Quote:No matter what decision you arrive upon, one thing is for certain. Operating from a fixed observatory, whether remote or at your house, is a huge advantage over setting up a "portable" system, whether in your driveway, or at a remote dark site.In my opinion, if there is any distinction in categories, it should be between permanent and portable imaging, rather than remote and local imaging.Dave
Quote:I've managed thru some connections to book some time on the 70" mirror. lol And I'm not kidding. Would that qualify as remote?If you notice - or give a flying pickle - that the film guys rarely bother to enter the contest. If it's 35mm - it can fit the old guidelines. But to those who use the full potential of the medium and large format cameras it's just not worth the effort once you seen the compressed image. The new guidelines will help - but still not much help unless we crop out 60% of the image - or more.I just do not understand why a link cannot be used to a webpage where the image can be displayed in hi rez and full size? Simple, and use CN to post the comments and thumbnail.
Quote:No matter what decision you arrive upon, one thing is for certain. Operating from a fixed observatory, whether remote or at your house, is a huge advantage over setting up a "portable" system, whether in your driveway, or at a remote dark site.
In my opinion, if there is any distinction in categories, it should be between permanent and portable imaging, rather than remote and local imaging.
3. Images to be considered for entry to the Challenge must be limited to a maximum of 100k in file size, a maximum of 800 pixels square. Entrants may elect to set this "entry image" up as a "clickable link" to a higher resolution image if they so desire, and entrants may also elect to instead provide a separate link to such an image if they so choose. If the entrant provides a legally sized and working "clickable link" as their "entry image", that "clickable link" will be included in the polling thread so that voters can examine the high resolution image before voting. However, any "entry images" displayed on the CN site that do not meet the file size and pixel dimension requirements stated above will subject the entry to disqualification. Any questions on this rule? Just ask.
Quote:7. In order to provide a level playing field, links to any other versions of contest entries are specifically restricted and will subject the entry to disqualification if included. It is the contestant's responsibility to ensure compliance with this restriction - although a moderator or administrator may alert a contestant to a possible problem in this area they are not bound to do so.
Bill Snyder Connellsville Pa. USA. Website: http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/
Quote: remote observatories are acceptable if the entrant plays a meaningful part in the maintenance/upkeep/operation of the equipment
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
- Jared Willson
Andre van der Hoeven http://www.astro-photo.nl
Quote:I'll jump in regarding the Rule #9 change. Due to injuries/disability from Iraq, I am not able to physically set up even my modest system. I have to have friends come over just to switch out OTAs. As the observatory becomes closer to reality, I will be doing none of the work on it. I will however be the one designing every part of it. Once a new (Goto) mount is acquired, someone else will be installing it on the pier, and turning the knobs as I direct for polar alignment. I have chosen not to participate in the contests due to this factor. It would be nice to be able to.