Astronomy magazine's sketching gallery goes live

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Monday, December 13, 2010

Calling all observers who ever put pencil to paper while peering through an eyepiece. Astronomy magazine’s 10th area in its Online Reader Gallery is now up and running.

In's new "Sketches from the Telescope" reader gallery, you can browse and share great drawings like this one Erika Rix made of the Moon's Rupes Recta (the Straight Wall).
Sketches from the Telescope” joins such popular posting areas as “Sun and Moon,” “Nebulae,” and “Planets.” To post an image, just become a registered user at It’s free! Then, from the home page, select “Multimedia” and click on “Reader Photo Gallery.” Click on the sketching gallery or whatever other gallery you wish to post to and follow the instructions.

Sketching celestial objects is great fun, and it’s one activity guaranteed to make you a better observer. Indeed, as you train your eye to become more cognizant of details, you’ll notice subtle changes in hue, the interplay of light and dark areas, and any kind of motion. You also will be better able to judge sky conditions.

So sketch to improve your observing skills, and then post your results online to share them with the world.

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