August 2004 Archives

Observing Report - 08.24.2004

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After a few days of aggravating monsoonal cloud bathings, things cleared up and I finally got a great viewing session in this past weekend. I got started Saturday night at about 8 pm and got my first look at the moon with the telescope. The brilliant hugeness of it was...

Observing Report - 08.19.2004

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Excerpt from a report posted on the Cloudy Nights forum: Second light was last night. The clouds haven't been clearing out until after 11 pm. So the kids were in bed again, and I didn't get to share the Next-Amazing-Sightâ„¢ with them. I took the time to install the drives...
This is an excerpt of a report posted to the Cloudy Nights Beginner forum: [edited Dec. 13, 2005: Changed 'Refractor' to 'Reflector' in title. Oy. I can't believe I had this titled as a refractor for over a year. How embarrassing.] Yesterday, a much anticipated set of boxes arrived in...
Anderson Mesa Cinder Hills Overlook Willard Springs Updated February 11, 2010...

Anderson Mesa

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The Belt of Venus rises in the east at the Anderson Mesa observing site. For somebody staying in Flagstaff, Anderson Mesa is a very convenient, true dark-sky observing site. From the Lake Mary Road turn, it is less than 12 miles to the site. Anderson Mesa is in the...

Bio Page

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I'm an art director / graphic designer, working in Flagstaff, Arizona (USA). I got my start designing for print media in 1990, down the hill in Phoenix. I especially enjoy working with technical illustration, and amateur astronomy has provided a great outlet for that. I've been interested in astronomy...

Published Material

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Updated December 25, 2010 Books Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-Step Introduction (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series) By Richard Handy, David B. Moody, Jeremy Perez, Erika Rix, Sol Robbins.Published by Springer, 2007. Contributed three chapters: Comets, Star Clusters, and Nebulae. Stargazing with Binoculars Firefly book by Robin Scagell and David Frydman -...

17P / Holmes Observations

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The links below will take you to my observations, data, sketches and photographs of Comet 17P/Holmes during it's outburst beginning October 2007. 17P / HolmesGrowth ChartOngoing 17P / Holmes DEC 6, 2007 17P / Holmes NOV 20, 200710 min - f/11 17P / Holmes NOV 20, 20075 min - f/7...
The links below will take you to my observations, sketches and photographs of C/2006 P1 (McNaught) from mid-January, 2007. C/2006 P1(McNaught)Synchronic BandsJAN 20, 2007 C/2006 P1(McNaught)- Full Daylight -JAN 14, 2007 C/2006 P1(McNaught)JAN 12, 2007 C/2006 P1(McNaught)JAN 9, 2007...

Solar Sketches

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Sketches are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. NOV 12, 2006, 21:25 UT NOV 12, 2006, 21:30 UT NOV 08, 2006, 23:54 UT Updated January 4, 2007...

Comet Sketches

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Sketches are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Click the title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. Updated NOV 2, 2008 C/2006 OF2(Broughton)OCT 30, 2008 C/2006 W3(Christensen)OCT 26, 2008 C/2007 W1(Boattini)MAY 2, 2008 C/2007 W1(Boattini)MAY 1, 2008...

Astronomical Sketching Resources

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UPDATED: JULY 17, 2014 I am in the process of gradually re-organizing this page. I hope the updated layout will be easier to scan. Links in the updated sections below will be listed alphabetically by the name of the page. Belt of Venus Sketching Resources Astronomical Sketch Gallery Gallery of...

Binocular Sketches

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Comets C/2007 N3(Lulin)FEB 24, 200915 x 70 C/2007 N3(Lulin)FEB 20, 200915 x 70 17P / Holmes DEC 6, 200715 x 70 17P / HolmesDay 11NOV 4, 200715x70 C/2007 F1(LONEOS)OCT 22, 200715 x 70 C/2006 P1(McNaught)- Full Daylight -JAN 14, 200710 x 50 C/2006 P1(McNaught)JAN 12, 200710 x 50 C/2006 P1(McNaught)JAN...

Astrophotography Gallery

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I am in the process of upgrading, adding and moving photos to my new photo gallery. Click Here for New Astronomy Photo Gallery I believe the new gallery will eventually do a better job displaying and navigating photos. Apart from the planet section, photos in each section are listed in...

Double Star Sketches

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The following sketches are listed in alphabetical order (not by constellation). Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. Updated NOV 2, 2008 Alpha Canum Venaticorum Alpha Capricorni Alpha Geminorum Alpha Leonis Alpha Librae Alpha Piscium Alpha Scorpii...

Non-Messier DSO Sketches

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Updated DEC 14, 2008 Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. NGC Catalog NGC 206 NGC 404 NGC 436 NGC 457 NGC 604 NGC 663 NGC 654 NGC 869 NGC 884 NGC 891 NGC 1023 NGC 1501...

Naked Eye Sketches

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Sketches are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. WinterMilky WayOCT 31, 2009 CruxJUN 04, 2007 C/2006 P1(McNaught)Synchronic BandsJAN 20, 2007(Inverted Charcoal) C/2006 P1(McNaught)Synchronic BandsJAN 20, 2007(White Conté)...

Lunar Sketches

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Sketches are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. Vallis Schröteri& SurroundingsAPR 28, 2007 Schiller andBayer CratersSEP 4, 2006 Hippalus CraterOCT 12, 2005 Promontorium LaplaceSEP 12, 2005 Clavius...

Planet Sketches

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Sketches are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. Mars DEC 21, 200502:45 UTCM 170° OCT 23, 200509:00 UTCM 65° OCT 23, 200507:30 UTCM 35° OCT 22, 200509:00...

Sketch Gallery

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Messier ObjectSketches Deep SkySketches Double StarSketches Solar Sketches Lunar Sketches Comet Sketches Planet Sketches Naked Eye Sketches BinocularSketches...

Messier Object Sketches

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Click the thumbnail title to go to the observation report. Click the image thumbnail to go to the full-size image. M1(37.5X) M1(120X) M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M8Hourglass Nebula M9 M10 M11 M12 M13 M14 M15 M16July 3, 2008 M16July 5, 2005 M17 M18 M19 M20 M21 M22...

Links

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Groups and Organizations Cloudy Nights Forums Comprehensive Astronomy Discussions The Coconino Astronomical Society Flagstaff & N. AZ Astronomy The Astronomical League Great source for observing programs Scientific Frontline Science news site with much astronomy related news and information. Images and sketches can be found in the member gallery. Mt. Lemmon...

About the Site

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On a clear evening, if you can peel your eyes away from the vibrant pinks, reds and oranges of a fading sunset, and turn to the east, you might take a few minutes to treat yourself to the Belt of Venus--a band of soft, glowing color that hovers over the...

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