Moon Occulting Venus – Dec 7, 2015

Despite the daytime observing session, Venus and the Moon were in full view with the unaided eye. The animation below was created using a sequence of sketches drawn at the eyepiece on black Strathmore Artagain paper and a combination of white watercolor pencil and Conte’ crayon and a black oil pencil. Rough blending was achieved with my fingertips and fine blending with a paper towel.

I photographed the sketches and then used Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 to swap out the black color of the paper for a bluish background to better represent the eyepiece view. Blue paper would have been the better option but I had none none on hand.

The orientation is as seen through my refractor.

Occulting Venus 2015

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~ by Erika Rix on December 7, 2015.

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