Drawn to the Universe
JANUARY 2011 – Messier 42/43
Sky Quality Comparison

Positive Sketches of Messier 42/43 from dark sky and light polluted sky

Positive Sketches of Messier 42/43 from dark sky and light polluted sky

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Original Negative Sketches of Messier 42/43 from dark sky and light polluted sky

Original Negative Sketches of Messier 42/43 from dark sky and light polluted sky

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January 2011 Astronomy Now thumbnail
Subject: Messier 42/43
Issue: January 2011 Astronomy Now
Basic Media: Graphite on White Paper
Featured Technique: Sketching an object under different sky conditions to display the effect of light pollution on object visibility and overall observation quality.
Suggested Sketching Materials:
  • Acid-free drawing paper
  • 2H, HB pencils
  • Artist Chamois and blending stump
  • Adjustable red observing light
  • Clipboard

4 Replies to “Drawn to the Universe
JANUARY 2011 – Messier 42/43
Sky Quality Comparison”

  1. Jeremy,
    I missed this post. Love your contrast of M42. I posted at the URL on my blog the contrast I did of some of the spring Messier. Light pollution truly does impact the view.
    I have one of M42 at a dark site I am going to post and then IF I can get the time in during the next week I want to try and capture it and sketch M42 from my backyard. Anyway, I should when I am done have all four seasons done with six to ten objects from each season.
    I’m also working on trying to do an Astronomy Sketch app. See you,
    Jay

  2. You should go into more detail about the equipement used for your sketches such as size of telescope, magnification used, ETC

  3. Hi, this is a great point. I do mark equipment notes on my usual report sketches. So far, I’ve kept the article summaries pretty basic. I’ll look at adding that information. Thanks for the suggestion!

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