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 celestial objects the way we "really" see them in a telescope - by our own eyes and not through artificially enhanced astrophotography images. Visit one of the galleries, or see the list of objects. If you are a beginner who would like to know what can you expect to see through a telescope - you might be interested in this article.
Messier deep sky objects drawings
NGC, IC and other deep sky objects drawings
Double stars and solar system objects drawings
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 naked eye limiting magnitude (NELM).
The sketches were rendered on a white paper (mostly) under the illumination of a red flashlight, using graphite pencils and various art tools.
Most of the time I've observed through a 200mm Newtonain reflector, though some of the works were made with other instruments - such as a 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 original scans - 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.
Astronomy Magazine (jan 2014, dec 2014 issues), Interstellarium Magazine, Astronomie Magazine, Sky and Telescope (web article), "Games of the light and shadow" art exhibition (2013-2016) at Jerusalem Museum of Science, "Light Years within Touching Distance" event at Ort Braude college art gallery, "Science Festival" (2011) at Weizmann Institute of Science.
List of sketched DSO objects: