Brent Hutto’s Moon and Planets

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The main purpose of this page is to share My Moon SketchesMy Jupiter Sketches and My Mars Sketches with anyone who is interested in observing and/or sketching the Moon and bright planets. My sketching technique is crude but I hope it improves with practice. The process of making sketches helps me notice details that I might miss by just passively looking through the telescope, even when I don’t quite draw everything correctly. This photograph of the nearly-full Moon (larger JPEG image here) is a 35mm snapshot taken through my 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). 


There is an active on-line community of amateur lunar and planetary observers. A good starting point is the Shallow Sky web site, of which my favorite portion is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Moon.

There is also a Shallow Sky Mailing List as well as A Mailing List for Astronomical Sketchers on E-groups. You can search through An Archive of Astronomy-Related Mailing Lists and find information contributed to dozens of lists by thousands of enthusiasts over the past few years. Unfortunately, lists hosted by E-Groups are not included in the archive.


Another link that you might find interesting is a review I wrote of the Celestar 8 Special Edition telescope. It outlines my reasons for buying the SCT, how I arrived at a particular model and my experience purchasing, setting up and learning to use it. The review might be of particular use to anyone thinking about buying a telescope with an RA drive to use for lunar and planetary observing and sketching.

For a more earthly pleasure, I have a photograph of a flower growing in the front yard of the house we used to live in.

Finally, I have a page with links to Some Poems that I find relevant to enjoying the night sky, if not astronomy per se.