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Mark Seibold, Artist-Photographer-University Instructor-Lecturer, Record holder for most sketch awards and un-broken record over the astro-photographers for over five years
Quote:Just a suggestion...I think there should be a (locked) post which contains the winners each month. That way it would be easy to look at the best of CN over a period of time, rather than having to scroll through all the previous posts...Thanks,
Quote:6. Entries must conform in all respects with the site wide image posting requirements. Entries that do not meet this criteria will be disqualified at the time of the semi final poll creation. It is the contestant's responsibility to ensure compliance with these requirements - although a moderator or administrator may alert a contestant to a possible problem in this area they are not bound to do so.
Quote:10. Entries must represent the work of a single individual. You must setup and operate all equipment yourself, capture all exposures (or perform any sketching) yourself and process the resulting entry yourself.
Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Quote:In it's current form, there is no way to be fair in the Imaging/Sketching Contest. It's not even about what's fair it's supposed to be about "the best image produced" by members of CN.. That's all there is. If you want it to be fair then it's a lot more complicated. When a guy with an OSC is trying to compete against someone with a monochrome camera with an 8 position filter wheel loaded with NB an LRGB filters...how is that fair? How is two or three people pooling their resources going to be fair when competing against somone with a $600 dollar mount that drives 300 miles to get to some place with decent sky?
Quote:In fact I think there is an un-intended exclusion that causes me to agree with a change. What about the guy who still has the desire and ability but physical limitations exclude him from going out and setting up? Maybe he/she, has to enlist aid or just plane have someone else set up? Here is a great reason to be in a cooperative! why should the rules preclude that person from taking part?
Quote:Perhaps rule 9 should only apply to the 'Beginner" categories, as I doubt many "beginners' have remote obsevatories. My humble opinion
Quote:Robert, there's no way to have a perfectly fair and level playing field unless we put everyone together on the same field with the same equipment on the same night shooting the same target and processing it with identical computers and software. That's just not possible.
Quote:Some good discussion here...
I think the file size upgrade to 200k is a no brainer. If someone is going to look at an imaging contest thread, they are certainly going to expect to see nice images at the expense of a bit of bandwidth. As I have said elsewhere here, as an entrant, it is very discouraging to have to lower the quality to enter an image. The fact that everyone has to do this (level playing field) misses this point.
Quote:Perhaps increase the file size constraint on ONLY the contest threads, and reduce the default number of posts per page to a more manageable number? We don't seem to get more than about 5-10 entries each month (varies of course). Those who upload earliest will get the benefit of being on the front page (if it ever goes beyond the default number).
Quote:As it is now, various forums have a LOT of off-site link redirects to larger images just as a regular course of business. That seems to work fairly well, but I would favor having a decent quality image (200k) right inline for the contests. It would be a bit of a hassle to be following through links when voting and comparing favorites.
Quote:You can count me in for allowing *supplemental* links to larger images. Limiting images to less than 1 megapixel resolution is absurd when HD TV does better than that. OK to limit the size of the "thumbnail" actually posted in the forum, but let us see the full quality and the shot in all its full glory, no matter if it's a single frame or a huge mosaic.
Quote:I'd support carrying the linked images over to the "winners" galleries as well, so that folks can see the image at full size if desired
Warren - Stargazing since the 60's! Scopes: ETX-LS6, ED80T, AT6RC, Lunt LS60T, C9.25 Mounts: Atlas EQ-G, Vixen Portamount II Cameras: Atik 314L+,DMK31AU03,SSAG, ASI120MC Filters: Astrodon LRGB, Orion HA, SII, OIII Acc: Orion 5 place Filter wheels x 2, Flatman Primary Imaging site: Bortle Scale Class 6 Red Zone http://astrobin.com/users/rigel123/