Comparing the reasons for
drawing astronomical objects by 19th century professional astronomers
and today's amateurs, and the methods used for drawing in the
different eras. The forces that shape these drawings is also discussed
and sheds light on the entire visual observing process.
"I've become increasingly interested in making astronomical drawings
of selected objects as detailed as possible.
This sparked an
ongoing investigation into the drawings made by professional
astronomers before the advent of astrophotography, both for their
motivations and the methods they used to create their drawings.
This brought up
fascinating discussions about subjectivity, biases and the reliability
of human vision pushed to its limits, which apply not just to drawing
at the eyepiece but to the entire experience of visual observing.
My presentation highlights
these topics, and will suggest a broader perspective toward observing
that's informed by historical and personal experiences that may be
helpful anytime you face the question "did I really see that?"