The Heavens and the Prophets, Part I

Introduction The sketch (above) introduces a five-part series. I recently observed the night sky objects that are sketched but was meditating on portions of scriptures in the Old Testament during the same period. I was impressed with the strength and clarity of verses in Jeremiah and Isaiah, where God is… Continue reading

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Encouragement While Sketching the Sombrero Galaxy

The Story. Since cancer treatment started in January 2010, this was the first opportunity for us to sketch together. Linda felt alert and had enough energy to try to observe. Roland set up the Dobsonian telescope ahead of time and found M104, which is a popular galaxy in the southern… Continue reading

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The Heavens and the Prophets, Part III: M108

M108 is a very irregular galaxy but fascinating to observe. It is a spiral, but the stellar clouds that are present and the edge-on view point from earth only reveal a mottled appearance for most amateur observers with modest scopes. Astro-video equipment helped me see the more prominent structure. The… Continue reading

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The Heavens and the Prophets, Part II

Using astro-video equipment with a Dobsonian telescope, this evening promised to be wonderful observing period. I picked contrasting objects, starting with Hubble’s Variable Nebula, which almost appears like a comet, and ending with a galaxy in Lynx. I was struck with the privilege of being able to see the objects… Continue reading

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