Triple Transit Face on Jupiter

Jupiter Triple Transit - 23 January 2015
Jupiter Triple Transit – 23 January 2015

On Friday, January 23rd, there was a triple moon transit on Jupiter. Io, Europa, and Callisto all crossed the planet’s disk and cast shadows on their way. It was a busy night for several hours, but at 11:10 Pacific time the view became almost comical: Io and Europa made tiny ears on either side of the planet while Callisto and its shadow provided eyes and Europa’s shadow provided a mole above the left eye. The polar regions provided a stocking cap and a bushy beard.

The view was through a 12.5″ binocular telescope, which added a 3-dimensional effect that really made the face stand out. The extra mirrors in the binocular scope create an image that’s upside down but correct left-right.

* Object Name: Jupiter triple transit

* Object Type: Planet and moons

* Location: Eugene, Oregon

* Date: January 23, 2015

* Media: Graphite pencil on white paper

Jerry Oltion
Eugene Astronomical Society


Heart beating Ganymede

Ganymede
Ganymede
Jupiter - 2-3 January 2015
Jupiter – 2-3 January 2015

The beginning nights of this year l could study intensely the physics of the Jupiter and moons such as motions, speeds, approachings, etc.

Great seeing were on the nights January. 3, 5, 18th, l made 2 main body of Jupiter sketches, 100 of the moons’ movements brief sketches with my 13″ refractor during just only 3 nights and these were seems to surpass the total amount of knowledges about Jupiter system saved in past 20 years with my 5-8″ instruments.

Am 2- 5 ;00 , the seeing was maintained 9-10 /10 for 3 hours on 18th Jan. l could see even the internal simplest details on Ganymede that heart beating with it’s limb between expanding and contracting with a 2 -3 seconds cycle . You can see its one of the mouments here as a water color painting , the feature on the moon was not settled as one but changed as ” T,Y,<,V,X,*..." shapes in the eyepieces because of the hard 1.7 arcseconds dia observing object also because by the 4.5 Ju-Dia distant Jupiter's glare. l observed Ganymede for 1 hour , the features were seen 20 times with one time as long as 5 seconds in 3 minuts interval for 1 hour. The large grayish white "NPC of Mars like" looking feature was impressive. Notice the Io, Europa's circular disks transformed as strong ellipsoid at 3;20 , weak at 4;02 on 3rd Jan. when they approaching together in the center of the field of the eyepieces. lt was very much impressive. l prepared that night's moons contact time-site markings in their syncronous motions in my bird-eye view scale plans describes the objects' exact time-positions to seek light speed for following 2-3 months as the Roemer did 350 years ago. "Seek himself (or herself ) the light speed"... lt is a must for a ama-astronomer. K.S. Min 2015. 1.3 - 1. 18 320mm refractor x400-600 Graphite pencils, water color, acrylic, crayons , white paper South Korea KSMin_Diagram1

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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy by 12-year-old Cillian Murphy

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 26 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 26 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy January 26th 2015 20:18 UT at St Cronans National School Bray Co Wicklow
Telescope – 200 mm FL 1,200 mm / 32mm / 37X Alt 63.69 SQM 17.04 M1 4.4 Moon 46% DC 6 Constellation Triangulum

Cillian Murphy St Cronans Stargazers Astronomy Club – Age 12 years Pencil sketch on white paper .

Despite the strong moonlight Cillian was observant and managed to produce a sketch of Comet Lovejoy during our first club meeting of the season. Our observations and Cillian’s drawing were helped greatly as the school secretary kindly turned off the lights in the car park.

Great job Cillian !

Deirdre Kelleghan

Astronomer
Artist
Educator
Website http://deirdrekelleghan.net

Cillian Murphy Drawing Comet Lovejoy
Cillian Murphy Drawing Comet Lovejoy

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 24 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 24 January 2015

Object Name: 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type: Comet
Location: Deventer, The Netherlands
Date: Januari 24, 2015
Media: Graphite pencil on white paper

Could it be any better? A nearly finished newly built telescope, clear skies after a full week of clouds, a bright comet visible from my backyard practically made for a scope this size…
I made a sketch of comet Lovejoy through my 150mm f/4 Dobsonian. At first sight I couldn’t spot the tail, but as my eyes became more and more dark adapted, a faint tail began to grow larger and larger. It remained faint but the shape was well visible: quite narrow, slightly brighter near the coma, and gradually widening towards the east. Unfortunately I did not detect the greenish color some reported. In the sketch north is up, east is left.

Clear Skies!
Roel Weijenberg
www.roelblog.nl


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 16, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 16, 2015

Nombre de objeto Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Tipo de objeto:Cometa
Fecha:16/01/2015
Ubicacion: Observatorio Astronomico Orion-San Agustin del Pozo-Zamora-España
Medios: (lápiz de grafito, papel blanco ,Photosop,

Today the clear night with a north wind and cold stayed and had to take before they come clouds in the coming days to observe this comet that can already be seen with the naked eye in the constellation of Taurus and soon passed north .
Today was much better appreciated his tail and was a joy to watch is 30mm eyepiece. With 1.6º field.

Asin and all the drawing I’ve had to make split it did not fit into the eyepiece 1.6º.

Its nucleus is bright star with a magnitude of 4.0 and its tail and 3rd round long.

Vos advise that you observe when you can these days because every day and be farther from Earth.

These are the ephemeris for the remainder of the month.

Fecha AR declinacion r delta mag Elong
——————————————————————————————————
17 Ene 2015 03h20m30.44s +18 34′ 32.5″ 1.3054 0.5287 5.0 116.0
18 Ene 2015 03h15m12.93s +20 31′ 33.2″ 1.3032 0.5408 5.1 114.3
19 Ene 2015 03h10m06.31s +22 22′ 57.2″ 1.3012 0.5537 5.1 112.6
20 Ene 2015 03h05m10.54s +24 08′ 47.3″ 1.2993 0.5674 5.2 110.9
21 Ene 2015 03h00m25.57s +25 49′ 10.7″ 1.2976 0.5818 5.2 109.2
22 Ene 2015 02h55m51.27s +27 24′ 17.5″ 1.2961 0.5968 5.2 107.6
23 Ene 2015 02h51m27.46s +28 54′ 20.1″ 1.2948 0.6124 5.3 106.0
24 Ene 2015 02h47m13.96s +30 19′ 32.5″ 1.2936 0.6286 5.3 104.5
25 Ene 2015 02h43m10.50s +31 40′ 09.7″ 1.2926 0.6452 5.4 103.0
26 Ene 2015 02h39m16.85s +32 56′ 27.0″ 1.2918 0.6623 5.4 101.5
27 Ene 2015 02h35m32.71s +34 08′ 40.0″ 1.2912 0.6797 5.5 100.1
28 Ene 2015 02h31m57.80s +35 17′ 04.0″ 1.2907 0.6975 5.5 98.8
29 Ene 2015 02h28m31.82s +36 21′ 53.9″ 1.2905 0.7156 5.6 97.5
30 Ene 2015 02h25m14.46s +37 23′ 24.2″ 1.2904 0.7339 5.7 96.2
31 Ene 2015 02h22m05.44s +38 21′ 48.4″ 1.2904 0.7525 5.7 95.0
J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 17, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
– January 17, 2015

Hello,

From the looks of the ASOD webpage, Comet Q2 Lovejoy is getting the attention it deserves from observers around the globe. Some really fine sketches are here.

I did this high magnification study of the comet using my 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under the dark, transparent skies of wintertime rural Appalachia. Even using my lowest magnification eyepiece to give the widest field of view. the head of the comet and the beginning of the ion tail and the dust tail filled the field.

The short fan shaped dust tail stretched from about PA 100° to 170° and was hard to differentiate from the coma. The longer ion tail at PA 80° was highlighted with streamers and extended outwards for several fields. The very bright pseudo-nucleus was flanked by two background stars.

The moonless night was chilly, 21°F (-6°C), so I did the sketch from field notes immediately after coming indoors. A blending stump loaded with 2B or HB graphite was used for the coma and tail with additional blending with my finger. The stars were made with an HB pencil. I tweaked the gamma when scanning and flipped the drawing during processing to give the correct image view (north up/west to the right).

I expect astrosketchers will continue to have fun with this comet–it’s a nice one.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet
Twin Sugars Observatory Friars Hill, West Virginia USA
17 January 2015 0130 UT
Graphite on white paper inverted digitally

Regards,

Michael Rosolina


C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 14, 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 14, 2015

Nombre de objeto

C/ 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Tipo de objeto

Cometa
Ubicación

Observatorio Orion -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – España
Date

14/01/2015
Media

(lápiz de grafito, papel blanco, escaneado y invertido el color.

Esta tarde estaba medio despejado y había que aprovechar antes de que se acercaran mas las nubes y que en los prosimos días no nos dejaran observar.

Hoy prepare los bártulos para dibujar al C2014 Q2 Lovejoy y me puse sobre las 19:15 TU a observar el cometa con el 12″ primeramente su núcleo y su gran coma que tiene unos 17 minutos de arco con el ocular de 8mm ES para ver si había algo raro en su núcleo por si empiezan a salir chorros como fue en el caso del Halo Boop, que disfrutamos muchos aficionados ya en el año 1997, si ya ha pasado mucho tiempo pero yo aun recuerdo esos chorros de gas saliendo en espiral del núcleo del cometa.

Bueno en fin que no se veía nada raro a no ser por un pequeño tono azulado verdoso que parece desprenderse de su núcleo y después de captar este pequeño detalle empece a dibujar por partes el cometa empezando por su núcleo y coma y mirando aun por el 8mm ES, es una gozada estar dibujando y que el objeto no se te marche de parranda luego gracias al picgoto de Angel Caparros.

Dibujar la coma es mas o menos facil, pero otra cosa a sido su cola.

Primero tuve que cambiar de ocular para poder abarcar todo el campo que me permitiera y lo masimo lo logro con el 30mm ES – 1.6º por lo que hay que dibujar la cola por partes pues 2.6º de cola es mucha cola para este ocular y este telescopio de 12″ F4.8.

Primero estoy un rato moviendo el tubo en altura para arriba y para abajo pera ver mejor hasta donde llega la salida de la cola y me refiero a su anchura pegando al cometa.

Los detalles son muy sutiles por lo que antes de plasmar algo en el papel hay que asegurarse desde donde a donde llega esa cola a su salida del núcleo y asín lo tuve que hacer durante 3 veces hasta conseguir plasmar toda su cola.

He de decir que los detalles son muy sutiles y hay que estar mas de 2 minutos observando detenidamente para que esos pocos fotones de luz se queden en el cerebro para luego plasmar eso en el papel.

Cuando he terminado me doy cuenta que el cometa se ha movido unos 5 minutos de arco desde que empece el dibujo, osea que mas o menos he estado con el 1 hora.

El cometa esta en Mg 4.0 viéndose perfectamente a simple vista desde mi observatorio que la calidad del cielo ronda la Mg 6 en visual.

Parece que hoy he tenido mucha suerte ya que terminado de plasmar el cometa en el papel ya empezaron a meterse nubes.

Como veréis el cometa esta dibujado sobre una carta estelar del GUIDE 9.0 pues no me gusta dibujar tanta estrella cuando lo que quiero es plasmar un cometa.

Espero que vos guste.

J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/
http://pastorgalactico.16mb.com/
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Google translate:

Object Name

   C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Object Type

  comet
location

  Orion Observatory -San Agustin del Pozo – Zamora – Spain
Date

  01/14/2015
average

(graphite pencil, white paper, scanned and inverted color.
 

This afternoon was half cleared and had to take before they come out more clouds and in the days Forthcoming not let us observe.

Today prepare gear for drawing the C2014 Q2 Lovejoy and got about 19:15 TU to observe the comet with 12 “first nucleus and large eat has about 17 arcmin with ES 8mm eyepiece to see if there was something strange in your kernel if they start out jets as was in the case of Halo Boop, who enjoyed many fans already in 1997, if it has been a long time but I still remember those gas jets out spiral core comet.

Well in order not seen nothing unusual except for a small greenish blue tint that appears from its core and then to capture this small detail parts started to draw by starting the comet nucleus and coma and looking even by 8mm it is a joy to be drawing the object and do not leave out partying then thanks to picgoto Angel Caparros.

Draw the comma is more or less easy, but otherwise been his tail.

First I had to change eye to cover the whole field to allow me and masimo I succeed with 30mm ES – 1.6º so you have to draw the line for parts as 2.6º tail is long queue for this eye and this 12 “telescope F4.8.

First I’m a bit by moving the tube height up and down pear see better far off the tail comes and I mean width hitting the comet.

The details are very subtle so before translating something on paper make sure from where to where that queue reaches its core outlet and asynchronous I had to do for 3 times until capture all his tail.

I have to say that the details are very subtle and we must be more than two minutes watching carefully for those few photons of light left in the brain and then translate that into the paper.

When I’m done I realize that the comet has moved about 5 arcmin since I started drawing, I mean that more or less have been with the 1 hour.

The comet was added to 4.0 Mg looking perfectly at first sight from my observatory sky quality round the Mg 6 in visual.

It seems that today I have been very lucky as finished translating the comet on paper already started to get cloudy.

As you will see the comet is drawn on a star chart GUIDE 9.0 because I do not like to draw so many stars when what I want is to capture a comet.

I hope you like it.

J.Tapioles

http://pastorgalactico.blogspot.com.es/
http://pastorgalactico.16mb.com/
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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy a montage of several days sketching from December 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015

Aloha!

Like many astronomy enthusiasts I have been following the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. I present to you a montage of sketches beginning with binocular views and progressing to higher magnification as the comet moved through the sky.

The first sketch in binoculars on 12/20/14 showed the bright yellow/ orange star Kappa Columba in the same field of view as the comet. On 12/28/14 the close proximity to M79 made for a special observation in my 4” refractor. In the last sketched observation on 1/7/15 in the 12.5” reflector I was taken aback by the sheer size of the comet, also at its brightest at this time with light and dark streaking visible in the tail. Beautiful to behold at any magnification.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Montage

12/20/14 to 1/7/15, all times listed are Hawaii Standard Time.

7×50 Binoculars, 4” Refractor, 12.5” Reflector

White paper, #2 pencil, blending stump

Inverted and combined in Photoscape

Cindy (Thia) L Krach

Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Amateur Astronomer


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 9, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 9, 2015

Hey ASOD!

I got the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Norway, Trondheim.
This one was a fine object, big coma but no seen structures near nucleus
and no tail. Info on my sketch!
I used pencil and inkpen on white paper (inverted).
Hope you enjoy my sketch and observation!
I wish you all happy new year and clear skies!!


Height of Lunar Features

The measurement of the height of lunar features by measuring the length of the cast shadows - December 28, 2014
The measurement of the height of lunar features by measuring the length of the cast shadows – December 28, 2014

Lunar Features at First Quarter
Lunar Craters and Montes
Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland
28/12/2014
Graphite pencils plain paper

This is a sketch I did as part of an assignment for an Astronomy course I am taking for fun. The exercise was to calculate 4 lunar features heights by making accurate sketch observations, measuring the shadows and calculating the height using the distances along with the Earth-Sun-Moon angles. It just happened to be clear at exactly first quarter. I am having trouble sketching a very dark black and new to many of the sketching techniques and making it up as I go along. Is there an extra dark lead past an 8b or should I be looking sketch on black paper? I am also having problems scanning and am taking photos of my sketches? Any help appreciated. Clear Skies! Kevin


A Globular Cluster Challenge for the “Deep Space Forum”

The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and  Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a "globular cluster challenge sponsored by the "Deep Space Forum"
The globular clusters NGC 2808, NGC 362, and Omega Centauri, drawn as part of a “globular cluster challenge sponsored by the “Deep Space Forum”

This is an internal challenge the forum espacioprofundo.com.ar , astronomical section drawing, in which it was proposed to draw a globular cluster choice and these are the results. The credit of this picture is for Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini and Martin Boni, and we are representing espacioprofundo.com .
The three drawings were made in different parts of Argentina. The first (NGC 2808) was held in San Miguel, Buenos Aires. The second (NGC 362) in Malabrigo, Santa Fe; and the third (Omega Cen) in the town of Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipment Used:

NGC 2808:
Telescope: Dobson 12 “.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescope: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescope: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.

Este es un desafío interno del foro espacioprofundo.com.ar, de la sección de dibujo astronómico, en el que se planteó dibujar un cúmulo globular a elección y estos son los resultados. El crédito de esta imagen es para Leandro Yasutake, Claudio Vidolini y Martín Boni, y estamos en representación de espacioprofundo.com.
Los tres dibujos fueron realizados en lugares diferentes de Argentina. El primero (NGC 2808) se realizó en San Miguel, Buenos Aires. El segundo (NGC 362) en Malabrigo, Santa Fe; y el tercero (Omega Cen) en la localidad de Pergamino, Buenos Aires.

Equipos Utilizados:

NGC 2808:
Telescopio: Dobson 12”.
Ocular: Plossl 10mm.

NGC 362:
Telescopio: SW 305mm.
Ocular: Baader Hyperion 21mm.

Omega Cen:
Telescopio: Helios 114/900.
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.


Lovejoy Comet in Contrast with Colorful Stars

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - January 4, 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – January 4, 2015

Object Name: C/2014Q2 Lovejoy

Object Type: Comet

Date: 1/4/2015

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert and enhance with Gimp.

Zeiss binoculars 15×60 BGAT

SeeIng: 3/5 (good). Intense moonlight.

This is my drawing of Lovejoy comet. I couldn´t see the tail of the comet because a full moon was shining.
It was a very pleasant view the contrast between yellowish colour in the comet, the orange stars HR 1451 and HR 1452 and the white-greenish light from the HIP 21258.

Este es mi dibujo del cometa Lovejoy. No he podido observar la cola del cometa, la observación se hizo con una intensa luz lunar. Lo más placentero de la observación ha sido el contraste entre el color amarillento del cometa y la luz anaranjada de las estrellas HR 1451 y HR 1452 frente al color blanco-verdoso de la estrella más pequeña HIP21258.


Conjunción Lovejoy y M79

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in conjunction with M79, a globular star cluster in the constellation Lepus -December 29, 2014

Object Name C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and M79
Object Type Comet and Globular cluster
Location Granadero Baigorria, Santa Fe, Argentina
Date 29/12/14
Media I use pencil, paper, and Gimp to invert colour

Conjunción del cometa Lovejoy con el cúmulo globular M79, en la constelación de la liebre.
El equipo con el cual se realizo la observación es un telescopio reflector sw 150/750 con un ocular de 25.
Podemos notar un bonito “triángulo ” entre el Cometa, m79 y la estrella HIP 25045 A. Se pudo observar un color con tintes verdosos hacia el centro del cometa. No se pudo observar coma

Google translate:
Comet Lovejoy conjunction with the globular cluster M79 in the constellation of the hare.
The equipment with which the observation was performed is a reflecting telescope with an eyepiece 150/750 sw 25.
We can notice a nice “triangle” between the Comet, m79 and the star HIP 25045 A. It was observed color with greenish tints to the center of the comet. Could be observed comma


The Great Nebula of Orion

M42 and M43, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy  - December 23, 2014
M42 and M43, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant star forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy – December 23, 2014
M42 and M43 - Original "positive" graphite sketch on white paper
M42 and M43 – Original “positive” graphite sketch on white paper

Here is myobservation and sketch from 23.12.2014
Messier 42/43
Telescope: 16″
v= 90-180x
Without and UHC
Observation: Adelegg/Stafflangen, Germany(1080m/560m)


The Sun before Christmas

The Sun before Christmas - December 24, 2014
The Sun before Christmas – December 24, 2014

Hi ASOD:

Objet: Sun
Objet Type: Sun Ha
Location: Panama city, Republic of Panama (Central America)
Date: December 24 , 2014
Media: graphite pencil , white paper and Phto Zone to invert, color tone and text.
Telescope: Meade Coronado PST – H alpha, 40/400.
Ocular: 13mm

The Sun before Christmas

clear skies , Ricardo Schwarz


Nebulosa de Orion (M-42)

M 42, "The Great Nebula in Orion", a giant  star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion
M 42, “The Great Nebula in Orion”, a giant star forming region that contains emission, reflection and dark nebulae located in the constellation Orion

Object name: M-42
Object type: Nebulosa brillante
Location: Pelayos de la Presa (Madrid) España
Date: 21-Dic-2014 Hora: 02:45 T.U:
Media: lápiz de grafito; A4 de 120 gr; difumino; procesado con GIMP 2.4
Equipo: Refractor Acromático Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F/7.8. Montura: HEQ5 Pro. Ocular: WO 2″ 25mm 48X.
Condiciones de observación: Cielo rural urbano con algo de viento y una magnitud límite de 6 a simple vista en el cenit; humedad del 70% aproximádamente

Object name: M-42
Object type: Bright Nebula
Location: Pelayo de la Presa (Madrid) Spain
Date: 21-Dec-2014 Time: 2:45 T.U:
Media: pencil graphite; A4 120 gr; stump; processed with GIMP 2.4
Team: Achromatic Refractor Bresser Messier 152L 1200mm; F / 7.8. Frame:. HEQ5 Pro Ocular: WO 2 “25mm 48X.
Conditions of observation: urban rural sky with some wind and a limiting magnitude of 6 to glance at the zenith; Approximately 70% humidity


A Supernova in the Galaxy NGC 4666

NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova - December 21, 2014
NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP, a galaxy harboring a supernova – December 21, 2014

Object Name (NGC 4666 and ASASSN-14LP)
Object Type (Galaxy and Supernova)
Location (Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen – Provence France)
Date (2014 12 21)
Media (graphite pencil, white paper, just rapid usage of Paint.net to invert the B&W)

Here’s the sketch I made while looking at this galaxy. The mag. estimation I did is far better than expected : 11.2.
A target easy to find because the galaxy NGC 4666 is quite big and very close to gamma Virgo with a confortable magnitude, but the SN is very close to the galactic centrum, only 12 sec of arc!!, so to separate the two lights the use of the 24″ helps a lot.

http://astro.aquarellia.com/


Sentinel C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view - December 21, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a winter solstice view – December 21, 2014

Hello friends,
I send you a report observation of Comet C / 2014 Q2 Lovejoy yesterday night, December 21, 2014
Just started the winter solstice and wanted to celebrate it!

Waiting for the chance to see the comet decide to go to the rooftop, the map says it’s 15 degrees high. I hope that the fog has not risen much …

The humidity is very high but its clear and I can see lot of stars south of CMa … looks like I’ll be lucky.

I pointed to the area between south CMa and Columba with binoculars 12×80 (4.2º), no need to look further: there it is. His precious coma highlighting against the background of stars…

The field of binoculars is beautiful, the comet is framed in a triangle of stars and I can see a thin tail with indirect vision that goes north. It’s longer than I expected to see, I make a mark on the picture to know the length of the tail I see (arrow).
I make a drawing with the position of the comet and the reference stars and the size of the coma and tail to the correct scale I see.

Graphite (H, HB) and difumino on white paper, scanned and inverted.

Regards.

Leonor


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NGC 362 in Tucana

NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana
NGC 362, a globular star cluster in the constellation Tucana

Object Name: NGC 362.
Object Type: Globular Cluster.
Location: Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Date: Friday December 19, 2014, 22:00 hs
Media: White paper, pencil HB and GIMP to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Dobson SkyWatcher 12″ (305 mm).
Power: 70x, with Baader Hyperion 21 mm.

Claudio Vidolini
Foro “Espacio Profundo”
Malabrigo, Santa Fe, Argentina.


NGC 2808

NGC 2808, a globular star cluster in the constellation Carina
NGC 2808, a globular star cluster in the constellation Carina

Object Name: NGC 2808.
Object Type: Globular Cluster.
Location: San Miguel, Buenos Aires Argentina.
Conditions: Good transparency, bad seeing.
Date: 19/12/14.
Media: 2B, 2H, blend stump and PS. Averted vision.
Telescope: Meade LB 12″ on equatorial tracking platform.
Eyepiece: Plössl 10mm (x152) .
First glob, very tricky!


Difficult Uranus

The Planet Uranus and its moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania December 11, 2014
The Planet Uranus and its moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania December 11, 2014
Uranus and it's moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania - December 11, 2014
Uranus and it’s moons, Oberon, Ariel, and Titania – December 11, 2014

Object Name (Uranus with moons)
Object Type (Planet and satellites)
Location : Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen, Provence France
Date 2014 Dec 11th
Media (graphite pencil, and inverted watercolor on white paper, Paint.net for the inversion)
That’s maybe because I like to use this great telescope, or it’s because I like challenges but,… it’s certainly not the best optical combination for this observation.
On 11 December, I finally found a corner of pure sky above the 24-inch reflector made by Olivier Planchon. To observe Uranus, the speed is definitely too high: f / 3.3 d, so we had to use very short focal EP to reach the useful magnification (Nagler 3.7 and 2.5) !.
If you look at my watercolor you can see a somewhat elongated comet hair that diffuse around the planet, that’s exactly how we see the planet area in the field, this is probably linked to a not 100% perfect collimation, but still. I get the impression that the work of collimation facing these big tubes, it is not a piece of cake.
Anyway, we can say two things:
1- We observed three of the Uranus satellites: Oberon, Titania and Ariel, this last one being a bit lost in the lights of the planet
2- the disk of the planet was not uniform as seen in a small telescope or some photos. It’s very difficult to confirm, but a diffuse zone clearer was observed in the upper atmosphere of Uranus, is that an artifact, I do not know? Anyway the main direction of the area is not in the direction of the cloud bands of Uranus.

Another composition of this observation is given here: http://astro.aquarellia.com/croquis/uranus_page_h.jpg


Near Orion-NGC 1980-1981

NGC 1981, a young star cluster with nebulosity in the constellation Orion
NGC 1981, a young star cluster with nebulosity in the constellation Orion
NGC 1980, a small open cluster with nebulosity near M42 in the constellation Orion
NGC 1980, a small open cluster with nebulosity near M42 in the constellation Orion

Object Name : NGC 1980-1981
Object Type Nebula
Location: Argentina-Provincia de Buenos Aires-Monasterio
Date: 13/12/2014
Media graphite pencil, white paper, digital tools.
All observations be performed with a motorized telescope Eq2 130-900 refelctor and eyepieces BST 12MM (75x).
Seeing 7/10.
The region where the Great Nebula in Orion is accompanied by these two objects that sometimes is a little lost in the majesty of M42. in these drawings I wanted to highlight the stars reflecting part of the nebulosity of these young clusters

Español:
Todas las observaciones ser realizaron con un telescopio 130-900 Eq2 motorizado con oculares BST 12 MM (75x).
Seeing 7/10.
La región donde se encuentra la Gran Nebulosa de Orion esta acompañada por estos dos objetos que a veces queda un poco perdido por la majestuosidad de M42. en estos dibujos quise remarcar las estrellas que reflejan parte de la nebulosidad de dichos jóvenes cúmulos

Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur


NGC 3372 The Keyhole Nebula

NGC 3372,"The Carina Nebula" aka "The Great Nebula in Carina" and the "Keyhole Nebula" portion of this complex emission, reflection and dark nebula.
NGC 3372,”The Carina Nebula” aka “The Great Nebula in Carina” and the “Keyhole Nebula” portion of this complex emission, reflection and dark nebula.

Hi,

The constellation Carina alone makes it worthwhile travelling to Southern Africa – and the Carina Nebula NGC 3372 is the heart of it – especially for visual observing. NGC 3372 is studded with bright and even dark nebulae. The most impressive to me is a combination of “light & shadow” – the Keyhole Nebula (the famous “eta carina” is the bright star at lower left).

Data:
Object Name: Keyhole Nebula (in NGC 3372)
Object type: Galactic Nebula
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namib Naukluft, Namibia
Date: June 1st & 2nd, 2014 (about 3 hours total of sketching)
Media: Pastel and graphite pencils
Optics: 24” Dobson f 4.0, 300x
No filter

Additional aspects:
Field is about 12 x 15’ wide, north is up. To concentrate on object (and not on dimensions) I used a pattern of stars printed from Guide 9 as a template. Pinpoint stars added by image processing software (to replace printed and sketched stars)

More sketches:

http://www.astrosketching.com

Clear Skies!
Rainer


C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - December 18, 2014
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – December 18, 2014

Object: C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Object type: Comet
Location: Panama city, Republic of Panama (Central America)
Date: December 18 , 2014
Media: graphite pencil , white paper and Microsoft Paint to invert colors.
Telescope: Orion XT6i
Ocular: 17mm
Hard to see in the skies with light pollution in the city of Panama …. but we draw the sketch.

clear skies,

Ricardo Schwarz


Les Pleiades

Messier 45, "The Pleiades", an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus
Messier 45, “The Pleiades”, an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus

les Pleiades,
T400
Nagler 26mm
SQM 21.8
Nouvelle Calédonie le 13/12/2014.

Observation bien agréable !
Dessin sur champ préétoilé.

Amicalement

Serge

the Pleiades,
T400
Nagler 26mm
21.8 SQM
New Caledonia on 12/13/2014.
 
Observation nice!
Drawing on préétoilé field.
 
Sincerely
 
serge


Lovejoy – one year after

The comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) during the month of December 2014
The comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) during the month of December 2014

Object Name C/2013 (Lovejoy)
Object Type Comet
Location Lindenau, Bavaria, Germany
Date December 2013
Media black graphite pencil on white paper, digitally inverted using the freeware software GIMP
Usually, weather in December is quite poor – at least in Germany. However, in 2013 we had cloudless skies for more than a week. So, before going to work, I was able to make sketches of the nice comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) using a pair of 16×70 binoculars.
In order to combine all sketches, I used the freeware program Cartes du Ciel to generate the starfield through which the comet wandered.
Since the comet came close to M13, I put the globular in also. The sketch I made of the cluster is some two years old, but I suppose it does not look a lot differently now 🙂
Observing conditions were not particularly good but also not very bad. Faintest star usually ranged from 6m0 to 6m2 except for December 16th and 17th when the moon was still above the horizon, brightening the sky quite badly. Therefore, the comet looked a lot less spectacular.

Best regards,
Christian Weis


Schiller

Lunar crater Schiller and environs - August 6, 2014
Lunar crater Schiller and environs – August 6, 2014

Hello,

Crater Schiller

Object Type: Moon

Location: Tarragona – Spain

Schiller crater formation is still unknown, but one of the most plausible theory argue that due to an impact of a small asteroid or comet fragmented with a small impact angle.

While I was observing and drawing this beautiful crater, I imagined what it would have been to observe the crash and its immediate aftermath. Actually, the moon never disappoints.

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

http://laorilladelcosmos.blogspot.com.es/2014/12/schiller.html

Date and Time: 2014-08-06, 21h 58m 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.


Globular Cluster Pair

A comparison between two globular clusters, M15 in Pegasus and M13 in Hercules - September 24, 2014 and September 27, 2014
A comparison between two globular clusters, M15 in Pegasus and M13 in Hercules – September 24, 2014 and September 27, 2014

Hi,

Please accept my sketches of this beautiful pair of globular clusters, M15 in Pegasus and M13 in Hercules. Both globular clusters are spectacular objects by themselves but I thought it was interesting to pair them side-by-side to compare and contrast. M15 is smaller, has a more densely packed core and a more symmetrical shape M13 is larger, has a more loosely packed core and meandering streams of stars. The sketches were made on the nights of 9/24/2014 and 9/27/2014 respectively from a fellow club member’s observing field near Green Bay, WI using my 10” Discovery Dobsonian telescope at 120x. They were made using white paper with HB and 2B graphite pencils and blending stumps to smooth. Image colors were inverted using Paint.NET. I hope you enjoy it.

Object Name – M15 & M13
Object Type – Globular Cluster
Location – Near Green Bay, WI US
Dates – 9/24/2014 and 9/27/2014
Media – graphite pencil, blending stumps and white paper. Image colors inverted using Paint.net


Taoism on an Anomalous Lunar Phase Night

Lunar mountains as they appear along the limb - December 6, 2014
Lunar mountains as they appear along the limb – December 6, 2014
Anomalous December 6, 2014 libration illustrated
Anomalous December 6, 2014 libration illustrated

The night on December 6 , 3;00-4;00 am was great to observe the 15day moon.

After study some pdf Taurus-Littrow Valley ,NASA, in web, l looked through the eyepieces and soon l found the position of the 15day lunar shade terminator was wrong and strangely for, l remember the lunar phases on 15day moon were always [East-West]ward apparent, this time it was anomalously [North-South] ward.

l think it was not because by libration definitely but by some unknown force pushed the moon downward against the flat normal orbital plane of moon-earth system. l was so tired that night that l had only one hour observation not enough time to check how the limb shade was changing even l could’nt sketch reasonably well the old China or Korean Taoism like landscape and this magnificent similarly scenery was stretched along the limb almost 350km long and of course my limitation was only 70km span , yes-, l have also experienced the Grand Canyon like scenery once with the 8′ og in Dec 2013, twice was recently with the 13″ og 1.5months ago. Now is a Taoism scene.

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320mm homemade refractor x420

2014, 12. 6th

Transparecy,seeing together superb ,8/10;.8/10

White paper, graphite pencils, black acrilic

Shot with a Olympus d-camera

K.S.Min S. Korea


Mooncrater – Thebit

The Lunar crater Thebit - November 1, 2014
The Lunar crater Thebit – November 1, 2014

Hello,

in this night I used my TMB 115/805 to observe the moon.

After half an hour (I have started around 19:00 clock) I decided to hold the crater “Thebit” for my log. Partly it has not occurred to me somehow and I took more than an hour before I could go on for fine work. The proportions did not want to go out of hand and the many subtleties difficult to carry auf’s paper today. Everything was pretty numb, pins “dashed” strange and haze-winding soaked the paper so that it rippled.

All in all I am very happy to have seen it. It was a great Show.

CS Uwe

Date: 01.November 2014
Object: Moon
Object Name: Crater Thebit
Telescope: 115/805 TMB
Eyepiece: 3,5 mm Nagler
Magnification: about 230x
Location: Near Tauberbischofsheim Germany


Nebulosa de Orión (Orion Nebula)

Messier 42, "The Great Nebula of Orion", a giant stellar nursery in the constellation Orion
Messier 42, “The Great Nebula of Orion”, a giant stellar nursery in the constellation Orion

Object Name: M42.
Object Type: Nebula.
Location: Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Date 05/12/2014, 00:15am.
Media: White paper, pencil and photoshop to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Helios 114/900 (reflector).
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.


Sirio

The double star Sirius, its companion, a white dwarf is lost in the glare of the giant which the brightest star in the night sky
The double star Sirius, its white dwarf companion is lost in the glare of the giant which the brightest star in the night sky

Object Name: Sirio (Sirius).
Object Type: Star.
Location: Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Date 04/12/2014.
Media: White paper, pencil and photoshop to invert colors and make minor tweaks.
Equipment used for the drawing: Helios 114/900 (reflector).
Ocular: Huygens 25mm.