Orion nebula M42, sketch

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Over the years, M42 has always been quite a sketching challenge for me.

Quite a few years ago I was somewhat surprised at the dotted appearance, the "blobs" under the trapezoid in the sketch. In my C8 in the nineties they really showed up as "blobs". I've always looked for it in photos. They were never as clear as I thought they were. Not even in the C14 of my local astronomy association. Still, I somehow believed their existence. Quite silly.
In the early 2000s, I got the chance to view them through someone else's C8. Until then I realized that all along I had seen the incompetence of my old instrument to show what it really was: irregular clouds, not sharply defined "blobs". I was glad it was dark when I realized that because I was quite embarrassed at the time.
A rough sketch was made on January 8 with my 150mm Achromat. I tucked the field sketch into my observation vest, still didn't know if I would finish it. Yesterday I looked at M42 through my 102mm Maksutov, felt the sketch in my pocket and thought, "Well why not? Let's make the most of it."

Here is the final sketch. Still have some misgivings about it. Misplaced stars, too much curving in some places, some spots not bright enough, others too bright. Anyway, I hope you will like it.
Orion nebula Januari 2021 (final).jpg
Telescopes in Schiedam : SW 150mm Achromat F/5, SW Evostar 120ED F/7.5, Vixen 102ED F/9, OMC140 Maksutov F/14.3, SW 102 Maksutov F/13 on Vixen GPDX.
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Very nice sketch John!
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wow,a keen eye :)
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superb, you really have an incredible talent, beautiful, thank you.
it inspires me.
I LOVE REFRACTORS . :observer:

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Hi John. This is a great sketch work from you on M42 with the 150 achromatic refractor first, and then the 102 Mak-Cass instrument. Thanks for sharing your artistic talents with us on here john, and the best of wishes for many clear skies.
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John,
Beautiful sketch of Great Orion Nebula. Difficult target for sketching I must say. You captured the details very well!!!
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