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  1. Dear all, these days we have a sunny and hot summer over here. Today I tried to capture the "aura" of the sun caused by some dust in our atmosphere when doing the pastel sketch of the H alpha solar disc. I spent almost half an hour with the solar disc and its aura and then just 15 minutes for the proms and filaments. So here's the result: Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: June 26th, 2019 /1030-1115 CEST Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: red and orange Koh-i-Noor pastels and pastel pens on black Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper Size: 24 x 32 cm Clear (and sunny) skies! Achim
  2. Dear all, two days after the previous sketch, I made another pastel sketch of the H alpha sun showing quite well, how the sun rotated and how the filaments and prominences have changed in two days: Telescope: Lunt LS 50 THa B600 PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: June 7th, 2019 / 1000-1030 CEST Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish and black Koh-i-Noor soft pastels and pastel pens on light-grey Hahnemühle Ingres mould-made pastel paper Size: 24x31cm Here's the direct comparison: I struggled a bit with the white balance on the smart phone camera when taking the pictures of the sketches. Both are done on the same light-grey paper. Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  3. Dear all, the prominences of the previous days on limb of the sun now are visible as filaments on the solar disc itself. Lacking amazing prominences on the limb, I hsve been concentrating on sketching the filaments this time. Compared with my previous sketches they moved from the right towards the middle. Note that my sketches are usually left-right-flipped due to the telescope's mirror. So here's the result: Telescope: Lunt LS 50 THa B600 PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: June 7th, 2019 / 1000-1030 CEST Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish and black Koh-i-Noor soft pastels and pastel pens on light-grey Hahnemühle Ingres mould-made pastel paper Size: 24x31cm Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  4. Dear all, today we had a wonderful sunny day over here in Germany and I took the opportunity to do a pastel sketch of our home star. As usual, the image is mirror-reversed. Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-Cel 10mm Date & Time: May 29th, 2019 / 1630-1700 CEST Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish Koh-i-Noor Toison d'Or pastels and pastel pens on greyish Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper Size: 24 x 32 cm Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  5. Hi all, now finally after waiting for ages (at least it feels like this ), I had a another look at our home star through my new Lunt 50mm H-alpha telescope. We've been visiting my in-laws yesterday and this time I did my first sketch with reddish pastels. I'm not fully happy with the result: I used pastels and pastel pencils in different reddish colours (yellow, orange, dark orange, etc.) but it seems that they are not exactly just different brightness of the same color tone. Instead they appear to be really different colors.So I'm still trying with those to improve my results. As an alternative attempt maybe I'll go for just doing a sketch with chalk and charcoal like I do with my lunar sketches and put the color on it later at the computer. What I'm fully happy with is that I could show the sun in H alpha light to my family yesterday. They were indeed impressed. Telescope: Lunt LS50THa B600 PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: February 6th, 2016 / 1500-1530 CET Location: balcony, Dortmund area, Germany Technique: orange and red pastels and pastel pens on black sketching cardbox Hope you like it! Achim
  6. Dear all, this weekend turned out to be a wonderful solar sketching weekend for me. Today I had another great chance to do a pastel sketch - and in fact the selected prominence was even larger and more structured than the one yesterday. So here we go: Telescope: Lunt 50 THa PT B600 Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm Date/Time: March 13th, 2016 / 1520-1550 CET Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish pastel pen and pastel on black sketching cardbox Clear skies and a good start into the coming week for all of you! Achim
  7. Hi all, as written in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we're moving around a small unregarded yellow sun. In fact today at first glance there was really nothing extraordinary visible on our home star: It was fully blank in white light and even in H alpha there was no spectacular eye-catcher. Nevertheless I did a pastel sketch - I had prepared the solar disc already before anyway . So here we go: Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: March 16th, 2017 / 1100-1145 CET Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish pastels and pastel pens on black sketching paper Diameter: 8" Clear skies! Achim
  8. Dear all, tonight, I tried a new technique for my lunar sketches. Instead of chalk- and charcoal pens, I went for soft pastels in some shades of grey. I bought them recently as a set and gave it a try on the moon. When coming from chalk and charcoal pens, one needs to get used to the pretty soft pastel blocks. But I enjoyed having more colors than just white and black available. Telescope: Skywatcher Heritage 76/300 Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: Feb 18th, 2016 / 2030-2110 CET Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: Koh-i-noor Gioconda soft pastels in different shades of grey on Daler Rowney Ebony black sketching paper Hope you like it! Achim
  9. Yesterday's transit of Mercury in front of the Sun was almost entirely visible from the Netherlands. The transit started around noon in a perfecly clear blue sky and it stayed that way untill around 6pm, when high clouds slowly came in from the south. Unfortunately I missed the end of the event, but nonetheless I was able to watch everything non stop for hours. And it was absolutely wonderful! It started with one of the greatest views I ever saw through my 60mm h-Alpha telescope: the tiny planet's black disk just grazing the side of a prominence. While the dot was just making a dent in de solar disk, the rest of the planet's dark side was ghostly visible against the background of a very dim "halo" next to the brightest part of the prominence. An incredible sight! When the transit proceeded I started making a pastel sketch of the entire Sun's disk. Some small prominences were visible around the edge, and the northern half of the Sun was decorated whith nice filament and mildly active regions. After one hour I finished the drawing with the tiny and inky black dot of Mercury. I photographed the sketch the same evening, and used Photoshop to give it an orange hue and to correct the mirror reversed image. No further alterations were made. And this is a close-up of the same drawing, to show the tiny planet's dot more clearly:
  10. Hi all, I was lucky to have the opportunity - and the sky - to watch and sketch the transit. This sketch has been done at the beginning of the transit, showing Mercury at about 1320 CEST near the prominence at the eastern limb. Telescope: Lunt LS50 THaB600PT Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 7mm Date & Time: Mercury transit time Location: Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: Koh-i-Noor soft pastels and pastel pens on Daler Rowney Ebony black sketching paper Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  11. Hi all, after weeks of "astronomical absence", I set up the Lunt LS50 on the terrace this afternoon and did a small pastel sketch of the wonderful prominence at the northeastern limb. Telescope: Lunt LS50 THaB600PT Eyepiece: Skywatcher UWA 5mm/58° Date & Time: July 3rd, 2016 / 1440-1510 CEST Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: orange pastel pens on black sketching paper I hope you enjoy it Clear skies! Achim
  12. Hi all, today I sketched the wonderful sunspot AR2529 in both H alpha and in "white" light. In fact, in order to have a quick comparison of the two spectral ranges without swapping scope and eyepiece, I simply detuned the pressure tuner of the Lunt completely. It worked sufficiently well: When being fully detuned, the Lunt just shows a red sun with sunspots as if they would have appeared on a white sun with normal telescope and solar filter. Here's my sketch: Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Skywatcher Planetary 5mm Date & Time: April 15th, 2016 / 1730-1815 CEST Location: Home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: orange and white pastels and pastel pens, charcoal pen on black sketching paper. Hope you enjoy it! Achim
  13. Hi all, this afternoon we had a wonderful sky with some small white clouds and a lot of sunshine. So I set up the Lunt LS50 on the terrace and did a pastel sketch of the full solar disc in H alpha. Sun spot AR2565 was nicely visible on the solar disc and some nice prominence were visible at the limb. Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date & Time: July 14th, 2016 / 1630-1700 CEST Technique: Pastels and pastel pens on black sketching paper I hope you like it. Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  14. From the album: Vicky's Artwork

    The Pillars of Creation Coloured pastels on black paper Sketched 20.11.2015

    © vicky050373

  15. Hi all, today, Sunday lived up its name, so I spent it having a look at the sun with the Lunt 50. Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-cel 10mm Date&Time: May 1st, 2016 / 1545-1645 CEST Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: Koh-i-Noor pastels and pastel pens on Daler Rowney Ebony black sketching paper Clear skies! Achim
  16. Hi all, today I could just have some quick glances at our home star trough small gaps in the clouds. There was a nice prominence which was already lifted off from the solar "surface". So I gave it a try with a quick pastel sketch. Unfortunately the clouds won and I had to do the sketch in a bit of a hurry. Anyway, I'll sharing it here with you... Telescope: Lunt LS50 THa B600 PT Eyepiece: TS HR Planetary 5mm Date & TIme: March 6th, 2016 / 1200-1215 CET Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: orange pastel pen (Koh-i-Noor Gioconda) on black sketching paper Hope you like it! Achim
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