Object Type (Galaxies)
Location (Nienawiszcz, Poland)
Equipment: Newtonian telescope 409/1800 (Capella 41), WO SWAN 40mm, ES 14mm eyepiece , Soligor Barlow 2X
Object: – Artist: Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)
Night from Saturday to Sunday (3-4 May 2014) was beautiful. The observation started at 22.00. Near the Star „Gamma Leo” I found a spectacular Leo II (dwarf spheroidal galaxy UGC 6253 ( distance from Earth of 750 thousand light-years.) Galaxy Leo II was discovered in 1950 by Robert Harrington and Albert Wilson under the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey. Leo II belong to the our Local Group, and is a satellite of the Milky Way. Beautiful large, galaxy, „rather” visible in 41cm mirror + Swan 40mm and Soligor Barlow 2X
Then with some dose of skepticism I began to search a Copeland’s Septet (Hickson 57)
This is a close gropup of seven galaxies that lies about 480 million light-years away in Leo, discovered by Ralph Copeland in 1874. An apparent magnitudes of them: between 13.6 and 15.2, it was hard to divide, They are very faint even in Newtonian 16” + ES 14 mm in power 128X.
“Coma Cluster” is a rich galaxy cluster, which reveals dozens of galaxies even through an amateur telescope under right conditions. This is a panoramic sketch, which shows ~15 of it’s members, with magnitudes down to 14
Object: “Coma cluster” (Abell 1656)
Type : Cluster of galaxies
Location: Negev desert, Israel, ~6.8 mag. sky.
Date: 04-05/04/2013 ; 02:00.
Instrument: 250mm F/5 Newtonian, 13mm Vixen LVW and 6.7mm ES82.
Media Graphite pencil sketch on a white paper. Inverted and processed in Photoshop.
• Object Name: From left to right: M 60, NGC 4647, NGC 4638, M 59 and NGC 4606
• Object Type: Gxs
• Location: Bonilla – Cuemca España
• Date: 03/05/2013
• Media: Graphite Pencil HB 2, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet
• Inverted color and processed GIMP 2.8
Object Name: Stephan’s Quintet (NGC7317, NGC7318A, NGC7318B, NGC7319, NGC7320)
Object Type: galaxies in Pegasus
Location: Jodłów – small village in southern Poland (picture made during StarParty Jodłów 2011)
Media: graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope: Columbus 320UL (320/1384 Newtonian) + Meade 5000UWA 8,8mm
Seeing: 2/5 (good)
Transparency: 2/5 (good)
NELM: 6,4 mag
One of the most popular “challenge objects”. If you want to observe this objects, one thing is very necessary – clear dark sky. Why? This objects are vey faint so good contrast between galaxies and sky is the most important thing. After few minutes of eye adaptation you can observe four very faint galaxies on the longest side of triangle of three bright stars (it is quite easy to find because it is near very bright galaxy NGC 7331). Very interesting objects – you must have it on your observation list under really dark sky.
Object Name: Markarian’s Chain
Object Type: Galaxy Cluster
Location: Sketched at a dark sky sight in Wiltshire, UK
Date: 5th May 2013; 23:30; conditions – very good
Media (graphite pencil sketch at the scope and then digitized using graphics tablet and Photoshop)
I usually sketch in some detail at the scope (mainly HB and 2B). I then scanned the result into Photoshop and sharpened the sketch. I annotated the galaxies.
For this sketch I used a Nexstar 8SE teamed with a WO 32mm wide field of view eyepiece. The sketch occupied two eyepiece field of views plus a bit of edge fills for some surrounding stars.
I have wanted to sketch this cluster for a very long time but needed to travel out into a dark sky site to have a chance. M84 and M86 were very noticeable but, with the help of a star chart I was pleased to spot many more than can be seen from my back garden, although NGC 4413 required averted vision.