M42 AND M43 Under Polluted Suburban Skies

M42, M43
Messier 42 and 43

Object Name: M42 Orion´s Nebula and M43 Marian´s Nebula
Object Type: Nebulas
Location: Boadilla del Monte, Madrid. Polluted suburban skies.
SW refractor 102/1000; Ocular 25mm; 40x; No filter; No barlow.
Date: 27 March 2015; 22:30 hrs
Media: Black pencil on White paper. Inverted colors with Fitswork.
Magnitude: M42: 4,00 ; M43: 9,00
Seeing: 4/5

Thank´s a lot,

Beta Monocerotis

The multiple (triple) star system, Beta Monocerotis
The multiple (triple) star system, Beta Monocerotis

Hi Asod! Last night I observed Beta Monocerotis, which is called the most beautiful multiple star of our skies. I also loved it, so I decided to sketch the star with my dobsonian telescope 10” f/5. Seeing was not bad, so with 250x I could note easily all the components; but colours were not simple to note, all of them seem to me white, bluish and greenish…
Wonderful star!

Vega and Epsilon Lyrae

Vega and Epsilon Lyrae
Vega and Epsilon Lyrae

I chose Vega in the constellation of Lyra as my first sketch study, as it was the brightest star in my visible night sky (… and 3rd brightest star in the Northern hemisphere night sky after Sirius and Arcturus). I threw the towel in on several sketches before arriving to this one. It sure is different to sketch in the dark! My first attempts had severely mis-plotted star fields, and even though a sketch of the night sky is never 100% perfect, it wasn’t even looking close to what I was seeing in my field of view! An hour and a half later, I was satisfied enough to call this one my first.

I was able to spot the famous “double double” stars of Epsilon Lyrae very easily, as well as a light blue tint to Vega, and some various stars with a light tint of orange. Even though winter is coming along, I could still see part of the “Summer Triangle” asterism with Altair and Deneb.

Object: Vega in constellation Lyra
Date: November 15th, 2013 – 6:30 – 7pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas – back yard
Conditions: 62°F, Clear
Instruments: 10×50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted
(see the original sketch)

Thank You,
Jen Bishop

Stars of Jen

M42 Trapezium

M42 Trapezium
M42 Trapezium

Object Name: M42- Trapezium
Object Type: Nebula
Constellation: Orion
Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date: 02/07/13
Time: 21:20 CST
Conditions: Clear; Breezy
Seeing: 3/5; Transparency: 4/5
Equipment: 280mm SCT, 12.5mm EP
Power: 224x
FOV: 12′
Medium: Graphite pencil and Blending Stump on white paper. Photographed and color inverted.

I know this is a popular object. It’s beautiful in just about any telescope even from a light polluted area. But from a dark sky site (near 7 mag) like the one I was at it is unbelievable. So rich in nebulosity my sketch barely does it justice. At about 1400 light years and a diameter of some 24 light years this stellar nursery is fascinating! I have read that, besides being one of the closest star forming regions, the brightest stars and the youngest ones may be only 100,000 years old. I never tire of observing the Great Nebula!!!!

John E.

The Trapezium in M42

M42 Trapezium
M42 Trapezium

My main observing objects are moon & planets, and I do not invest much time in observing DSO.

But whenever winter season comes, I used to aim my telescopes at the Great orion nebula .

This December, I have observed it 3 times ( 3 day ) with a 16 inch Meade starfinder Dobson , and unfortunately all 3 nights were in bad seeing, the 4 stars in the Trapezium were looked like fat cottons.

Even this seeing condition with a little-bit light polluted site , environs nebula structures were seen quite well .


16 inches dob reflector x 90

date; 3 weekends in DEC. 2012

location; at backyard home in South korea

media; graphite pencils , a white A4 printer paper

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