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The Dumbbell Nebula

5 hours 43 min ago
Messier 27, The Dumbbell Nebula

Messier 27, The Dumbbell Nebula

Object Name M27
Object Type (Planetary)
Location (Xyliatos Dam)
Date (19.7.2014)
Media (graphite pencil)


Moon Race Watercolour

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:00
July 4-8, 2014 - Conjunction of Moon with Mars, Saturn and Spica

July 4-8, 2014 – Conjunction of Moon with Mars, Saturn and Spica

July 4-8, 2014 - Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Spica

July 4-8, 2014 – Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Spica

* Object Name (Moon, Mars, Saturn)
* Object Type (Conjunctions)
* Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon – Provence – France)
* Date (2014 from 4 to 8 July)
* Media (Watercolour, white paper, paint.net to invert the result)

From July 4 to 8 Moon played with planets. From a purely astronomical point of view the Moon showed us some beautiful conjunctions, Mars, Spica and then Saturn. By the way the game was a little complicated with the clouds. What a season!
On July 5, the moon was still visible behind heavy clouds. The next day, I have not even been able to detect the moon light ! I had to invent the sky. July 7, when the Moon approaches Saturn, clouds returned to disturb the magic of the moment. I’m a bit fed-up about this weather, and I think not being alone!
The advantage of astro-artist on the astro-photographer is that we can complete our design. This time I have to add the missing lunar position on the view. And to capture those irritating clouds, I painted a hazy wash around the Moon as was the case on July 5.
The small hilltop village that served as a foreground is called Artignosc-sur-Verdon. I confess to being quite happy by this view. Artignosc is just halfway to two now well-known astro-spots “The Blaque” in Varages and the OAB in Bauduen. And ‘cause we are nevertheless in Provence, believe me above the clouds the sky is very dark!
Still … what a season!

To do this watercolour, I went out on my terrace at ten PM every night, sometimes before the storm, sometimes after and once during, being passionate or you do not. Every time I sketched some sketches in a hurry, and took two or three pictures allow me to keep the shades. At the workshop, I started by gathering the different positions of the stars and their locations relative to the village. In less than a week, only the Lunar race was noteworthy, Mars and Saturn are much quieter than the stars. Then I realized in reverse mode (colors and contrast) this watercolour. I just had to scan my sheet and reverse the colors.

http://astro.aquarellia.com

Michel Deconinck


Leo II and Copeland’s Septet

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:00
Leo II and Copeland's Septet

Leo II and Copeland’s Septet

Object Name: Leo II and Copeland’s Septet

Object Type (Galaxies)
Location (Nienawiszcz, Poland)
Date (05-may-2014)
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.

Yours Robert


A Tail of Two Comets and Algol

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:00
Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) - April 10, 1996 and Comet C/1995 01 (Hale-Bopp) - April 10, 1997

Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) – April 10, 1996 and Comet C/1995 01 (Hale-Bopp) – April 10, 1997

Hey ASOD!

This is not often to see on the sky, two comet-tails with the star ALGOL
in the middle of them!!
The observations were made one year apart, but both at 10 apr. 21.00U.T.!
More info on my sketches! I hope you all enjoy the observations.
Both sketches were made with waterbased color- crayons on black paper.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.
Thank you for comments, and have a nice time under the stars!

Best from Per-Jonny Bremseth.


A little fat Owl

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:00
"A Little Fat Owl", Lunar craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland - May 8, 2014

“A Little Fat Owl”, Lunar craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland – May 8, 2014

It had been a while since I did a lunar sketch. May saw me complete my first lunar sketch in many months. I made several attempts, but on those occasions, seeing was so poor the Moon was ‘boiling’ using just 100X magnification. Disappointing and frustrating. Eventually things did change in my favour…

As always, unless I have a specific target in mind, I just let my eye wonder along the terminator to see what pricks my interest. And, as there are several repeated alphanumeric apparitions on the Moon, I’ve found a second avian one! Some time ago I spotted an owl formed around the crater Mercator. Last night I found a second Owl, this time around the flooded craters Fra Mauro (the fat body), Parry (the right eye), and Bonpland (the left eye).Cute little fella I think is formed here J.

As it turns out, Fra Mauro is just to the south of the Apollo 14 landing site – south is to the top of the page, so the Apollo 14 site lies just below where the Owl’s feet would be.

Object: “Little Fat Owl”, craters Fra Mauro, Parry and Bonpland
Scope: C8, 8” SCT
Gear: 5mm Baader Hyperion, 400X
Date: 8th May, 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
Media: White & grey soft pastel, charcoal and white ink on A5 size black paper
Duration: approx. 2hrs.


NGC 6822 Barnard’s Galaxy

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:00
NGC 6822, Barnard's Galaxy

NGC 6822, Barnard’s Galaxy

Hi ASOD community last month to observe this incredible background irregular galaxy is weak but not enough to be spooky. A striking detail is to visualize the light concentration from north to south, with the odd within this park. All the more weak and irregular with a grainy appearance of faint stars that come and go, some of them more clear and stable outer layer.

I was very pleased with what you see through the eyepiece, not expecting much of this beautiful galaxy.

Best Regards.

Roberto.

Object name: NGC 6822
Object type: Galaxy
Location: Arroba de los montes Ciudad Real ( spain )
Date: 27 June 2014
Hour: 03:20 < 04:00
Media: Graphite pencil, processed and inverted gimp 2.8
Optical equipment: Dobsonian telescope Meade Lightbridge 10'' F/5 Eye piece Ethos 13mm
Magnification 97x True field 1°
Sky conditions: Calm wind, transparency 4/5 Seeing 3/5. Temperature 11,1°C / RH 62% SQM 21,56

http://dibujodelcielonocturno.blogspot.com.es/ web site


Moon Crater Tycho

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:00
Lunar crater Tycho - July 12, 2014

Lunar crater Tycho – July 12, 2014

Moon Crater Tycho
Telescope: 8″ f6, reflector on Dobson Mount
Eyepiece: Delos 12mm
Made July 12th 2014 at 23h UTC
The most visible item on full moon.

Aurelio Alcalde
Normalmente en: lat: 40º 27′ 21” N, long: 3º 38′ 50” W
Ocasionalmente en: lat: 40º 05′ 58” N, long: 5º 47′ 05” W


STF2140

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:00
Double star STF2140

Double star STF2140

Object name:STF2140
Object type: double stars
Location: Subiaco (IT) – 13 04 40.5E, 41 55 35.9N
Date: 2014-07-05
Media: graphite pencil & pastel
Equipment: 95mm VMC


Gianluca Paone
Astronomia Sotto il Lampione – Forum


The Sun At Snack Time

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:00
The Sun in H-alpha - July 13, 2014

The Sun in H-alpha – July 13, 2014

Object: Sun
Type: star
Location: Garganta la Olla, Spain
Date: July 13th, 2014
Graphite pencils
Telescope: PST Coronado , H alpha filter
Eyepiece: 12mm Delos

Aurelio Alcalde


NGC 6826 The Blinking Planetary

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:00
NGC 6826, The Blinking Planetary - planetary nebula

NGC 6826, The Blinking Planetary – planetary nebula

Object Name: NGC 6926. Caldwell 15..
RA: 19h 49m 48.0s; Dec: +50° 31′ 31 ”
Magnitude: 8.8
Object size: 27″x 24″
Distance: 2,000 light years approx.
Constellation: Cygnus
Type: Planetary Nebula
Description: PN, D, L, R, * 11M.
Location: Bonilla. Cuenca. Spain.
Date: July 1, 2014.
Time: 01:20 UT.
Material used: graphite pencils on white paper. Image processed with Photoshop. Converted into animated gif using two images.
Celestron Telescope S/C 8″ Mount Cgt-5
Eyepiece: LV-M 22mm; Magnification: 92x.
Condition: NEML: 5’91 (Zone 14 Cygnus). Temperature: 14°. Calm wind.

More information: http://astrodibujo.blogspot..com.es/


Iota Cassiopeiae

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 03:00
Iota Cassiopeiae (Struve 262) - a triple star system

Iota Cassiopeiae (Struve 262) – a triple star system

Hey ASOD!

This time I send you the beautiful trio iota Cassiopeiae.
The stars shows fine colors! More info on my sketch.
I used pencils on white paper, inverted and colored in “Paint”.
Loc.: Trondheim, Norway.

Best wishes and clear sky from Per-Jonny Bremseth.


Messier 9

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 03:00
Messier 9, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Messier 9, a globular cluster in Ophiuchus

Object: Messier 9 (globular cluster, Ophiuchus)

Date: 13.07.2012

UT.: 20h26m-21h28m

Equipment: 305/1525 Dobsonian telescope

Mag.: 218x

FOV: 12’

S = 5 / 10 T = 4 / 5

Observer: Kernya János Gábor

Location: Sükösd, Hungary


NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:00
NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888 – The Crescent Nebula

- Object Name: NGC 6888 “Crescent Nebula” – Object Type: bright diffuse nebula (in Cygnus)

- New 10” 50x TFOV 70′ x 110′ – ML 6 Height of object +85º

- Location: Bonilla-Cuenca Spain – Date: July 2, 2014

- Media: Graphite Pencil HB, torchon 1 and 130g drawing sheet – Inverted color and processed GIMP 2.8

Greetings to all visitors of this page.

Pedro Villamiel

Alcorcon, Madrid July 8, 2014


Copernicus crater

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:00
Lunar crater Copernicus - July 8, 2014

Lunar crater Copernicus – July 8, 2014

Detail of Copernicus crater - July 8, 2014

Detail of Copernicus crater – July 8, 2014

The atmosphere on my loction is generally not stable in spring ,summer and I had to eyepiece- sketch fastly this crater for 1 hour before the heavy clouds came on and hid the moon.

Think about the never- changing lunar morphology always make my mind to be infatuated with humble, sad, lonely feelings.

This relatively young [ yes, ... "young" ] lunar crater has a 800 million years old age. My humble heart can not accept ,perceive even the vastness of the time-span of my mother country’s 4500 years written history…. then, Ahy-, … it is like as that the repeat of merely 200,000 times mother country’s full history will reach the age of the Copernicus crater.

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Object; Copernicus crater [sketched only 1/6 area]

Observe/ Sketch for 1 hours; July 8, 2014

13″ refractor, x 420, uwa 8.8s #4000, binoviewer

Lunation ; 12 day

Location ; Backyard home in South Korea

White paper [33 x25 cm] with pencils , A4 priter paper for explanation


The Challenge of Finding the Owl’s Eyes

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:00
Messier 97 - The Owl Nebula, a planetary nebula

Messier 97 – The Owl Nebula, a planetary nebula

The observing of the owl’s eye is very difficult for me.

I just have a glimsed by sketch…

Object Name : M97 (Owl Nebula)
Object Type : Planetary Nebula
Location : S. Korea
Date : Mar. 30, 2013
Equipment : Discovery 15″ Dob
Media : Black paper, Jelly pen, Pastel pencil


Ceres & Vesta

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:00

Web Ceres & Vesta - congiunzione_inverted_1000px

Object name: Ceres & Vesta
Object type: asteroids
Location: Subiaco (IT) – 13 04 40.5E, 41 55 35.9N
Date: 2014-07-05
Media: graphite pencil & pastel
Equipment: 95mm VMC


Gianluca Paone
Astronomia Sotto il Lampione – Forum


Messier 104

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 03:00
Messier 104, The Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104, The Sombrero Galaxy

I made this sketch of galaxy M104 May 17 in my suburban Ottawa backyard in graphite on white paper and then inverted it in Corel Paint Shop Pro. The galaxy is not large in this eyepiece (17mm Hyperion) so there is little detail but the view is lovely.


M10 Globular Cluster

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:00
Messier 10 a globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Messier 10 a globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Object Name: M 10 (NGC 6254)
RA: 16h 57m 09.0s; Dec: -04° 05′ 58″
Magnitude: 6.6
Object size: 15′
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Type: Globular Cluster
Description: B, vL, R, gvmBM, rrr.
Location: Pueblonuevo del Bullaque. Ciudad Real. SPAIN
Date: June 28, 2014.
Time: 00:10
Material used: graphite pencils on white paper. Image processed with Photoshop.
Telescope S/C 8″ Mount Cgt-5
Eyepiece: LV-M 22mm; Magnification: 92x.
Condition: NEML: 5’8 (Zone 14 Cygnus); Temperature:13 º; Calm wind.

More information: http://astrodibujo.blogspot..com.es/


Another Look Near to the Altai Scarp at Higher Sun

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 03:00
The lunar craters Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau near the Altai Scarp - July 4, 2014

The lunar craters Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau near the Altai Scarp – July 4, 2014

Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau - Labeled

Riccius, Rabbi Levi, Zagut and Lindenau – Labeled

Two hundred or so kilometers to the southwest of the Altai Scarp you will find a mix of large and small highland craters that may catch your eye as they did mine. Many have written of the “boring” look-a-like craters of this region but good lighting can make a big difference in appeal here. Ancient Riccius crater (71 km.) is a worn, an almost obliterated remnant, covered and surrounded by crater from 10-15 km. of various ages. Adjacent to Riccius is crater Rabbi Levi (81 km.) with an interesting short chain of craters across its floor. The next crater Zagut (84 km.) is the largest of those in the sketch with Zagut A (11 km.) near the center of the floor and Zagut E (35 km.) pushed through the eastern wall of Zagut. Next to Zagut is crater Lindenau (53 km.) which is younger than the other large crater here as evidenced by the sharper rim and what looks like a part of a central peak remaining.
A fine summer evening of observing and sketching after a long spell of poor weather.
Sketching and Equipment:

For this sketch, I used black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper 8” x 12”, white and
black Conte’ pastel pencils and blending stumps.
Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece (241x) riding on an equatorial platform
Date: 07-04-2014, 01:15-02:50 UT
Temperature: 16° C (60° F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Average – Antoniadi III
Transparency: 4.5/5
Colongitude: 349.0 °
Lunation: 6.7 days
Illumination: 36 %

Frank McCabe


The Pipe Nebula

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 03:00
The Pipe Nebula

The Pipe Nebula

Hi,

For the first time I send you one of my sketches. I sketched the Pipe Nebula a month ago at Hakos Guestfarm / Namibia. It’s the first finished of about 20 sketches I did during 6 nights.

Data:
Object Name: Pipe Nebula (made of lots of Barnard Dark Nebulae)
Object type: Dark Nebula
Location: Hakos Guestfarm, Namib Naukluft, Namibia
Date: June 2nd and 3rd, 2014 (two nights, about 4 hours total of sketching while nebula passed zenith)
Media: Pastel and graphite pencils
Optics: Fujinon 25×150 Binoculars

Additional aspects:
Field is about 7 degrees wide.To concentrate on object (and not on dimensions) I used a pattern of stars printed from Guide 9. Sketch is processed with Photshop to change appearance from Grey/White to Black/Grey. Pinpoint stars and Globular Clusters added by Photoshop (to replace printed and sketched stars)

More sketches:

http://www.astrozeichnen.de/

Clear Skies!

Rainer