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Nov 12 Intermediate DSO Challenge Submissions

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

This month's subject: IC405 Flaming Star Nebula
Post your entries here.

The rules:

1. 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. Entries must be made prior midnight of the last day of the month.

2. Images to be considered for entry to the Challenge must be posted to and visible in the challenge submissions thread. A link to an off-site image without a version that is actually displayed in the Challenge submissions thread will not suffice and is subject to disqualification.

3. Images to be considered for entry to the Challenge must conform in all respects with the site wide image posting requirements. Entrants may elect to set this "entry image" up as a "clickable link" to a higher resolution image if they so desire, and entrants may also elect to instead provide a separate link to such an image if they so choose. If the entrant provides a legally sized and working "clickable link" as their "entry image", that "clickable link" will be included in the polling thread so that voters can examine the high resolution image before voting. However, any "entry images" displayed on the CN site that do not meet the file size and pixel dimension requirements will subject the entry to disqualification. Any questions on this rule? Just ask.

4. Please include the equipment used to take the image. Scope/Mount/Camera/Focal reducers/Barlows...whatever. Also include your location.

5. Please do not post comments in the entries thread. It is just for these wonderful images you all will be submitting.

6. The equipment must be yours. Doesn't matter what it is. 20" RC, ETX70, 2" Tasco or an 8" TMB.

7. No collaborations. You must be the operator. You must setup, align, take the exposures and process them yourself. You can have help mounting that 26" RC if need be. No remote scope images. Unless you own that remote scope and have set it up aligned it and hooked your camera up. Then you can use it. No pay by the hour renta-scope images will be allowed.
*If you have a physical disability which prevents you from being able to set up your equipment, you may still post images in the contests. However, you must own the equipment.

8. Most importantly! Have fun. Support one another's efforts. As we all can learn from this and enjoy each others accomplishments.

#2 contraf15


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:19 PM

UPDATED- I added 100 minutes of exposure time on 16 Nov
Taken on 9 Nov. and 16 Nov. in suburban San Antonio
17x10 min subs
Explore Scientific 127ED
Hotech 2" field flattener
2" IDAS LPS filter
Orion Parsec 8300C
50mm guidescope/PHD
Captured with Nebulosity, calibrated/stacked with MaximDL, processed (sort of, still learning) with Photoshop CS5

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#3 SMigol


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Here's my version of the Flaming Star Nebula - IC 405
Total of 72 lights over 3 nights, each 10 minutes at 400 ISO.
Stellarvue SV4 with flattener
Full spectrum modified Pentax K10D with Peltier Cooler
Losmandy G11 mount

Calibrated with Maxim with 256 bias, 95 darks, and up to 53 flats. Stacked in DSS. Processed in PixInsight.

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IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula by S Migol, on Flickr

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Here's a version that's annotated via PixInsight.

#4 Phil Hosey

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

Here's my IC405. This was taken from my backyard on the evening of November 16-17, 2012. I used an AT111EDT with a William Optics AFR-IV giving me about f/5.8. This is 35 x 180 seconds at ISO 1600 with a Canon T2i (clear filter mod), approx. 12 darks, flats and bias. Each frame calibrated and stacked in DeepSkyStacker, then stretched and enhanced in Photoshop CS4.

Here's a link to the image on my Astrobin page:
IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

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Camera: Atik 383L+ OSC with Orion Skyglow Imaging Filter & IR Filter
Scope: William Optics 110mm F/7 Triplet
Mount: WS2 tuned Atlas EQ-G
Guiding: Orion SteadyStar AO w/ Starlight Express Loadstar
Flats Equipment: Aurora Flat Field Panel
Exposure: Stacks of 28, 10min subs
Processing: PixInsight
Location: Leander, TX

#6 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

Submissions are now closed - good luck in the contest!


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