About Jay in Utah

I'm 52, and I have a love of astronomy, hiking, and technology. I love history, astronomy, writing, reading and good music (many genres, depends on the mood). Above all I love my wife and my adult children . . . someday I may be a grandpa. We'll see how that goes!

July 2015 Update

As an FYI, I am adding my sketches to this site now and am getting my back log loaded. Most of my new sketches will be loaded into the Herschel 2500 project and then I’ll move them later as needed.

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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.

Update

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.