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Old 20-10-2010, 09:51 PM
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My first Lunar sketch

Dear all,

Here is my first attempt at drawing a lunar feature - Crater Schickard. I used hb pencil, white pastel, a smudge stick and a kneadable eraser. It was early evening and the mozzies were abundant and hungry. I quite enjoyed the process nonetheless and plan a few more of these. Apart from doing the labelling, these are as sketched at the eyepiece, digitised by camera and no editing.

Thanks for looking. As usual, any suggestions most welcome.

And thanks to Orestis and Michael for the inspiration to give it a go.
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Old 20-10-2010, 10:38 PM
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Snap, i've just come in having done the same. I'll scan and post it tomorrow. But this is about your sketch.

Really really good. Excellent shading, I noted a difference in shade across the floor of the crater and you have captured that well. Overall it looks like a landscape, doesn't show any harsh lines that would make it look like a drawing or map. It's just really nice to look at.

Well done, keep em coming.
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Old 21-10-2010, 08:54 AM
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I'm amazed you were able to come in and scan in... usually when I've tried looking at the moon when it's that full I've wandered around blinded for a good while...

Paddy, great sketch. I like the shadowing and contrast.
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Old 21-10-2010, 09:29 AM
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Oh my goodness! Wonderful sketching Patrick!
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Old 21-10-2010, 09:36 AM
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Beautifully detailed sketch Paddy! I love the shading and contrast. And I also like that you superimposed the points of interest.
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Old 21-10-2010, 09:40 AM
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Hi JJ,
It is great to see you in this section lately. Hang around more! I think this is the most interesting section in this forum.
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Old 21-10-2010, 09:41 AM
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Nice work there Paddy, a pleasure to look at.
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Old 21-10-2010, 03:35 PM
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Awesome sketches Paddy,

I really like the effect the smudge stick gives to the crater floor and maria.Awesome work with shading.

I never really thought moon sketching would be enjoyable because of so much detail but once i tried it, i found out that is what makes it fun and interesting

looking forward to more
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That's a damn good effort Paddy, very clean and realistic. Well done.
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Old 21-10-2010, 04:14 PM
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Thanks everyone - your responses are very encouraging.

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I'm amazed you were able to come in and scan in... usually when I've tried looking at the moon when it's that full I've wandered around blinded for a good while...
I find the little ED 80 great in that regard. Not too much light. The 16" is way too much even with a couple of moon filters.

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Oh my goodness! Wonderful sketching Patrick!
Thanks JJJ - as Suzy says, it's great to have your posts in this section.

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Beautifully detailed sketch Paddy! I love the shading and contrast. And I also like that you superimposed the points of interest.
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Awesome sketches Paddy,

I really like the effect the smudge stick gives to the crater floor and maria.Awesome work with shading.

I never really thought moon sketching would be enjoyable because of so much detail but once i tried it, i found out that is what makes it fun and interesting

looking forward to more
cheers orestis
I too was surprised how much I enjoyed this. It adds so much more to lunar observing. I don't think I'll ever look on the waxing moon with disdain again.

BTW is there any way I can fix the typo in the thread title? The edit options only seem to work for the post, not the thread.
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Paddy, yes there is away to get rid of the typo in the thread title.double click close to your thread title but not on it (like the blank space to the right).and it will come up with an edit box.

hope this helps
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Paddy, yes there is away to get rid of the typo in the thread title.double click close to your thread title but not on it (like the blank space to the right).and it will come up with an edit box.

hope this helps
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Old 21-10-2010, 07:38 PM
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Wow, nice job Patrick! But there's something wrong there - to get the real view the sketch needs to be flipped vertically - and then what you have marked "Schickard E" is actually Lehmann, and vice versa. Only know because I spent a fair bit of time looking at it through the eyepiece last night - reflector so rotated view but not flipped. Must be what the refractor & whatever diagonal did to your view.

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Wow, nice job Patrick! But there's something wrong there - to get the real view the sketch needs to be flipped vertically - and then what you have marked "Schickard E" is actually Lehmann, and vice versa. Only know because I spent a fair bit of time looking at it through the eyepiece last night - reflector so rotated view but not flipped. Must be what the refractor & whatever diagonal did to your view.

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Aha! that explains why it looked a bit different to what I was seeing in Virtual moon Atlas - Thanks Rob. I'll adjust the labels accordingly and keep it mind for my next moon shot. And I'll be able to label the features to the south.
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I find the little ED 80 great in that regard. Not too much light. The 16" is way too much even with a couple of moon filters.

The trick is to increase the magnification I got awesome views of Copernicus at 600 odd power in the 12", still great detail at 1000x in moments of good seeing. Although that night had some of the best seeing 2010 had to offer.

Get your barlows out, it's great fun on the moon

But yeah I know what you mean, once I showed my dad the moon at low power in the 12" and he remarked about the brightness, specifically an F word or two. But that is my general reaction aswell, and afterwards I'm literally blind in that eye for a few minutes. Interesting experience.
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Excellent work Pat, and art in it's self well done indeed.


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Thanks Leon.

Sab, All my eps have been organised for my 16" so even with my 2x Barlow the most I can get with the ED80 is 133x. Might be time to invest in more glass....
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Thanks Leon.

Sab, All my eps have been organised for my 16" so even with my 2x Barlow the most I can get with the ED80 is 133x. Might be time to invest in more glass....
Ahh I though the sketch was done with the 16"
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