Two years later . . .

Okay, I haven’t done much with this blog site and I have a TON of sketches I need to add. I just completed an advanced degree program and though of course still working and putting time into my job, I will have more time for observing, sketching and entering the sketches I have done over the last two years and will be doing here into this site. I will entering some this weekend and then as I have free time to do so. So check back.


This site is still working as a repository of my sketches and hopefully a little bit of growth that I’ve experienced. Please feel free to look around and realize this is an ongoing project. Someday I hope to have all 2500 Herschel objects sketched here. Right now I’ll be content to get the H400 and H400 II in here.

Another project I am going to put here is a comparison of some of the brighter objects in the night sky sketched at a really good dark site compared with the same objects observed in a light polluted zone in my backyard. I hope to let others see the difference by comparing and contrasting the sketches/objects and determining how much a dark site has on seeing details.

Welcome to my Gallery of Sketching . . .

Welcome to what I hope is a home for my sketches from the Messier to the Herschel 400 to many other objects that I observe.  I’m not going to use this to replace my other blog, this is just a site for my sketches where they are by category of catalog and by type of object.  I hope someone finds a use for these.  My sketches are mostly done at the scope and I use a process called the Mellish Method shared with me by Alexander Massey and found at this link at Ice in Space.  Scott Mellish lived in Australia, was a member of the Astronomical Society of New South Wales and you can view his album over at Astronomy Sketch of the Day at this link, and a memorial that ASOD did for Scott at this link. I have started to do use my drafting pencils with lead (HB, H, 2H, 4H, 6H etc) on white paper to make a sketch at the scope, a rough sketch, with plenty of notes on details and then use that to make a sketch at home using the Mellish method. For my winter observing I think that is working quite well.