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Feb10 CN Sketching/Imaging Contest Submissions!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:03 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 nunciusaustralis


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Posted 07 February 2010 - 10:20 PM

It´s very south . Ill take a chance. tnx :tonofbricks:

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#3 S1mas


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Posted 08 February 2010 - 03:09 AM

here is my entry:

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#4 JayKSC



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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:33 AM

I never tried entering the contest, but am very happy with my wide-field sketch of the M42 region.

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Name/Date/Location: Jay Michaels, sketched 01/12/2010 from metro Boca Raton, Florida
Equipment: Borg 77mm ED Refractor (f6.5), Meade 18mm Superwide (old S4K; 28x), Meade 8.8mm Ultrawide (old S4K, 57x), Orion UHC filter, Tele Vue OIII filter. Entire field sketched with 28x, nebulae detail added with 57x.

:) Jay
South Florida

#5 BillP


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Posted 21 February 2010 - 02:45 PM

Here's "our" entry for Feb. It is a composit of many sketching members work to document the 2010 Mars Opposition which I just completed compiling.

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#6 se8_16452


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Posted 21 February 2010 - 03:30 PM

Oh this is so neat !!! Nice work !! Have a good week

~~~ se8_16452 aka spaceblanket :)

#7 starquake


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Posted 23 February 2010 - 05:28 AM

Hi, here's my entry to this month's contest:

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NGC2392 - Eskimo or Clown Face Nebula

Right ascension: 7h 30m Declination: 20° 53'
Constellation: Gemini
Date/time: 2010.02.21 20:00 UT
Equipment: 12" f/5 Newtonian
FoV: 11' Magnification and filter(s): 300x + UHC filter(s)
Seeing: 7/10 Transparency: 3/5
Normal copier paper and HB pencil, then reversed on computer.

UHC filter enhanced the intensity of the inner bubble, but otherwise it's not neccessary to observe this large and bright planetary.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:38 AM

Here is Mars drawn on the 5th February 2010.

It had been cloudy all day and then cleared up around 8PM

All drawings made with a Takahashi FS128 refractor at x238

A - 21:15UT, CM=297', seeing = II.

B - 22:20UT, CM=313', seeing = III.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:18 AM

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A pastel sketch 19" X 25" [with the moons disc drawn at 12 ¾”] on black Strathmore Artagain pastel paper with use of various soft to hard pastel chalks on December 26th 2009 at 5UT ~ 9UT, partly produced from direct eyepiece observation over 2 to 3 hours, then finished indoors with photos taken from the eyepiece to produce a detailed close-up of the Sinus Iridum feature at the terminator. An artists conception was added at bottom as a final touch for a total work time of 4 ~ 5 hours. Observation was through my 10.1 inch f/4.5 Newtonian telescope with use of 32mm, 12mm, 9.7mm Super Plossls and 6mm Orthoscopic eyepieces. Ambient outdoor temperature in the 750 ft elevation foothills, west of the Cascades and Mount Hood, 30 miles east of Portland Oregon was approximately 34 degrees F. Wind gusting to 20 ~ 30 mph and subsiding to still at times. Seeing conditions were not optimum but I was intent to produce as overdue for a new lunar sketch over the holiday.



#10 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:41 AM

Submissions are now closed - best of luck to all of you!


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