Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2

Hello friends, 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. … Continue reading Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2


New Beacon in the Night of M82

Spectacular view of the supernova in M82 on the night of January 25, 2014 Scketch made at La Hita´s Observatory in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Toledo (Spain). 22:18 UT With graphite on white paper, looking through TEDI telescope (770 mm, f3.2 ) eyepiece 13mm and the red light of my torch (I call it “the … Continue reading New Beacon in the Night of M82


After the Clouds Went Away

After the clouds went away… …comet C/2012 S1 ISON appeared glowing in the sky. Brigther after the outburst. The tail crossed more than half of the visual field of 12×80 (4,2º), the nucleus was very bright, nearly stellar, and the coma had a strong greenish color. The part of the tail closest to the nucleus … Continue reading After the Clouds Went Away


ISON at the gates of dawn

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON in the morning before the sunrise. Scketch made at La Hita´s Observatory in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Toledo (Spain). 5:04 UT November 13th, 2013 Sketch made with graphite on white paper, looking through 12×80 binoculars (field 4,2º) The sky was really clear and pristine, relative humidity 70%. Altought beautiful Zodiacal light … Continue reading ISON at the gates of dawn


Warrior in the Cradle

Hello friends: Planetary conjunction at dawn: Mars in The Beehive (M44) Graphite drawing on white paper (inverted Ps). Binocular 12×80 (4,2º) at 4:30 UT (height of Mars 21º over horizon) Mars is within the cluster and framed by the four stars of Cancer (Asellus Borealis, Asellus Australis, 31 Cnc and 33 Cnc). Its colour was … Continue reading Warrior in the Cradle


In Memory of Sir Patrick Moore — 1923–2012

2012 has seen the loss of another legend and inspiration. We mourn the loss of Sir Patrick Moore, who passed away on December 9th. Moore’s friends and staff released the following statement: “After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish … Continue reading In Memory of Sir Patrick Moore — 1923–2012


In memory of Neil Armstrong — 1930–2012

On August 25, 2012, the world lost a legend and an inspiration with the passing of Neil Armstrong—the first human to stand on another world. With his first steps on the Moon, Neil stoked the imaginations and passions of countless people across generations and around the world. He inspired many to examine the Moon, Solar … Continue reading In memory of Neil Armstrong — 1930–2012


Lights at Dawn

Planetary conjunction at dawn: Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Aldebarán, Pléyades and Hyades. Drawing made at 5:30 in the morning from the balcony of house in a village near Toledo, Spain. July 15, 2012 Sketch made with graphite on white paper, inverted with Photoshop. The sky was crystal clear and pristine, Alpha A beautiful sight for the … Continue reading Lights at Dawn


An Unexpected Sight Close to Alnasl

An unexpected sight close to Alnasl (gamma sgr) and W sgr: “Black lines coming out of W sgr. Object Name: Dark lines and NGC 6528 and NGC 6522 (Globular Clusters and Barnards) Location: Benacebada, Granada (Spain) Date: 2010.07.10 Media: graphite pencil, white paper. Telescope: 16″ Dob. The observing conditions: with new moon, the seeing and … Continue reading An Unexpected Sight Close to Alnasl


A Vision of Andromeda Galaxy

Hello friends, A vision of M31 through a 40mm eyepiece. The view was fascinating. Object Name: M31 Andromeda Galaxy Location: Benacebada, Granada (Spain) Date: 2010.07.09 Media: graphite pencil, white paper. Inverted with PS Telescope: 16″ Dob. The observing conditions: with new moon, the seeing and transparency excellent. I hope you like it! Leonor — Visita … Continue reading A Vision of Andromeda Galaxy


Inside M13: A River in Darkness

Hello friends, I want to share with everyone an unforgettable experience, a journey inside the globular cluster M13. Object Name: M13 (NGC 6205) Globular Cluster Location: Benacebada, Granada (Spain) Date: 2010.07.09 Media: graphite pencil, white paper. Telescope: 16″ Dob. The observing conditions: with new moon, the seeing and transparency excellent. For details inside of M13 … Continue reading Inside M13: A River in Darkness


Antares´s Neighborhood

Rho-Ophiuchi, Antares and M4 Sketch and Details by Leonor Ana Hernández The view through the binocular was splendid, Antares highlighted with an intense orange and was surrounded by a diffuse cloud, visible with averted vision. The field was rich, plenty of stars, I distinguished perfectly the cluster M4 as a round nebula of grey cotton. … Continue reading Antares´s Neighborhood


Sunrise on the Moon: Gates of Mare Imbrium and Ptolemaeus

Gates of Mare Imbrium and Ptolemaeus Sketch and Details by Leonor Ana Hernández Object name: oriental region of Mare Imbrium and Ptolemaeus crater Object Type: Lunar Crater and Maria The last sunday 31th we could point the telescope to the moon in a beautiful place called “Las Inviernas” Guadalajara, Spain. The moon was just on … Continue reading Sunrise on the Moon: Gates of Mare Imbrium and Ptolemaeus


Two Lords of the Heavens

Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) and Saturn Sketch and Details by Leonor Ana Hernández COMET LULIN c/2007N3 The medium used: graphite pencil. Negative image. The equipment used: 12×80 Binoculars (Field 4,2º) Date: 23-02-2009 Place: Cuerva (Toledo, Spain) The night was explendid, clear and cold (1º C). The Sky Quality Meter (SQM-L) shows 21,17 mag/seg arc^2 The … Continue reading Two Lords of the Heavens


Runaway little Andromeda NGC147

  NGC147 (Caldwell 17) The medium used: graphite pencil, The equipment used: 8″ f/10 SCT. Date: 14-10-2006 Weather: very good conditions, clear and transparency. Very close to Molina de Aragon (Guadalajara, Spain.) Faint galaxy, perfectly elliptic. This galaxy in one of the Andromeda satellites, located in the constellation of Cassiopea.  Field rich in stars, its … Continue reading Runaway little Andromeda NGC147