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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:38 AM

This month's subject: IC443
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 SMigol


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:21 AM

Here's my image of IC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula

This is the total of 6 nights of imaging from my suburban back yard in Menlo Park, CA, USA from Jan 12 to Jan 18.

Total number of lights used 162 at 600 secs each at 400 ISO (total of 27 hours of integration). Calibrated with 21 darks, 256 bias, and 64 flats.
Telescope: Stellarvue SV4 with SSF6 flattener and IDAS LPR
Camera: Full Spectrum modified Pentax K10D with cooler - temps were 3-4C
Mount: Losmandy G11 guided by Stellarvue SV70ED with Orion SSAG

Guided and Calibrated using Maxim
Registration and debayered using DSS
Processed with Pix Insight

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#3 SMigol


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:07 AM

Thanks! I didn't expect mine to be the only submission since it looked like there were many trials in some of the other sections. :)

For March, I'd like to suggest the Siamese Twins, NGC 4567 & 4568. They should be well placed for that time and should be a good challenge!

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