Sketches of Astronomical Objects
Gallery of astronomical object drawings, as they appear in my telescope's eyepiece.
The purpose of this work, apart from artistic expression, is to present deep sky objects (and some others) the way we "really" see them in a telescope - by our own eyes.
Deep Sky sketches gallery
Duble stars and other sketches gallery
I made these drawings during observing sessions at telescope's eyepiece.
Most of these sessions were held at Negev desert in Israel, which features moderately dark skies, with dry air and 6.5-7.0 sky magnitude (NELM). The sketches were rendered on a white paper, under illumination of red flashlight, using graphite pencils and various art tools (eraser, Q-tips, fingers). Most of the time I observed through a 200mm Newtonain reflector, though some of the later sketches are made with different instruments - 10" Newtonian and 80mm ED refractor.
Since the original drawings are made with graphite pencil - they appear black, on a white background. In order to acheive realistic impression - the sketches are digitalized, inverted and processed in Photoshop. Depending on an object - it may take between 20 mintues to 5 hours to make a drawing (including the final processing).
Click on a link above to visit the galleries. Note that deep sky objects are sorted alphabetically (except the latest ones) and double stars are sorted by constellations.
For some of the drawings - additional information, as well as original black on white scans, are avaliable (Ink Spot nebula, Messier 13, Messier M17, etc). In case you are interested in higher resolution versions, or the originals - feel free to contact me.
Instruments I used to make these drawings: Orion skyview pro 200mm f/5 Newtonian, Skywatcher 250mm f/5 Newtonian on NEQ6 mount, Stellarvue 80mm ED f/7 refractor.
Sketching versus Photography:
To a human eye most of the universe appears faint and gray (excluding close stars and some nebulae). This is different from what long exposure photography teaches us.
While Hubble photos may look pretty and give us a lot of scientific information - this is not how human eye percepts the space.
For example: If one would approach in a space ship to Andromeda galaxy, he would not see a brilliant whirlpool of stars and colorful nebulae like we see in photos. In reality he would see something huge, gray and rather faint - similar to how our own Milky Way galaxy looks from a really dark site.
In my opinion - this impression can only be achieved through visual observations and expressed by drawing.
Some of these sketches were exhibited at Ort Braude college art gallery as a part of "Light Years within Touching Distance" event, and at Weizmann Institute of Science gallery during "Science Festival" event at 2011.