Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-step Introduction: A Step-by-Step Introduction

Paperback | June 12, 2007

byRichard Handy, David B. Moody, Jeremy Perez

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There are two basic methods of recording astronomical images seen through the eyepiece of a telescope. Photography (these days, usually digital imaging with a CCD camera) is one, the other is sketching.Astronomical sketching and drawing has a long and esteemed history. Many astronomers believe it is still unrivalled for recording and illustrating transient phenomena (such as TLPs) or for taking advantage of the fleeting moments of extreme clarity that result from the turbulent atmosphere through which Earth-based astronomers carry out all their observing.Unfortunately, astronomical sketching and drawing is seldom taught as such, and is regarded by many amateur astronomers as the province of a talented few. This is not the case - the necessary techniques can be taught, just as portraiture and still-life drawing can be (and is) taught.This book could become a classic.

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There are two basic methods of recording astronomical images seen through the eyepiece of a telescope. Photography (these days, usually digital imaging with a CCD camera) is one, the other is sketching.Astronomical sketching and drawing has a long and esteemed history. Many astronomers believe it is still unrivalled for recording and i...

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At some time we have all gazed through the telescope eyepiece at the magnificent rings and banded globe of Saturn, or seen long shadows reaching across crater floors at the Moon's terminator - and wondered at the sheer beauty of the sight.It seems almost anachronistic to think of sketching when CCD imaging is available, but astronomica...

Richard Handy, principally noted for his lunar sketchwork, studied Art and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. He currently runs a small Internet based astronomy company and spends his cloudless evenings sketching the Moon and other celestial objects from his home in San Diego, California. Rich very actively suppor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387262407

ISBN - 13:9780387262406

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Sketching the Moon.- Sketching the Sun.- Sketching Comets.- Sketching the Planets.- Sketching Nebulae.- Sketching Star Clusters.- Sketching Planetary Nebulae.-Sketching Galaxies.- Record keeping.- Index.

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From the reviews:"Sketching is the best way to train the eye for visual observation and it enhances an observer's enjoyment of the night sky. This book is aimed at those who would like to discover and develop sketching techniques. The five experienced authors describe their areas of specialty, with chapters on sketching the Moon, comets, the Sun, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. . In all, it's a super book." (Peter Grego, BBC Sky at Night, December, 2007)