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    Default Dance of the TWO Veils...



    2015 has been a lousy one for me. I've had only one clear New Moon weekend at home, and my only other dark sky sojourn was a 1200km trek to a major star party. But both of these gave me fabulous sketching opportunities.

    The trip to the Queensland Astrofest this last August was certainly one I won't forget. We were blessed with exquisite transparency which allowed us down here in Australia to spy out some of the northern gems with great clarity.

    One of these gems was The Veil Nebula. WOW!

    The Veil excited me so much I sketched it twice! The first sketch was with my 8" f/4 Kulali dob. Using a 30mm 82deg eyepiece, the ENTIRE Veil circle just squeeze into the field of view. Absolutely spectacular.

    The second sketch followed immediately after the first, using my 17.5" f/4.5 Karee dob using a mate's 23mm Axiom LX eyepiece (every underestimated eyepiece for Newtonians. Not perfect, but one of those little known gems ).

    You'll find a more extensive write up about these two sketches, along with sketch specs, in my blog:

    The Veil Nebula, parts I & II

    I had never expected to see the Veil from here in Oz. Gee, I even chanced upon the North America Nebula too that night while hunting down The Veil. Flaming HUGE the North America Neb! I didn't sketch it as it was too much of a horizon grazer for me, and was to disappear behind some trees all to quickly to sketch.


    The entire Veil with 8" f/4 Attachment 122064


    Eastern section of Veil with 17.5" f/4.5 Attachment 122065

    With this apparition of the Veil, it served only as a tease for how it must appear under favourable Northern skies...

    Alex.

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    Default Re: Dance of the TWO Veils...

    Wow! Splendid sketches, Alex! I've never seen the entire Veil in a single field of view before. Now you have me wanting yet another eyepiece.

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    Default Re: Dance of the TWO Veils...

    Wonderful sketches Alex! Considering the time and patience to sketch the Veil in such wonderful detail, it almost boggles the mind.

    Beautiful work sir!
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    Wow breathtaking !!!

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    Beautiful!
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    Your sketching is so realistic. Absolutely stunning work.
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    Great artwork, Alex!
    I saw the Veil once through an 18" and wow, was that spectacular!! So much to it. So much subtlety and detail.

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    Absolutely majestic Alexander. You are so talented!!!
    Thanks for sharing those art pieces here
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    Alex,

    That 3* FOV of the entire Veil is knock your socks off amazing. You have packed so much detail into the sketch and really brings out the nature of the object. Just wonderful! How long did that sketch take you to create and is this black paper?

    The Eastern Veil detail and that dark lane are very exciting to see. I will have to try to see it in my 12.5" but your extra light gathering must be a real boon for the extras here.

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    Hi Alex. A superb sketch of the Eastern and Western Veils. Your sketches are easily as good as the astrophotographs on the forum here. And, I also enjoyed looking at the other fine sketches in your excellent blog. Thanks for sharing these with us Alex, and keep up your great sketching work.
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