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Subject Are there many telescope users here? - Does anyone else sketch at the eyepiece?
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Original Message Are there any other GLPers who sketch the view through their telescope..?
Digital astrophotographers regard film users as dinosaurs - and the film users regard us sketchers as dinosaurs.
Well, I tried astrophotography for a coupla years, but I always felt that I was wasting precious VIEWING time.

I find that the act of sketching makes you study the view closer - and because you're sketching, you notice more than if you're simply observing for kicks.

The link is a sketch of comet PanSTARRS I did a coupla weeks ago.
3B pencil, on A4 copy paper - fuzzy tail by means of ye olde fingertip-smudge technique.
riginal was scanned - then the field of view inverted to white on black, to match the telescope view.

[link to s22.postimg.org]

Comet was in Cassiopeia at the time, at around 6th magnitude.
At only about 20º altitude, and there was a very faint background haze which limited how much of the tail could be seen.
The labelled star - lambda Cassiopeia - was barely naked-eye visible at mag 4.7
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