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Jupiter Sketches 2011 thru 2016

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Ed D, Nov 15, 2022.

Jupiter Sketches 2011 thru 2016

Started by Ed D on Nov 15, 2022 at 5:39 PM

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  1. Ed D

    Ed D Well-Known Member

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    I started astro sketching sometime around 2011. I made three sketches of Jupiter that December.

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    My first sketch of Jupiter - December 20, 2011

    This first sketch, although containing good detail, was kind of a simple beginner sketch. Not much was recorded in the notes.


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    Jupiter and Moons - December 26, 2011

    I made this sketch because I found the positioning of the Galilean Moons interesting. Again, not much was recorded in the notes. In this sketch I started including a dark sky background.



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    Jupiter and Moons - December 27, 2011

    In this sketch I'm showing three of the Galilean Moons, plus a shadow transit. I also show the GRS and a hot spot or barge. My sketching was getting better, but no real information included in the sketch.
     
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    In 2012 I made four sketches of Jupiter. I also started to include more informaton in my sketches.

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    Jupiter - November 22, 2012

    At this point during the 2012 apparition the GRS was extremely pale and hard to spot.


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    Jupiter - December 6, 2012

    The GRS was not the only Jovian feature to be so pale as to be almost non existent. The three main belts were also pretty devoid of any observable features.


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    Jupiter - December 17, 2012

    This sketch shows some of the features in the belts starting to appear again. For some reason, the light pollution and humidity that night combined to make observing colors impossible. So much for light pollution not affecting planetary observation.


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    Jupiter - December 28, 2012

    By this point the GRS was well into its revival and details were showing up in the bands and zones. Also, notice the yellow color that appeared in one of the bands. Planetary observing is definitely not the same old unchanging and boring view, as some claim.
     
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    Compared to the bland appearance of 2011 and 2012, Jovian features were more pronounced and intense during the 2013 apparition.

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    Jupiter - January 1, 2013

    Not only were the Jovian details getting better, but the included information in my sketches were improving considerably. As to the GRS, take note of what I wrote regarding my observation.


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    Jupiter - January 3, 2013

    I simply made this sketch to show the star HR 1370 in the field with the three Galilean Moons. I thought it looked neat.


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    Jupiter - October 3, 2013

    During this observation I saw the shadow of Io transiting the Jovian surface as well as the Galilean Moon Ganymede close by the shadow.


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    Jupiter - December 10, 2013

    This sketch shows a very interesting positioning of Jupiters moons. There is a lot of information in the sketch about the colors of the moons and planet, as well as observed features.
     
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    I only made two sketches of Jupiter in 2014.

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    Jupiter - August 16, 2014

    I made this early morning observation before getting ready for work. The perspectives of Jupiter and Venus were quite interesting through the telescope vs naked eye, as noted. I'm also amazed at the ammount of detail I observed through the 70mm achromat I used to have. It was quite light and easy to deploy for quick, early morning observing.


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    Jupiter - November 6, 2014

    I made this observation with a 127mm Synta Mak I used to have. I was always amazed by the ammount of detail I could observe through this little lightweight scope. Of note is the very long and strong wake made by the GRS.
     
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    I only made this sketch of Jupiter in 2015.

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    Jupiter - March 2, 2015

    I made this sketch primarily to show the Ganymede shadow transit, as well as the GRS. Not exactly an over abundance of notes in this sketch.
     
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    I only made this sketch in 2016, and it departs from the mainstream sketches.

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    Jupiter - May 25, 2016

    On another website I used to frequent there was a discussion about observing with small scopes to try to simulate what Galileo would have observed. Of course, no matter how much you stop down a modern achromat the views are going to be considerably better because of the better finished Crown/Flint objective. I believe Galileo had a single lens scope that wasn't very big. Regardless, it was very interesting and made me appreciate the modern scopes we have.

    This was the last year I made sketches. In 2017 I got into astro photography, mainly the planets and moon. The time I spent sketching really helped me develop my observational skills, especially with minute details and color. I hope you enjoyed looking at my Jupiter sketches.

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    Woooooho! that is a big collection, I need to spend some time looking carefully at all of these sketches!
     
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    Wow, what a collection, Ed! Thanks for posting. I'm going to take some time studying these :D
     
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    Neb, Reggie; thank you, and I'm happy you like the sketches. Looking through them and comparing I'm sure you can see how the visible features change over time.

    Ed
     
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    Yes, it's a truly dynamic world.
     
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    Very nice Ed! Those are amazing!

    I haven't graduated from drawing stick figures in kindergarten.
     
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    Thanks, Jeff. I'm happy you liked them.

    When I posted my Jupiter sketches, which Reggie motivated me to do, I had no idea they would be liked so much. Thanks again!

    Ed
     
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    Wow I looked at the sketches individually today and it was a wonderful observing journey. the variation of styles too struck me. They all have something really.

    I will come back to look at your again.
     
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