Drawing of the Eskimo Nebula

During the observing weekend in Grandpré last year in November, I took the time to make a sketch of NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula. It took a lot longer than expected, but today I can finally present the finished drawing.

It was a very humid night. The paper I was drawing on became very wet already after a few minutes. Because of the weather circumstances, higher magnifications were not possible. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly blue and has a bright central star. Around the central star, the nebula is darker. Further away, there is a bright ring. The outer parts of the nebula disappear in the background.

I made the drawing in Krita, a free digital painting and illustration application. Because I am not used to drawing, it took a while before I could finish a drawing I'm happy with.

Things to keep in mind:
  • It was not possible to use higher magnifications this night, but planetary nebulae really need more magnification.
  • I am happy with the stars I have drawn. They are more or less in the correct spot. I attach a DSS image of the Eskimo Nebula to compare them.
  • I really need to work more with Krita to improve the final result.

Drawing of NGC 2392 - The Eskimo Nebula

The DSS image of NGC 2392 to compare the positions of the stars.

You can see my observation in DeepskyLog.


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