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Jan13 DSLR Challenge Submissions!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

The subject: The Horsehead Nebula in Orion (B33)!

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.

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 its 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.

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

...thats it.

The rules can/will be tweaked each month as we figure out how this can be made a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Thanks and Good luck to all!

#2 Dan Watt

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

Image Location and Date: Orange County Astronomers dark site in Anza, CA
Object: IC 434 Horsehead & Flame Nebula
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Imaging scope: Orion 8" f3.9 Astrograph
Imaging FL: 800mm
Imaging focal ratio: f3.9
Imaging camera: Canon 1100D (Rebel T3) Modded
Lights: 26x300sec @ ISO 1600 RGB
36x300sec @ ISO 1600 HA
Calibration: Darks, flats, Bias
Guide scope: SV Nighthawk II with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guiding with PHD, captured with APT, processed in PixInsight + PS

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#3 carlo rocchi

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:18 AM

Here's mine

St. Barthelemy (Italy) on November, 16th 2012
Canon 40D Central d.s. on Televue 102 f/7 (Televue 0.8x flattener reducer)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2M
Guiding: Magzero 5M on SW 70/500 - Phd Guiding
Capture: Image Plus Camera Control + dithering
Stacking: Iris
Processing: Pixinsight, PS
Frames: 30x5min. 1600 Iso, 22 darks, 15 flats

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

Object: Horsehead Nebula.
Scope: Orion EON 80mm
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Camera: Canon T2i Modified by HyperCams
Guide Scope and Camera: Orion mini guide kit. 50mm and SSAG
Location: 12/12/12 at Atoka, OK. (Texas Astronomical Society Dark Site)
Exposures: 19 600" ISO 800
Processed with DSS and Photoshop CS 5.5

Larger Flicker link: http://farm9.staticf...333a048b8_k.jpg

Thanks, Jason Whitener

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#5 split-city


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:06 AM

Here's my first post in one of these challenges :-)

Location: My backyard in Adelaide, Australia
Sessions: Taken over 8 nights
Temperature: 15-25 degrees Celsius
Object: Horsehead Nebula
Scope: GSO RC8
Focal length: 1600mm
Focal ratio: F/8
Mount: EQ6
Imaging camera: Modded Canon 30D
Guide scope: 60mm f/11 Tasco refractor
Guide camera: unmodded toucam
Exposures: 120 x 5 mins @ ISO1600

Lights, darks and flats calibrated using DSS. Processed in CS3

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#6 Skyshooter


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Date: Jan.4,2013 - Horsehead and Flame nebulae
Camera: Canon 1000D (Hap Griffen Mod) w/2" ATFF
Scope: SVR90T, 630mm FL, F/7
Guidescope: ZS66 w/ SSAG, PHD guide
Mount: Losmandy GM8 Gemini2
Exposure: 25x5 minutes, 10 darks, 15 flats
Processing: DSS, Photoshop CS5

Higher resolution image here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/stargzr2011/8430677656/

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#7 FloridaObserver


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Location: SW Florida
Dates: 11/23/12, plus several days in late December and early January, 2013
Imaging Scope: Televue 60mm Imaging System
Guiding Scope: Orion Short Tube 80
Guiding Software: PHD
Mount: Hypertuned CGEM
Imaging Camera: Honis Modified T2i
Filters: Astronomik 6nm H-alpha
RGB: 26 exposures at 300 seconds, ISO 800, 9 flats
H-alpha: 8 exposures at 900 seconds, ISO 1600, internal dark frame subtraction
Pre-Processing: Nebulosity for stacking and DDP development
Post-Processing: Photoshop CS5 with Carboni Actions and Gradient Xterminator

High Resolution http://www.astrobin....30922/?mod=none

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#8 Charlie Hein

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

Submissions are now closed. Best of luck in the contest!


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