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Aug09 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Submissions!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:20 AM

Welcome to the Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest!

Over the years, we’ve noticed we have some exceptional talent in our forums, and we’ve decided that we would like to show it off. Each month our readers will choose an overall winner, and that photographers image will be displayed on the front of CN for a month. The winner will also be awarded an official Cloudy Nights t-shirt courtesy of Astronomics.

How to enter:

Please visit our forums and submit an image/sketch in the appropriate forum, each forum will have a "sticky" thread called "Imaging Contest Submissions".

Images may be submitted to the contest threads in the following galleries:

Beginning Imaging
Film Astrophotography
DSLR and Digital Camera Astro Imaging and Processing
CCD Imaging and Processing
Solar System Imaging and Processing

Moderators are listed by the forum name, and additionally their name or handle appears in green. Please contact them if you have any questions.

Each month, 6 images will be chosen from each gallery for the readers of that gallery to vote on. The winner will be placed in a site wide poll for our users to determine which is an overall winner.

See the individual forums and moderators for additional details and questions.

Rules are subject to change without notice.

Contest Rules:

1. Images submitted in a particular forum must reflect the focus of that particular forum.

  • Entries in the DSLR forum must be images captured with a Digital SLR or digital camera
  • Entries in the CCD forum must have been captured with a dedicated astronomical CCD camera
  • Entries in the Film Astrophotograpy forum must have been captured with a film camera
  • Entries in the Solar System forum must be of subjects within our solar system
  • Entries in the Sketching forum must be an image of a sketch
  • Entries in the Beginning Imaging can be of any astronomical subject as long as they are captured with a camera of some sort and do not violate any other rules.
2. In order to provide a level playing field and to encourage participation by novice imagers, entrants in the Beginning Imaging forum who win the semi-finals poll in the CN Imaging Contest a total of three (3) times - or who win in the finals regardless of the number of times they have won the semifinals - will have demonstrated sufficient proficiency at astrophotography to no longer be considered a "beginning imager". Such an imager will be considered to be a "graduate" of the Beginning Imaging Forum, and are encouraged to compete in the other imaging or sketching forums. The exception to this rule will be in the case of an entrant who wins the semi finals poll in Beginning Imaging as an uncontested entrant. An uncontested winner in the semi-finals will not have their win count toward their "graduation" as a beginning imager unless they also win the overall contest.

3. Entrants may submit an image for consideration in only one forum participating in the CN Imaging Contest. Entrants submitting images in more than one forum must choose a single forum to enter in or else all submissions from the entrant will be subject to disqualification.

4. All entries must be captured within the same season as the contest. For example, if the subject was Orion Nebula, than any photo captured during this particular winter (or period that it was visible) would qualify for the contest.

5. Please include the equipment used to take the image. Scope/Mount/Camera/Focal reducers/Barlows...whatever, as well as your name, the time / date and your location.

6. Entries are limited to absolute maximums of 100,000 bytes in file size and 800 pixels X 800 pixels square. Entries that do not meet this criteria will be disqualified.

7. Links to any other versions of contest entries are specifically restricted and will subject the entry to disqualification if included.

8. There will be a separate sticky thread for Contest entries. Please do not post comments in the entries thread its just for these wonderful images you all will be submitting.

9. The equipment must be yours. Doesn't matter what it is. 20" RC, ETX70, 2" Tasco or an 8" TMB.

10. You must be the owner or co-owner and operator. You must setup, align, take the exposures and process them yourself. No pay by the hour rent-a-scope images will be allowed.

11. A given user can only win in the finals once every 3 months.

12. Voting for the individual polls posted in the forums will be no later than the 5th day of the month. Forum voting takes place from the 5-8, finalist pictures / poll is posted no later than the 10th, and voting takes place from the 10-15. Finally winners are posted to the front page on the 16th of each month.

#2 starquake


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:02 AM

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NGC 869 + NGC 884 (Double cluster)
Right ascension: 2h 21m Declination: 57° 12'
Constellation: Perseus
Date/time: 2009.07.26 1:30 UT
Equipment: 12" f/5 Newtonian
FoV: 1° Magnification: 45x (21mm Hyperion without the barlow element)
Seeing: 7/10 Transparency: 3/5
SQM reading: 20.91 m/arcsec^2, 9°C.
Location: Jászszentlászló, Hungary
Media: plain photocopier paper & HB pencil scanned and inverted.

This observation and sketch was made on an early dawn hour in the Kiskun Astro Camp near the village of Jászszentlászló, Hungary. As the Sun was already approaching the Southern horizon, the NELM was getting worse at a high rate. Therefore I've decided to sketch something easy that's made of many bright stars. I've picked the famous Double Cluster, which turned out to be a pain to sketch with their plenty of bright stars. So, I was racing with the Sun, as the Venus was already high above the horizon. Under country skies, this pair of open clusters can be seen with the naked eye as a small fuzzy spot near the easily recognizable W-shape of the constellation Cassiopeia. It's one of the most remarkable objects of the Northern Hemisphere, so I can't really imagine why it was not included in the famous catalogue of Messier. For me it is a circumpolar object, so it can be seen through the entire year. It's so easy, that it can be resolved with the smallest telescopes or binoculars, therefore they are a great catch for everyone.

#3 Aldebaran


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:44 AM


Here is my contribution to the contest:

Messier 16

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Observation information:
Date: 20/21.8.2009
Time: 00.45
Location: Parainen, Finland
Instrument: N 250/1200 mm
Magnification: 37,5x
Field of view: 84,0'
Filter: O III

Observation conditions:
Limiting magnitude: 6.6
Seeing: 2
Background sky: 2
Altitude: 8°
Visuality: 3
Weather: Clear sky, light breeze, +14°C
A pretty open cluster with nebula. The nebula became visible with O III -filter. The cluster is pretty well
concentrated and well detached from it's background. The cluster is fairly rich and has a moderate brightness range.

#4 mikesemmler



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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:07 PM

Here are my best sketch from Saturn.
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Observation information:
Date: 15.4.2009
Location: Sörg,Austria
Instrument: AP Starfire 160( sorry- not mine :bawling:)
Magnification: 240x

Observation conditions:
Limiting magnitude: 6.0
Seeing: 2
Background sky: 2

Weather: Clear sky, +10°C


#5 Aaron


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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:22 PM

Naked Eye Milky Way
Oregon Star Party - Indian Trail Springs, OR
Took about 4 hours over 3 nights

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#6 Jeff Young

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:26 PM

Here's a view of the Lagoon Nebula (M8) that I sketched over the summer from high altitude in Colorado. Conditions were quite favorable, with an SQM reading of 21.7 and a NELM beyond my reckoning (certainly 7, perhaps better).

I used a 10" Dall-Kirkham at 100X with a UHC filter. Sketch is HB pencil on white cardstock, scanned and inverted in Photoshop.

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#7 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:27 AM

Submissions are closed - best of luck in the contest!

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