
3º al día siguiente pasé a limpio.
1 day 4 night did a sketch with the sizes and shapes of major accidents
2nd night of 5th I included all the details I could in two hours of observation and added many notes
3rd next day I went to clean.
Salud y buenos cielos.
Alcorcón 31 de enero de 2015
Object Name: C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy- beautiful comet!
Object Type (comet)
Location (Oborniki, Poland)
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!
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
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.
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, paint.net and MS Gif animator)
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!
Róisín Mulligan is only nine , she had a look at C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in my telescope for what was really a brief encounter. Like the other children in the club she was queuing up to see their first ever comet. Somehow unknown to me she managed to produce a sketch in the dark in her own notebook , directly from her memory . This sketch surfaced when we returned to the classroom to finish up our meeting. What a great independant effort on her part , everyone was impressed.
Viewed in a 200mm dob, 32 mm eyepiece ( 37X) with a 46 % illuminated moon in the way ! Róisín attends St Patricks National School Bray ,Co Wickow Ireland and is also a member of St Cronans Stargazers Astronomy Club at St Cronans National School in Bray.
Well done Roisin, great work !!
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.
Object Name : Sun
Location : Granada (Spain)
Media: Graphite pencil, white paper.
Equipment: Coronado PST and Baader Hyperion 13mm, azimut manual mount.
SUPER SOLAR FILAMENT: It is, arguably, the second biggest thing in the solar system. A filament of magnetism almost 1,000,000 km long is stretching across the face of the sun. Only the sun itself is bigger. Stretched out, the line would fit 67 Earths!
The Suns surface has been very interesting to follow the past few days. A fascinating solar filament stretching across the surface is one of the longest recorded, over 700,000 km long. Solar filaments are made up of unstable plasma held above the solar surface by the Sun’s magnetic field.
I was able to observe it for 2 days in a row and marvelled over its sheer size, looking like a tear in the Suns surface. On this day there was also an interesting filament like region near the west limb that was wide and appeared dimensional in light and dark values. The “wishbone” prominence to the north appeared to be from beyond where the limb was visible, the top portion reaching toward the observer.
H-alpha Full Solar Disk
60mm Lunt 14mm 35x
February 8, 2015 1920-1940 UT
Seeing Wilson 4/5
Cream colored sketch paper, grey & white Conte’ Crayon, 2B & 6B pencils and #2 pencil. Contrast adjusted in Photoscape.