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Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:35 AM

March 2011 (NGC3718 + NGC3729, ARP322) by Kallias:

Orion 12 newt.f/4 and my Atik 16hr in a suburban place of Thessaloniki January 2011.58x3'exposures for Lum,6x3'binx2 for each color.I processed the frames with Maxim DL5,CCDStack,and PS4

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 08:58 AM

April 2011 (NGC 4490) by darkforce:

"before I had all the Adapters, which are necessary to attach the extender to the FSQ, I decided to give the small focal length a try at a very small GX, called NGC4490 . So, this is not a high resolution closeup @F5 with 530mm focal length, but I hope, to comfort in the tons of background GX you can find in this image. "Chara" is very, very bright and it was a big challenge, for the image processing (gradients etc.). The seeing condition were very nice, so all my 600s RAWS had FWHM's-between 1,8" and 2,0"."

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:44 PM

May 2011 (IC 1396) by Paramount:

It was taken with a Takahashi FSQ106ED at f5 on a Paramount ME with a Starlight Xpress SXVF H9 and 5nm narrow band filters
Exposures are 8x30 minutes for Ha and 10x30 minutes each for OIII and SII
Auto guiding was done by a lodestar and OAG combination
After calibration the master frames were colour combined in Maxim DL and the processing in Photoshop consisted of a couple of iterations of levels followed by several small contrast curves adjustments, finally the colour was balanced using selective colour. No sharpening or noise reduction was used in the processing

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:09 AM

June 2011 (SH2-136) by John Wunderlin:

Scope: 10" LX50 w/Celestron F6.3 fr
Mount: Losmandy G11
Camera: SBIG ST-8300M
Filters: Baader LRGB
Guide: Orion ED80, Orion SSAG

Exposures: r,g,b: 3x15min bin 2x2, lum 34x15min bin 2x2
Orientation: North up

Acquision: Nebulosity
Guiding: PHD
Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
Processing: Photoshop CS4, Annies Actions, Carboni Tools

Location: Mineral Point, WI
Limiting Magnitude: 6.0
CCD Temp: -25c/-15c

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:47 AM

July 2011 Challenge (Sh2-101) by Oleg Bryzgalov:

This picture was photographed on July 3-9, 2011 in the Crimea (Ukraine) during the festival of amateur astronomy, "Southern Nights 2011" (height of 600 m above. sea level)

S & K 200 mm. f / 5, and S & D 254 mm. f/4.7. Because of these telescopes are located on different stretches of the secondary mirror, the bright stars can be seen with 8 rays.

Other equipment: Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
HaRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
Ha:19*900 sec., LRGB 12x600 sec. each filter, all unbinned.
North down.
Processed Pixinsight and Photoshop CS5.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:47 PM

August 2011 Challenge (NGC7129) by Oleg Bryzgalov:

This picture was photographed on July 23- August 4, 2011 in Khlepcha observatory, Ukraine.
Equipment: reflector S&D 254 mm. f/4.7
Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium. LRGB: 275 : 250 : 250 : 250 min, all unbinned.
Processed Pixinsight 1.7 and Photoshop CS5.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:12 PM

September 2011 Challenge (NGC1333) by M07 (Emil):

Technical Details:
Optics: 12" ASA Astrograph at F/3.6
Mount: ASA DDM 85
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: Astronomik LRGB filters
Dates/Times: 30 August, 1 September 2011
Location: Rozhen
Exposure Details: L = 120 min, R = 110 min., G = 100 min.,B = 120 min.;
Subexposures: 10 minutes
Acquisition: CCD Soft
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:27 PM

October 2011 Challenge (IC 410) by Warren (rigel123)

IC410 imaged on the nights of Oct 29 - 31.
ED80T
ATIK314L+
Atlas EQ-G
Orion HA, OIII, SII filters in 5 place Orion Filter Wheel
Orion Mini Guidescope and SSAG/PHD

18X600 sec of HA, OIII and SII Stacked in DSS, processed in PS CS4 Hubble Pallette, HA=Green, SII=Red and OIII=Blue

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:22 AM

November 2011 Challenge by J.P.M (IC405)

Technical details:

Three hours of H-alpha with a superfast Canon EF 200mm f1.8 monster lens and QHY9 camera.
S-II & O-III, only 40min for both, with Tokina AT-x 300mm f2.8 lens and QHY8, Baader filters.
Quiding, Meade LX200 GPS 12" and Lodestar guider.

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 33 iterations, added at 35% weight
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:14 PM

December 2011 Challenge by ManuelJ (M1)


Telescope: Planewave CDK 17" F/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: FLI PL 16803 Without Cover Slip
Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm, OIII 3nm, FLI LRGB
Date: November-December 2011
FWHM: 2"
Processing: Pixinsight, Excalibrator

Ha+L : Ha+R : G : B

Total Exposure: 15,5 hours

Ha: 17x1800 seconds (8,5 hours)
L: 5x1800 seconds (2,5 hour)
R bin 2x2: 3x1800 seconds (1,5 hour)
G bin 2x2: 3x1800 seconds (1,5 hour)
B bin 2x2: 3x1800 seconds (1,5 hour)

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:21 PM

January 2012 Challenge by kpendlebury (NGC 2175)

Captured with: Sequence Generator Pro
Processed with: PixInsight 1.7
Scope: Stellarvue SV105T
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2
Guide: 80mm Orion ST80; QHY IMG0H (w/ PHD)
Camera: QHY9M
Filters: 12nm Ha, OIII, SII
Field Flattener: Stellarvue SFF7-21
Sub Time: 15m Ha, OIII, SII
Exposure Time: (Ha: 240m; OIII: 180m; SII: 180m)
Palette: HST
Temperature: -15C
Location: Canyon of the Eagles, TX

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

February 2012 Challenge (PuWe1) by ManuelJ

Telescope: Planewave CDK 17" F/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: FLI PL 16803 Without Cover Slip
Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm, OIII 3nm
Date: December 2011 - February 2012
FWHM: 2"
Processing: Pixinsight

Total Exposure: 64,5 hours

Ha : OIII : OIII

Ha: 98x1800 seconds (49 hours)
OIII bin 2x2: 31x1800 seconds (15,5 hours)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:43 PM

March 2012 Challenge (NGC2170 ) by DeanS:

Epsilon 160, F/3.3, 525mm
FLI ML8300, Astrodon Gen2 filters,
Lodestar with eFinder guider,
AP1200 GTO mount.

12 x 10 min Lum 1x1
12 x 5min ea RGB 2x2

Aquired, calibrated, and stacked with MaximDL V5.16 Final processing with CS5.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:40 AM

April 2012 Challenge (Jacoby-1) by stephane zoll:

Setup:
-Taka FSQ106 f/5
- Atik 4000 (-20°C).
- Astrodon Ha & OIII 5nm filters
- 1200s subs
- 3h20 Halpha, 9h20 OIII
- DDP with PixInsight, additional post-treatment with Phtoshp.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:42 AM

May 2012 Challenge (Leo Quad incl NGC3190) by elbee:

TEC160FL
SBIG STL-11000M
AP900 Mount
Lum: 17x15min; RGB 10x15min each
images processed with CCDStack2+ and Photoshop CS3

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:49 PM

June 2012 Challenge (Yerkes-McDonald 16) by Dan Crowson:

Yerkes-McDonald 16 (YM 16, RCW 181 and/or PN G038.7+01.9) is a faint planetary nebula located in Serpens Cauda.

Ha - 20x1800s - 600 minutes - binned 1x1
RGB - 6x300s - 30 minutes each - binned 2x2

690 minutes total exposure - 11 hours 30 minutes

Imaged June 4th-10th and 12th, 2012 with a SBIG ST-8300M on a 6" Astro-Tech AT6RC at f/9 1368mm.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:46 PM

July 2012 Challenge (sharpless 101) by vpcirc

Shot at NM Skies in Mayhill NM
8 x 900 RGB
16 x 900 Lum
10 x 1800 Ha
July 7-18 2012
Stellervue SV 152

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

August 2012 Challenge (NGC 281) by Mike Wiles:

Date: August 2012
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
Sky Quality Suburban Light Pollution - ZLM 5.2
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED127CF Refractor - 127mm f/7.5 Carbon Fiber Triplet
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO CP3
Camera: SBIG ST-8300m and SBIG FW8-8300 filter wheel
Guiding: SBIG ST-i Mono and SBIG OAG-8300 off-axis guider
Exposure: 10.5 hours (Ha: 9 x 30 min 1x1, OIII 9 x 20 min 2x2, SII 9 x 20 min 2x2)
Capture: Maxim DL 5.18
Calibration & Processing: PixInsight 1.7

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:02 AM

We have no contest entry for September 2012.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

October 2012 Challenge (NGC 1491) by Mike Wiles

Date: September 4th, 6th, 13th & 14th, 2012 and October 4th, 2012
Location: Goodyear, Arizona & Happy Jack, Arizona
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED127CF Refractor - 127mm f/7.5 Carbon Fiber Triplet
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO CP3
Camera: SBIG ST-8300m and SBIG FW8-8300 filter wheel
Guiding: SBIG ST-i Mono and SBIG OAG-8300 off-axis guider
Exposure: 15.75 hours - Ha - 24x1800s 1x1, RGB - 15x300 2x2 each
Capture: CCD AutoPilot v5, Maxim DL 5.18
Calibration & Processing: PixInsight 1.7

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

November 2012 (NGC 1579) by Oleg Bryzgalov:

Equipment: reflector S&K 200 mm. f/5, mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr-2. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
LRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L: 23x900 sec., bin.1, RGB: 14x450-600 sec. each filter, bin.2.
Processed Pixinsight 1.7 and Photoshop CS5.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:44 AM

December 2012 Challenge (Sh2-260) by elbee:

H-alpha only

scope: TEC160FL @ f/7
camera: SBIG STL-11000M
filter: 5nm Astrodon H-alpha
Exposure: 23x30min (1x1)

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

January 2013 (IC 443) by JWalk:

New Mexico Skies Remote Mayhill, NM

Equipment: ASA N10 Newtonian Astrograph
FLI Microline 11002 One Shot Color
Paramount MX, Borg Guided

Data: 26X1200 Darks, Flats, Bias -40C

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:46 AM

February 2013(NGC2403) by Dan Crowson:

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.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:08 AM

March 2013 (Sharpless 224) by JWalk:

Sharpless 224
Feb March 2013
NMSkies Remote Mayhill, NM
ASA N10 F3.59
FLI Microline 11002 OSC
Paramount MX
BORG 60mm guide scope
PI and PS6 for processing
15X1200sec -40C

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