Pickering’s Floral Crater

December 4, 2011. 22:00-22:30UT. 200mm SCT f/10. 333x Object Name: Eratosthenes Crater Object Type: Lunar Crater Location: Naxxar, Malta Date: December 4, 2011 Media: Graphite pencil, white paper, blending stumps, erasor, GIMP. Telescope: 8 inch f/ 10 SCT Dobsonian and 10mm eyepiece using binoviewer Date: 12-04-2011 22:00-22:30 UT Charles Galdies – http://znith-observatory.blogspot.com Eratosthenes is a … Continue reading Pickering’s Floral Crater


Lunar Eclipse – First of 2011

Location: Malta Date: 15 June 2011 Media (blender, charcoal, pencil colour, white paper, GIMP) http://znith-observatory.blogspot.com This is my first composite sketch of a total lunar eclipse that took place yesterday on June 15, 2011. It was the first of two such eclipses in 2011. The second will occur on December 10, 2011. I used graphite … Continue reading Lunar Eclipse – First of 2011


Connecting the Two Galaxies

Object Name (M51) Object Type (Galaxy) Naxxar, Malta April 2nd, 2011 @ 22:38UT Graphite pencil, charcoal, blenders, white paper, scanned and inverted using GIMP) M51 under averted vision. 200mm SCT, f/10, 25mm, eyepiece, 81x, binoviewer, light pollution filter. On April 2nd, 2011 I spent an hour observing this magnificent Messier object. I have produced the … Continue reading Connecting the Two Galaxies


Mars unraveled

Mars Planet Malta (35.52N; 14.26E) at www.znith-observatory.blogspot.com October 2009-May 2010 Graphite pencil, charcoal, white paper, scanner This 2009-2010 Mars map is a collage of sketches made through my telescope (SCT 200mm, and colour filters) which spanned from October 2009 till May 2010. Mars offers the best telescopic views at opposition. Large surface markings offer interesting … Continue reading Mars unraveled


Receding Mars – May 22, 2010

Mars – May 22, 2010By Charles Galdies Mars Planet Malta 35:52N; 14:26E; http://znith-observatory.blogspot.com 22 May 2010, 19:32 UT Media (coloured pencils, white paper, scanning software, image processing) 200mm SCT f/10, 422x, seeing 4/10, trans 3/5 The style of this sketch portrays the feeling of ‘distancing’ from the planet Mars, shown as a small globe against … Continue reading Receding Mars – May 22, 2010


Mars – March 6, 2010

Mars – March 6, 2010Sketch and Details by Charles Galdies Malta, http://znith-observatory.blogspot.com 6 March 2010 graphite pencil, white paper After so many nights with bad weather, last evening offered a fair glimpse of the red planet on its distancing away from the earth. Still, the slight wind and lack of good transparency where not helpful … Continue reading Mars – March 6, 2010


Mars – January 31, 2010

Mars – January 31, 2010Sketch and Details by Charles Galdies Object : Planet Mars Date : January 31, 2010 Time : 21:00 UT Location : Malta; http://www.znith-observatory.blogspot.com Instrument : 200 SCT / 12mm / 2.5x barlow / orange filter Tonight the first albedo features spotted were Mare Sabaeus and Sinus Meridiani. The slight kink at … Continue reading Mars – January 31, 2010