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.

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 19 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 19 January 2015


I send one sketch from january of C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) seen with 50X magn.
in my telescope. I could see two faint stripes in the beginning of the tail.
I used pencil (9B) on white paper and inverted. Info on my sketch.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.
I also used 10 x 50 binos, and could see a longer, faint tail to east!

Best wishes from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Jupiter – 1 April 2015

Jupiter - 1 April 2015
Jupiter – 1 April 2015


This sketch of my favorite planet of the solar system, that day their moons aligned, the great red spot and below this, the shadow of Europe, the picture was very rewarding and enjoyed meeting observation, but since the city only allows this type comments, try to have a place for these events really impressive. The original sketch was reduced and adjusted as is the eyepiece.

Best regards.

Jupiter and Moons - 1 April 2015
Jupiter and Moons – 1 April 2015

Object name: Jupiter
Object type: Planet
Location: Madrid City ( Spain )
Date: 1 April 2015
Hour: 22:15 < 23:20 Media: Graphite pencil, processed and inverted gimp 2.8 Optical equipment: Dobsonian telescope 10'' F/5 Eye piece Ethos 8mm + Barlow 2x Magnification 317x Sky conditions: Seeing 3/5. http://dibujodelcielonocturno.blogspot.com.es/



I have a new submission for you. I have been working on this series of our solar system for some time now and plan to complete it someday. Each one has been a labor of love.

Object Name Venus
Object Type Planet
Location studio
Date completed 4/1/15
Media graphite on archival paper

Thank you!

Erika McGinnis

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Jupiter – 3 April 2015

JUPITER - 3 April 2015
Jupiter – 3 April 2015

Object Name: Jupiter
Object Type: planet
Location: Penalver (Spain)
Date: 3-4-2015
Media: graphite pencil on white paper, captured with digital camera and processed with Gimp.

Hi This is a sketch of the planet Jupiter made throught my 6” achromatic refractor (TS Individual 152/900), binoviewer, a pair of 8 mm eyepieces and glasspath that gave me 293x. The seeing was very good during all the observation, allthought the arriving of high clouds at 01:00 am ended with the fun.

It was remarcable the wedge that seems to divide the NEB and a bright patch between this belt and NTB that reminds a great oval.

I hope you to enjoy with this sketch.

If you wish to read more about this observational report and others, please visit the web of my astronomical group (www.laotramitad.org).

Best regards.

David Sedano

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) - 13 January 2015
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) – 13 January 2015

Object Name C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type comet
Location Budy Dłutowskie – small village in central Poland
Date 13.01.2015
Media graphite pencil, white paper, color invert
Telescope binocular Leidory 22×100
Seeing 3/5 (medium)
Transparency 3/5 (medium)
NELM 6 mag

In January 2015 comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was really bright.
In big 22×100 bino view was really breathtaking.

Clear Sky

Venus and Mercury After Sunset, release 2

Venus, Mercury and Meteor - 10 January 2015
Venus, Mercury and Meteor – 10 January 2015
Venus, Mercury - 10 January 2015
Venus, Mercury – 10 January 2015

Object Name (Venus and Mercury)
Object Type (Plante conjunction and meteor)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon France)
Date (Jan 10th 2015)
Media (watercolor, white paper, inverted after scan)

January the 10th the two inner planets of our solar system are very close. Following the nice pastel sketch made by Frank Jan 6th (ASOD Feb 2nd) I will take the opportunity to compare its view with this I made 4 days later.
While my watercolor session, a probable Quadrantide meteor produce a brilliant flash.

The two planets are easily seen in the field of my UWA EP.

Clear sky to you all !

Michel Deconinck


Jupiter – 3 April 2015

Jupiter - 3 April 2015
Jupiter – 3 April 2015

Object Name: Jupiter
Object Type: Planet
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: 03/04/15
Media: Polychromos: Ivory, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Ochre, Brown Ochre, Burnt Siena, Cold Grey II & Black. Blenders and Pencil Rubber.
Telescope: SkyWatcher Maksutov 5″.
Eyepiece: SW TMBII 7mm (214x), SW TMBII 9mm (166x), Explore Scientific 14mm 82º (107x).
Conditions: Seeing: 3.
Observations: The size does not represent de actual FOV. I used different powers because some details were visible with certain EP’s. The drawing took me around 45 minutes, so the planet rotation was noticeable!

Tango Between Two Jupitermoons

Europa and Ganymede
Europa and Ganymede


I made a digital animation in GIMP of a partial eclipse of Europa by Ganymede (27%). During the event I saw clearly a “division” between the two moons but it was impossible to tell which moon was before the other. Because I couldn’t detect any color difference between the two moons I guess the “division” was an optical illusion due to the 8-figure. Hope you like it!

Clear skies

Jef De Wit

Object Name: Europa and Ganymede

Object Type: moon (of Jupiter)

Location: Hove, Belgium (51°09’ N 4°28’ E)

Date and time: 17 March 2015 0.14-0.30 UT

Equipment: Orion Optics UK 30 cm Dobson

Eyepiece: 5mm Nagler T6 (magnification 240x) + orange filter

Medium: GIMP

Venus-Uranus-Mars—Two Conjunctions

Conjunctions of Venus, Mars and Uranus - 11 March 2015
Conjunctions of Venus, Mars and Uranus – 11 March 2015

Object Name (Venus, Mars, Uranus)
Object Type (Planet conjunctions)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence, France)
Date (11/03/2015)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour pencils, white watercolour paper, Paint.net)

I always have issue to find Uranus, without GoTo, it’s not so easy…and I don’t like facility…
Thinks are moving in our planet system. It’s why “planetos” in Greek means “vagabond”.
So I use the opportunity of this double conjunction just a week from each other to find Uranus and its so nice colour.
The Venus-Uranus separation was 5.2’ Venus was 10’000 more brilliant than Uranus, while the separation between Mars and Uranus, one week later was 16.25’
The faint K star between Mars and Uranus is HIP 4325 mag=9.5, so no Uranus satellites were visible with my material.

I sketch the two fields on white watercolour paper with inverted method using a chromatic wheel, orange for Venus, blue for Mars and crimson red for Uranus then I just have to invert the two sketches after scanning. The deal is to manage the colour values in inverted mode.

Clear sky to you all, and for some of you I wish you a nice eclipse on Mart 20.

Michel Deconinck Aquarellia – Astronomie