Evolution of a Solar Prominence

On April 28th, I had the opportunity to follow the evolution of this very nice and long prominence. That was made using a very small Lunt in Halpha (35mm) the total sketch time was less than 2h. The full view sketch was made using black pencils HB and 4B on white paper and with the … Continue reading Evolution of a Solar Prominence


Venus and Mercury After Sunset, release 2

Object Name (Venus and Mercury) Object Type (Plante conjunction and meteor) Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon France) Date (Jan 10th 2015) Media (watercolor, white paper, inverted after scan) January the 10th the two inner planets of our solar system are very close. Following the nice pastel sketch made by Frank Jan 6th (ASOD Feb 2nd) I will take … Continue reading Venus and Mercury After Sunset, release 2


Venus-Uranus-Mars—Two Conjunctions

Object Name (Venus, Mars, Uranus) Object Type (Planet conjunctions) Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence, France) Date (11/03/2015) 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 … Continue reading Venus-Uranus-Mars—Two Conjunctions


Lovejoy / M76 Rendez-vous.

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 … Continue reading Lovejoy / M76 Rendez-vous.


Lovejoy for Charlie

Object Name (C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy) Object Type (Comet in Eridan) Location (Verdon river in France) Date (Jan. 11th 2015) Media (watercolor on white paper, inverted after scan via paint.net) During the “Charlie Hebdo” event we had to keep the pencil in hand, to prove that life goes on and is beautiful and that cretinism can’t … Continue reading Lovejoy for Charlie


A Supernova in the Galaxy NGC 4666

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 … Continue reading A Supernova in the Galaxy NGC 4666


Difficult Uranus

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 … Continue reading Difficult Uranus


Sun Super Spot – Unaided Eye

Object Name (Sun) Object Type (Sun photosphere) Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon/France ) Date (2014/11/20) Media (graphite pencil (sketrch down) and watercolor (full sun up) on white paper, Paint.net) The old sunspot 2192 is now making its second pass across the face of our sun with a new number : 2214. It’s the first time that I can … Continue reading Sun Super Spot – Unaided Eye


Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

Object Name (Saturn, Moon first croissant) Object Type (Occultation) Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon, France ) Date (2014 Oct 26) Media (graphite pencil, watercolour, white paper, Paint.net for inversion and crop) Occultation of Saturn by the Moon Here join a watercolour I made while Saturn just leaves the very young moon. That was a very nice spectacle indeed! … Continue reading Occultation of Saturn by the Moon


The Cat’s Eye Nebulae

• Object Name (NGC 6543) • Object Type (Planetary nebulae) • Location (OAB – Bauduen – Verdon – France) • Date (October 16th 2014) • Media (graphite pencil, watercolour, white paper, inverted via Paint.net) To obtain this sketch I use the following optical combinations via the 24” f/d 3.3 on equ. mount of the OAB … Continue reading The Cat’s Eye Nebulae


H alpha Sun sketches

Object Name (H alpha Sun ) Object Type (Nice dwarf star) Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon, France) Date (2014/09 – 19 & 20) Media (graphite pencil, white paper, my digital tool is Paint.net to add colours via layers) What a bad weather! Even the “day of the night” becomes the “day of the rain”, what a season. But … Continue reading H alpha Sun sketches


4 Dimensions for Jacques

Object Name (C/2014 E2 Jacques) Object Type (Comet) Location (Varages Provence France) Date (24-08-2014) Media (watercolour, 4 white paper, Paint.net and 3D photo maker) With our sketches we are staying with 2D only, the two dimensions of our papers. So, I project to reach 3D with anaglyph (cyan-red) glasses. It’s not so easy to make … Continue reading 4 Dimensions for Jacques


Moon Race Watercolour

* Object Name (Moon, Mars, Saturn) * Object Type (Conjunctions) * Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence – France) * Date (2014 from 4 to 8 July) * Media (Watercolour, white paper, paint.net to invert the result) From July 4 to 8 Moon played with planets. From a purely astronomical point of view the Moon showed us … Continue reading Moon Race Watercolour


First International Sun-Day

First International Sun-Day · Object Name (International public event) · Object Type (Sun) · Location (Varages – Provence France) · Date (2014 June 22) · Media (graphite pencil for the sun, water ink and watercolour for the scenery, white paper, Paint.Net to assemble) This first International sun-day was a good time to show the sun … Continue reading First International Sun-Day


PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and STF1758

Object Name (PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and STF1758) Object Type (Comet and Double Star) Location (OAB – Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen) Date (May 1st, 2014) Media (graphite pencil, watercolor, white 300gr paper) Ahhh, this night I really enjoyed myself! Imagine a unlikely place of beauty, the St. Croix lake, with the emerald waters of the “gorges … Continue reading PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and STF1758


Mars Opposition Watercolou​r

•Object Name (Mars) •Object Type (Planet) •Location (Artignosc sur Verdon – France) •Date (April 15th) •Media (Watercolour on white paper, digital tools Paint.Net for the text) I use my 4” refractor (achromatic) f/10 – 200x to make the initial sketch; sadly the 12” Dobson give me less contrast for this target. Although the full Moon … Continue reading Mars Opposition Watercolou​r


The Sun Is a Star

From time to time, with friends, we animate minor scientific events in small Provencal villages. Today March 19th we were in Varages with the local AAP astro club. Fifty kids and residents came to have a look at our star’s volatile proms in H-alpha and some nice spots archipelago’s in WL. We used 3 refractors, … Continue reading The Sun Is a Star


M82 and Supernova News

Object Name (SN 2014J in M82) Object Type (Supernova in galaxy) Location (Provence – France) Date (Feb 2nd 2014) Media (graphite pencil, watercolour on white paper) Hello sketchers, here is my contribution to the observation of SN 2014J. From Jan. 23rd till Feb. 11th I spend a lot of good time with the M82 supernova. … Continue reading M82 and Supernova News


Geminid’s Rain

Object Name (Geminids) Object Type (Meteor shower ) Location (Provence France) Date (14 dec 2013) Media (graphite pencil, watercolor, white paper, digital inversion ) From 4UT just after the moonset, I was observing one hour looking around the Leo area. I begin to sketch the sky region where I was looking, +/- 45° from the … Continue reading Geminid’s Rain


C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) – December 3, 2013

Hello sketchers, Object Name (C/2013 R1 – Lovejoy) Object Type (comet) Location (Provence France) Date (3/12/2013) Media (watercolor on paper 65cm/25cm) This very morning, early, from Néoules, a nice dark sky area, I made 5 sketches with : a 80/400mm refractor (10x) for the large field and the long tail, a Dobson 12”, 58x and … Continue reading C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) – December 3, 2013


AR1575

Object Name Sun Object Type Sunspot 1575 and crown Location Néoules Provence France Date 22 sept. 2012 – 13h TU Media (graphite pencil for the spot, red pastel for the crown, two different white papers, Paint.net) I made two separate sketches, one in H alpha via a classic PST for the crown, the second one … Continue reading AR1575


Watercolor Prom

Object Name (Sun) Location (Rocbaron – Var in Provence) Date (April 22 2012 16h12 local time) Media (white paper, emerald green watercolour, inverted scanning.) Hello artists Just a few hours after the great sketch of Stratos Tsanaktsidis, I had the opportunity to draw this one. I use a common H alpha PST Coronado. My technique … Continue reading Watercolor Prom


Orion’s belt stars

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, paint.net for inverting the sky) In the night of October the first, our old two masts Aquarellia was anchoring close to the harbour … Continue reading Orion’s belt stars


Nova Del 2013

Object Name (Nova Del 2013) Object Type (Variable Star) Location (Provence France) Date (sept 5th, 2013) Media (graphite pencil, water colour, white paper, paint.net to invert and compil) Hi sketchers I like things moving in the sky, and the Nova Del 2013 was the kind of progression that I like to chase. A little bit … Continue reading Nova Del 2013


Star Party under the Perseids

Object Name (Just a Perseid) Object Type (Falling star and star party) Location (Sainte Anastasie sur Issole – Provence) Date (august 11th 2013) Media (watercolour on 300gr paper – dim : 25cm/65cm) The national star night, august 10th 2013 with AFA (Astronomical French Association) At night, a lot of curious, tourist or passionate are join … Continue reading Star Party under the Perseids


Early Planets

Please find here my last watercolour Object Name (Mercury, Venus and Saturn) Object Type (Planets conjunction) Location (Rocbaron Provence France) Date (December 5th 2012 5:55 UT) Media (Watercolour on 300gr paper plus white colour for planets) It was quite cold this morning 1°C but I would like to see the rising of Mercury from my … Continue reading Early Planets


Conjunction of Mercury and Venus

Hello sketchers Here my last observation of Mercury and Venus Object Name (Mercury and Venus) Object Type (Planet conjunction) Location (Val d’Issole) Date (June 20th 2013) Media (Watercolour for the landscape and graphite pencil for the planets) During this very “non cloudy” evening with a perfect transparency, I observed this planet conjunction from my own … Continue reading Conjunction of Mercury and Venus


Epsilon Lyrae

Hello astro-sketchers, here my last contribution… Object Name (Epsilon1/2 Lyrae the Double double) Object Type (Multiple Star) Location (Château de Berne – Provence – France) Date (May 8th) Media (watercolor and ink, inverted while scanning) Epsilon Lyrae, the “double-double” star, seen in the 450mm Dobson of my friend Philippe. During this 4th yearly animation made … Continue reading Epsilon Lyrae


The Setting of Comet PanSTARRS from France

Object Name (2011-L4 PanStarrs) Object Type (Comet) Location (Val d’Issole – Provence – France) Date (2013 March 18th) Media (Watercolour on 300gr white paper, scan but no digital adaptation) Hi comet hunters, here follows my contribution. March 18th, 19:24 UT, from a small hill of the Val d’Issole, I had a nice view of our … Continue reading The Setting of Comet PanSTARRS from France


Mars and Mercury

Here join my last watercolour Object Name (Mars and Mercury) Object Type (Planet conjunction) Location (Sainte-Anastasie-sur-Issole, Provence, France) Date (08-02-2013) Media (watercolour) This February 8th between 17h and 18h (UT) I wanted to watch an unusual planets conjunction and set, Mars and Mercury separated by only 15 ‘. This could be seen through the long … Continue reading Mars and Mercury


Early Planets

Please find here my (this morning) watercolour Object Name (Mercury, Venus and the Moon) Object Type (conjunction) Location (Rocbaron Provence France) Date (December 11th 2012 6:00 UT) Media (Watercolour on 300gr paper plus white colour for planets) It was quite cold this morning -1°C plus Mistral (north local wind)… but I would like to see … Continue reading Early Planets


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


The Sun of november the 7th

Object Name (Sun) Object Type (H alpha regio…) Location (Rocbaron in Provence – France) Date (2012 Nov 7th) Media (graphite pencil for the prominences, pastel on white paper for the solar texture, Paint.net as digital tool) Scope My new Lunt LS35THa/B600 on motorized EQ3 mount with 10mm eyepiece. I made a pastel texture on CàGrain … Continue reading The Sun of november the 7th


InOMN Daylight Moon

Hi ASOD Another watercolour I did during the InOMN event (International Observation of the Moon Night) but… during the daylight. Object Name (2012 September 22 Moon) Object Type (Daylight Moon) Location (Néoules Provence France) Date (2012 September 22 – 16hoo Local Time) Media (graphite pencil for the moon, watercolour for the landscape) We organize a … Continue reading InOMN Daylight Moon


2012 Perseids

Object Name (Perseids) Object Type (Shower) Location (Néoules Provence France) Date (6 – 12 august 2012) Media (graphite pencil, white paper, inverted with paint.net) Here join a sketch I made during the Perseid activity, from august 6th ‘till the morning of august 12th. In fact it’s a sketch compilation of all traces I observed. From … Continue reading 2012 Perseids


Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon

Hi, here attached my last souvenir Object Name (Jupiter, Moon, Venus and Hyades) Object Type (occultation) Location (Néoules Var France) Date (2012 July 15th) Media (graphite pencil for the moon, and watercolor for the dolmen sketch) So early! I observed with a friend of mine from 3h to 5h AM local time. Close to Néoules, … Continue reading Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon


Sunrise Transit

Venus as a star, once more,… Object Name (Venus transit…) Location (Néoules – Provence – France) Date (06-06-2012 & 13-06-2012) Media (red wine, graphite pencil, watercolour) Refractor 1000/102 I made this sketch directly while the sun was rising, just with pencil on white paper. I had to sketch very quickly. Today, at home I used … Continue reading Sunrise Transit


An Imminent Rendezvous with the Sun

Location: Rocbaron Provence France Date: 16 may 2012 – 9:20 PM Media: graphite pencil, white paper, circle inverted while scanning It’s always nice to have a look at Venus while so close to the sun, just some weeks before her sun’s rendez-vous June 6th. I prefer to draw the brilliant Venus when the darkness is … Continue reading An Imminent Rendezvous with the Sun