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Sep09 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Submissions!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:33 PM

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 Aldebaran


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:15 PM

Here is my humble contribution to the contest:

Messier 15

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Instrument: Newton 10''
Observing place: Parainen, Finland
Date: 15/16.9.2009
Time: 23.50
Conditions: seeing 3, BB 2, NELM 6,4
Clear sky, calm, pretty warm and moist air

#3 Calopteryx


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:26 AM


This is my naked eye sketch of the Milky Way.
Date: 14/15.9.2009
Location: Parainen, Finland
Weather: Calm, clear sky

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:08 PM

The crater Kepler, from 8-31-2009:
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Scope" 8" f/7 Newtonian
9mm UO Ortho eyepiece

#5 Jeff Young

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:31 PM

The Trifid Nebula (M20) from high altitude in Colorado.
Poor seeing (Pickering 3), but good transparency (NELM 7 / SQM 21.6).
10" Mewlon @ 100x with narrowband (UHC) filter.
HB pencil on white cardstock; scanned and inverted in Photoshop.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 04:33 PM

I hope I'm doing this right; it's my first time entering the contest:

Naked eye Milky Way from Sagittarius to Cygnus
Location: Somerset County, Maryland
Date: 19 September 2009
Materials: HB pencil on white 9" x 12" paper

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 10:29 AM

what part of MW?

#8 JakeSaloranta



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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:29 AM

And what technique was used to make the sketch? Pencil, coal etc.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 10:40 PM

I'll squeeze this in at the end of the month as I'm really happy to be doing this stuff. My astro hobby needed a new direction and I caught both the GRS and a transit shadow. This is a charcoal sketch brought into Photoshop for coloring and shading. - j

Skywatcher 120ED on an LXD75

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#10 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 06:10 AM

Submissions are now closed - best of luck in the contest!

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