Astronomical Sketches

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Sketches of astronomical objects

Gallery of drawings of astronomical objects, as they appear in my telescope's eyepiece. The purpose of these works, apart from artistic expression, is to present deep sky (and other) objects the way we "really" see them in a telescope - by our own eyes, and not through artificially enhanced astrophotography images. Click on a gallery, or see the list of objects.

Messier deep sky objects drawings
messier deep sky sketches

NGC, IC and other deep sky objects drawings
ngc ic deep sky sketches

Double stars and solar system objects drawings
double stars sketches

Description:

I made these drawings during observing sessions at my telescope's eyepiece. Most of these sessions were held at Negev desert in Israel, which features moderately dark skies, with dry air and 6.6-7.1 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). 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 one of the links above to visit the galleries. In case you are interested in higher resolution versions or the originals - feel free to contact me.

Sketching versus Photography:

To a human eye - the universe appears faint and gray (excluding close stars and some nebulae). This is different from what long exposure and highly processed 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.

Publications:

Astronomy Magazine (jan 2014 issue), Interstellarium Magazine, "Games of the light and shadow" exhibition (2013-2014) at Jerusalem Museum of science, "Light Years within Touching Distance" event at Ort Braude college art gallery, "Science Festival" event (2011) at Weizmann Institute of Science gallery.

List of sketched DSO objects:

Messier 1
Messier 2
Messier 3
Messier 4
Messier 8
Messier 11
Messier 13
Messier 16
Messier 17
Messier 20
Messier 26
Messier 27
Messier 31
Messier 32
Messier 33
Messier 34
Messier 35
Messier 41
Messier 42
Messier 43
Messier 47
Messier 51
Messier 57
Messier 64
Messier 65
Messier 66
Messier 71
Messier 75
Messier 76
Messier 78
Messier 79
Messier 81
Messier 82
Messier 84
Messier 86
Messier 87
Messier 88
Messier 91
Messier 92
Messier 93
Messier 101
Messier 102
Messier 104
Messier 110
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


NGC 40
NGC 246
NGC 253
NGC 281
NGC 404
NGC 457
NGC 672
NGC 869
NGC 884
NGC 925
NGC 1374
NGC 1379
NGC 1380
NGC 1381
NGC 1387
NGC 1399
NGC 1404
NGC 1980
NGC 1999
NGC 2022
NGC 2023
NGC 2024
NGC 2158
NGC 2237
NGC 2238
NGC 2239
NGC 2244
NGC 2246
NGC 2252
NGC 2359
NGC 2362
NGC 2392
NGC 2451
NGC 3222
NGC 3226
NGC 3227
NGC 3242
NGC 3628
NGC 4038
NGC 4039
NGC 4361
NGC 4388
NGC 4387
NGC 4402
NGC 4413
NGC 4425
NGC 4435
NGC 4438
NGC 4458
NGC 4461
NGC 4473
NGC 4476
NGC 4477
NGC 4478
NGC 4516
NGC 4565
NGC 4627
NGC 4631
NGC 4656
NGC 4848
NGC 4841
NGC 4860
NGC 4864
NGC 4869
NGC 4874
NGC 4886
NGC 4889
NGC 4895
NGC 4898
NGC 4907
NGC 4908
NGC 5128
NGC 5139
NGC 5195
NGC 5350
NGC 5353
NGC 5354
NGC 5355
NGC 5371
NGC 5447
NGC 5449
NGC 5458
NGC 5461
NGC 5462
NGC 5907
NGC 6217
NGC 6309
NGC 6520
NGC 6543
NGC 6572
NGC 6781
NGC 6819
NGC 6822
NGC 6826
NGC 6888
NGC 6905
NGC 6960
NGC 6994
NGC 6995
NGC 6997
NGC 7000
NGC 7009
NGC 7172
NGC 7173
NGC 7174
NGC 7176
NGC 7293
NGC 7662
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Abell 1656
Abell S0373
Barnard 33
Barnard 86
Cr 21
IC 418
IC 434
IC 1590
IC 1727
IC 4665
IC 5070
LBN 949
LDN 934
WLM galaxy

 

 

אתרי תצפיות אסטרונומיות בישראל מפת זיהום אור של ישראלמזג האוויר האסטרונומיאסטרונומיה בישראל - אתרי אינטרנט