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Since I now have my new dob, I've decided my belated New Years resolution is to sketch all 110 Messier objects.

I bet you think I'm crackers but I already have a few, you can see them in my gallery here: http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.co.uk/gallery/album/5-docs-photos/

It's going to be a tough project but one that will keep me amused for some time.

Why don't you guys give it a go as well.

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Did you do any art stuff before Mick or are you self taught?

Always fancied giving it a go but where to start.

Look forward to seeing the results.

John

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Mick, thats a great challenge and a rewarding one best of luck with it.

I got the O'Meara book The Messier Objects from a second hand bookshop last month. Its an old book now but well worth searching out as he draws all objects. He uses a 102mm TV Genesis and the drawings are superb, however he has one advantage, he lives in Hawaii :)

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This is my best sketch, and the one published in Astronmy Now.

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Cheers Phil, and living in Hawaii would help :lol:

Always been good at drawing from a very young age John, but all self taught.

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I just think it's a great project. When you sketch you really need to study the object, place in different eyepieces and try and see more details when they emerge between moments of good seeing. Also note things like date, time, magnitude, altitude, moon, dew, and coldness.

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I've tried a bit of sketching in the past. I'm just not very good at it. But even though my drawings weren't much to look at, I did manage see more visually by at least trying. I will have another go and work at it a bit harder.

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That is pretty awesome Mick, while I am a visual astronomer, I must admit I do lack a little in the patience department.

Also, I can't draw to save my life, think I will stick to visual and admire your handy work from the gallery.

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