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Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-Step Introduction (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Paperback]

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22 Jun 2007 0387262407 978-0387262406 2007

This book presents the amateur with fine examples of astronomical sketches and step-by-step tutorials in each medium, including pencil, pen and ink, chalks and pastels, painting and computer graphics programs. This unique book can teach almost anyone to create beautiful sketches of celestial objects by following simple, illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Readers can select a chapter related to their preferred class of object, and rapidly learn techniques in several media. Each chapter contains useful information regarding equipment, techniques for preserving and archiving sketches, and suggestions for accurate record keeping.

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (22 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387262407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387262406
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 15.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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)

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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 astronomical sketching provides an entirely different and deeply personal experience. It means spending time at the eyepiece to really look at what you can see, training your eye to perceive ever greater detail to take the fullest advantage of your telescope's light grasp and resolution.

And of course, good astronomical sketches are artwork in themselves, for display and decoration in the home or observatory.

Astronomical Sketching is as an easy, step-by-step introduction to sketching celestial objects. It brings together five talented astronomical sketch artists, each of whom has a unique mastery of the media along with the ability to teach their own techniques.

Here is a wealth of knowledge, tips and techniques for every aspiring astronomical artist!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Draw. Can now! 2 Mar 2008
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Useful book for astronomers who want to develop a skill that requires only basic inexpensive tools to develop (if only astro-imaging were as cheap!).
From experience, sketching actually helps sharpen your observing technique. With the aid of the excellent step by step drawings this book provides, you can produce some good renditions of the night sky.
I recommend this book for dobsonian scope users where astro-imaging is virtually impossible and for astronomers who would like to get just a bit more out of the next observation session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astronomical drawing 25 Sep 2010
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Full of ideas to use for drawing and recording your astronomical observations. All the materials used are explained and illustrated and I feel sure that the careful observation needed to make your own drawn records of what you see leads to real useful in-depth knowledge of the observable sky. Well worth having and using this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for advanced or beginner astronomers 20 Nov 2008
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I was already familiar with most of the material in this book. If you have any art training you probably already know the techniques. The strength of this book is the detail given on how to use art techniques to draw astronomical objects! Even if you know little about art it is detailed enough to get you started at a high level of sketching at the eyepiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great starters book on Astro sketching 1 July 2009
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Approaches to different subjects are well set out. Inclusion of some information on digitizing would be useful but internet web-sites are listed that provide some further discussion and instruction about that by the authors. Tips and techniques are spread throughout different chapters. Perhaps it would have been better to have them presented in one section but it's not a big issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for te beginner 17 Sep 2012
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I bought this book as a complete beginner to astronomical sketching. As a beginner, the book served my needs well. Guidance as to the specific pencils, erasers, eraser shield, and paper to buy was provided. In particular, the book provided an introduction to use of the "blending stump," which is a basic tool for producing galaxy and nebulae drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What choice do you have? It's one of a kind. 2 May 2010
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Let's face it, not many people are into astronomical sketching. But for those who are this is THE book. I know of no other book quite like it. I've been to most of the web sites on astronomical sketching. They can be very helpful. In fact, I learned later that several of the web sites I found most helpful were by the authors of this book! Websites help, but, even the web sites are incomplete. Sketching is covered regularly in various astronomy magazines. Those articles are also helpful, but it would take years for them to cover the material covered in this book. If you want to try your hand at Astronomical Sketching, you need this book to get you started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one for the Library. 13 July 2011
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This is an excellent book to learn the art of Astronomical Sketching. Well written, concise, and easy to follow instructions. You don't have to be a Rembrandt to master this art form, plus it adds to the enjoyment of Astronomy and Astrophotography.
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