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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:00 PM

October 2011 winner - shams42's image of NGC 281:

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I combined 5.5 hours of Ha and 4 hours of OIII in 15 minute subs to create this image. I used my NJP mount, Astro-Tech 8" f/4 imaging Newtonian (with Paracorr), and QSI 583wsg camera. The image is sampled at 1.2"/pixel.
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:00 PM

No Challenge in November
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

December 2011 winner - Ratchet's image of NGC1977 (Running Man Nebula):

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Subject: NGC1977 "Running Man Nebula"
Imaging Date: Dec 16 & 17, 2011
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Exposure: Prime Focus; ISO800; 20 subs, 30sec to 5min (>1hr total)
Software: DSS, Gimp, Noiseware
Editing: Stacked, stretched, NR, rotated, severe crop
Hardware: WO Zenithstar 80 II ED; Atlas EQ-G; Pentax KX
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

No Challenge in January
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

February 2012 winner - Dan Watt's image of M78:

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6" Newt
Atlas EQ-G
Canon T3 (modified)
MPCC
71 x 300sec
Processed in Pixinsight
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:39 PM

March 2012 winner - Mike Wiles's image of M35 and NGC 2158:

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M35 and NGC 2158
Date: February 24th, 2012
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED127CF mounted on a Hypertuned Celestron CGE
Camera: QHY8PRO 6.3 megapixel OSC CCD
Image Details: 20 subs x 180 seconds = 1 hour of integration

Captured with Maxim DL, calibration & post-processsing with PixInsight
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

April 2012 winner - Nao's image of M5:

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M5 - Volovets, Ukraine
Captured on 31-Mar-2012, 03-Apr-2012 and 11-Apr-2012
Telescope: Sky-watcher 5" f/5 Newtonian reflector
Mount: Sky-watcher EQ3-2 with single axis motor drive
Camera: Lumenera Lu070 mono
38 lights @ 10s
41 lights @ 8.5s
67 lights @ 6s
342 lights @ 5s
312 lights @ 4.5s
Calibrated and stacked in Deepskystacker, post-processing in Astra Image and Photoshop
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:49 PM

May 2012 winner - willem123's image of NCG4565:

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NGC4565: Equipment used: SW120ED, EQ6 Mount, Celestron Nextguide, Modified Canon 1100D(T3).
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

June 2012 winner - Hilmi's image of M94:

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SBIG ST402me using 8" LX200r at f6.3
Guided using TV60is and Meade DSI Pro
Mount Losmandy G11

40 x 240 seconds Luminance
20 x 60 seconds each Red, Green & Blue
Astronomik CLS filter
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:01 PM

July 2012 winner - Wembley2000's image of M27:

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Meade 10" LX200 with Meade.63 Focal Reducer
Guided with AT72ED and SSAG - PHD
Canon 400D Unmodded - BYEOS
Meade Super Wedge
11x300 Sec subs, Stacked in DSS, final processing in PS CS5

High Res - Astrobin

Wem
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:07 PM

August 2012 winner - JoeR's image of Andromeda Galaxy:

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M31 08.24.12
CPC Deluxe 1100 HD + Hyperstar
Canon T3i + Astronomik CLS-CCD filter
90 subs @ 30 seconds ISO 1600 plus darks, flats, & bias
about mag 6 skies orange zone shot at Perkins Observatory Delaware, OH
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

September 2012 winner - zerro1's image of NGC7000 (North American Nebula):

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Image captured at the Table Mountain Star Party July 20th(site now labeled as the Table Mountain Complex...fire)

11 X 10 minutes
AT65EDQ
Orion Atlas EQ-G
QHY9C
Nebulosity 2 camera control
PHD guiding
EQMOD
North American Nebula
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:24 PM

October 2012 winner - Mike7Mak's image of M76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula):

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M76 in LHOO

Oct 12-13 2012
LX200gps 7" Mak @ 1500mm and 2670mm fl
SBIG ST-402me w/Astronomik filters

16 x 10min L (1500mm bin 1x1)
6 x 20min Ha (2670mm bin 2x2)
6 x 20min O3 (2670mm bin 2x2)

Captured and processed with Nebulosity 3 and StarTools.
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:31 PM

November 2012 winner - willem123's image of NGC2264 (the christmas tree cluster/cone nebula):

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17x420sec subs + darks, Modified Canon 1100D(T3), SW 120ED pro refractor, EQ6 Mount guided with Celestron Nexguide.
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:36 PM

December 2012 winner - David Ault's image of Messier 1 (the Crab Nebula):

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My M1 (cropped to 800x600):

Scope: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ (f/6.5, 422mm)
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/ OPWB
Camera: ATIK 314E (monochrome)
Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PHDGuiding, PixInsight
Location: my back yard outside of Austin, TX
Image Details:
Luminance: Orion SkyGlow Imaging filter, 43 x 5 minutes, taken on 12/04/2012
H-Alpha: Astrodon 3nm H-alpha filter, 13 x 30 minutes, taken on 12/12,17,18/2012
Other Notes: Processed with flats, bias and darkflat frames, no darks (I use defect maps).

High-res version:
http://astrob.in/full/27856/
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:56 PM

January 2013 winner - Derryk's image of Messier 35:

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Hello all,

Here is my M35 submission.

Taken December 13-14, 2012 from Lake San Antonio, CA, USA.

Details, Equipment, & Software:
Telescope: Astro-Tech AT6RC w/ AT2FF (FL1370mm f/9)
Camera: Canon T2i (stock)
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guide: Orion ST80 w/ SSAG
Capture: Backyard EOS (7x300s lights / 20x darks / 25x flats / 50x bias)
Stacking: Nebulosity 3
Final Processing: StarTools/Photoshop CS5

M35 - Gemini Open Cluster on Flickr
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

February 2013 winner - budafuko's image of Messier 44 (The Beehive Cluster):

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Taken February 12, 2013 in Southwestern PA

Orion ED80 .8x focal reducer
CG5-GT
SSAG Mini guidescope
Pentax K200D
14 x 180s lights
10 x 180s darks
Stacked/processed with DSS and Gimp
 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

March 2013 winner - StoneasRock's image of M46 - Open Cluster in Puppis:

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SkyWatcher 5" reflector
LXD75 guided with SSAG PHD
90 minutes of 30 seconds integration.
Canon stock XSI.
 

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 11:51 AM

April 2013 winner - Magellan's image of M13 with NGC6207 in the frame:

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M13_58x120s_1hr56m_Integration_ISO1600 by AstroJeff, on Flickr


Here is my submission for this month:

Hanging out in space at a distance of 25,100 light years, this 24 million year old beauty is one of the most impressive globular clusters for the northern hemisphere. Containing over a million stars packed into a 145 light year sphere, the center of this glorious object is 500X more concentrated than its outer perimeters. And out of all of those stars there stands one stranger… Barnard Number 29. What is it? In a world where all the stars should be the same age, there is a spectral type B2 – a young, blue star. Where did it come from? Apparently on one of M13's journeys around our galaxy, it collected a field star, for radial velocity measurements have proved that it does belong to the globular cluster!

Object: M13 Keystone Cluster
Location: Enfield, NS Canada
Date: April 6 into the 7th, 2013
Camera: Canon XSi / 450D Gary Honis Full Spectrum modified
Coma Corrector: Baader MPCC
Telescope: Orion 8" F4 Astrograph
Mount: Celestron CGEM
Guiding: Celestron 80mm Guidescope with a Celestron Nexguider.
Subs: 120s x 58 Integration time of 1hr52m
Darks/Bias/Flats added
Processing: Pixinsight 1.8 RC5
Post-Processing: Pixinsight 1.8 RC5

Also, here is a link to the FULL resolution of the image, take note of the detail in NGC6207, there is also another galaxy to the north of NGC6207. This file is 4MB. I can count 17 galaxies in the background.

http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/
 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:38 AM

May 2013 winner - shawnhar's image of Messier 92:

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Imaging scope: Meade 2120 10" OTA
Camera: Canon XS
Guide: ST80/DSIc/PHD
Mount: EQ6 pro/EQMod
Subs: 27@ 180 sec, 5 darks
Capture: EOS Util
Process: DSS/StarTools/CS2
 






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