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.


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.


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

Galaxy hunting - M94



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

I sketched this beautiful duo under pretty good conditions. I could not really see the energy flow between them but indirectly a diffuse cloud and a star within M51 could be observed.


Fujtor - The Astrodwarf



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