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Jan10 CN Sketching/Imaging Contest Submissions!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 09:54 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 Jef De Wit

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 02:06 PM

I hope that the competition this month will be as rich as in december. Come on with all your beautifull sketches!

Crater Maurolycus was an excellent object to sketch with a small refractor. I worked on a grater scale than I'm used to (20x20cm). It makes it more easy to put small features on paper. But on the other side, it makes it more difficult to keep on eye on the total sketch. So are the small craters (in crater Maurolycus) drawn to small and not allways on the right possition. The smallest of the craters is only 6 km big! I thinks that's not bad for a small telescope (7cm). This is my most beautiful moonsketch yet.

Crater Maurolycus, 23/12/2009, 17.30-18.30 UT, ETX-70 @ x150, scanned and mirrored, eyepiece-sketch (no processing)

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:16 PM

I spent most of the night chasing faint fuzzies, but it wouldn't have been right to pass up an all-too-rare night of excellent seeing while Mars was about.

Mars, Jan 8 2010, sketched from County Louth, Ireland.
Pickering 9, NELM 5.5, SQM 20.3, 400mm Mak-Cass @ 400X.
HB pencil on white cartridge paper; scanned, inverted and colorized in Photoshop.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:47 PM

Mars drawn at 23:30UT at an altitude of 40 degrees.

Seeing III with moments of IV.

CM = 259'

Takahashi FS128 refractor plus binovewer at x238.

Notes :
Syrtis Major easily seen to the North of the drawing along with Mare Tyrrhenum and Mare Serpentis. Hellas looked quite dim.
A very obvious bright edge to the limb of Mars to the East of the drawing.
The Hyblaeus extension could occasionally be see when the seeing improved.
Utopia and Casius easily seen to the South of the drawing bordering the Polar ice cap.

This is the best view of Mars I have ever had.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:00 AM

I'd like to add my early Jan image of M36 taken using my 8SE. The sketch was made at the scope and then digitised into Photoshop.

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#6 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 06:48 AM

Submissions are closed - best of luck in the contest, guys!

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