Jupiter – Io covered Europa

Jupiter and Moons - 26 February 2015
Jupiter and Moons – 26 February 2015

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.

CS Uwe

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

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

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


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

Thank you for comments Frank and also others!!!

Best wishes and clear skies to all !

Per-Jonny Bremseth

Jupiter & Co.

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

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

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

Planetary Alignment – Mercury, Venus, Mars

Mercury, Venus, Mars - 9 January 2015
Mercury, Venus, Mars – 9 January 2015

Object Name: Mercury, Venus and Mars

Object Type: Planet

Date: 1/9/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: drawing on picture, edited and enhanced with Gimp

Nikon binoculars 15×70 IF HP

SeeIng: 2/5. Some clouds

This drawing shows the planetary alignment in these days. As the picture taken with the phone was very bad, I decided to draw a picture that showed the beauty of the image.
The brightness of Venus is seen against the weaker yellow Mercury. The red glow of Mars came a bit latter and sharing view with it, the star Iota Aquarii showed its pale white light.

Venus and Mercury in Same FOV

Venus & Mercury - 10 January 2015
Venus & Mercury – 10 January 2015

I observed Venus & Mercury together in the same FOV on January 10, 2015 from 14:30 to 16:00 hr MST here in Tucson, Arizona USA with a Celestron Nexstar 11 f10 GPS stopped down to 4.5″, a 2″ diagonal and a 2″ University Optics 32mm Ultra Wide eyepiece (AFOV 80 deg). The field of view was 0.95 and Venus & Mercury fit into the same FOV comfortably. Venus was a bright, white, full orb and Mercury appeared as a very small disk with a pinkish – white color. It appeared that 3 Mercurys could fit across the disk of Venus. Seeing was very good around 3:15 PM so centered on Mercury and increased the power to 259X using a Meade Ultra Wide 8.8mm AFO 84 deg eyepiece. Mercury showed a nice quarter phase with a nice pale pink disk; moving over to Venus and the full phase, white disk showed very well. The color sketch was done using Paint.net application to record the observation.

Jupiter triple shadow transit – 24 January 2015

Jupiter triple shadow transit - 24 January 2015
Jupiter triple shadow transit – 24 January 2015

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.

C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – Beautiful Comet!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours Robert

Conjunction Venus, Mars and Moon

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

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

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

Lovejoy / M76 Rendez-vous.

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

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

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

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

Clear sky to you all!

Michel Deconinck

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury – 18 January 2015

Conjunction of Venus and Mercury - 18 January 2015
Conjunction of Venus and Mercury – 18 January 2015

Living in Eastbourne, I am lucky enough to have the famous cliffs at the end of the South Downs close by; the panoramic views they afford are ideal for watching sunrises and sunsets, which are frequently rendered even more beautiful by dramatic coastal clouds. On Sunday 18th January I was driving back from a visit to the beach further east at Normans Bay, when I noticed a break opening up in the blanket of cloud to the west. Instead of heading home I made the short detour up to Beachy Head, where I was treated to this wonderfully picturesque celestial scene.

Best regards and clear skies, Oli

18/01/15 18:45 UT
Soft pastels on Rembrandt pastel paper with acrylic paint for Venus