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    Nice job. All look great, but I really like the M42 and M108.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samgray1 View Post
    Wow Greg, those are really nice! I would like to learn about the method you use to sketch and process them, as they look very realistic to me with the black background and grey/white stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Are there instructions about this method available anywhere on the Internet, or can you recommend a good book on the subject? Thanks!
    Thanks to everyone for the kind words of encouragement! Rob gave some good info on Astro Sketching. I'll be ordiering that book. I use Photoshop to invert the image to a negative...easy to do this. -Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrkirkham View Post
    There are several Internet sites that give tips on sketching. Youtube has some videos. Astronomy Magazine's web page has some videos. Anytime I look at another person's sketches they also help me to do a better job.

    If you are looking for a book, I found the following one the most helpful for me, personally:

    "Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-Step Introduction" by Richard Handy, David B. Moody, Jeremy Perez, Erika Rix, and Sol Robbins.

    At the end of the book are three pages of helpful Internet links, including the authors' own link http://www.astronomicalsketching.com
    Thanks very much for the info Rob.
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    Your sketches are excellent and you should be proud of them. One thing I find is sometimes I don't account for drift in two of my dobs. To help with that I sketch by quadrants. I divide my paper into fourths and sketch a quadrant before I move to the next one. First though, I always sketch the object first and then place the stars. That's how I do it, but there isn't a right or wrong way in my opinion.

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    Do you print this image by yourself or have some sort of sketchbook that you bought somewhere? I love the setup of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ketalar View Post
    Do you print this image by yourself or have some sort of sketchbook that you bought somewhere? I love the setup of it.
    I have a sketch book and experince in drawing, but that doesn't mean I know it all !
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    I meant, the observation record lines and all, not the sketch itself. I searched for astronomical sketchbooks in local astronomy stores but couldn't find any so I wondered.

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    Great job. Seems a tough subject to find info on. Then again, anything Astronomy related can be a challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ketalar View Post
    I meant, the observation record lines and all, not the sketch itself. I searched for astronomical sketchbooks in local astronomy stores but couldn't find any so I wondered.
    I scearched the web and found one I liked, it wasn't this one..or maybe it was..
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_o51qf-58Ve...600/img005.jpg then I just recreated it in MS Word to what I wanted and added about a 4" circle. I print them off and keep them in a 3 ring binder. So they are just done on cheap comuter paper. I'm sure that will change over time. Hope this helps. -Greg
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    Here is my last astro sketch from this spring. M106 & NGC 4248.

    Now I guess it's time for some summer sketches! -Greg
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