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#1 Knuklhdastrnmr

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:48 PM

Welcome to the Beginner DSO Challenge Hall of Fame. These are the images that have been voted best in each monthly poll in the Begining Imaging Forum. Congratulations again to all our winners. Please enjoy and appreciate these stunning images


A note: Prior to April 2009 there were only two challenges the Beginner "Bright" Challenge and the Beginner "DSO" Challenge. The Hall of Fame threads for the Beginner "DSO" Challenge, as it existed prior to April 2009, was archived in October 2009. Click on "DSO" Imaging Hall of Fame! to access that thread.

April 2009 Winner: thj's image of M13
Image Details:

* taken 4/18/2009 from backyard in Queen Creek, Arizona
* Orion Premium 102mm ED f/7 OTA
* Atlas EQ-G mount (unguided)
* Canon 450D (unmodified) at prime focus
* 36 45s lights at ISO1600 / 15 darks / 15 flats
* stacked in DeepSkyStacker
* post processing in PS CS3
* cropped
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May 2009 winner wmeyers image of M81 & M82

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My first attempt at M81-M82
25x300sec
darks
flats
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June 2009 winner Gobart's image of the Wild Duck Cluster
I shot my Wild Duck on June 15, 2009 from my backyard observatoy in Cakovec, Croatia
I used my 8" F/5 Newtonian on EQ6 SynScan Pro mount, with Baader MPCC, Baader LRGB filter set and QHY2Pro CCD camera.
Autoguiding with QHY5 and Zeiss 300 mm F/4 telephoto lens.
Exposures: L = 7x300 s, R = G = B = 3x300 s.
Stacked in DSS, Processing in PixInsight, Photoshop and Neat Image.
Best regards to all,
Gobart
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July 2009 winner mhamren's image of M51
Target: M51
Location: Death Valley, CA
Date: 4/28/09
Scope/Mount: CGE 9.25 F6.3
Camera: ST-4000XCM
Capture Software: CCDOps
Exposures: 10 x 10min
Guiding: 80ED/SSAG
Processing: Aligned/Stacked in Maxim DL 5
DDP in CCDOps
Levels/Curves in PS CS4
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August 2009 winner Phil Hosey's image of IC5070 (the Pelican Nebula)
Location: My backyard near West Point Lake, GA
Date: 8/23/2009
Scope: Stellarvue SV102ED with William Optics .8x FR/FF
Guiding: PHD with Orion StarShoot Autoguider through William Optics Zenithstar 70ED
Camera: Self-modded Canon 450D
20 x 4 minutes, 10 darks, 12 flats
No filters!!
Stacking done with DeepSky Stacker, then curves and levels with Photoshop.
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September 2009 winner Psyire's image of M33
My shot at M33.

Specs:
Equinox 80mm F/5 (Televue 0.8 FF/FR)
Canon 450D (Baader Modded)
39x300sec (195 mins), iso 800, 30 Darks
Hutech IDAS LP2 Filter
Piggybacked on Wedge Mounted CPC11
Guided with PHD & SSAG
Stacked in DSS, Processed in Photoshop
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:59 AM

October 2009 Winner, Bitfodder's, image of M31
First light with my APM 80/480 (needs flattener)
Hap Modified 40D
CGE guided PHD
30 four minute lights
20 darks
20 flats
20 bias
Stacked/Processed ImagePro 3.8
Finished in PS CS4
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Posted 10 December 2009 - 12:10 AM

November 2009 winner w orchid's image of the Pleiades.
SV102ED/Canon 1000D unmod/Sirius mount/Phd guided/All processing via Nebulosity/10@420, darks and flats/ Imaged during the Chiefland Fall Star Party November 12, 2009.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:12 AM

December 2009 winner,RoundStars', image of the Cave Nebula.
Tough object for a modded camera, too. I shot this with a widefield setup to see what I was in for, so this is a really tight crop of the entire image. Unfortunately, the weather's not going to hold for a try at a longer focal length, though surprises often happen.

AstroTech AT66 on autoguided Atlas EQ-G
modded Canon 350D 50 X 300 s ISO800, flats & darks

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:23 AM

January 2010 winner John Wunderlin's image of open clusters M35 and NGC 2158.

Canon XSi/Orion ED80 on Losmandy G11
50x180sec
60 darks
Nebulosity acquistion
PHD Guiding with Orion Starshoot Autoguider
Levels and Curves in CS4

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:25 AM

February 2010 winner Barry E.'s image of M74, NGC628

Date: 12/10/2009
Telescope: Orion 8" f/4.9
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Exposures: 20x300 seconds @ ISO1600
Location: Mocksville, NC
Temp: 32F
Seeing: 2/5
Transparency: 4/5
Captured in Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:49 AM

March 2010 winner Barry E's image of M106

Date: 3/8/2010
Target: M106 - Galaxy in Canes Venatici
Telescope: Orion 8" f/4.9 w/Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: None
Exposures: 44x300s (3.7h) @ ISO800
Framing: North is up, 80% Crop
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:44 PM

April 2010 winner Barry E.'s image of the Leo trio.
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Date: 3/19/2010
Target: M65, M66, NGC3628 - The Leo Triplet
Telescope: Orion 8" f/4.9 w/Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: None
Exposures: 35x240s (2.3h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Left, 73% Crop
 

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:27 PM

May 2010 Winner SanDiegoPaul's image of M104 - The Sombrero

One hour LUM and another hour of RGB, taken with the Stellarvue APO and the ST2000.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 10:44 PM

There were no entries for June 2010.
 

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:06 PM

July 2010 Winner, Ramses, image of M63.
M63
Vixen VC200L
QSI540wsg with Lodestar guider
AP900GTO
Taken 7/10/2010
LRGB 120:40:40:40
Taken with MaximDL and CCDAutopilot
Processed with CCDStack and CS4
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 05:05 PM

August 2010 winner rigel123's image of M8

ETX-LS6
Meade 3.3 FR
DSI III Pro
30 second subs L,R and HA 30 minutes/30 minutes/30 minutes
Stacked in DSS, combined in Nebulosity, processed in PS CS4
Used HA for Red Channel, used Red for Blue and Green, layered with Luminance.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 06:17 PM

September 2010 Winner John Wunderlin's image of NCC7023

Sep 12-13, 2010

Scope: 10" LX50 w/Celestron F6.3 fr
Mount: Losmandy G11
Camera: SBIG ST-8300M, bin 1x1
Filters: Baader LRGB
Guide: Orion ED80, Orion SSAG

Exposures: r,g,b: 7x5min, l:30x5min
Orientation: North up

Acquision: Nebulosity
Guiding: PHD
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Processing: Photoshop CS4, Annies Actions, Carboni Tools

Location: Mineral Point, WI
Limiting Magnitude: 6.0
CCD Temp: -15c
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:24 PM

October 2010 Winner SardonicMeow's image of NGC7635
Taken at Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne County, Maryland during the Delmarva Stargazers' No Frills XV Star Party, October 7, 2010.

Camera: Hutech Modified Canon 40D
Optics: Orion EON 80
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Filter: IDAS light pollution clip-in
Exposure: 30 x 240 seconds, f/6.25, ISO1600

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:47 AM

November 2010 winner Barry E.'s image of the veil.
Date: 10/09/2010
Target: NGC6960 - The Western Veil Nebula
Telescope: Vixen ED80Sf
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: None
Exposures: 36x300s (3.0h) @ ISO1600

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 12:51 PM

December 2010 winner, SardonicMeow's, imgage of M38 & NGC1907:

Taken 29 December 2010 at Carrs Mill Park, near Woodbine, MD

Telescope: Orion EON 80 with Televue TRF-2008 focal reducer/flattener providing a 400mm focal length at f/5
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Camera: Hutech modified Canon 40D
Filter: Hutech IDAS light pollution clip-in filter
Exposure 36 x 240secs, f/5, ISO800

In spite of the number of exposures, the transparency was mediocre and I didn't get as much of IC 417 (center right) and NGC 1931 (lower right) as I hoped. I think I'll shoot some additional exposures with my Ha filter and try to add the data to this image.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 08:50 AM

January 2011 winner Roundstars image of M81

Tak FS102 on Atlas, autoguided
Modded Canon 350D w/Astronomik CLS (orange zone)
20 X 360s ISO800 + flats, darks and biases; 21F
Captured IP Camera Control; calibrated and stacked DSS; postprocessed Photoshop CS2

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:21 PM

February 2011 winner CMM's image of M46 & NGC2438.

Scope: Celestron 8" EdgeHD
Mount: CGEM
Camera: SBIG 8300M
Guiding: Lodestar Autoguider on OAG. PhD Guiding
Filters: IDAS LPS-V2, LRGB Astrodon Filters (36mm for FW5-8300 wheel)
Software: CCDSoft for acquisition, PixInsight for processing.
L: 50x1min
R: 20x1min
G: 20x1min
B: 20x1min

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 10:58 PM

March 2011 winner Bitfodder's image of Kemble's Cascade
This is a mosaic of 2 runs. Both are 16- 30 second exposures in RGB. Pixinsight for initial work, photoshop to finish.

FSQ-106N/QSI583WSG/Lodestar guide/MaximDL aquire

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:58 PM

April 2011 Winner lacomj's image of M3
Imaged 4/5/2011 from Reno, NV

Exposure: 10 300-second, 20 120-second. and 20 60-second subexposures @ ISO 1600 with Darks and Flats
Scope: Astrotech AT111EDT F7 APO Refractor
Accys: AT2FF Field Flattener, Orion SkyGlow Imaging Filter
Camera: Canon T1i at prime focus
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guiding: AT172ED with Meade DSI-II via PhD Guiding
Capture: Nebulosity FITS file format
Stacking: Nebulosity
Post Processing: Nebulosity, Photoshop CS3, Lightroom. Layer masking used to preserve core of cluster while bring in dimmer outer stars.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:47 AM

May 2011 Winner lacomj's image of NGC6888 Crescent Nebula:
NGC6888 Crescent Nebula
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Imaged May 4, 2011 from Reno, NV

Exposure: 39 300-second subexposures @ ISO 1600 with Darks and Flats
Scope: Astrotech AT8RC 8" F8 Ritchey Chrétien
Accys: AT2FF Field Flattener
Camera: Canon T1i at prime focus
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guiding: AT72ED with Meade DSI-II via PhD Guiding
Capture: Nebulosity FITS file format
Stacking: Nebulosity
Post Processing: Nebulosity, Lightroom.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:25 PM

June 2011 winner lacomj's image of M20

Image by lacomj (Jeff LaCombe)
Imaged on 6/26/2011 from Reno, NV

Exposure: 42 300-second subexposures @ ISO 1600 with Darks (no flats)
Scope: Astrotech AT8RC F8 Ritchey Cretian
Accys: AT2FF Field Flattener, Orion SkyGlow Imaging Filter
Camera: Canon T1i at prime focus
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guiding: AT72ED with Meade DSI-II via PhD Guiding
Capture: Nebulosity FITS file format
Stacking: Nebulosity
Post Processing: Nebulosity, Photoshop CS5.1, Lightroom.
Conditions: Clear Skies Chart: 5,4,4 (Clouds,Transparency,Seeing)

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

July 2011 winner - rigel123's image of M57:

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ETX-LS6
DSI III Pro
Orion NB filters and filter wheel
80 X 30 Sec L,HA,OIII,SII
SII=Red, HA=Green, OIII=Blue
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:40 AM

August 2011 winner - rigel123's image of NGC5981, 5982 & 5985 in the same FOV:

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Dragonslayer imaged on 6/28/2011
Scope: ED80T
Camera: ATIK314L+
Mount: Atlas EQ-G
L=24X300sec, RGB 6X300sec guided with Orion Awesome Miniguide set up
Captured with Nebulosity 2, stacked in DSS and processed in PS CS4
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

September 2011 winner - charles1317's image of vdB152, The Wolf's Cave:

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Wolf's Cave @ vdB152. Named after Max Wolf who, along with August Kopff, noticed it's complex structure when they made a 2.5 hour exposure using a 28" reflector back in 1908.

I on the other hand shot LRGB 3 minute X 15 binned X2 using an Astrotech AT8IN newt and a SBIG ST-8300m imager.
Processed with PixInsight

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