Second attempt at the Great Orion Nebula

1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #108283 by Until_then-Goodnight!
Second attempt at the Great Orion Nebula was created by Until_then-Goodnight!
Hi All,

Last month I submitted my first sketch of M42 to the forum. Following that submission I realised that I missed quite a bit of the nebulosity surrounding Theta 2. For this reason, I was keen to give it another go. I'm glad to report that I did see the finer 'whispy' elements of the Orion Nebula this evening. What is more, observing this section of the night sky at 50X the star 'Nair al Saif' was in my FOV. I found this region of the sword rather interesting, and I'm going to spend some time reading-up on it. Alternatively, if anyone would like to share their knowledge of this section of Orion with me, I'd be most grateful.

By 21:33 there was a biting SW wind. So, I packed-up as quickly as possible; jumped into into a warm car; and made my way home looking forward to a hot meal.

Other details about tonight's session are as follows:

Object: M42
Date: 18/02/2019
Location: St Columba's College Rugby Field
Time: 20:57 UT
Seeing: 6pk
Transparency 3
Instrument used: f/8 150mm Newtonian Reflector
Eyepiece: Orion 24mm Plossl
AFOV: 52°
TFOV: 1.04°
Materials used: 2B, 2H graphite pencils, and a blending stump. The image was sketched at the eyepiece and inverted using GIMP 2.0

As always many thanks for reading the above, and I welcome all comments, and feedback.

Clear skies,

Darren.

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1 month 1 week ago #108291 by flt158
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Very fine sketch of M42, Darren.

Keep them coming!

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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1 month 1 week ago #108293 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very many thanks Aubrey for your message. Over the past couple of days I've been reading up on the Southern part of the Sword. It certainly seems to be 'Aubrey country' insofar that there are triple, and many double-stars. For example, 'Hatysa', 'Struve 747, and 754 are all found in this part of the sky. I believe I captured Hatsya, and Struve 747, but I missed Struve 754. As they say,' always leave something for next time'. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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1 month 1 week ago #108295 by flt158
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Hi Darren.
I've been practicing a new song on the piano all morning.

But I am pleased to say I have observed the triple star Iota Orionis (Hatysa) and Stf 747 at some time in the past.

Stf 754 I have not observed at all, but it is a goodie alright.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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1 month 1 week ago #108298 by lunartic
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This was my attempt from some years back.

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #108304 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey, I thought you might have spent some time observing this area of Orion alright. 

As far as I understand it some these objects are part of NGC 1980, is that right? 

Clear skies, 

Darren.

p.s. What a nice way to start you're day...I hope the practice went well. 
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1 month 1 week ago #108305 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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lunartic wrote: This was my attempt from some years back.


That's a mighty fine sketch Paul. The shape of each star is so good, and the colour adds a beautiful element to the Nebula. 

You must take up your sketching tools again, so you can share more of these great images with us. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 

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