Well, here is the link to Google Docs to my Herschel targets for August:
August Herschel 400 Targets
You can see I have entered some notes here. I've marked some as viewed and the date I viewed them. I accepted awhile ago that with my goal of sketching each of these items this would mean at least a two year project. While, August holds 14 objects for me to capture so hopefully the monsoon is going to be done for the new moon cycle next month. That, and it gets harder since I go back to work. I approach my job this way as an educator. I am prepared to teach my students based on their learning styles and needs. I work very hard at what I do, and I feel that I am very good at it (and this is cocky but if I dedicate myself professionally, I am very good to outstanding at what I do). However, I leave work by 5:00p.m. each day committed to have a life. When I was in business I lived to work, and though I was rewarded handsomely for it, it wasn't worth what I lost. That is why I keep a picture of my daughter at age 8 on my desk. She changed that as daughters can at the airport one day when she asked if I loved my job more than her, with tears welling up in her bright blue eyes. That has haunted me since that day and though not perfect, I live my life now, and my job is that, my job, my profession. I work hard at it, dedicate myself to furthering my education and knowledge and applying it, and I know I make a difference. How does that relate to astronomy? Because observing even when I'm working is something I continue to do as it relaxes and rejuvenates me. See, if I stay out late one night because it is in the new moon area and conditions are great, I am (have always been able to) function the next day and then I can leave at around 3:45p.m., come home and take a nap. It means I have the best of all worlds for me. It also helps to live only 45 minutes from SQM 21.5 to 22.3 skies, blue to gray on the LP maps (the new ones).
So back to the topic. Sorry, I'm in a reflected mood of late. You can see that I'll start having months where about half of the objects or more have been viewed. Then April and May AND June will come when I only got five or six objects in due to the weather. Ughh . . . I hope the weather cooperates more this year.
I will be posing over the next several days my original sketches so people can compare and contrast them. In the future I'll still make my digital sketch but will post the original next to it. That is probably more for me as I realized that this will allow me to see what I like and dislike about each, and what techniques I can transfer from one skill to another. I also hope to get some double star work in and perhaps some lunar before heading back the the Herschels and the DSO's! Clears skies and good working equipment to all of you!