August 30, 2007

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Remembering Galileo

drawing by Frank McCabe

I decided before dark that this was the night to try a whole moon sketch again. August has been cloudy and rainy since the beginning of the month. It was clear before sunset, but clouds and rain were due in by 10 pm local time. I attempted this type of drawing at the beginning of the year and I was unhappy with the result. The drawing at that time was too small and I rushed it. This time I proceeded in a similar manner but I made the drawing larger and took my time. I also re-read chapter one in Astronomical Sketching by Richard Handy, David Moody, Jeremy Perez, Erika Rix and Sol Robbins before I started. Rich and Erika wrote this chapter. I did this to make sure I didn’t forget something important. To make this sketch I needed a small scope so I used the finder scope of my 18" which doubles as a 4.25" f/5 Dobsonian. Some of my favorite views of the moon have occurred using telescopes of this aperture and smaller.

Frank McCabe

Technical Details:
8-23-2007 0:45-2:40 UT. Telescope: 4.25 inch f/ 5 Dobsonian and 21mm eyepiece 26x. For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, white and black Conte’
pastel pencils and a blending stump and my index finger too. Brightness was slightly adjusted after scanning.

Yesterday's LPOD: Eclipse Triptych

Tomorrow's LPOD: An Invisible Lava Flow


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