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    Default Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!



    March 8, 2016. I finally got a couple of days off and I made the most of a moonless night sky. It wasn't a perfect night but it was not bad either especially since our weather has not been very good for what seems like an eternity! Temperatures were mild starting out in the 60's with just a light wind out of the Northeast. I was so happy to see it die down after it had been blowing hard all day long. The seeing and the transparency were not great with a little ground fog but later on it cleared out and the sky was beautifully clear!
    Since I was off work I had plenty of time to set up my Orion XX14g 14" dob. My main objective was to add to my Messier sketch count now at 59. I made an observing list of all the remaining Messiers in order of rise times and I intended to find and sketch as many as I could before midnight. There were a couple of new items that I wanted to try out tonight. I always have a heck of a time in the dark walking around the dob without tripping over one of the wheels on the dob cart. To solve this issue I ordered 3 little red LED lights each attached to a 9 volt battery. I put one on the frame of the cart at each wheel attached with a little Velcro. It worked absolutely great! Cheap too on EBay.IMG_2100.JPG. I also bought a roll of 12 hour luminescent "glow in the dark tape". I put some on the feet of my observing chair, table legs, eyepiece tray and step stool and this stuff really works! I even put a couple of strips on the arms of an old office chair that I use with my LX200. I am a klutz in the dark tripping all over everything!
    19:00 hours Jupiter was rising in the east and I was anxiously awaiting for him to rise above the haze. Checking Sky Safari Pro I saw that the GRS should be visible so I quickly put my ES 14mm into the focuser and there was Jupiter shining very brightly! I bumped up the magnification from 118X to 183X using the Meade 9mm. No GRS! On one side was Callisto and Europa looking so nice and playful and on the other side was Io very close to Papa after just emerging from behind and of course there was Ganymede way out in left field! Having good luck in the past with my ES 5.5mm I popped it into the focuser. There at 300X fading in and out was the GRS just barely visible with AV or like Bryan says " averted imagination"! At about this time I realized the ground fog I was seeing was actually smoke from a nearby field that a farmer had burned off today! Thank goodness the wind finally died and the smoke went away.
    I am not very good at sketching but getting slightly better at it! I have a small red light hanging from the focuser just bright enough to see my sketch sheets and my checklist. My sketch sheets have circles already labeled with each Messier that I want to sketch. As I find each object I draw the object first then draw as many stars close to it as I can. While doing this I hit the record button on my little digital recorder and record all the details that I am seeing in the eyepiece. After the session is over I redraw the object as I listen to my descriptions on the recorder. Seems like a lot of
    double work but if you think my sketches are lacking then you should see my rough sketches! Sounds silly but I always keep my rough sketches too.
    I wanted the sketches to look more realistic so I decided to use a black background. I hope you can see them alright!
    Anyway here they are and I hope you like them.

    M100 & M84 & M86
    M100-M86-M84.jpg
    M87 & M88
    M87-M88.jpg
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Lots of galaxies in Coma and Virgo! Most are difficult to see except with averted vision. Here are a few more sketches of them.
    M64 & M91
    M64-M91.jpg
    M90 & M89
    M90-M89.jpg
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Nice spirals and ellipticals in Virgo!
    M58 & M59 & M60
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    M49 & M61
    M49-61.jpg
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    I can't wait till summer! I love Globs!
    M68 & M3
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    M40 Winnecke 4 & M108
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Another beautiful Glob and the Sombrero!
    M53 & M104
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    M97
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    So if I counted correctly I should now have 80 Messiers sketched! Thanks for looking!
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Looks like 80 to me! Awesome job Ed! Congratulations my friend!
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Looks like 80 to me! Awesome job Ed! Congratulations my friend!
    Thanks Bryan! Looking forward to the final round!
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    Default Re: Messier 80 Sketch Award: At last I made it!

    Congrats on your award, Ed - great work!
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    Very nice. Congrats.
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    Wow congrats that's quite an accomplishment!

    Maybe there is some way to make those wheels detachable!

    I know when I saw your thread about the wheels I wondered "Isnt he going to trip over them".
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