Since I exchanged Belgium for Sweden last year, I am faced with lack of astronomical darkness since mid april. Astronomical darkness (sun below 18 degrees of horizon) will only return end of august. Therefore I will be concentrating drawing more suns and moons instead of deepsky. The positive side to this is that in Winter … Continue reading Sunsketches on May 4th
M52: William Optics 110 TMB with TV Ethos 13mm
hi, we ‘re facing another long period with really bad conditions for our hobby, here in Belgium. We exactly had 2 clear nights in the past 3 months. No good at all. But we were lucky yesterday. Clear skies and … exactly when Werner’s X is about to appear. Half past ten PM (22u33) local … Continue reading Werner’s X
I recently spent a 3 weeks holiday in Mid Sweden (Bergslagens Kanal area). October/November really isn’t the holiday season over there, but it is if you want to enjoy some dark skies. It ‘s very bright during the night in summer. I had a few crisp clear nights the first week, so was the temperature … Continue reading Messier 46 and 47
Pictured is Albategnius crater, sketched [June 26, 2012] during a 4 hour session behind my William Optics 80 II FD apo. 156x, 3.5mm Nagler. The clouds disturbed every now and then, that’s why it took quite some time. Hope you like it! Erik van Woerkens, from Belgium.
After having made a few moon crater sketches, I ‘m now sketching the first deep-sky objects. M52: William Optics 110 TMB with TV Ethos 13mm thanks /Erik
I ‘m relatively new to astro sketching, actually this is my second serious attempt. Pictured is Mare Imbrium in the middle, with large craters from north to south: Plato, Archimedes and Eratosthenes. I ‘m really starting to love this area. The drawing was made with pastel crayons on white paper, directly behind a WO Megrez … Continue reading Mare Imbrium
Pickering Crater, lunar crater with 15 km width and 2740 m depth. Sketched on 29/05/2012, the 8th day after new moon, 1 day after first quarter. Sketched in Gierle, Belgium between 22u30 and 23u30. Equipment used: William Optics 80 II FD (555 – F/6.9) on a TeleVue telepod mount, and a Nagler 4.5mm eyepiece thanks … Continue reading Pickering Crater