December 17, 2019

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Holiday Drawing

Originally published July 4, 2010

image by Ericka Rix, Ohio, USA

The simple crater Cauchy is located in Mare Tranquillitatis and sports Rupes Cauchy and Rima Cauchy on either side. Even though the fault and rilles were interesting to study, the two domes SW of Cauchy is what brought me to this area tonight. Omega Cauchy’s little summit crater was even visible as seeing increased. I’ve accidentally sketched Tau a little larger than it appeared through the eyepiece, but couldn’t erase since I was working with ink. I’ve been studying some of Harold Hill’s beautiful sketches and fancied trying my hand at stippling for lunar observations instead of my typical charcoal or pastels. Not wanting to use India Ink next to my telescope, I decided to try an alternative medium. The sketch was created scopeside on Rite in the Rain paper and an ultra fine permanent marker. This was very fun to do, but I believe next time, I’ll need to wear my reading glasses. All those dots were running into each other visually by the time I finished the sketch.

Ericka Rix

Technical Details
2010 06 30, 0533-0839 UT. Zhumell 16", 12mm Burgess, 2x Barlow, 300x mag.
PCW Memorial Observatory, OH, USA

Related Links
Rükl plate 36
An image of the area

Yesterday's LPOD: Sky of Wonder

Tomorrow's LPOD: Challenging Pascal


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