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Messier 15

15 hours 23 min ago
Messier 15 - A globular cluster in Pegasus

Messier 15 – A globular cluster in Pegasus

Object: Messier 15 (globular cluster, Pegasus)
Date: 12. 30. 2012.
UT.: 16h18m-17h46m
Equipment: 305/1525 Dobsonian telescope
Mag.: 218x
FOV: 12’
S = 8 / 10 T = 4 / 5
Observer: János Gábor Kernya
Location: Sükösd, Hungary

Conjunction over an Italian town skyline

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:00
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - August 18, 2014

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter – August 18, 2014

Object Name- Venus, Jupiter
Object Type Conjunction of planets
Location Pesaro, Italy
Date 18th August 2014

I woke up early at 5:00 o’clock to take a look at this marvelous conjunction. It was still night at the time and I was surprised with a mighty view of the rising Orion. I waited on my balcony for until the planets were visible over the roofs in front me. I quickly took my pencil and drew what I saw on the eyepiece of telescope, but the seeing was awful and just two moons were visible. The view of this two small lights dancing together over the roof in the cold morning was much more intriguing, so I tried to sketch the whole landscape. Never tried this kind of astronomy sketch before, probably my first landscape since I was a child.

The Swan Nebula

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:00
Messier 17 - The Swan Nebula

Messier 17 – The Swan Nebula

This is my sketch of the Swan Nebula, NGC6618. It was sketched through a Meade Research Grade 12.5″ F/6, using a Celestron UHC filter and a Nagler 16mm Type 2.. La Verne, CA is located in a Red Zone. Thanks for looking!


Messier 57, The Ring Nebula

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 03:00
Messier 57, The Ring Nebula

Messier 57, The Ring Nebula

Object Name – Messier 57, The Ring Nebula
Object Type – Planetary Nebula
Location – Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Date – 06 August 2014
Media – Graphite pencil on white paper (Image inverted)

This is my first sketch of M57. Observations were made using an Orion XT10i and a 17mm Wide Angle (65° FOV) lens.

The seeing conditions were average, however i made the sketch from my back garden under light polluted skies. There was also a half moon present which added to the skyglow.

I used averted vision to notice the subtle features of the slightly elongated nebula. The central star was not seen in my telescope.
Observations were made with and without a DMC Narrow Band Pass Nebula filter. The filter slightly increased the contrast of the nebula while obscuring the background stars.
Overall I am very happy with how it came out.

Janssen, Metius & Fabricius

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:00
Lunar craters Janssen, Metius and Fabricius - July 16, 2014

Lunar craters Janssen, Metius and Fabricius – July 16, 2014

SCT 8″, Meade 12.5mm
Belchatow, Poland
16.07.2014, 00:20- 01:45
Seeing: Antoniadi 2

A Delta Winged Aircraft

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:00
NGC 1999 - A reflection nebula in Orion

NGC 1999 – A reflection nebula in Orion

I would like to show, through this drawing, how the seeing is important to observe and describe very little objects.

Object: NGC 1999
Object type: reflection nebula and globule
Constellation: Ori
Date of observation: 2011 10 01
Length of observation: 60 min
Height of object above horizon: 28.5°
Observing site: Observatoire des Baronnies Provençales (Southern French Alps)
Observing conditions; exceptionally good, mag limit 6.7v, SQM 21.50, FWMH 0.9” !!!
Instrument: Dobson Obsession 25”
Eypiece: Ethos 6mm, without filter, power 520x

Notes: I am astonished: at the eyepiece, I have in front of me a delta winged aircraft, perfectly clean. Extremities of wings are curved, the “head” of the craft easely detailleable. The encreasing of bright nebulosities around the head and at the back of the wings have also been noticed.
The caracteristic blue color of reflection nebulae is obvious.

Much more details can be found at



Sirsalis Crater Area

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:00
Sirsalis crater and environs - August 9, 2014

Sirsalis crater and environs – August 9, 2014

• Object Name: Sirsalis crater area
• Object Type: Lunar crater
• Location:Terrace housing Alcorcón – Spain
• Date: August 8, 2014 22:30h TU – Lunation 13 days, illumination 95%
• Media: Graphite Pencil 3H, 6B, 6B graphite rod torchon 1 and white paper
• Formated with GIMP 2.8

Observation notes:

Drawing Sirsalis crater area
(Position: Longitude: 60.507° West Latitude: 12.492° South Side: Nearside Quadrant: South-West Area: Moon West limb)

Rima Sirsalis (left)
Sirsalis of 41 km is superimposed on Sirsalis A of 48 km.
To the left and from top to bottom:
Sirsalis H: 26 km.
Sirsalis G: 30 km.
Sirsalis F: 13 Km.
Sirsalis J: 12 Km.

New 10” dob telescope, 220x. City sky. 25º C. Moisture 40 º/º.

Greetings to all visitors of this page. PVG. Alcorcon, Madrid 8/10/2013

The Ring Nebula

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:00
Messier 57 - The Ring Nebula

Messier 57 – The Ring Nebula

Object name: M57, The Ring Nebula
Object type: Planetary Nebula
Instrument: 6″ Newtonian reflector, 6 mm eyepiece, UHC filter
Location: Gladbeck, Ruhr area, Germany
Date: July 18, 2014
conditions: 23 °C / 73 °F, clear and calm, fst = 5,2 mag
Media: graphite pencil (4B) on white paper, graphite powder and cotton swab, inverted and edited with GIMP 2.8
Clear skies,

Double star STF 1965

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:00
Double star STF 1965

Double star STF 1965

Object name: STF 1965
Object type: Double Star
Location: Marina di Cerveteri (IT) – 12 02 44.3E, 41 58 52.9N
Date: 2014-08-05
Media: graphite pencil & pastel
Equipment: 95mm VMC

Gianluca Paone
Astronomia Sotto il Lampione – Forum

Moon-Crater Mersenius

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:00
Lunar crater Mersenius - August 7, 2014

Lunar crater Mersenius – August 7, 2014


After some weeks during the “White nights” without a look in the sky, I started observation at the 7th August with my new 130/1200 Aspherical Doublet Apochromat (it was planned by Ralf Mündlein and me in the last two years) the planet. The air was quite well and the conditions were warm and dry.

A nice crater with some little impacts and mountains at the bottom took my attention. So I made a drawing of this view. I hope you like the “Mersenius”.with it´s nice landscape.

CS Uwe

Object: Moon
Object Name: Crater Mersenius
Telescope: 130/1200 Aspherical Doublet Apochromat
Eyepiece: 7mm Nagler / Maxbright Binocular
Magnification: about 170x
Location: near Tauberbischofsheim Germany

M27 Nebulosa Dumbbell

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:00
Messier 27 (NGC 6853) "The Dumbbell Nebula"

Messier 27 (NGC 6853) “The Dumbbell Nebula”

Object Name: (Dumbbel Nebula M27 / NGC 6853)
Object Type: (Nebula)
Location: (Bercedo (Burgos) – Spain)
Date: (2012-09-15 / 23h 15m UT)
Media: White paper, 4B, 2B y HB graphite pencil, scanned and inverted with Photoshop
Telescope: Celestron OMNI 127 XLT (Smith-Cassegrain 5”)
Eyepiece: Baader Hyperion 13mm
Transparency: Clear, Rural Skies.
Location Constellation: Vulpecula
assessments: Dumbbel nebula appears a manner reminiscent even hourglass, but as if it had moved from side to side and left as a halo (something like a horizontal X but faded)

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:

Thank you and best regards.

My First Time Asteroid

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:00
Asteroid 2012DA14 - February 16, 2013

Asteroid 2012DA14 – February 16, 2013

It is my first time observation of asteroid.

The tiny stone go by the universe slowly..
It is so cute!!!

Object Name : 2014DA14
Object Type : Asteroid
Location : S. Korea
Date : Feb. 16, 2013
Equipment : Discovery 15″ Dob
Media : White canvas, Acrylic color, crystal beads

Eta Cassiopeiae

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:00
The double star Eta Cassiopeiae

The double star Eta Cassiopeiae

eta cassiopeiae
double star
pencil sketch
medicore seeing:4.5
orion 10 inch telescope


Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:00
Planet Saturn - July 25, 2014

Planet Saturn – July 25, 2014

- Object name: Saturn
- Object type: planet
- Location: Tarján, Hungary
- Date: 25.7.2014., 19:21-19:37 UT
- Media: sketch with graphite pencil, finished with a drawing software

After weeks of cloudy weather I was finally able to make a sketch about this beatiful planet.
The drawing and the writing of my notes took approximately 15 minutes. The skies transparency was quite good, but the air conditions were bad, so I had to wait long to see some details. I used a 102/1000 Celestron OmniXLT refractor and 170x magnification during the observation.
After the sketch was done I watched some other object on the sky, so I finished my draw at home, using my laptop.
I hope you like it.


Messier 56

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:00
The Globular cluster Messier 56 (NGC 6779) in the constellation Lyra

The Globular cluster Messier 56 (NGC 6779) in the constellation Lyra

Nombre del Objeto: M-56; NGC 6779
Tipo de Objeto: Cúmulo Globular
Constelación: Lyra
Ubicación: La Hija de Dios, Ávila (España)
Fecha: 27-7-2014
Medios: Lapiz de grafito 0,5B, difumino, papel blanco y procesado con GIMP 2.8 para invertir
Magnitud visual 5 en el cenit con un cielo rural-urbano con noche estable y nada de viento
Telescopio: Refractor Acromático 152mm; F/7.9 sobre montura ecuatorial HEQ5 Pro y Ocular Televue 11mm; 109X; Campo Real: 1.1º
Saludos y gracias

Object Name: M-56; NGC 6779
Object Type: Globular Cluster
Constellation: Lyra
Location: The Daughter of God, Ávila (Spain)
Date: 27/07/2014
Media: Pencil graphite 0.5 B, stump, white paper and processed with GIMP 2.8 for inverting
Visual magnitude 5 on the peak with rural-urban night sky with stable and no wind
Telescope: Achromatic Refractor 152mm; F/7.9 on HEQ5 Pro equatorial mount and eyepiece Televue 11mm; 109X; Campo Real: 1.1 º
Greetings and thanks

Light vs Dark – the Ink Spot and a lovely open cluster

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 03:00
The Ink Spot, B86 & NGC 6570

The Ink Spot, B86 & NGC 6570

Hi all,

This was the first sketch I completed at Astrofest in Queensland, Australia. I’ve been wanting to sketch this beautiful dark nebula ever since I first laid eye on it some three years ago. This dark nebula, B86, goes by the popular name of “The Ink Spot”. It sits smack bang in the centre of the densest star cloud in the whole sky, the Cloud of Sagittarius. And what sets it off even more is B86 has a gorgeous bright open cluster right next to it, NGC 6570. Both objects are more-or-less the same size as each other, even though both are not very large themselves. But it is the juxtaposition of these two very different objects against the blaze of the Milky Way that makes this pair a spectacular pairing.

Dark nebulae are clouds of dust and gas that are drifting through the Milky Way galaxy. Many of these conglomerations of dust and gas do end up being formed into stars and planets, but most just end up forming the fabric of the galaxy. In fact, the stars that we see actually only form a small percentage of the actual mass of galaxies. By far the greatest amount of a galaxy’s mass comes from this very dust and gas. The Ink Spot is a small patch of cloud. It is a very opaque nebula too. Dark nebulae are categorised according to their opacity, or how dark they are. The scale of opacity goes from 1 (very tenuous) through to 6 (very opaque). While the opacity of The Ink Spot may be a 5, it is because that it sits in the Cloud of Sagittarius that makes is a striking object.

The little open cluster NGC 6520 really works very well in setting off B86. Open clusters are groupings of stars that are all related to each other having been formed out of the same parent cloud of gas and dust. Evidence for this is seen in the spectra of the stars displaying the same chemical make up. The brothers and sisters of our own Sun have been identified this way, with the same chemical signature as our Sun having been identified in several close by stars even though the Sun’s ‘siblings’ have long drifted off away from each other. Open clusters are loose groupings, so even though they formed from the same source, their gravitational connection to each other is not strong enough to keep the group together for too long.

For me, this tiny patch of sky is one of my most favourite. Tiny and oh so precious. Brilliant, dark, stark, ghostly. All in one. Gorgeous.

Alexander Massey.

Object: The Ink Spot, B86 & NGC 6570
Telescope: 17.5″ push-pull Karee dob
Gear: 13mm LVW, 154X
Location: Linville, Queensland, Australia
Date: 24th July, 2014
Media: Soft pastel, charcoal and white ink on A4 size black paper.
Duration: approx. 3hrs

The Sun in H-alpha – aquarel technique

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 03:00
The Hydrogen-alpha solar disk on July 25, 2014 using Aquarel pencils on Aquarel paper.

The Hydrogen-alpha solar disk on July 25, 2014 using Aquarel pencils on Aquarel paper.

Date and time: 25th July 2014, UT 15:30
Place: Tarjan, Hungary (Astronomy Camp of the Hungarian Astronomical Association)
Equipment: 35/400 H-alpha Lunt LS35T, 12 mm
I used colour aquarel pencils on special aquarel paper.


The Exclamation Mark Nebula!

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 03:00
 The Exclamation Mark.

NGC 6309, “The Box Nebula” and per Stephen J. O’Meara in his book “The secret Deep”: The Exclamation Mark.

NGC6309 – Exclamation Mark Nebula

Object Type: Planetary Nebula

Location: Tarragona – Spain

NGC6309 is one of the two planetary nebula with the nickname “The Box”, (the other is NGC6445 in Sagittarius), but after my experience with it, I prefer name NGC6309 like Stephen J. O’Meara in his book “The secret Deep”: The Exclamation Mark.

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:

Date and Time: 2014-07-26, 21h 14m UT

Telescope: SC Celestron 9.25″ (235mm)

Eyepiece: 10mm (235x)

White paper, HB2 graphite pencil, and scanned and inverted with Photoshop

Seeing: 3/5 (5 the best)

Transparency: Clear. Some wind. Rural Skies.

Location Constellation: Ophiuchus

Position: R.A. 17h 14m

Dec. -12° 54′

Thank you and best regards.

NGC 6520 and Barnard 86

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:00
NGC 6520 and Barnard 86

NGC 6520 and Barnard 86

Object Name: NGC 6520 and Barnard 86.
RA: 18h 03m 25.1s; Dec: -27° 53′ 28″
Magnitude: 7.6
NGC 6520 size: 6′
Distance: 6,000 light-years approx.
Constellation: Sagittarius.
Type: Open Cluster and Dark Nebula.
Description NGC 6520: Cl, pS, Ri, lV, st 9 … 13
Location: Bonilla. Cuenca. SPAIN
Date: July 24, 2014.
Time: 00:10 UT.
Material used: pastel pencils and white ink on black paper. Inverted image with Photoshop.
Celestron Telescope S/C 8″ Mount Cgt-5
Eyepiece: LV-M 22mm; Magnification: 92x.
Condition: 21.39 SQM. Temperature: 16º. Humidity 29%. Calm wind.

Spring’s Trio

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:00
Spring's Trio, "The Leo Triplet", galaxies M65, M66 and NGC 3628

Spring’s Trio, “The Leo Triplet”, galaxies M65, M66 and NGC 3628

It is spring’s trio.

The dark lane in the 3628 is really fantastic!

Before this sketch, I always confused M65 and M66.
But now I can classify 65 & 66.
Sketch is magical tool in the visual astronomy. :-)

Object Name : Leo triple
Object Type : Galaxies
Location : S. Korea
Date : Nov. 11, 2013
Equipment : Discovery 15″ Dob
Media : Black paper, Jelly pen, Pastel pencil