Lunar Crater Plato

Crater Plato
Crater Plato

Please find attached a sketch of the lunar crater Plato and its environs….I used soft graphite pencils to do the sketch on cartridge paper. The colours were then inverted on the computer. This sketch is based on a number of observations I have made of Plato in the last year. I use a Meade LX90 GPS telescope. It has an aperture of 203mm. Plato is one of my favourite regions on the Moon as I love how the crater is filled with deep shadows when the sun is at a low angle.

My name: Kiran
Object Name: Plato
Object Type: Lunar Crater
Location: South East United Kingdom
Date of Sketch: 14th June 2015
Media: Graphite Pencils
Equipment: LX90 GPS (8 inch aperture)

Many thanks
Kind Regards


Blue Planetary

NGC 3918
NGC 3918

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Argentina.

Blue Planetary is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation “Centauro”.

Object Name: NGC 3918/ Blue Planetary

Object Type: Planetary Nebula

Location: Lincoln, Argentina

Date: 12/04/2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Media: Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 4B and 6B, white paper, red lantern and “Difumino”. Inverted with Photoshop.

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: Ultra Wide Angle 6mm

Weather: Clear with some clouds

Seeing: Regular

I hope you enjoy the sketch. Regards & Good Luck!

NGC 2266

NGC 2266
NGC 2266

• Object Name: NGC 2266

• Object Type: Open cluster

• Location: San Martín de Montalbán Spain

• Date: 2015/03/14

• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet

• Inverted color GIMP 2.8

Notas de observación:

NGC 2266 es un cúmulo abierto en la constelación de Geminis; fácil de encontrar; se encuentra a 1º 50’ de la estrella epsilon. Unas cartas de mag. 6,5 son suficientes para localizarle.

De magnitud 9.5, no lo aprecio en el buscador de 9x.

Es un pequeño y llamativo grupo bien separado del fondo que se halla en un campo estelar rico.

Tiene forma de triángulo, en el que destaca uno de sus lados formado por una cadena arqueada de varias estrellas brillantes, cuya magnitud va descendiendo gradualmente desde una de las estrellas de una esquina (mag. 9).

Concentrado al medio, con dos docenas de estrellas pequeñas diseminadas irregularmente y con un fondo moteado debido a las estrellas que no son resolubles con este equipo.

De tamaño considerablemente grande, unos 5’ o 6’.

Observation notes:

NGC 2266 is an open cluster in the constellation Gemini, easy to find; 1 is at 50 ‘of the star epsilon. Letters of mag. 6.5 are sufficient to locate. Magnitude 9.5 do not appreciate it in the search box 9x.

Is on small and striking good fund separate group that is in a rich star field.

It is a triangle, which highlights one side formed by a curved chain of several bright stars, whose magnitude gradually descending from one of the stars of a corner (mag. 9).

Concentrated in the middle, with two dozen small stars scattered irregularly and with a mottled background because the stars are not solvable with this team.

Considerably large, about 5 ‘or 6’.

Greetings to all visitors of this page.

PVG. Alcorcon, Madrid 2015/06/10

Mariposa Pontiac

Messier 6
Messier 6


On May 25th, I’ve sketched a famous, nice object: Messier 6, or “Butterfly Cluster”, a beautiful cluster near the end of the Scorpion, celebrating a historical date in Argentina: 205 years ago, argentinians started to organize a revolution against the Spanish Empire which succeed and helped a lot to declare our Independence six years after that initial revolution, now called “Mayo’s Revolution”, which happened on May 25th, 1810.

I used a newtonian telescope SW 150/750 f5, graphite pencils 4B, 2B and HB, on a white paper, and then edited with Photoshop tool.

As for the title, it’s the name of a famous argentinian rock song, called “Mariposa Pontiac/Rock del País” (translated: Pontiac Butterfly/Country’s Rock), from a very famous band here, “Los Redondos”.

Hope you like it!


Cumulo Abierto en Cancer

Messier 67
Messier 67

Object Name: M67

Object Type: Open Cluster

Location: Leioa (Bizkaia) – Spain

Date: 2015-05-04 / 22h 15m U.T.

Media: White paper, HB graphite pencil, scanned and inverted/processed with Photoshop

Telescope: Celestron C8-A XLT (SC-203/2032mm)

Eyepiece: Hyperion 13mm (156X)

Transparency: City Skies.

Location Constellation: Cancer

Assessments: I can see a bright star that I consult with the Stellarium program, I think it can be HIP 43519, the other very faint stars, it costs me perceive, after a while to adapt, I’m seeing a number of stars that make visually cluster resembles as a bunch of grapes, is what comes to mind.

Comentarios: Puedo ver una estrella brillante que consultando con el programa Stellarium, creo que puede ser HIP 43519, el resto de estrellas muy tenues, me cuesta percibirlas, tras un rato de adaptación voy viendo una serie de estrellas que hacen que visualmente el cúmulo se asemeje como a un racimo de uvas, es lo que me viene a la mente.

Messier 13 – Great Globular in Hercules

Messier 13
Messier 13

ASOD: ” Messier 13, Great Globular in Hercules”

Object Name: Messier 13

Object Type: Globular cluster

Date: 05/16/15

Location: A Coruña, Galicia. Spain.

Media: pencil, white paper, color invert with Gimp.

Dobson 305 mm and Vixen LVW 13 mm (115x)

Seein: 3/5 (fair)

This is my draw of the Great globular cluster in Hercules that we can enjoy in this nights. This globular cluster is located 25000 light years from us and contains more than 300,000 stars.

Galaxia NGC4565 (La Aguja)



El dibujo de esta preciosa galaxia la tenia prevista ya hace tiempo y ahora llego el momento de acerlo usando mi actual dobsom 12″ gotorizado por mi usando el sistema picgoto.
El dibujo fue realizado sobre una carta estelar de guide 9.0 con lapiz de grafito y luego invertido el color y fue dibujada observando la galaxia a 168X usando un ocular esplorer cientific 8.8mm de 82º.
La galaxia NGC4565 es uno de los mejores ejemplos de galaxia espiral vista de canto que se puede ver en la constelacion de coma verenices a una distancia de 47 millones de años luz y facilmente vista con telescopios de aficionado.
Esta galaxia es mas grande y luminosa que la galaxia de andromeda.

NGC 4565
Magnitud: 10.3
Eje mayor: 14.90 minutos de arco
Eje menor: 2.0

Espero que vos guste.




The drawing of this beautiful galaxy had planned long ago and now it’s time to acerlo using my current dobsom 12 “gotorizado my picgoto using the system.
The drawing was done on a star chart to guide 9.0 with graphite pencil and then color inverted and was drawn by observing the galaxy 168x using an eye esplorer cientific 8.8mm 82º.
The galaxy NGC4565 is one of the best examples of spiral galaxy seen edge that can be seen in the constellation of verenices eat at a distance of 47 million light years away and easily seen with amateur telescopes.
This galaxy is larger and brighter than the Andromeda galaxy.

NGC 4565
Magnitude: 10.3
Major axis: 14.90 arc minutes
Minor axis: 2.0

I hope you like it.


Jupiter’s Arrow

Jupiter - 15 May 2015
Jupiter – 15 May 2015

Object: Jupiter and moons plus a couple of stars

Telescope: Dobson 8″
Eyepiece: Delos 12mm
Location: Garganta la Olla, Spain

Materials: Black ink fountain pen on white paper , and reversed on Photoshop

The night was a bad seeing one, so I turned to Jupiter and catched this Arrow shape formation tha I found funny.

Hope you like it!

Aurelio Alcalde

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in Eridanus

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 6 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 6 January 2015

Comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2 in Eridanus
Comet sketched from Wailuku, Maui, HI
Elevation: 450 ft. January 6, 2015
This sketch was executed with pencil on white paper out in my yard and scanned to my MacBook. I reversed the color and labeled it in GIMP. This sketch was rendered when the comet was almost at its brightest in the constellation Eridanus. Although many observers didn’t see the tail as readily as this sketch reveals, I found that I could see it better with averted vision. SkySafari ranked it at a magnitude 5 at that time. In my notes I pointed out three stars almost in a line running west to east and two more further east on a NE to ENE axis, one of which is Struve 536, a double star with a separation of only 1.5 arc seconds. ZI Eri at magnitude 5.2 is to the NNE in line with the tail of the comet. As noted, I used a 2″ Explore Scientific 18mm eyepiece with no filter on a Vixen 104mm refractor. I noted a Transparency of 2 – 3 out of 5 and a Seeing of 4 out of 10. The moon was nearly full in Cancer and low in the east at the time.

Deep Sky Triple Sketch

Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42
Messier 86, 84, 8, and 42

Hi ASOD. I’m from Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a triple sketch made in “El Triunfo”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Object Name: M86 (First Sketch), Lagoon Nebula (Second Sketch) and Orion Nebula (Third Sketch)

Object Type: Galaxy (M86), Emission Nebula (Lagoon) and Reflection Nebula (M42)

Location: El Triunfo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date: 19/04/2015

Media: Graphite Pencils 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B. Inverted with Photoshop

Telescope: Meade Dobson 8″

Eyepiece: BST 18mm (M86 and Lagoon), SP 32mm (M42)

Weather: Clear

Seeing: Excellent

I hope you enjoy the drawings. Regards & Good Luck!