© Alexander Massey   I’m throwing my hat into the ring with this sketch of the crater Hercules and surrounds. An average night’s start ended with quite stable conditions to be able to see very fine details. A multitude of fine riles, escarpments and stunning long shadows along the terminator was a dramatic scene I could not resist.

The setting Sun had the rugged moonscape of Hercules at its dramatic best. The crater walls are stepped, jagged and craggy. Highlights contrast with the depths of black shadows. The challenge was to lay down a faithful representation of this impressive scene.

I hope you enjoy it.

Object: Crater Hercules and surrounds
Telescope: Celestron C5, 5” SCT
Gear: 5mm Hyperion, 250X
Date: 11th Feb. 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Media: White pastel, black charcoal and white ink on A4 size black paper.
Time: 2hrs


Hercules and Surrounds