Drawings of Deepsky Objects
With Large Telescopes
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the
moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man
that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Why Drawings With Large Telescopes? Many excellent sites already exist with drawings made using small to moderate telescopes. Some of these sites are listed at the end of this page.
Why drawings and not astrophotography?In
my opinion the eye is still the most amazing imaging device to be found.
It offers a unique perspective not possible
with any other means. One example that comes to mind is
the eyes ability to clearly reveal the stars of the trapezium, the bright
inner nebulosity, and the faint outer nebulosity of M
42, all at the same time! While I have seen
all of this detail in separate images, I don't know that I have ever seen
it all in the same image.
See Mel Bartels' discussion on visual observing.
Bruce Sayre has some interesting thoughts on binocular viewing about 2/3 of the way down the page on his site.
ngc 4038/4039 Antennae
ngc 4567/4568 The Siamese Twins
ic 418 Raspberry
m 57 Ring
m 97 Owl
mink2-9 Minkowski's Butterfly
ngc 2392 Eskimo
ngc 3242 Ghost of Jupiter
ngc 6543 Cats Eye
ngc 7662 Blue Snowball
Let me know if you have any drawings you would like to have posted here, or if you have any comments.
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A large telescope does not a good observer make. Some of the drawings found at the sites listed below were made using large telescopes and show amazing amounts of detail. But many of the drawings made with moderate and small telescopes also show large amounts of detail. When experience is combined with dark and steady skies impressive observations can result, even with a small aperture telescope. Check out these sites to see some great drawings.
Planetary Nebulae Observer's
Home Page: Various contributors and telescopes
Images du ciel profond: French site with color drawings using 10" to 40" telescopes
Dessins du ciel profond: Another French site with great drawings using large telescopes
Simeis 147: by Rich Jakiel with a 20" telescope
Larry's Deep-Sky Sketches!: Drawings with 8", 10" and 13" telescopes
Sketches of Deep Space Objects: Drawings with a 6" telescope
Astronomical Sketches: Drawings by M. Geldorp with 4.5" and 8" telescopes
The Orion Nebula: Possibly made with Lord Rosse's Reflector, by W. H. Rambaut
Deep-Sky Drawings: Drawings by Udo Zlender using a 10" telescope
Todd's Heavenly Bodies: Drawings using a 2.4" refractor and a 10.1" reflector lector
Liro's deepsky pages: Drawings using a 110mm reflector
Deepsky Archive: Drawings using various size telescopes
Ian's Nexstar Page: Sketches by Ian Maule using a 5" Nexstar
Deep-sky drawings: Drawings by Tom Polakis using a 13" reflector (via the wayback machine since Tom's web site went down)
Visual Deepsky Observing: Drawings by Andreas Domenico using an 18" dobsonian
Deepsky sketches: by Eric Jamison using large refractors such as a TMB 175 and a 14.5" Starmaster
Deepsky Sketches: by Scott Mellish, these sketches are excellent, the site also contains a link to a very good article on the Mellish Technique of sketching
ASOD: Astronomy Sketch of the Day contains many deepsky sketches
DEEP-SKY WATCH: Drawings of deep sky objects by Michael Vlasov
Extreme deepsky drawings: Nice drawings by Bertrand Laville with large telescopes
COMPTE RENDU D’OBSERVATIONS ASTRONOMIQUES : Drawings by Emmanuel Pelegrin with telescopes up to 18 inches
Sketch Gallery: Sketches with a 20" telescope
Mes dessins de 2010: Sketches with a 250mm telescope
me know if you are aware of any sites containing drawings that are
not listed here.