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    Hi all,

    Warmvet's postings of her solar prominence sketches has inspired me to post some of mine to restart my contributions here on AF (it has been a while since my last posting... ).

    I started sketching solar prom's and features this year since I got my Daystar Quark Prom. model. I've used it in several different refractors to find the best combination between Quark and scope for the best image quality. I am surprised at how image quality varies depending on the instrument used, especially considering that this is essentially a monochrome image.

    I've also been experimenting with different media and techniques to find what is most effective for me. I've stuck with using soft pastels, as I do with my lunar and DSO work, but again I use them a bit differently. While DSO's require the softest of touches, and the Moon is aggressive, my current solar pieces are a bit of a combination of lightness of touch and aggression! I also use different colours of soft pastels to represent different intensities of illumination in the proms as soft pastels can give only so-much tonal variation. And also done onto black paper.

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    The myriad of prominence shapes and structures I find so fascinating. And they change in shape before one's very eyes. My only problem is not having a comprehensive description catalogue, so I'm building my own slowly using descriptors that are available. There are several individual sources, and while there are some overlaps, none is complete and there are some variations - always good to have a project on the go...

    I hope you enjoy these first few pieces I've uploaded.

    Alex.

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    Default Re: My solar prom experiences

    Alex, these are wonderful sketches! Please post more if you have the time. Very nice work!

    And, good to have you back on the forum.
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    Default Re: My solar prom experiences

    Hi Alex. Some very nice solar prominence sketches from you. I would imagine that you get to see a lot of data that is not present in video captures, as you are constantly monitoring the solar view. Thanks for sharing these works with us Alex, and keep looking up.
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    Thank you for your comments.

    Makuser, one thing I've found with direct viewing of the Sun through an H alpha scope is the longer you look, the more adapted to the red-black image one's eye becomes, and the more details you are able to pick up. It is pretty much the same for DSO's and the Moon too. This is one reason that sketching appeals to me so much.

    The Moon and Sun share one thing in common with sketching - features change in appearance fairly quickly. With the Moon, shadows change. With the Sun, prom's change in shape. Wonderful to notice, but a real pain in the neck as these features change as you sketch!
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    Very nice sketches!
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    Awesome sketches, the pastels work really well and give a wonderful texture - love it.

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    awesome sketches, i can draw stick men that's about my ability
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    Wow Alexander....I did not know you were a forum member. Since I saw your sketches on ASOD, you became one of my sketching gurus...
    Every sketch of you is a truly piece of art.

    Thank you very much for letting us contemplate more of your work and since ASOD is not working more pleasssseeee keep posting your sketches more often.
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    Amazing sketches! The ability and patience to accomplish these works of art is remarkable!! Looking forward to more.

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    Wonderfull depictions of the Proms Alex.
    Please feel free to join us in the " Solar Viewing & Imaging " forum, I'm sure that you'll find descriptions of the different types of Proms there.

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