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    I believe it is the date you finish it. So if you finish it in 2013, you would get the 2013 award
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    I'm with pushrod on that! I dig the badges though!
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    OK, I have a question. I see the sketches in this forum and they are way good. Like art good.

    Whereas I sketch moreso to help myself slow down and smell the roses so to speak. Nothing pretty. My sketches are bad. Not sure if they qualify as "recognizable" or not.

    For galaxies, I pretty much draw a blob where I see the galaxy. Not very accurate in shading, etc. I just try to convey the orientation if I can see it, or make it a circular blob if not, and roughly record the size. Then I sketch out a few bright reference stars in the vicinity.

    For open clusters, I usually try to accurately draw out the brighter stars, or the ones that make patterns, and then just fill it in with spots.

    For nebulas, I sometimes make a deposit of graphite off to the side and then just smudge around in the general vicinity, and again draw reference stars.

    Not to mention I hand draw the circle on graph paper as I go, which ends up looking eliptical if I'm lucky, but usually more like a potato.

    Is that going to be good enough? Or are we supposed to put forth artisitc effort to apply for this award? I don't want to take away merit for an award where others put in a ton of effort and hard work to make them look beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epeddy1 View Post
    OK, I have a question. I see the sketches in this forum and they are way good. Like art good.

    Whereas I sketch moreso to help myself slow down and smell the roses so to speak. Nothing pretty. My sketches are bad. Not sure if they qualify as "recognizable" or not.

    For galaxies, I pretty much draw a blob where I see the galaxy. Not very accurate in shading, etc. I just try to convey the orientation if I can see it, or make it a circular blob if not, and roughly record the size. Then I sketch out a few bright reference stars in the vicinity.

    For open clusters, I usually try to accurately draw out the brighter stars, or the ones that make patterns, and then just fill it in with spots.

    For nebulas, I sometimes make a deposit of graphite off to the side and then just smudge around in the general vicinity, and again draw reference stars.

    Not to mention I hand draw the circle on graph paper as I go, which ends up looking eliptical if I'm lucky, but usually more like a potato.

    Is that going to be good enough? Or are we supposed to put forth artisitc effort to apply for this award? I don't want to take away merit for an award where others put in a ton of effort and hard work to make them look beautiful.
    Well that is just about exactly what i do except that i draw around my coffee coaster for the circle of the eyepiece - so are you telling me i can't draw .

    The more the merrier - let's see 'em
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    Quote Originally Posted by epeddy1 View Post
    Whereas I sketch moreso to help myself slow down and smell the roses so to speak....

    Not to mention I hand draw the circle on graph paper as I go, which ends up looking eliptical if I'm lucky, but usually more like a potato.

    Is that going to be good enough? Or are we supposed to put forth artisitc effort to apply for this award? I don't want to take away merit for an award where others put in a ton of effort and hard work to make them look beautiful.
    I don't put a lot of "artisitc effort" into the sketches I do. It's just that I happen to be quite handy with photoshop from previous experience and photoshop makes it quite easy to make images look exactly the way you want it to look.

    Most of my time is at the eyepiece, which is really where I enjoy the whole thing. Each sketch then is like a memory of that moment when I "saw" it!

    And I'm pretty sure that's the spirit of the whole thing, award and all.

    I would be quite happy to see your sketches receive an award.

    The more the better, all comers welcome! At least that is what I've noticed at Astronomy Forum no matter what the topic.

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    Of course the two sketchers that I've recently admired try and convince me. I can't hold a candle to your flame sketchwise. I guess I'll try and put a couple out there. If nothing else I might convince other non-artistic people to give sketching a shot. They'll say "well at least I can to better than that Epeddy1 guy." Now I just need to figure out how to use the scanner function on my printer...:banghead:
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    I'm new to the forum but would like to start the Messier sketch awards but I've a question relating to this -

    2. The person making the application must have made each sketch unassisted.

    I recently bought a EQ platform to help with sketching, is this ok?

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    Mike, The whole purpose is to get people out looking and to expand their skill set as well as having fun while you are at it. There is no competition of any sort so don't worry about meeting some esle's standards

    What do you mean unassisted? Just give it your best shot, as far as I know no one here has ever been criticized for their work.

    You might have better results if you don't draw on the EQ platform, I think your telescope goes on it
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    Good Thread and good post everyone, I'm very happy to see that super artistic talent is not required as at 66 I still draw figures in the matchstick format, lol. My thinking is that trying for an award makes things more interesting and fun. Cheers.
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    Default Re: Messier Sketch Awards & Badge Program!! Apply Now

    Is this award still valid? As I have done my M30 and am now busy with the M70 award. With each post I attach a "sketch"(if you can call it that). will these count toward a the forty required?

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