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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:43 PM

December 2010 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Nils_Lars:

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25 5min subs in RGB at ISO 800 and 24 10min subs with 6nm Ha filter at ISO 1600 stacked in DSS then adjusted in PS CS2. Canon 500D(modded) , Orion Atlas mount and the lens was the Nikon 180ED @ f/2.8 and a 7x40mm finder as a guide scope.

 

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:49 PM

January 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jared:

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M81--Bode's Nebula
Captured by Jared Willson
January 27, 2011, Oakland, CA
2 Hours luminosity; 1 hour each RG&B binned 2x2
10" AT Ritchey-Chretien @ f/8; FLI ML8300; Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO; Lodestar guider; AstroDon Monster MOAG; AstroDon True Balance filters
Captured in Maxim; Reduced, registered, and stacked in Maxim; Post processed in Photoshop CS3


 

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:52 PM

February 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - raxxla:

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Here's my shot!

California Nebula (NGC1499)
NP101is f/4.3
QHY9
HaLRGB (80m:40m:82m)

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 02:00 PM

March 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Roel!

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This is my submission to this month's contest: AR 1176 in H-Alpha. It was very active with some small but bright proms and and a nice filament.

 

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:41 PM

April 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - maroubra_boy!

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My submission is of my recent sketch of the Eta Carina Nebula done using my 17.5" dob from my home in Sydney Australia. I had posted this sketch earlier this month in the sketching forum.

This was by far my most challenging sketch to undertake. It is also my most satisfying one.

That it was done under the light polluted skies of Sydney makes me wonder what a repeat undertaking from a dark site will reveal additionally.

The supermassive star that lends its name to the nebula, Eta Carina, is the bright, reddish star approximately in the centre of the sketch.

Object: NGC 3372, Eta Carina Nebula
Scope: 17.5" dob, push-pull
Gear: 35mm Masuyama eyepiece, 57X, OIII flter
Date: April 8, 2011
Location: Sydney Australia
Media: White pastel, white and black charcoal pencils, white chinagraph, white and coloured inks on A4 black paper.

 

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 07:02 PM

May 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Michael11:

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This is my submission of a sketch of M13 - the Great Hercules Cluster. The drawing was made in Negev desert, while I was observing with my 8" Newtonian.
Sky transparancy was excellent (~6.8m), and M13 showed rich detail - including star streaks and dark filaments. Among them the famous "propeller" could be easily spotted (slightly right from the cluster's center in this sketch).

Object: M13 - glubular cluster
Telescope: 8" Orion Skyview pro Newtonian
Eyepiece: 5mm Vixen LVW, at 200X
Time: 6.5.2011 , 24:00
Location: Negev desert, Israel
Inverted graphite pencil sketch on a white paper.

 

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 09:42 AM

June 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - rumples riot:

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Object Corona Australis or NGC6729
Scope: TSA102
Camera: QSI583WSG
Mount: Paramount Me
LRGB 160 160 140 180
Captured in MaximDL
Processed in CCDstack and PS CS3

 

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:38 PM

July 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Oleg Bryzgalov:

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"Ghost nebula" in Cepheus (Sh2-136, vdb-141)

This picture was photographed on July 6-8, 2011 in the Crimea (Ukraine) during the festival of amateur astronomy, "Southern Nights 2011" (600 m above sea level)

Equipment: reflector S&D 254 mm. f/4.7 (New carbon tube!), Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
RGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L: 20x600 sec., RGB: 10x600 sec. each filter, all unbinned.
Processed Pixinsight and Photoshop CS5.
Center crop, size 50%
Oleg Bryzgalov, Ukraine.

 

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 05:51 AM

August 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Roel:

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On August 2everything seemed to be right. The weather was absolutely great, the Sun was more active than I've seen so far this year and the seeing was above average. A good day to try sketching a full-disk h-alpha sun for the first time instead of an isolated prominence. First I made a blank disk with a soft white pastel. I took the sketch outside and filled in all the details I could see through the eyepiece of my 70mm solar telescope with white and black pastel pencils. All regions were very active, especially the middle one: it changed its shape within minutes. Sometimes little bright flare-like brightenings appeared and disappeared 2 minutes later. A wonderful sight! It took me one hour (from 08.00 UT - 09.00 UT) to complete the drawing. I scanned the (black&white) sketch and gave it a reddish color with Photoshop.

Sketch made from my backyard in Deventer, The Netherlands.

 

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:52 PM

September 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Bill Snyder:

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IC1396 Elephant Trunk
Scope TMB 130mm
Mount Atlas EQG
CCD Apogee U8300
EXP Ha 9hrs OIII 8hrs SII 9hrs 20min subs
Bill Snyder

 

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:34 PM

October 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - raxxla:

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Cepheus/vdb149-150 + Ldn1235

Tele Vue NP101is, QHY9m CCD, Baader 2" LRGB filters, SX-USBFW automated filter wheel.
Skywatcher HEQ5Pro mount.
Autoguiding with QHY5 cam + good 20 year old 60mm refractor
Autofocus with TV focusmate driver + focusmaster .

LRGB shot of 6.8 hours as follows:
L:27x10m
R:9x5m
G:9x5m
B:9x6.5m

Scale 25% of original size plus a few pixels crop to downsize to 800x600.

Location : Tsoukalades / Lefkada Island /Greece

Thank you for looking!

 

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 11:27 AM

November 2011 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Mike Phillips:

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Location: Swift Creek, NC USA

Time: November, 8, 2011 - 0254 UTC

Optics: Akule = Custom 356mm (14" Zambuto) f/4.5 Newtonian
5x TeleVue Powermate at f/26 / 9,315mm EFL,
Secondary Mirror Antares 3.5 1/30wave

Mount: Celestron CGE on JMI Wheely bars

Camera: Point Grey Research Flea3 - FL3-FW-03S1M (monochrome)

Filters: True Tek Supraslim Color Filter Wheel with
Astronomik RGB TYP II

Capture: Lenovo W500 (Aquila) using Anthony Wesley's
custom Coriander v2.0 - with Anthony Wesley's
focuser and CFW scripts

Processing: Ninox -> Registax -> AstraImage -> Iris -> Gimp
 

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:40 PM

December 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's finalist - avdhoeven:

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Here is my contribution for this month. It's an image of the Elephant Trunk Nebula.

Images were obtained in the last 5 months during several nights.

Equipment used: ED80/SXV-H9

The following data was used:

20x1800s Ha
8x1800s OIII
8x1800s S2

Images were made from HI-Ambacht in The Netherlands.

The full scale image can be found here...
 

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:29 AM

January 2012 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:

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After careful plans to observe, photograph and sketch the total lunar Eclipse of Dec 10th 2011 in the Portland city center, fog formed late, so plans to relocate were rushed at the last minutes as we drove fast from the city to the Columbia River Gorge Crown Point Oregon Vista House, yet to find a hundred people, photographers, etc, most were ensconced in their cars with engines running, while Gorge east winds gusted to 60 mph with 25 degrees F.

So I set up my Celestron Nexstar 5i telescope anyway, huddled into the wind-shielded side of the Vista House with a few brave other photographers. I made quick mental notes of the image at medium power through the telescope and began to photograph crudely as the wind buffeted the scope and my Sony NEX5 camera poised high and teetering on its tripod over the telescope eyepiece. I made a few photographs for reference and some visual mental observations and notes were taken. I have possibly observed over two dozen total eclipses to date since my mid teens years; photographing perhaps a dozen of those events but this was the first sketch. I noted the very slight turquoise-blue fringe on the sunlit edge just after totality, as they predicted and rendered it slightly to the sketch.

Much in post preparation was then later made in the past week at home to produce this accurate large technical documentary dry pastel sketch onto 19" X 25" black Strathmore pastel paper completed today, December 19th 2011. As the foreground ambience seemed as partly visual and incidental to the whole scene, I decided to add in the nostalgic gas street lamps that slightly reflected the Vista House behind, also slightly showing the moons image on its windows and the streetlight lantern glass, causing several repeated reverse reflections.

-Mark Seibold
 

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:11 AM

February 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Lsummers:

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Mars, February 27, 2012 at 4:30ut
Dover, Delaware
Custom 14" Newt @f/33
Lumenera Skynyx 2.0M
Astrodon E-series RGB filters
 

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

March 2012 Winner - Film Astrophotography's Finalist - Nightfly:

Orion's Sword

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Date: March 12, 2012
Photographer: James Cormier
Equipment: Pentax Spotmatic II 35mm SLR with 300mm f/4 SMC Takumar wide open. Camera piggybacked on Meade 2080 SCT.
Tracking: Manually corrected via illuminated reticle eyepiece and drive corrector.
Sensor: Kodak GA 100-7 ISO 100 chemical based sensor (one time use)
Exposure: 30 minutes (continuous)
Sky Quality: SQM 21.4 mags/sq arc sec. Mag limit 6.7 + at zenith
Location: Flanders Pond Observatory, East Sullivan, Maine
 

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:39 AM

April 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - alfas:

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Celestron C8
Skywatcher Heq5-Pro
The Imaging Source DBK21AU618.AS
Televue 5x powermate and Meade 2x shorty barlow
AutoStakkert! 2
Taken from Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on March 9, 2012.
 

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:09 AM

May 2012 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Oleg Bryzgalov:

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M101: The Pinwheel Galaxy and supernova SN 2011fe

This picture was photographed during March-May, 2012 in Khlepcha observatory, Ukraine.
Equipment: reflector S&D 254 mm. f/4.7
Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
HaLRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L=30*4500 sec. bin.1, RGB: 18*450 sec. bin2, Ha: 8*900 sec. bin.2
Processed Pixinsight 1.7 and Photoshop CS5.
About supernova SN 2011fe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SN_2011fe
Full size picture: http://olegbr.astroc...g_Bryzgalov.jpg
Sincerely, Oleg.
 

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:34 AM

June 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - avdhoeven:

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Here is my submission for June 2012. It's a solar image made on 27th of May 2012 with a Lunt 60/BF1200 and a DMK 21au618.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:16 PM

July 2012 Winner - Beginning and Intermediate Imaging's Finalist - lacomj


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Jeff (lacomj)
NGC6823 Emission nebula and star cluster. Narrowband Image with HSHO filters as LRBG. Image data acquired from Virginia City, Nevada (outside Reno) USA on the nights of 7/10 and 7/11 2012.

Full-sized image of NGC6823 at Flickr.

Equipment
Boren Simon 8" Powernewt with ASA f/2.8 2KORRR reducer/corrector
SBIG ST-8300M CCD camera with FW8-8300 Filter Wheel (LRGBHOS) @ -10C
Orion Mini Autoguider Guide Scope w/Fishcamp Starfish guide camera
Atlas EQ-G mount

Image Details:
705 mins total exposure (11.75 hrs)
Luminance: Hydrogen: 73x300s
Red: Sulfur-II: 32x300s
Green: Hydrogen-alpha: 73x300s
Blue: Oxygen-III: 36x300s

Image acquired using Equinox Image, with guiding through PhD. Preprocessing (darks, flats) prepared using Nebulosity. Stacking and post-processing performed using PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop.
 

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:55 AM

August 2012 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - sabin_fota:

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NGC7023 - Iris Nebula, taken with pure DSLR, unmoded/uncooled on almost pitch black sky.
Date: 11-18-19.aug.2012
Location: Muntele Mic, Romania
Telescop: Megrez 90mm APO, f/6,2 la F=558mm
Camera: Canon 50D unmoded, uncooled, P-FLT4 reducer at F=432 mm controled by APT
Filter:
Guiding: TS 8x50 cu Alccd5 controled by PHD guiding
Mount: CGEM
Exposure: 62x300" - 310'
ISO: 800
Software: DSS, PixInsight, PS

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

September 2012 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - Michael11:

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This is my entry: A Triptych of Globulars

Objects from left to right: M2, M79 and M75
Drawing details: graphite pencil sketch on a white paper, scanned and inverted in Photoshop
Instrument: Skywatcher BKP250 Newtonian on NEQ6 mount
Eyepieces: 5mm Vixen LVW and 8mm Televue plossl
Location: Negev desert, Israel
Date and Time: september 15th 2012, 00:00-04:00
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:02 AM

October 2012 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - J.P.M:

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Technical details of IC 1340, a part of the Veil nebula SNR:
Large image: http://3.bp.blogspot...89RI/AAAAAAA...

Finland, Oulu, at 65N

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Optics, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guiding, SXV-AO, an active optics unit, and Lodestar guide camera
Image Scale, ~0,8 arc-seconds/pixel
16 x 1200s exposures for H-alpha emission = 5h 20min.
12 x 1200s exposures for O-III, emission of ionized Oxygen = 4h
12 x 1200s exposures for S-II, emission of ionized Sulfur = 4h
Total exposure time 13h 20min.
 

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

November 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Hillbrad

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Jupiter and Io taken at 8:24UT on 11-22-12.
Scope: C14
Mount: CI-700
Camera: Flea3 with Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow
Filers: Astrodon RGB
Stack of 1400 images per channel
Processed with AS2!, Registax 6, Astra Image, PS4
 

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

December 2012 Winner - Beginning and Intermediate Imaging's Finalist - willem123:

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Augrabies Nights

Hi Guys,
Two images combined in Photoshop using 'masks'.
Milky Way: Modified Canon 1100D(T3), Canon lens at 16mm., 1x 240sec.exp.
Foreground: Canon 550D(T2i), 1x 1/200sec.exp.
Date: 16 December 2012
Location: Augrabies Falls National Park, South-Africa.

Larger version: http://astrob.in/28315/
 






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