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    Hi guys
    I obviously know what sketching is, but how exactly do you produce these pictures? eg: do you sit by your scope with paper and pencil and sketch what you see or is it a bit different to that?

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    Basically people draw what they see in the eyepiece. Most people fill in the major details at the eyepiece, then add the minor details later. I haven't done much sketching, but I plan on it in the near future. I gotta learn how to draw a straight line with a ruler first.

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    Thanks Jim, sounds like quite good fun.
    Did you mean 'without' a rule? I lift my wrist up off of the paper to draw a straight line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle View Post
    Thanks Jim, sounds like quite good fun.
    Did you mean 'without' a rule? I lift my wrist up off of the paper to draw a straight line.

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    He was being sarcastic.

    Inferring he's bad at drawing

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    Hi, I recently started sketching so I'll chime in with my two cents!

    I sketch at the eye piece or sitting in a chair with binos. I use a 5.5" x 8.5" sketch paper (spiral bound). I trace a 4" CD to make my template field of view. Then I start sketching (I use a mechanical pencil, but I did get a starter package of sketching pencils of various hardness to try). I keep a red light nearby, but don't turn it on unless I have to see where I put a dot (star). What I really want to convey is that even on the first time, I began to notice how much more I was "seeing" as I kept trying to "get it right" on paper. That made up for the minor frustration of how poor I think my sketch looked! After I have drawn for a bit, I go back inside and within a day or two I use Stellarium to sort of check myself. I am very glad to have started this and recommend it all.

    I do use thin gloves, as even on a cool fall night, my fingers get cold. Winter is a challenge! Some folks have mentioned hand-warmers (chemical) but I haven't tried it yet. Much of what I have learned and plan to try, I learned on this forum! So Thank You to those who have posted in the past.
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    Post Pencil and paper and a circle template

    Sketching is simply drawing what you see thru the eyepiece. The above poster said it well. I use a 5-1/2" circle template to draw my eyepiece view then use an HB pencil plot stars, then go back over over them with a 2b pencil to darken the brightest ones. For Planets like Jupiter ive been using a 2-1/2 inch circle template and drawing in the details. There are planet templates on the web you can download and use. I recieved a copy of "Astronomical Sketching a beginners guide" for Christmas and highly recommend it.
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    I got Astronomical Sketching: A step by step introduction for Christmas, and recommend it, too.
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    I have only been able to post 2 of my sketches so far. Eventually I will post more but I'm pretty happy with these two of Jupiter. By the way EJMaine I too love "earthshine" by Rush. Good taste:-) dont worry if you cant draw, I cant either but sketching improves quickly with practice. When I look at the first sketch I ever did I still laugh out loud. Its just a way to record what you see and it helps to sharpen your observational skills.
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    I'm sure he wasn't the first but Galileo was famous for his sketches of the moon Jupiter its moons and many more. It's actually more fun than it may sound and I guess that may sound pretty nerdy but it makes you more familiar with the sky and maybe more in touch with the cosmos. Man, that last part sounded really corny.
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