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July 2013 Challenge Entries (NGC6914)

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#1 Oldfield


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:41 PM


Welcome to the Cloudy Nights Monthly Challenge Imaging Competition in CCD Imaging & Processing Forum:

This competition is intended to be a fun way for you to improve your imaging abilities and a way for you to see many new images with a variety of equipment. All imagers are welcome and encouraged to enter.

Each month a single object will be selected for the competition by the winner from 2 months previous. Having a one month delay allows voting and selection of the next object and will give a full month's time for entries.

The winner of each competition gets to choose the next object and their image will be included in the Hall of Fame message thread. There are no other prizes.

Please include your imaging details such as location, date, telescope, guiding, exposure time, etc with your submission.


1. Have fun! Support other contestants and be polite with your comments.
2. All entries must be captured within the same imaging season. For example, if the December target is the Orion Nebula, you must use images taken during the current winter, not any other year.
3. Image size is limited to 800x800 pixels and 200k in size.
4. Any equipment is allowed to be used in the images including rental equipment; with the only exception of DSLR, since we have another forum specifically for DSLR.
5. All image taking and processing must be done by your team, including equipment setup.
6. Each person may submit only 1 entry per month. However, you may edit your submission and replace the image with a newer one if you wish using the Edit function.
7. Winners will be selected by forum members, the one which receives the highest number of vote will be the winner.

Please submit your image in this thread, comment can be made in the same thread as well.

#2 Oleg Bryzgalov

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:00 AM

Here is my entry.
This picture was photographed on June, 29 and July 5-7, 2013 in the Crimea during the festival of amateur astronomy, "Southern Nights 2013" (height of 600 m. above sea level)

Full resolution

Equipment: home made reflector 10" f/3.8, mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera SX Lodestar.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L: 37x600 sec., bin.1, Ha= 7*1800 sec. bin1. RGB: 17*450-600 sec. each filter, bin.2.
16,75 hours total.
FWHM 2.16"-2.69" , sum in L channel - 2.46"
Processed Pixinsight 1.8, Fitstacker and Photoshop CS6.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:08 PM

Oleg - that is a beautiful image. I was hoping to make an entry this month but the weather continues to be unsettled. CS, Ron

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:19 AM

Hi all,

Here is my NGC 6914 entry. Imaged July 9-11.

Telescope: RCOS 16 on a Paramount ME.
Focal length 3,655mm at .50 arcseconds/pixel
Camera: SBIG STL11K with Astrodon LRGB filter set.
Luminance 1x1 285 minutes at -5C
RGB 1x1 75 min each at -5C
Subs all at 15 mins each
Seeing was appx 1.6 arcseconds FWHM
Weather 83 F and sky quality 21.75 mags/arcsec^2
Processed in CCDStack and Photoshop CS2 for final LRGB combine

Higher Rez version here:
NGC 6914 Medium Rez

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#5 Stathis


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

My entry for NGC 5914:

Imaged at 14-15 July 2013
Telescope: AT8RC
Camera: QHY8
Exposures: 5hr 40min
Location: Corinthia, Greece
SQM 20.5

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 10:05 PM

Hi all!

Here's my take on NGC 6914.
This was taken with a Takahashi TOA130, FLI Proline 16803 camera, a Lodestar guider, and Astrodon LRGB filters riding a Paramount MEII.

It was taken July 5th-6th using about 20x300s L, and 15x300s each 2x2 binned RGB.

The full-sized image can be found here.

Processing was done in PixInsight, with color adjustments done in Photoshop.

Thanks for looking!

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:42 AM

Stellarvue SV152
Moravian Instruments G4 16000
AstroDon LRGB
AstroDon Ha 5nm

RGB 22 each x 600
Luminance 28 x 600
H-Alpha 10 x 1200

Taken at Mayhill NM July 4-July 31, 2013
Processed with PixInsight and CS6

Higher Res here http://astrob.in/50250/

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:20 AM


NGC 6914 (cropped) imaged in the last few days of July, 2013
Deep Sky Instruments RC14C
Focal length 2,555mm @ .73 a/s-px
SBIG STL-11000 Camera
120 minutes each LRGB @ -20c Bin1; about 8.5 hours
11 minute sub-exposures
SQM readings 19.50 to 20.40; WX - average seeing and winds 8-15mph
Data captured in CCDAutoPilot5 Pro
Processed in CCDStack2+ and PhotoShop CS6
South central Texas

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CS, Ron

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

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