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Solar Sketching: A Comprehensive Guide to Drawing the Sun

Handbook / Manual
  • Provides a comprehensive guide with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, in the form of illustrated tutorials, of every phase during the creation of a solar sketch
  • Teaches basic sketching techniques that help the novice progress to more sophisticated practices quickly and introduces new techniques to advanced sketchers
  • Includes tips, basic solar equipment, solar and sketch resources, sketching forms and sketch media glossary
  • Graphically stunning, filled with beautiful and technical sketches of the Sun
  • Includes sketching presentations, tutorials and animated gifs for the Springer Extras website

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series Volume: 178

By: Erika Rix(Author), Kim Hay(Author), Sally Russell(Author), Richard D Handy(Author)

426 pages, 125 colour & 314 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Sep 2015 | #225633 | ISBN-13: 9781493929009
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NHBS Price: £32.99 $42/€37 approx

About this book

From the authors of Sketching the Moon comes a comprehensive guide filled with richly illustrated, detailed drawing tutorials that cover a variety of solar phenomena. Explanations of what to expect visually from white light, Hydrogen-alpha and Calcium K filters are provided for those new to solar observing, along with essential tips on equipment, observing techniques and the practicalities of drawing at the eyepiece. Time-honored, traditional methods and media are described in tandem with innovative techniques developed and shared by contemporary astronomical sketchers. For the technically minded, detailed descriptions are given on how to use image manipulation software to bring your sketches to life through animation.

The Sun is the most visually dynamic object in our solar system and offers compelling, spectacular views. Knotted magnetic field lines give rise to powerful eruptions and form the intricate sunspots and arching prominences that make our nearest star one of the most exciting, yet challenging, astronomical objects to sketch. Facilitated by the availability of affordable dedicated solar telescopes and filters, the Sun has become an increasingly popular target amongst astronomical sketchers. The use of narrowband solar filters provides a wonderful opportunity to capture views of the Sun that have, until recently, been largely inaccessible. You'll discover easy to follow, step-by-step instructions geared toward your specific interests, be it technical sketching and contributing to science, personal study, or even fun solar outreach activities that help children learn through art. By using Solar Sketching as a reference, drawing the Sun has never been easier.


- Introduction to Solar Observing and Sketching
- Basic White Light Sketching
- Sketching for Scienc
- White Light
- Projection Sketching
- Tracking Active Regions
- Hydrogen Alpha
- Calcium K
- Composite Sketches with more than one type of filter
- Spectrohelioscope
- Transits/occultation
- Eclipse
- Animations
- Solar Inspired Art
- Contributor Gallery

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Erika Rix is a Columnist and Contributing Editor for Astronomy magazine and presenter for astronomical sketching and sketching workshops. She is a co-author of Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-Step Introduction (Springer 2007) and of Sketching the Moon - An Astronomical Artist's Guide (Springer 2012). Additionally, she is a member of the administration team for Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews forum and has astronomical sketches and articles published widely on astronomy sites (including Spaceweather, LOPD, ASOD, ALPO), astronomy newsletters, magazines and books.

Kim Hay is presently the Sunspot Report Coordinator for the AAVSO, and Solar Section Coordinator for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO). She is the author of the Solar Observing Section in the RASC Observer's Handbook and was also part of the Canadian IYA2009 team that helped to promote IYA2009 and Astronomy with public outreach. Kim has sketched the sun for over 20 years to observe its activity and published an article in the RASC Journal December 2009 Vol.103, entitled Solar Observing 1999-2009. She is currently the President of the RASC-Kingston Centre and long time member.

Sally Russell has given numerous presentations and workshops on astronomical sketching to local astronomy societies. Her astronomical sketches have been published online, principally at Cloudy Night Telescope Reviews, LPOD, ASOD, the National Maritime Museum, and in various BAA and SPA section online journals and newsletters, as well as in various UK astronomical magazines. Sally is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), a Member of the British Astronomical Association (BAA), and of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA).

Richard Handy is webmaster for Astronomy Sketch of the Day, a non-profit website. He was a co-author of Astronomical Sketching: A Step-by-Step Introduction (Springer 2007) and of Sketching the Moon - An Astronomical Artist's Guide (Springer 2012). His lunar sketch work has been widely published on the Internet, particularly at Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews, where he is proud to be a "Star Contributor." Several of Rich's sketches and narratives were selected for Lunar Photo of the Day (Charles Wood's LPOD website). Richard is a member of the San Diego Astronomical Society, and a Member of the Association of Lunar Planetary Observers (ALPO). Erika, Sally and Richard had their sketches selected for display at the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Astronomical Art Exhibit held in Birr Castle in Ireland.

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