“They say that the human hand is the hardest thing to draw. While it may very well be true, it’s the eyes that draw my attention the most. Ukrainian artist Pavel Guzenko manages to capture the glimmering gaze of the human eye with his impressionist technique. Each shimmering orb depicts a remarkable reflective surface, truly capturing the sparkle in one’s eye. Guzenko, who lives and works in Kiev, began his artistic career as a designer but has pursued his professional path in painting since 2006. The oil painter has a rich color palette that is evident in the body of his work that goes beyond the confines of the human eye. Each painting employs the talented artist’s quick brushstrokes that aren’t concerned so much with fine detailing as capturing the dynamic essence of the image.”
Spiral Galaxy NGC 5792 with Distant Background Quasars (unannotated)
NGC 5792 is a barred spiral galaxy about 83 million light-years away in the constellation Libra. The bright red star at the lower edge of the galaxy is a red dwarf in our own Milky Way. This is in fact the most common type of star in the universe. The galaxy itself is fairly dim with an overall magnitude of 12.1. Since it is relatively large in size (6’.8 x 1’.7) the surface brightness is also low. The spiral arms that originate from the centre appears to almost form a continuous outer ring around the galaxy. This structure appears similar to that of NGC 1365 in Fornax, but is seen close to edge-on here. In the distant background behind NGC 5792 a wealth of faint galaxies dot the area and even 14 quasars lie within this narrow field of view.
Image details: Date: 17 June, 6th 7th 8th and 10th July 2012 Exposure: LRGB: 310:30:30:22.5m, total 6hrs 32.5mins @ -30C Telescope: 10” Serrurier Truss Newtonian Camera: QSI 683wsg with Lodestar guider Filters: Astrodon LRGB E-Series Gen 2 Taken from my observatory in Auckland, New Zealand