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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785671 - 04/08/13 11:07 AM

May, 2006

Clownfish

Peter is generous with his time in explaining the techniques of astrophotography to others in need of advice. His advice is concise and straightforward and therefore helpful to not only beginners, but the experienced astrophotographers as well. Peter is also very patient with the repetitious nature of the questions asked in the forums. He is an exceptionally talented astrophotographer and his photos allow us to see details we would never see in our own observing sessions.

As an example of his dedication, Peter recently developed a drift alignment tool, involving several of the imaging members for “tried and tested” results. It was a perfect example of members helping members for the benefit of all. Guiding Simulator in the final stages.. testers needed . As well as: Manual Guiding Technique and Tolerances

Peter, thank you for your contributions!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785674 - 04/08/13 11:07 AM

June, 2006

kraterkid

Rich is cheerful, helpful, supportive, and an excellent observer. You'll find him all over the Lunar and Sketching forums, and a few other places as well. He's thoughtful of other's feelings, very welcoming to beginners, and always willing to be the pioneer in new techniques. His reports usually include links to other member’s observations and always gives others credit for spurring his desire to investigate further. His sketches are out of this world, yet he remains very grounded and modest, showing his desire to help others.

Rich, thank you for all your contributions on Cloudy Nights!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785675 - 04/08/13 11:08 AM

July 2006

Patrick

Patrick exemplifies how members of Cloudy Nights make this forum so great. He gives sound advice based on his own experiences and knowledge, while being very polite and friendly in the process. He spends a lot of time in the beginner’s forum to help new (and old) amateur astronomers find their feet and prevent the frustrations and overwhelming experiences we sometimes find ourselves experiencing, as well as in the reflector forum.

One of his other interests includes photography in the off topic section of CN. Patrick contributes excellent photos and not only does he give encouragement and advice to those of us who are striving to advance our techniques, his questions and contributions open up new discussions for the benefit of all.

Patrick, thank you very much for your contributions to CN!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785677 - 04/08/13 11:08 AM

August, 2006

JerryWise
, for his generous, dedicated, and virtually professional testing of SCTs in a continuous series of side by side tests. A virtual beta tester without portfolio, Jerry's careful analyses of telescopes enable Cloudy Nights members to receive accurate and important information prior to making purchases of expensive equipment. Jerry always writes detailed reports, and maintains his extraordinary poise and good humor even when a string of SCTs show problems. Jerry is also a helpful Cloudy Nights’ citizen who always tries to keep threads on track and courteous.

Thank you for your contributions, Jerry!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785679 - 04/08/13 11:09 AM

September 2006

Llanitedave

Dave takes time to accurately answer budding astrophysicists, even on often-answered problems. He is very good at phrasing and has the ability to make explanations concise and understandable. Dave’s a friendly contributor on OTO, and gives input on various equipment fora. Dave has a keen knowledge of astrophysics, associated with colorful views of our place in the cosmos. He gives thought-provoking insights ranging from cosmology to doping in sports, but never in a way to offend anybody and is always friendly. He also tends to look at both sides of the coin when somewhat heated discussions are taking place, and keeps things light and happy.

Dave, thank you for your time and effort in making CN a great place to gather and learn from each other.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785682 - 04/08/13 11:09 AM

October 2006

(csa/montana)

Carol is one of the most cheerful and upbeat of our current crop of very active members. While still relatively new to amateur astronomy she manages to give as good as she gets in the advice department, being quick to share ideas and discoveries she has made with her fellow CN members. Carol is very active in the Beginner's forum, where her input has been well received by new comers who land in that forum. Carol is especially good at offering encouragement to newbies who are stuck on some issue. Her posts are generally informative, usually humorous. The enjoyment she derives from this hobby is clearly expressed and has a noticeable, positive effect on others. For a specific example of her willingness to share what she learns, go here: Degree Circles

Carol, we’re glad you’ve joined us and thank you for all your contributions!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785685 - 04/08/13 11:10 AM

November 2006

Chriske

Chris is a very devoted ATM'er, and is currently heavily involved in an "inclusion project" where he assists in designing and building a dobson-like scope for bringing observing to wheelchair-bound astronomers. Chris is always helpful and respectful and it is obvious he desires to help others. Telescope for handicapped

Chris, thank you for all your contributions on CN.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785686 - 04/08/13 11:10 AM

December 2006

Peter Argenziano

Peter’s courteous and friendly posts make any individual feel welcomed and comfortable on the boards, whether they interact with him in the technical forums or while letting their hair down in the off topic forums. His helpfulness and level headed approach with accurate, intelligent advice has been a real asset in the “Eyepieces” forum, as well as his participation in other forums such as “Reflectors” and “Observatories” when he shared the building of his club’s observatory with us.

Peter, thank you for your contributions to Cloudy Nights!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785688 - 04/08/13 11:11 AM

January 2007

Nytecam

Maurice’s work imaging variables, IR stars and doing spectroscopy is an inspiration to amateurs who aspire to do real science. He's always helpful and friendly in the solar forum and very encouraging to others. As an example of his work, please take a look at
why chi Cyg fades...


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785693 - 04/08/13 11:14 AM

February 2007

Sectorzed (Gary)


If, to paraphrase Shakespeare, we are of the stuff that stars are made of, on February 8, 2007, our friend Gary, known to us as Sectorzed, rejoined the stars. To commemorate his passing, and the place in the Cloudy Nights firmament that he always held due to his humanity, wit, and knowledge, we are naming Sectorzed as the Star Contributor for February, 2007.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785696 - 04/08/13 11:14 AM

March 2007

Alan French

Knowledgeable on all types of telescopes, Alan has been sharing his expertise with beginner and veteran users alike, bringing valuable information on telescopes and their use while always keeping the friendliest tone. Alan, congratulations and thank you for being an asset to our community!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785699 - 04/08/13 11:15 AM

April 2007

Clive Gibbons


We are pleased to announce that our very own Oort Cloud object, Clive, has been chosen as Star Contributor for April.

Clive brings to Cloudy Nights his expertise on scopes large and small, especially refractors, a friendly and relaxed tone in the Feedback forum, and an uncanny sense of humor everywhere.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785700 - 04/08/13 11:15 AM

May 2007

Novbabies (Mark)


Mark is enthusiastic in helping new astronomers. His positve responses and encouragement to new CNers have helped make this the friendliest forum on the net. He always goes out of his way to be respectful & pleasant, & to share his knowledge with his fellow members.

Mark, thanks for your role in our community and congratulations!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785701 - 04/08/13 11:15 AM

June 2007

Awesome Lenny (Len Marek)!

Whether it is observing with a 50 year old classic Unitron, or imaging with the latest in CCD gear, Lenny is a man of varied talents. He is always ready to lend a virtual helping hand in the forums with friendly advice born of decades of experience. A straight shooter and an all around good guy, he exemplifies the positive attitude that CN would like to encourage in forum discussions.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785702 - 04/08/13 11:16 AM

August 2007

Tel (Terry Bridgwater)

Tel has consistently provided assistance and advice to beginners and experienced users alike. His kind insights have been very helpful, his encouragement of users, especially in the NexStar fora is exemplary. Tel has even helped to settle down some of the threads that could have gone the wrong way and each and every one of his posts is worth reading. Although he is not active in a lot of forums, rather keeping mostly to the NexStar and GPS/CPC areas, he is prolific in those areas.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785703 - 04/08/13 11:16 AM

September 2007

Jupiterzkool (Scott Edgington)

Scott, a planetary scientist, shares his expertise in plainspoken and kind manner. His explanations are always helpful to beginners as well as to veterans of the hobby, especially in the Science of Astronomy forum where he contributes the most. Scott, keep up the good work and thanks for being part of our community!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785710 - 04/08/13 11:23 AM

October 2007

Mike I. Jones

Combining the best of both amateur and professional, he's a skilled optician, an enthusiastic ATMer, and a generous contributor of advice, ideas, and shared experience. Always positive and considerate towards others, he seems to make every post count. He uses Cloudy Nights the way it was intended, not only to help others grow in their astronomical skills, but to improve himself as well. Always willing to give advice, and just as willing to take it, he's a pleasure to have as a member. Congratulations Mike!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785711 - 04/08/13 11:24 AM

November 2007

Talstarone (Todd)

Talstarone is the very essence of what Cloudy Nights is all about. He unselfishly gives of himself to welcome new members, making them feel comfortable. He answers questions in such depth, & in such a way, a person can understand exactly what he is explaining.

Almost all of his many posts have been made in order to help others, & to promote the friendly climate of CN. We are extremely fortunate to have a person that is so giving, to be a member here; therefore, the November Star Award, 2007 is awarded to Talstarone.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785712 - 04/08/13 11:24 AM

December 2007

Tonk (Tony Cook)


Tony is an expert on planetary and near-Earth objects - comets, asteroids, etc. Having him around is like having an unofficial CN Planetary ephemeris and encyclopedia. His recent heads-up about Comet Holmes (which has grown to a 20,000+ pageview monster) greatly benefited from his commentary and insight. There are probably a lot of laymen walking around who Googled Holmes and found CN and the first thing they saw was Tony Cook. You name a recent comet and Tony was there to provide some useful insight and data.

Tony, congratulations and thanks for being a part of our community!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785716 - 04/08/13 11:25 AM

January 2008

edwincjones

Ed's contributions cover a broad swath of Cloudy Nights topics, from Reflectors to Refractors, from Observatories to Outreach, and more. He's friendly and supportive of beginners, with good advice and enthusism. He's got good experiences to share, and shows appreciation for the experience of others. A class guy all around.


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