Double Cluster NGC 869/884 in Perseus

It was so easy to find these two in my field of vision... almost like they rather found me instead! I did not see anything "fuzzy" about the two... which is something I sort of half expected, but it was a perfect crystal clear night and every star was sharp. So far, this is the most complicated star field I've drawn.

Object: Double Cluster NGC 869/884 in constellation Perseus
Date: January 11th, 2014 - 9:00 - 10:30pm CT
Location: New Braunfels, Texas - back yard
Conditions: 45°F, perfectly clear with waxing gibbous moon
Instruments: 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars
Medium: Graphite on white sketch paper, inverted
(see the original sketch) 

UPDATE: Featured on Astronomy Sketch of the Day (ASOD)!  

© 2014


  1. Very nice sketch!! Congrats! :D


  2. Hello Jenn,
    I like your doble cluster sketch, well done.
    For the brighest stars I add a bright glow around them with photoshop and works well.


    1. Thank you so much Luis, that means a lot coming from you... I love your sketch drawings! Great idea about adding the glow... I will need to add some of that touch in the future! Cheers.