Scott Mellish Sketching or Drawing Competition

Thanks to Alexander Massey of The Astronomical Society of New South Wales for submitting the following invitation to our contributors and visitors: Scott Mellish was a long time and valued member of the Astronomical Society of NSW. His knowledge of amateur astronomy and dedication to observation and sketching was unrivaled within the society and much … Continue reading Scott Mellish Sketching or Drawing Competition


The Eagle Has Landed

Hi all, HOORAY! A clear dark sky! This was my first visit to Wiruna, the dark sky site of the Astronomical Society of New South Wales (many thanks to Alex Comino for organizing my stay there 😉 ). This was the stomping ground of Scott Mellish, and it was such a great experience to meet … Continue reading The Eagle Has Landed


Dedicated to Scott

Dedicated to our beloved friend Scott Mellish… Aristarchus is one the of the brightest Moon’s crater. Some people believe that it can be seen with naked eye!!! Object name: Aristarchus crater Location: Tehran,Iran Date: 15 may 2001. Time: 23:11 local time. Media: graphite pencil, charcoal and edited with photoshop. Equipment: Dabsom.8″ Skywatcher. Clearsky… Pasha Majidi


In Memory of Scott Mellish

We are saddened to inform you that skilled observer and astronomical sketcher, Scott Mellish, passed away last week. He was 46 years old. His contributions to amateur astronomy and to the Astronomy Sketch of the Day will be greatly missed. Today’s image features a collage of some of Scott’s incredible sketches. To view more of … Continue reading In Memory of Scott Mellish


Galaxy with a Grand Design

NGC 2997 Galaxy Antlia 01/01/11 Iford NSW Australia 56cm f5 dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x Sky quality meter reading: 21:70 Black Canford paper White pen White pastel pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump Paint brush NGC 2997 has a certain sentimental value for me. Many years ago when I first got a chance to … Continue reading Galaxy with a Grand Design


The Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud Dorado/Mensa 01/02/11 Ilford NSW Australia Televue 76mm Apo refractor Field: 317′ Magnification: 31x Sky quality meter reading: 21:77 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil Paint brush White pastel chalk White pastel pencil If there is ever an excuse to expound the virtues of a fine quality rich field refractor, then … Continue reading The Large Magellanic Cloud


Glorious Globular of the Keel

NGC 2808 Globular Cluster Carina 30/01/11 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky quality meter reading: 21:62 Black Canford paper White pen White pastel pencil White pastel chalk White oil pencil Paint brush This sublime globular cluster proved to be a difficult object to sketch. I almost threw in the … Continue reading Glorious Globular of the Keel


Interacting or Not?

NGC 2294/2291/2289/2288/2290 Galaxies Gemini 12/12/10 56cm f5 dosonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:58 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White oil pencil White pastel chalk Paint brush Blending stump This was quite a nice collection of galaxies in Gemini that viewed well in the 56cm dob. The brightest member … Continue reading Interacting or Not?


Hind’s Variable Nebula

NGC 1555 “Hind’s Variable Nebula” Reflection Nebula Taurus 11/12/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5.0 dobsonian telescope Field: 29′ Magnification: 166x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:60 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Paint brush This somewhat mysterious reflection nebula was discovered by John Hind in 1852. It began to fade in 1861 … Continue reading Hind’s Variable Nebula


Glorious Omega Centauri

NGC 5139 Omega Centauri Globular Cluster Centaurus 09/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 76mm Televue Apo Refractor Field: 62′ Magnification: 48x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:38 I always find NGC 5139 a bit much in large scopes, a more elegant view of this grandiose globular can be had in smaller instruments. As rain had been forecast I … Continue reading Glorious Omega Centauri


Revisiting Two Old friends

Hi all, Tonight I received one of my biggest and most pleasant surprises at the eyepiece. It wasn’t using a half metre + monster, nor from an especially dark site. Rather, it was using my nearly 30 year old 2” f/12 Tasco refractor, and from my home in Sydney! Over a year ago I purchased … Continue reading Revisiting Two Old friends


Hypergiant Star

VY Canis Majoris Hypergiant Star Canis Major 11/12/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 dobsonian telescope Field:12′ Magnification: 404x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:67 Black Canford paper White pen While pencil Yellow oil pencil White oil pencil Red pastel pencil The hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris is not a particularly well known observing target, but it … Continue reading Hypergiant Star


Gazing at Medusa

Abell 21 PK 205+14.1 SH2-274 Planetary Nebula Gemini 12/12/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 dobsonian telescope Field: 29′ Magnification: 166x with Oxy III filter Sky quality meter reading: 21:55 Black Canford paper White pastel chalk White oil pencil Soft white pencil Paint brush Blending stump After three months of dismal wet new moon periods I … Continue reading Gazing at Medusa


Beauty of the Helix

NGC 7293 Planetary Nebula The “Helix” Nebula Aquarius 09/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 29′ Magnification: 166x with Oxy-III filter Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:52 Black Canford paper White pastel chalk White pen Soft white pen Cotton bud and paint brush for smudging I have observed the Helix nebula a number of … Continue reading Beauty of the Helix


Down the Whirlpool

NGC 5194/5195 (M-51) The “Whirlpool Galaxy” Interacting galaxies 24/05/06 Ilford NSW Australia 41cm f4.5 dobsonian telescope Field: 23′ Magnification: x210 Canes Venatici Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump Paint brush What can I say about the Whirlpool Galaxy? At my location Messier 51 is at a little over +47 … Continue reading Down the Whirlpool


Fading Planetary Nebula

Abell 72 PK 59-18.1 Planetary Nebula Delphinus 07/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5.0 dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x with OxyIII filter Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:65 Black Canford paper White pen White oil pencil White pastel chalk Soft white pencil Paint brush George Ogden Abell’s classic catalog of planetary nebulae contains 86 objects which … Continue reading Fading Planetary Nebula


A Superlative Spiral

NGC 1365 Barred spiral galaxy Fornax 09/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:57 Black Canford paper White pen Soft white pencil White pastel chalk White oil pencil Paint brush Blending stump NGC 1365 was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826, and ranks as one of … Continue reading A Superlative Spiral


Dancing in the Virgo Supercluster

NGC 5566/5569/5560 Galaxies Virgo 14/05/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5.0 dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky quality meter reading: 21:38 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Fine tip paint brush From the Realm Of The Nebulae comes this interesting trio of relatively bright galaxies. From the top of the sketch … Continue reading Dancing in the Virgo Supercluster


Pile of Diamonds

NGC 7089 (Messier 2) Globular cluster Aquarius 08/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:44 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Paint brush NGC 7089 is a very pretty globular cluster and I spent a considerable time at the eyepiece painstakingly detailing … Continue reading Pile of Diamonds


Deep Inside the Whale

NGC 839/838/835/833 Hickson 16 Cetus 09/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 15′ Magnification: 314x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:57 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump Paint brush This lovely little chain of four galaxies was easily visible in the 56cm dob. Though small all of them … Continue reading Deep Inside the Whale


Faint But Within Reach

Palomar 8 Globular Cluster Sagittarius 08/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:71 Black Canford paper White pen White oil pencil Paint brush The Palomar globular clusters numbering 15 in total were discovered on the original National Geographic-Palomar Sky Survey plates of the early 1950’s. Those … Continue reading Faint But Within Reach


The Wolf-Lunmark-Melotte System

MCG-3-1-15 “Wolf-Lunmark-Melotte System” Dwarf irregular galaxy Cetus 09/08/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 32′ Magnification:: 129x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:58 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White oil pencil White pastel chalk Paint brush Blending stump This diffuse dwarf galaxy required a relatively wide field with modest magnification to show … Continue reading The Wolf-Lunmark-Melotte System


A Great Globular Cluster of the Southern Crown

NGC 6541 Globular Cluster Corona Australis 11/06/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:41 Black Canford paper White pen White pastel pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump This lovely globular cluster was first discovered by Nicolo Cacciatore on 19th of March 1826, and later in the … Continue reading A Great Globular Cluster of the Southern Crown


Beautiful Collision

NGC 4038/4039 “The Antennae” Interacting galaxies Corvus 13/05/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:35 Black Canford paper White oil pencil White pastel pencil White pastel chalk White pen Blending stump The interacting galaxies NGC 4038/4039 are always good value in any size telescope. In the … Continue reading Beautiful Collision


So Many Bright Galaxies in One Field

NGC 4268/4272/4277/4281/4270/IC 3153 Galaxies Ilford NSW Australia 14/05/10 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:43 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil Soft white pastel chalk White oil pen Blending stump Fine tip paint brush for smoothness Whenever Virgo is well placed in the southern sky I always try … Continue reading So Many Bright Galaxies in One Field


A Pile of Shimmering Diamonds

NGC 6266 (M-62) Globular Cluster Ophiuchus 41cm f4.7 Dobsonian telescope Ilford NSW Australia Field: 31′ Magnification: 159x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:15 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil This Globular Cluster was very pretty at fairly low magnification, some nice stars are scattered throughout the 31′ field Scott Mellish


Edge On Irregular

NGC 55 Irregular Galaxy Sculptor 16/11/09 Chillagoe, Queensland Australia TeleVue 76mm Apo Refractor Magnification: 32x Field: 128′ Black Canford paper White pen Soft white pencil Blending stump Last November I went to visit my sister who lives Cairns in Queensland. My travel scope is a TeleVue 76mm Apo and it fits into a large duffle … Continue reading Edge On Irregular


NGC 4755 – The Jewel Box

NGC 4755By Scott Mellish NGC 4755 “The Jewel Box” Open Cluster Crux 18/03/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian Field: 27′ Magnification: 149x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:46 There was a bit of haze around while I was out observing, along with intermittent thin cloud so I decided to stick with something bright. I have … Continue reading NGC 4755 – The Jewel Box


The Fourcade-Figueroa Object

ESO 270-17By Scott Mellish ESO 270-17 18/03/10 “Fourcade-Figueroa Object” Galaxy Centaurus Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 15′ Magnification: 314 Centaurus Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:31 This is a sketch I done recently of the elusive galaxy ESO 270-17, sometimes described as the “Fourcade-Figueroa object”. Studies have shown that this galaxy could quite … Continue reading The Fourcade-Figueroa Object


NGC 5286

NGC 5286Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish NGC 5286 Globular Cluster Centaurus 18/03/10 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:39 This rather quaint little globular cluster was mostly resolved in the 56cm dob at 218x mag. The bright orange/yellow tinged star in the field is the … Continue reading NGC 5286


NGC 5291 – The Seashell

NGC 5291 Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish   NGC 5291/”Seashell Galaxy” MCG -5-33-5 Interacting galaxies Centaurus Ilford NSW Australia 21/02/10 56cm f5.0 Dobsonian telescope Field: 15′ Magnification: 314x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:60 Black Canford paper White pen White pastel chalk Soft white pencil White oil pencil This strange little pair of galaxies first … Continue reading NGC 5291 – The Seashell


Ramshackle in Reticulum

NGC 1313Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish NGC 1313 Star Burst Galaxy Reticulum 12/12/09 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading 21:67 Black Canford paper White pen White pastel Soft white pencil White oil pencil Blending stump I was not all that impressed with the quality of the … Continue reading Ramshackle in Reticulum


AGCS 1014 Galaxy Cluster

AGCS 1014Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish AGCS 1014 Galaxy cluster Octans 13/12/09 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5.0 Dobsonian telescope Field: 15′ Magnification: 314x Sky Quality Meter reading 21:72 White pen White oil pencil Soft white pencil The far southern circumpolar constellation of Octans is not often considered rich in deep sky objects, at least … Continue reading AGCS 1014 Galaxy Cluster


ESO 350-40 Cartwheel Galaxy

ESO 350-40Hover mouse over image to view labelsSketch and Details by Scott Mellish ESO 350-40 The “Cartwheel Galaxy” Ring Galaxy Ilford NSW Australia 13/12/09 56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope Field: 27′ 218x magnification Sky Quality Meter reading 21:76 Black Canford paper White oil pencil White pen White pastel chalk The enigmatic Cartwheel Galaxy is a tough … Continue reading ESO 350-40 Cartwheel Galaxy


NGC 6302 – The Bug Nebula

NGC 6302 – The Bug NebulaSketch and Details by Scott Mellish NGC 6302 “The Bug Nebula” Planetary Nebula Sagittarius 19/09/09 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 dobsonian Field: 15′ Magnification: 314x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:38 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump It had been a while since I visited … Continue reading NGC 6302 – The Bug Nebula


47 Tucanae

NGC 104 / 47 TucanaeSketch and Details by Scott Mellish NGC 104/ 47 Tucanae Globular Cluster Ilford NSW Australia 17/10/09 56cm f5 Dobsonian Telescope Field: 17′ Magnification: 354x Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:78 White pen Soft white pencil Hard white pencil White pastel chalk I have made numerous attempts at sketching this remarkable globular cluster … Continue reading 47 Tucanae


Hostile Serenity

NGC 3199 HII Region-Wolf-Rayet Shell Carina 30/04/03 Ilford NSW Australia 41cm f4.7 Dobsonian Telescope Field 40′ Magnification: 100x with Oxygen III filter Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump Only some 4deg from the Keyhole Nebula lies this lovely diffuse nebula surrounded by numerous pretty stars, one of which is … Continue reading Hostile Serenity


Necklace of Nebulae

The Pavo Group of Galaxies Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish From left to right: IC 4970/NGC 6872/ PGC 64439/ NGC 6876/ NGC 6877/ NGC 6880/ IC 4981 Galaxies 24/07/09 Ilford NSW Australia 56cm f5 Dobsonian Field: 27′ Magnification: 218x Sky quality meter reading: 21:64 This has always been a nice collection of galaxies to … Continue reading Necklace of Nebulae


A Rose By Any Other Name

NGC 2244, The Rosette Nebula Sketch and Details by Scott Mellish Rosette Nebula/NGC 2244 Emission Nebula and Open Star Cluster Ilford NSW Australia 09/02/97 Black Canford paper White pen White pencil White pastel chalk Blending stump Black Pastel chalk 41cm f4.7 Dobsonian telescope 86x Magnification with Oxygen III Filter This is one of my older … Continue reading A Rose By Any Other Name