The Place of the Golden Handle

..a life lived in bright light
or in deep dark shadows
lends no room for imagination
It’s on the boundary
between shadow and light
where your quest to perfection lies
that’s where you’ll meet the Terminator
and maybe one day
you’ll find the place
of the Jura Mountains
where the Golden Handle lies


Centaurus A

Long long ago, before internet, computerised telescopes and dslr cameras sketching at the eyepiece was a bit tougher than today but for me, no reason to throw away all pencils and blending stumps. I still believe that if I want to get up really close and personal, I have to sketch the objects that I observe.

To stay in practice I sketch the first mission that catches my attention in the live feeds on Slooh, preferably not my own mission. Each mission is 5 minutes and I have to pay close attention. The process of reducing my rough sketch is much easier now with the added bonus of an image and imaging software. The coolest is the ‘invert’ tool in photoshop!

Some may argue that sketching while observing online is crooking. Then maybe doing astro photography using specialised cameras and software falls in that category too 😛

I say as long as you enjoy doing astronomy to the full, any which way is more than ok.