Drawings from Gran Canaria
Andrew and Rhys Thornett
The Thornett family left from Birmingham airport to the sunny destination of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands just off the north-western edge of continental Africa. The latitude of 27 degrees compared to my home location in Lichfield of 51 degrees. At this more southerly location, I was hoping to obtain spectacular observations of the region around Sagittarius and Scorpius. I packed a pair of 15x70 binoculars, tripod and spotting scope, and a pad and pencils, and took the opportunity to try my hand at drawing what I saw in the night sky.
The drawings from the trip can be seen below. Details of our observations, equipment, observing site and photos from the trip can be found by clicking here (PDF file).