Spectacular Perseids

2012 Perseids
2012 Perseids

Object Name: Perseids
Object Type: Annular meteor shower
Location: Lochem, The Netherlands
Date: August 12, 2012
Media: Black and white pastel (pencil) on navy blue paper

The peak of the Perseid meteor shower occurs at noon from my longitude, so the best period to observe the meteors would this morning before dawn. I took a comfortable chair and my sketching materials to my favorite observing site to sketch as much meteors as possible. At the eve of my obseving session I already prepared the layout for the sketch: a starry sky (with the brightest stars as visible around the observing time) and a bit of a horizon. At the site I drew the meteors and the fainter stars at the right position.

Despite it was still hours before the real maximum, it was a spectacle! A lot of bright meteors, some with smoke trails. Sadly I missed some of the brightest because I was busy sketching a fainter one…

Clear skies!

Roel Weijenberg

The Flight of the Butterfly

Messier 6
Messier 6

Hello Day July 14th I made a sketch of m6 and I liked it very much.
Please feel free to spread this beautiful object of the Southern Hemisphere

Object name: M6/ NGC6405 – Butterfly cluster
Object type: open cluster in Scorpius
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Media: Graphite pencil

This sketch was done by looking through a telescope M6 90mm Skywatcher Maksutov. I used a 40mm eyepiece superploss, totaling 31.25 x magnification and a diagonal of 1.25 inches dieletric WO.
The paper used was canson 200g/m2 in the cream and the eye region was reversed using the GIMP software.
I used pencils from HB to 8B Steadtler Lumograph Mars.
Clear, 9 ° C, wind o.3km / h harmed by seeing a fine mist that was intensifying.
M6, in dark places, it is easily seen with the naked eye like a smudge in the sky, next to M7. With a 10×50 binoculars, both m6 and m7 are visible.

Other drawings are on my blog: http://rabiscandoouniverso.blogspot.com.br/

cordial greetings

Guilherme de Andrade

Third Contact

Venus Transit - June 6, 2012
Venus Transit - June 6, 2012

Object: Transit of Venus
Location: Pesaro, Italy
Date: 06/06/2012
Pencil on yellow paper, colour and contrast correction with Gimp

The sky was very clean, we coud even see Croatia’s mountains on the other side of coast. Venus was already there at about three quarters of her journey across the solar disc. I used a 32 mm plossl eyepiece to project the Sun on a yellow sheet of paper and marked the sunspots and Venus with a pencil. This drawing pictures the third contact.


Moon and Venus – May 22, 2012

Moon and Venus - May 22, 2012
Moon and Venus - May 22, 2012

I was in Mesa, Arizona for a few days and on the evening of Tuesday May 22, 2012, at 8:45 pm (local time) I was treated to a fine view of the Moon and Venus before they set in the West Northwest.

A sliver of the Moon was illuminated by the sun and the remainder lit by the gibbous earth (earthshine), a real treat for a mid-westerner like myself. I had some sketching materials with me so I made this sketch of the view on this warm evening 37°C (98°F).


Blue sketching paper, blending stumps, Crayola pencils (assorted colors), oil pastel crayons (assorted colors), Conte’ crayon pencils black and white, white and pink Pearl erasers

Venus was at waning crescent phase on 2 weeks from its solar transit.

Moon phase: 2.2 days old waxing crescent

Illumination 4%

Frank McCabe

Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

Moon/Jupiter Conjunction
Moon/Jupiter Conjunction

I present to You my sketch of the Moon and Jupiter conjunction.

Objects: Moon & Jupiter
Date: December 6, 2011
Time: About 23:00 (11:00 PM)
Place: Nowy Sącz, Poland
Equipment: Binoculars Bresser 10×50
Conditions: High clouds, light fog.
Technique: White pastels on navy blue art paper. Some correction and tooling with GIMP2
Author: Aleksander Cieśla (Wimmer)

Eclipsed Moon

Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011
Lunar Eclipse - December 10, 2011

This is my sketch of the Lunar Eclipse. In Poland the initial phase and the main phase of the eclipse was impossible to observe. But we could watch the final phase of the eclipse.
This sketch shows the Moon coming out from the shadow of the Earth.

Objects: Moon – Lunar Eclipse
Date: December 10, 2011
Time: About 16:25 – 16:35 (4:25 – 4:35 PM)
Place: Nowy Sącz, Poland
Equipment: Binoculars Bresser 10×50
Conditions: faint fog, light pollution.
Technique: Pastels on navy blue art paper. Correction and tooling with GIMP2
Author: Aleksander Cieśla (Wimmer)

Waning Crescent Moon: Lunation 1094

Moon: Lunation 1094
Moon: Lunation 1094

This morning was the first clear sky I have seen in 2 weeks. Although it did not clear-off until after morning twilight began, I’ll take what I can get and be happy I got a chance to sketch the Moon as it prepares to end this lunation and begin the next.

At 4:30 am CDT the waning crescent moon struggled to 30 degrees above the eastern horizon as I began sketch it. By the time I had finished the sun was up and morning was well underway.

For this sketch I used blue construction paper 9″ x 12″, white Conte’ pastel pencils, blending stumps, a White Pearl eraser, brush and blue Crayola colored pencils. Brightness was slightly increased (+1) using the scanner

Scope 4.25” f/5 Newtonian scope with a 12mm Plossl eyepiece at 46x riding on an equatorial platform

Date: 6-26-2011, 09:30-10:30 UT
Temperature: 18° C (65° F)
clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Colongitude: 214.0°
Lunation: 24.52 days
Illumination: 23.8% Waning Crescent

Frank McCabe

Canis Maior & Puppis from Crete

I want to post my 2nd montage about a photo and sketches from the Sky in Crete.
From 2 to 10 April, 2010 we three – all Hungarian amateur astronomers (János Gábor Kernya, Gábor Sánta and me, Gergő Kovács) – were at Crete to enjoy near-south deepsky wonders in Puppis, Vela, Centaurus and Scorpius because these constellations or southern parts of them are never seen from our home. Observed Omega Cen, Cen A, NGC 2451, NGC 2477, NGC 6231 and more in the very clear sky. Light pollution was minimal.

In the image is the Puppis and the Canis Maior (with red lines) constellations, and in the rings open star clusters. The clusters is the (in clockwise order) Collinder 140, NGC 2451, NGC 2477, NGC 2546 and VdB-Ha 23. The NGC 2451, Cr 140 and VdB-Ha 23 is my sketches, the NGC 2546 and 2477 is Gábor Sánta’s sketch.

Objects: Collinder 140, NGC 2451, NGC 2477, NGC 2546, VdB-Ha 23.
Constellation: Canis Maior – Puppis
Date: 09. 04. 2010.
Time: 0:00-3:00 UTC
Location: 27 m above sea level next to Kalo Nero, SE Crete, Greece, EU
Instrument: 60mm Akr., 100mm Akr., 130mm Newton.
Limiting magnitude: better than 5.5
Media: white paper, black pencil (0.5mm), graphite, invert, Photoshop.

Best regards,

Gergő Kovács
Báránd, Hungary