Sketching the Moon 29./30.11.2012

Date: 29.-30.11.2012
Time: 19:35-20:20
Observing site: Kuru, Ylöjärvi, Finland
Instrument: L102/1000mm

NELM: 5,0
SQM: 16,76
Darkness of the background sky: 5
Seeing: 4
Transparency: 2
Weather: Clear sky, -3 °C, cold eastern breeze, thin and discontinuous layer of snow on the ground

Objects observed: Moon (visual, sketching)

During this session nearly full Moon was shining in the eastern sky. I had already long time been planning to sketch the Moon, and now I tought, that this is the night for Moon sketching, and so I went out and sketched the Moon! 🙂 And because the Moon was shining and the lights of the Visitor Center (of the National Park) were on, there wouldn’t have been much anything elso to observe. So the Moon was good choice for that night!

The Moon (nearly full moon, 99%), sketched 29.11.2012 with L102/1000mm @ 25x in Seitseminen National Park, Finland
The Moon (nearly full moon, 99%), sketched 29.11.2012 with L102/1000mm @ 25x in Seitseminen National Park, Finland

About the sketch: basically the sketch was made with soft pencil (6B) on a tough piece of white cardboard. Besides pencil, I also used a soft graphitone pencil and a soft graphite stick to render the darker mare -areas of the Moon. I used an eraser to render the lighter details of the Moon. I used a paper stump to make the rendering a little bit softer. After making the sketch itself outside, I finished the sketch at my desk. Then I just scanned the sketch on my computer and enhanced the contrast of the scanned sketch and softened it a little bit more with a graphics editor.

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