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Dec12 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Dec12 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (79 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image/Sketch is our winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

Welcome to the December 2012 Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest poll!

Each month the best images selected from the individual Cloudy Nights Imaging and Sketching forums will be presented for the userbase to vote on. The winning entry will be posted on the front page of the CN website for all to admire! At the conclusion of the poll, the entry with the highest total will be the winner of the contest..

Please choose your favorite from the entries below. The poll will remain open through January 15th at midnight.

Here are the entries for December!

Beginning and Intermediate Imaging's Finalist - willem123

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Augrabies Nights

Hi Guys,
Two images combined in Photoshop using 'masks'.
Milky Way: Modified Canon 1100D(T3), Canon lens at 16mm., 1x 240sec.exp.
Foreground: Canon 550D(T2i), 1x 1/200sec.exp.
Date: 16 December 2012
Location: Augrabies Falls National Park, South-Africa.

Larger version: http://astrob.in/28315/

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - srosenfraz

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Here's my submission for this month - Constellation of Orion HaRGB widefield..

High Resolution Version and more image information available at http://www.astronome...php?c=159&p=472

The image is a 50mm widefield image using an Olympus f/1.8 50mm prime lens at f/4, Baader modified Canon 450D piggybacked on my C-8 and Schaefer mount. The image is made from stacks of 147 x 3 minute RGB subs (7 1/3 hours) and 18 x 10 minute Ha subs (3 hours) using an Astronomik 6nm Ha clip filter. Guiding was with an ONAG On-axis Guider, Lodestar autoguider, and Phd Guiding.

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - SGT500

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Ngc 253 - The Sculptor Galaxy

Telescope: Astrotech 8RC
Mount: Orion Atlas Eq-G
Camera: SBIG St-8300M & Astrodon LRGB
Location: Sarasota, FL

L:R:G:B - 210:140:130:160
Total exposure time : 10.667 Hours

Sketching's Finalist - IVM

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A galaxy in Hydra. North up, west right. As observed on May 16 and 17, 2012 with my 16” Newtonian from a ridge on the Allegheny Plateau in Pennsylvania (altitude 2400 ft, latitude 42N). M83 was culminating over an unusually transparent horizon. I measured 21.2 mag/sq arcsec in the area of M83 (21.7 overhead). The observation time was approximately two hours. The scope-side sketch in ball-pen was a composite of views obtained at various magnifications between 75 and 225. To produce the drawing presented here, the sketch was scanned, inverted, and finished on a computer using a simulated pencil, blender, and airbrush. A Wacom Intuos 4 pressure- and tilt-sensitive pen tablet and the Corel Sketch Pad software were employed at this stage.

Good Luck to all our finalists!

#2 zerro1


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:06 AM

Congratulations willem123!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

Great photo, Willem!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

Congratulations, Willem - your image has some beautiful colors throughout!

#5 Charlie Hein

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

Congrats, willem123 - your image is now posted to the front page of the web site, and listed in the Gallery. I still need to update the stats workbook but that's going to have to wait until after work!


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:46 AM

Thank you guys! It is a great privilege to compete in the CN Imaging/Sketching Contest.



Skywatcher 120 ED pro refractor; SW EQ6 Synscan mount
Celestron Nexstar 8SE SCT; Tasco 90mm refractor
Modified Canon 1100D (T3); Canon 550D (T2i)
Canon 10-22mm lens; Canon 18-55mm lens
Sigma 120-400mm lens
Celestron Nexguide.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

Superb foto indeed, Willem and a well-deserved winner.

Gefeliciteerd! :bow:


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:20 AM

These are terrific and the detail on 83 which is notoriously difficult is stunning!!!! At first I thought it was M83 then assumed it had to be something brighter. Superb.


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