Sketching astronomical objects

This site is dedicated to my astronomical drawings. Sketching deep-sky objects helps to improve observing skills.
Over time - my technique should become better...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

After a long break I started to sketch again. Comet C/2011 L4 is this spring's highlight. Beautiful to see in the early evening :) I forgot to include the field covered by the sketch - it is about 1,5 degrees.

Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)

 

Friday, May 23, 2008

Still testing star maps, I decided to look for objects in the Coma Berenices constellation marked with M, C and H.

M53

It is not easy to sketch globular clusters, this is my second try on M53...

 

M64 - "The Black Eye Galaxy"

This time i DID saw the famous black spot after a few minutes of indirect seeing! The center is very bright and leaves a stellar impression. 

 

NGC4494 / Herschel 251

Yet another bright galaxy leaving a stellar impression.

 

NGC4559 / Caldwell 36

Much fainter as the other galaxies tonight, it's also missing a bright center. Two stars shining in the object.

 

NGC4565 / Caldwell 38

Okay, I already sketched this one a few years ago, but it's a beauty - I just can't resist to observe it over and over again. Note the faint star (12m8) underneath the galaxy.

 

NGC4725 / Herschel 277

Bright, almost stellar center with fainter outer regions.

 

Friday, May 9, 2008

Finally the wetter and my work allowed me to sketch again. I took the opportunity to test some new star maps and to hunt galaxies in the Canes Venatici constellation.

M94

I started with M94, a pretty bright and easy to see galaxy. It appeared as a round and almost stellar object.

Galaxy hunting - M94

 

M106

Another bright galaxy with an almost stellar central region.

Galaxy hunting - M106

 

NGC4490 und NGC4485

A beautiful duo observed under good conditions...

Galaxy hunting - NGC4490 und NGC4485

 

NGC4631 und NGC4656: "Die Heringsgalaxie"

NGC4631 is also known as the "Whale galaxy" or Caldwell 32. Bright and with a clear fish-shaped structure. NGC4656 is much fainter. A beautiful star chain can be observed between both objects.

Galaxy hunting - NGC4631 and NGC4656

 

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Another galaxy jewel could be observed:

M104 - Sombrero Galaxy

 

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Spring is galaxy time... This week the weather is unusually warm for the time of the year but for galaxy hunting... just what we need ;-)

 

Fujtor - The Astrodwarf

 

 

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