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Feb13 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Feb13 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (17 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image goes to the Finals?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:31 PM

We are very pleased and proud to present the February 2013 CCD Imaging Semi-Finalists in the Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest.

Terry R

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This image started out as a test under the glorious light dome of Melbourne, Australia. I am located just 15 km (~10 miles) from the CBD of Melbourne. The intent was to focus on debugging, measuring, and recording as much as I could from about my equipment. Well in the end, I learned a lot, and also had seven nights of data to play with.

If you get to see this target at dark sky, it is a real treat. You can see the structure with a fairly modest scope. I have seen it through a 14 inch scope, WOW. It really does look like a giant spider in space.

Vixen R200SS with comma corrector (f4 8 inch newt) – stock focuser
Astro-Physics AP900 mount.
First generation ST-8300 mono running at -15C
Baader Narrowband Filters:: SII 8nm, H-alpha 7 nm, and OIII 8.5nm

Exposure times:
SII 17 x 20 min mapped to Red
Ha 18 x 20 min mapped to Green
OIII 16 x 20 min mapped to Blue

Processed with CCDStack2 and Photoshop 6


Dan Crowson

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Here's my entry:

NGC 2403 is an intermediate (between barred and unbarred) spiral galaxy approximately 8 million light-years away in Camelopardalis.

Luminance – 12x900s – 180 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 4x900s – 60 minutes each – binned 2x2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged February 11th, 2013 at the Danville Conservation Area (New Florence, Missouri) with a SBIG ST-8300M on a 6” Astro-Tech AT6RC at f/9 1368mm.

See the link to the full size version below.

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Please note that voting will conclude on March 8th at Midnight ET.

Many thanks to all who took part in the contest!


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

Great job Terry.
It's nice to see a fellow imager from Melbourne win this.
Dan's image was great too.


#3 Dan Crowson

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:10 PM

Congrats Terry. You image is amazing.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

Good one Terry!


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