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#1 Oldfield

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:52 AM

Overview:

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.

Rules:

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 24 October 2013 - 11:49 AM

Although November is yet to come, I'm starting :)

This picture was photographed on October 7-11, 2013 in the Crimea. (height of 600 m. above sea level)

Equipment: home made reflector 10" f/3.8, mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera QHY5L-II.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L: 18x600 sec., bin.1, RGB: 11*200-300 sec. each filter, bin.2.
5,1 hours total.
FWHM 2.45"-3.11" , sum in L channel - 2.69"
Processed Pixinsight 1.8, Fitstacker and Photoshop CS6.
Crop center, 2/3 size.

Higher Res. Melotte 15 here.

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#3 David Rosenthal

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

Oh *BLEEP* there goes the contest !!!!!

AMAZING IMAGE !!!!!

#4 Eddie R

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:56 PM

I'll post one too ;)
SHO Hubble Palette
2 Nights worth of data
30x1800s exposures 10 each filter Sii=R,Ha=G, Oiii=B
Scope: Astro tech AT8RC
Camera: Sbig STF-8300m
Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha,Sii,Oiii
Mount Astro-physics AP900
Guided off axis with SX-oag at 1 second corrections

Processed in PixInsight 1.8
Sigma combine, SHO-aip script, TGV denoise, Histogram stretch, Curves.
Photoshop:
Reduced saturation of magenta stars.
Final curves applied.
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#5 rockyraccoon

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:26 AM

Here's my submission (acquired from my light-polluted backyard in the SF bay area):

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Higher resolution

Larger Field Of View

Total exposure time: 27.5 hours.

- 25 x 30m subs in Ha (5nm)
- 20 x 30m subs in OIII (3nm)
- 10 x 30m subs in SII (3nm)

In this rendition, I have mapped SII To Red, Ha to Green and OIII to Blue. I have then extensively tweaked the hue and a/b ratios in L-ab mode to get a yellow/red over blue color scheme.

Main Camera: QSI 583 WSG
Guide Camera: SXV Lodestar (on OAG)
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1
Scope: Celestron Edge HD 8" (FL: 2032mm)
Adaptive Optics Unit: SXV-AO-LF
Image Aquisition software MaximDL
Registed, Calibrated and Stacked in MaximDL
Post Processed with PixInsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6

#6 David Rosenthal

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:12 PM

Melotte 15 "Then Heart of the Heart" in Cassiopeia, shot in Midland Park, NJ [Bortle Red Zone] over 3 nights in October 2013

SHO Presentation:
10*1200 seconds Ha, 5nm, bin 1
10*1200 seconds SII, 5nm, bin 1
10*1200 seconds, OIII, 3nm, bin 1

Borg/Pentax 125SD with FeatherTouch Focus Boss II
Trius SX694, SX Wheel, SX OAG
Losmandy Gemini G-11 Gemini I RA Ovision Worm Lodestar Guided

Goto, Capture, Guiding & Autofocus in MaximDL
Pre-Processing in PixInsight 1.8, Processing in PixInsight 1.8, PSCS5 with Noel's Actions

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#7 snommisbor

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

First time to enter one of these monthly contest. Wanted to do a Starless to really show the Nebula. And then cropped to a pano to give it something a little different.

47x600 7.83 hours of Ha Astrodon 5nm.
TEC 140 on a EM200 Guided by SSAG and a QSI 583 WSG. All run with The Sky X Pro.

Processed in PixInsight and then finished in PhotoshopCC.

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#8 DeanS

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:25 PM

Just got back from the Chiefland Fall Star Party and did this image while therem also processed on my laptop at the time. So not sure how it will look on the big screen so to speak.

Taken with AG Optical 12.5" F/3.8 newt and QSI 640 with AD filters.

LRGB about 4 hours total exposures.

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#9 kolec

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:13 AM

ASA N300 + N200
CCD kamera sbig 8300
Filters Ha LRGB Ha 22x1200+17x600
mount G53f
post processing) PIXI , PS

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:18 PM

IC 1805 and Melotte 15 is an emission nebula with star cluster in the center of the Heart nebula located in the constellation Cassiopeia about 7,500 light years from Earth.
Imaged from Ocala, Florida through Ha, OIII and SII filters. The shape of the nebulous region (IC 1805) is caused by stellar winds and radiation from super hot young stars of Melotte 15.
20 minute exposures combined to a total of:
3 hours Ha (binned 1x1)
2 hours and 20 min OIII (binned 1x1)
2 hours and 20 min SII (binned 1x1)
Processed in Photoshop using Hubble palette
Imaging telescope: Astro-Tech 8" Ritchey-Chrétien
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount
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#11 tjugo

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:03 PM

Hi folks, this is my render!

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MORE INFO HERE

Mount Atlas
Filters Astrodon 5nm
OTA Takahashi Epsilon 160
Camera Atik 460EX
40 x 20m @ 1×1 per filter

Cheers,

Jose

#12 jaddbd

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:18 PM

Yet another (this is a crop of a crop)...

From Glenwood, MD (Orange)
Data from 2 runs on 11/1 and 11/2
RC10RCF F8 reduced to F5.4 with CCDT67 (0.81arcsec/pix)
QSI683wsg
SHO with 3nm SII,HA,OIII 38x1200 total
gathered with Maxim DL/CCDcommander
processed with CCDSTACK2, PS5

Full specs on image here:
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Real image is here:
http://www.astrobin.com/full/62800/E/

Thanks,

John D

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#13 Yoddha

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 09:29 AM

Here is my modest attempt :)

Location: imaged from Sofia city, Bulgaria
Dates: 10/27, 11/7, 11/8
Total: 6h (18x600 Ha, 12x900 OIII)
Scope: TOA 130/EM200, OAG
Camera: QHY22
Acquisition: APT, PHD
Processing: 100% PI
No calibration, only dithering

Link to the real image: http://astrob.in/61917/C/

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:19 PM

ooops, here is the 800x800 download... :p
Imaged from Ocala, Florida
20 minute exposures combined to a total of:
3 hours Ha (binned 1x1)
2 hours and 20 min OIII (binned 1x1)
2 hours and 20 min SII (binned 1x1)
Processed in Photoshop using Hubble palette
Imaging telescope: Astro-Tech 8" Ritchey-Chrétien
Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8
Losmandy G-11 with Gemini II German equatorial mount

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#15 rockyraccoon

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:40 AM

Here is my submission in black and white (Ha only):

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Higher resolution: here

- 16 x 30m subs in Ha (5nm)
total exposure time: 8 hours

Main Camera: QSI 583 WSG
Guide Camera: SXV Lodestar (on OAG)
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1
Scope: Explore Scientific 102 ED f/7 (FL: 700mm)
Image Aquisition software MaximDL
Registed, Calibrated and Stacked in MaximDL
Post Processed with PixInsight 1.8 and Photoshop CS6

#16 StevenMx

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:11 PM

This is a team submission by me and SL63 AMG.
Imaging telescope: RC Optical Systems RCOS 12.5 Astrograph
Imaging cameras: FLI ProLine PL16803
Mount: Astro-Physics 1600GTO
Guiding telescope: RC Optical Systems RCOS 12.5 Astrograph
Guiding camera: SBIG ST402ME
Accessories: FLI Centerline CL-1-10 50mm Square 10 Position Filter Wheel
Software: PixInsight

(SHO Hubble Palette)
Frames:
AstroDon Tru-Balance S-II 3nm: 28x1200" -40C bin 1x1
AstroDon Tru-Balance H-Alpha 3nm: 24x1200" -40C bin 1x1
AstroDon Tru-Balance O-III 3 nm: 27x1200" -40C bin 1x1
Integration: 26.3 hours
Williamson, AZ

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#17 JWalk

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:14 PM

Here is my Entry. Melotte 15

RCOS 16" Ion Milled
Apogee Aspen CG16M
AP 1600GTO
Guided with Lodestar through MMoag
Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop CS6
Oct-Nov 2013 NMSkies Remote
HaLRGB (8,3,2,2,2hrs) -30C 20min exposures 60min for HA

Melotte 15 Large

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#18 DeanS

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:53 PM

Great images this month for sure!

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:12 PM

Just under the wire - my entry:

Melotte 15 Narrowband Large

Deep Sky Instruments RC14C
AP-1200 Mount
SBIG STL-11000 Camera with STL-FW8 Filter Wheel
All exposures @ -20c, unbinned
12 hours Ha
7.5 hours OIII
7 hours SII
30 minute subs

CS, Ron

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#20 Oldfield

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:34 PM

Contest closed.






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