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Gallery of Imaging/Sketching Contest Winners!
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Per request I've started a locked thread for winners of the CN Imaging/Sketching contest. Please, even if you should find this thread unlocked do not post in here - it's for winning entries only!

For those of you who are into stats, an Excel workbook with latest stats is attached.

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March 2006 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Michael Hernandez



NGC2237
Mapped in the Hubble Palette
several nights in DEC2005 and JAN2006
SII_HA_OIII map
FSQ106N
ParamountMe unguided
Canon 20D


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April 2006 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Erika Rix



Bullialdus
Name: Erika Rix
Location: Zanesville, Ohio
Date: 2005-11-12 (0100-0300UT)
Telescope: 10" LX200 Classic
Barlow: none
Filters: none
EP: 8mm TV Plossl with diagonal
Medium: Rite in Rain paper, charcoal


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May 2006 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - richard bosman



Saturn 2006/4/1
280 mm SCT
3x TV barlow
Astronomik IrRGB filters
ATK-2HS


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June 2006 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Tonk



Comet 73P-B Schwassmann-Wachmann-3 passing by M13
21 x 4 min at ISO 800 Televue 85, x0.8 FR and Canon 10D
Centered at 00:00 UT 05 May 2006.


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July 2006 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Cameran (redvis)



Sunspot 898 July 2nd 2006
Coronado PST doublestacked
Lumenera SkyNyx 2-1 camera
Captured in K3CCD, processed in registax/photoshop CS


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August 2006 Winners - A tie!


DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - GB 10D




Nebulosity around Antares - Rho Ophiuchi
Date: 22-JUL-2006
Location: Hakos/Namibia
Camera: modified Canon 20D
Mount: OTE150
Telescope: TMB 80mm/F6
Adapter: Televue 0.8x reducer/flattener
Imaging: RGB ( IDAS-LPS): 12x300sec/ISO800.
Note: this is a mosaic of 2x2 images to cover this area of approx. 6deg x 4deg.


Solar System Imaging's Finalist - iceman



Hi-res Plato and the Alpine Valley Mosaic
Captured at my home, on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia
Date: 3rd August 2006 0915 UT
Equipment: 10" dob on EQ platform
Camera: DMK21AF04
Barlows/Filters: 5x powermate + Astronomik R/IR filter
FL = 7500mm
15 avi's and 54 point MAP processing went into creating this mosaic.
Registax, Photoshop and AstraImage were used to process the image.


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September 2006 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot



Jupiter and Ganymede
C9.25
Vixen 2x DX barlow
DMK21AF04
Astronomiks filters
Taken 1315 UT 18 May at Blackwood South Australia.


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October 2006 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Rich Handy



Subject: Aristillus and Autolycus Rukl: 12
Date: 10-13-06 Start: 9:15 UT End: 10:50 UT
Lunation: 20.90 days Phase: 277.5 deg Illumination: 56.5%
Colongitude: 164.8 deg Lib. in Lat.: -5 deg 40 min Lib. in Long.: +7 deg 39 min
Seeing: Antoniadi III-IV with 30 seconds of Ant. II every 20 minutes
Weather: Clear early, turning to occasional clouds mid to late during session, 10-15 knot winds late.
Telescope: 12" Meade SCT F10
Binoviewer: W.O. Bino-P with 1.6X Nosepiece.
Eyepieces: W.O. WA 20mm Plossls
Magnification: 244X
Lunation: 18.48 days Phase: 311.1 deg Illumination: 82.9%
Colongitude: 133.7 deg Lib in Lat.: -3 deg 53 min Lib in Long.: +5 deg 12 min
Sketch medium: White and black Conte' Crayons on black textured Strathmore paper.
Sketch size: 18" x 24"


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November 2006 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Wes Higgins (wes)



* Sinus Iridum imaged 09/14/06 , 11:15 UT
* 18" Starmaster Reflector, 4x Powermate, Infinity 2-1M camera, MAP processing (38 points), stack of 250 frames


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December 2006 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Paul Rix



"As for details, I used my 10in LX200 Classic (F10), and a Phillips SPC900NC webcam. I decided to use 20 frames per second despite the image compression (I figured that more frames = more chance of capturing something). Exposure I guaged by using Deneb (it was guesswork really). Sliders for both exposure and gain were at about 50% I think".


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January 2007 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Corn



Rosette nebula

Scope: 8" Newt with MPCC and UHC
Mount: EQ6 Pro
Camera: 300D(IR mod)
Exposure: Mosaic of two images 2x9x600s ISO800
Loc: 2006/12/17 Uppsala/Sweden/Walter


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February 2007 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Pete Lawrence



Canon 10D, 14s @ ISO400, 16mm f/2.8 wideangle lens.
February 14th, approximately 420m above Tromso on the top of Mount Storsteinen


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March 2007 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Kentari



Lunar Eclipse of 03-04/03/2007 from Hove, Belgium

Telescope: Orion Optics 8" f/4.5 Photo Newton with Celestron MPCC
Mount: Losmandy GM-8
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: 6s at ISO 400
Processing: Photoshop CS2 - Neat Image

Koen van Gorp


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April 2007 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Nick Cook



M63 taken on the 19 & 20 April 07 from Somerset, UK.
48 light frames x 300 seconds, + 25 Darks, + 25 Bias + 15 Flats.
Taken through the primary of my RCX with an AstroPhyiscs 0.75 adapter.
Guided with 80mm APO, using PHD for guiding.
All processing done with ImagesPlus and CS2.


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May 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Florent Poiget (Florent.)



Taken by : Florent Poiget, Pithiviers le Vieil, France
Date : May 2007

- Losmandy HGM TITAN / Gemini Goto mount
- Astro Systeme Austria 12" N f/3.8 Astrograph
- SBIG ST-10XME at -25°C
- SBIG CFW-8A

Accessories :
- Astrodon™ 1:1:1 Tru-Balance™ LRGB Filters

Conditions :
- Second Quarter and New Moon

Exposures : (Total : 17h29min. for the Luminance only on 6 nights)

Luminance :
L= (196exp. x 5 min) + (69exp. x 1min.) all in binning 1x1


Color information :
R= G = B = 12 exp. x 5 min. (binning 1x1)

Full resolution crops can be seen at this link :

http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/M51astrograph.html


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June 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - PhilG



NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula in Ha and OIII narrowband color:

Telescope/Mount: Stellarvue SV115 at f5.6 with Televue 0.8 Reducer. Mountain Instruments MI-250 mount.

CCD: SBIG ST2000-XM with Astrodon Ha and OIII filters.

Image Details and Processing: 6-1/2 Hours Ha (Red) and 12 Hours of OIII (Blue) in 30 minute subframes. Captured with CCDSoft and CCD Commander, combined with CCDStack, processed in Photoshop. Synthetic green channel created with Noel Carboni's Astrophotography Tools.

Date and Location: Denver, CO. May 30 - June 9, 2007


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July 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - hess



NGC4565
19.05.2007
10 Zoll f4,8 Newton
Atik 16HR
Luminanz 25x2min, 9x3min, 4x5min 1x1bin
R/G/B - 8 x 123/167/249 sec. 2x2bin


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August 2007 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - swalker



Venus recorded in Ultraviolet light over the course of 5 1/2 months.
Two telescopes used; a 10" f/5 newtonian, and a 12.5" f/5.1 newt.
Cameras used were a Lumenera LU075 and a Imaging Source DMK21AF04.
The images span from January 28 2007 through July 16 for the last image.
Please click on this link to view the full resolution image:
http://masil-astro-imaging.netfirms.com/SWI/UV%20montage%20flat.jpg


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September 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - EricCCD



IC 1396:

Takahashi FSQ-106 @ f/5
Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 Mount
SBIG STL 6303 Class 1 camera
Astrodon Narrow-band Filters

Software:
Maxim DL
CCD Autopilot
Photoshop CS

SII: 10 hours (20 x 30)
H-alpha: 7 hours (14 x 30)
OIII: 9.5 hours (19 x 30)


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October 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - PhilG



NGC 7635 - The Bubble Nebula in the Hubble Narrowband Pallette
Telescope/Mount: Stellarvue SV115: 115mm f7. Mountain Instruments MI-250 mount.
CCD: SBIG ST2000XM with Astrodon SII, Ha and OIII filters.
Image Details and Processing: 27-1/2 total hours. 9-1/2 hours Ha and OII, 8-1/2 hours SII in 30 minute. Captured with CCDSoft and automated with CCD Commander. Processed with CCDStack and Photoshop.
Date and Location: Denver, CO. July 6 - August 1, 2007
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November 2007 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Bart Declercq



Mosaic of Moretus/Clavius region - October 31st 2007 3h00 UT
Each of the 6 frames is a stack of 256/2500 frames at 1/30s exposure per frame.
Camera: DMK31AF
Telescope: Celestron C9.25
2x barlow extended to an effective x2.7 (so FL approx. 6.4m)


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December 2007 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - DeepSpaceViews



This image of the Witch Head Nebula was taken from the 2007 Black Forest Star Party in PA.
Telescope- Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Mount- Takahashi EM-500 Temma II
Camera- SBIG STL-11000M
Filters- Astrodon L,R,G,B
All channels were taken at 8 x 10min exposures bin 1x1.
Processed in CCDStack & Adobe Photoshop CS2

A larger version can be seen here


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January 2008 Winner - Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Strgazr27



4 Hours of M81/82.

Intes MN74
Self Modded 40D
80X180sec
Darks, Flats and Bias
IP version 3, Registar and PSCS2
CGE
DSIPro/PHD/GPUSB for guiding


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February 2008 Winner - Beginning Imaging's Finalist - JSnuff1



M45 The Pleiades 1/31/08

Imaging: WO FTL 110 TEC @ F/6.5, SBIG ST4000XCM
Mount: Losmandy GM-8 auto guided with internal SBIG guide camera

18x600s Reduced aligned and combined in CCDSoft, touches in PS2.


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March 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty



IC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula, a galactic supernova remnant approx 5,000 light years distant in the constellation Gemini. Imaged over 4 nights on Jan 12-13-14-15, 2008, with my FSQ106N and ST2000xm (Astrodon Filters) riding on a Takahashi NJP. 200 minutes of Ha was used for the luminance, 100 mins of SII for the red channel, 200 min of Ha for the green channel, and 100 mins OIII used for the blue channel (all unbinned, 20 min subs). Total exposure was 6.6 hours.


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April 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - dietmar



NGC3718 + NGC3729 + Hickson 56 group

Location: 35 km north of Linz
Date: (10.2.+24.2.08-60min)+29.3.2008- seeing 7-8/10; transp. 9-10/10
Scope: 9" TMB Apo f/9 Lum; f/7 OSC
CCD: SXV H16 L: 27x10 min; SXVF M25C 27x10 min
Software: AstroArt4 image acqu. guiding, preprocessing: Maxim DL; Registax; CCD sharp
Processing: postprocess. PS CS2 and Pix InSight LE


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May 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - dsnope



Here is Rho Ophiuchi Nebula IC4604, IC4603, clusters M4 and NGC6144 next to supergiant star Antares.

Date: 5/11/2008
Loc: Anza, CA
Optic: Canon 300mm F/4 at F/4
Camera: STL11000
Exposure: LRGB 80/35/35/35


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June 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Dean



IC4592 & IC4601
Taken June 2, 3 and 6 2008 from Bailey, Colorado
500 minutes total exposure time
140 minutes luminosity, 120 minutes each RGB using 20 minute individual exposures
Takahashi Epsilon 180 on an AP1200
SBIG STL-11000 with Astrodon LRGB filters


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July 2008 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - weatherandsky



On July 5, 2008 I had the pleasure of observing and photographing the stars at a local conservation area and dark sky site in Binbrook, Ontario, Canada. I imaged this scene with an unmodified Canon 40D, Sigma 17-70mm lens (17mm @f2.8) and standard camera tripod with no tracking. This is a stack of 15x20sec exposures @ ISO 800 on the Milkyway down to the tree line, and another single 20sec exposure on the rest of the landscape below to create a two frame composite. Stacking was done in Deep Sky Stacker and processing was done in PS with layers. I was really lucky that the the water was beautiful and still enough so that the stars casted a nice reflection in the water.


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August 2008 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Kentari



The Corona with a Diamond from Siberia

Equipment and settings:
Canon EOS 40D with EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM and EF 1.4x Extender at 280mm f/5.6 on a photo tripod
ISO 400
24 exposures from 1/1600s up to 1/5s at 1/3rd stop interval with some frames missing due to movement. The last and longest exposure was made when the Diamond Ring was already on its way.
Combined in Photoshop CS2 using the Pellett Method


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September 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty



Here is a slice of NGC 7000. Imaged with TOA130 with reducer and my ST2000xm camera with Astrodon filters from Redlands, Ca. The mount was my NJP Temma 2. 70-80-70 minutes each of binned SII-Ha-OIII with 80 mins of unbinned Ha as a luminance layer


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October 2008 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - cvedeler



Horsehead nebula in Orion
Taken from Farnsworth Ranch AZ on Oct. 25th 2008.

Scope: Astro-Physics 160 EDF + AP .75 focal reducer
Mount: Astro-Phyiscs 900 GTO2
Filter: None
Camera: Canon 350xt modified

Exposures:
10 x 12 minute / 10 darks
5 x flat / 5 x bias

Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop 6.0, noise reduction with NEAT.


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November 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - neutronman



Here is my M42 taken from Rancho Venado in the Texas Hill Country. I tried to go deep and pull out alot of the surrounding faint dust. I combined different exposures to protect the trap while pulling out the dim stuff.

FSQ 106ED F/5
QHY8 camera
Maxim, CS3

4 x 1200 sec
12 x 300 sec
12 x 30 sec


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December 2008 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - dsnope



Supernova Remnant Sh2-240 in the constellation Taurus. Also called Semeis 147. There is a rapidly pulsating neutron star inside of it that is thought to be the remnant of the star that caused the catastrophe.

One of the dimmest objects in the night sky, this supernova remnant requires long exposures to capture it's wispy filaments. It is over 3 degrees wide, or about the width of 6 full moons. I used a 300mm camera lens to cover that wide field of view. With my best background levels getting within 10 ADU of the dimmest signal, imaging this object led to an education in the minutiae that degrade images. Nearby lights and lower altitude subframes led to slightly higher background levels and tossed frames, imperfect focus and wind gusts caused reduced S/N and FWHM and some more tossed frames. I used the best 9 out of 18 subframes.

STL11000 Camera w/ 6nm Ha filter
Canon 300mm F/4L lens
Mach1GTO Mount
9 x 30 minute exposures
December 28-29, 2008


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January 2009 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold



Moonrise with Saturn - Pastel Sketch on 19" X 25" format-

Tuesday night January 13th in very still air at 33 degrees F, yet poor seeing conditions, I decided to observe the moons spectacular terminator line with my 10.1" f/4.5 Newtonian and render this impressionistic and somewhat accurate pastel of the moons terminator line and as it was low and ‘warmed in color’ by the atmosphere. A 32mm Plossl was used for the general whole moon and a 12mm and 9.7mm for medium close-up details although the bad seeing (5/10 ?)did not allow much magnification.

A spectacular phase it was! I spent about an hour from Jan 13th 11:45 PM PDT till 1 AM Jan 14th roughing in the terminator and other key details, then retreated to indoors with use of a several digital photos I took through the eyepiece with a 9.7mm Plossl for close-up and 32mm for wide field for reference to recheck positions of and fill in the mare and other general surface features.

As Saturn was a few degrees above left of the moon I decided to add it in here, albeit a little out of distance scale from the moon yet showing the poor seeing conditions, I could barely make out Titan to the planets left, it is to accurate scale in apparent size to the live observation of the moon with a 32mm plossl at low power.

The paper was not what I would have preferred, a 19" X 25" Strathmore in rich blue with embossed ridge, my last available sheet. An undesired ridge-line shows through the surface. The moon was sketched at 15 inches diameter with various pastel chalks and mostly kept in the warm golden range of colors due to the appearance of it rising low in the atmosphere. I photographed the pastel image today in daylight for accurate pastel color representation.


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February 2009 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty



"Time Tunnel" inside the Rosette Nebula (Narrowband color). Imaged with my TOA130 and ST-10 XME and NJP Temma mount. Imaged on January 30 and 31, 2009 from Redlands, Ca. (Ha)SHO of 60 minutes unbinned with each filter.


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March 2009 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - hewholooks



M51 "Whirlpool Galaxy" in Canes Venatici
Canon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod
94x180sec at iso 1600
30 Darks/Flats/Bias
Celestron 9.25 reduced 0.63
Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
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April 2009 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold



I observed the moon with the public on ISAN April 4 and 5 2009 with use of a Nexstar 5i. I returned home for solitary observation through my 10.1" Newtonian; 32mm Plossl and 9.7mm Super Plossl eyepieces with medium ~ good seeing conditions; light breeze at 51 degrees F, from 6 UT ~ 8 UT April 5 to produce this large 22" X 30" multiple pastel impression on black Stonehenge paper with various off-white, blue and grey dry pastel chalks. Several areas of the terminator and surface areas were rendered in detail with medium high magnification at 180X; finally adding the artists conception from the surface of the moon at bottom. -Mark


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May 2009 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Igor Chekalin



NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula

Image was taken during 13 observing nights in March/April 2009.

Canon 350Da(baader filter mod), 10" 1:4.7 Newton (F=1200mm)
EQ6PRO SynScan mount, 75mm refractor + QHY6 CCD as a guider

9 hours in H-alpha (Astrodon 6nm), 10 and 20 min. subexpositions mixed. ISO800
10 hours in O-III (Baader 8nm), 20min subexpositions, ISO800

34x2min @ISO200 unfiltered RGB for color stars field and "pseudo-continuum" substraction.

Light-polluted urban sky. About 4.0m visual limit. About 30% of h-alpha frames (10min subexposures) taken under the Moon.

Taganrog, Russia.


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June 2009 Winner - - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot:



Taken with peltier cooled C14, Astronomiks type 2 RGB filters and Lumenera Skynyx 2-0 Camera.

Image was taken on 16 June 2009 at 1723 UT
800 frames from each colour staked and processed in Registax 5, Astra Image and Photoshop CS3


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July 2009 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Igor Chekalin:



Antares and Rho Ophiuchi region.

June 21 and 22 '2009
At Crimean_Astrophysical_Observatory, during "Southern Nights 2009" amateur astronomers festival.

33x5min @ ISO800, unfiltered

Canon 350Da(baader filter mod),
Nikkor ED 180/2.8 (@ 2.8) lens with Nikon->EOS adapter
EQ6Pro SynScan equatorial mount.
Auto-guiding (TAL-75R 75mm refractor plus QHY6CCD)
Iris for calibration & stacking, and Photoshop for post-processing.


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August 2009 Winner - Film Astrophotography's Finalist - M111



35mm Milky Way (including Sharpless 2-27)

Brendan Devlin
June 27, 2009, Martha's Vineyard
Composite of two 35mm frames
~5 min, unguided, E200
Canon 35mm F1.2L @ F/2
LXD-75
Canon A2
Self-processed in Jobo CPE-2, Unicolor Rapid E6 chemistry, +2 push-processed.


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September 2009 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - neutronman:



This wide field in Perseus stretches from IC348 to NGC1333 (with lots of dusty stuff in between) taken at Okie-Tex.

FSQ 106EDX f/3.64
STL-11000M -20c
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October 2009 Cloudy Nights Imaging and Sketching Contest - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - J.P.M:



Imaged in centrum of City Oulu, Finland

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Imaeged in three nights between 27.09 - 04.10. 2009,
seeing varys between 4-2,5 FWHM
Image scale 0,8 arcseconds/pixel
Telescope, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f4.65 Camera, QHY9 Guiding, SXV-AO @ 11Hz
Exposures:
H-alpha 21x1200s Binned 1x1 = 7h
S-II 10x600s Binned 3x3
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November 2009 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:



This was the largest pastel of the near full moon I have produced as yet. It was done over two nights for a total work time of approximately 4 1/2 hours through the eyepiece of my 10.1 inch Newtonain last July 8 ~ 9, 2009. It was sketched onto 22" X 30" black Stonehenge 100% cold pressed cotton pastel paper. The moons disc was rendered at 16 inches in diameter.


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December 2009 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - bill w:



the wizard nebula aka NGC 7380, Sh2-142 in SHO
casting a spell at midnight

FS102@f/6, astrodon 5nm Ha, Oiii, 3nm Sii filters, SX H9 camera.
25x20 min each channel
10/6-11/8/09 Los Alamitos CA. bortle white skies.

callibrated, combined, ddp, color balanced in maxim (balanced the white point on a pillar). microcurve for contrast, light local adaptive filtering and high pass filter applied to Ha in maxim. then to PS for luminance layering of Ha, adjustments to saturation and lightness. gradient removal in the Oiii channel. JPM's star removal action was used to adjust the star color: pink HST stars were replaced by more tradditional stars from a bicolor image.

Sii and Oiii distributions seemed to form complimentary subsets of the HA, with Sii highlighting the pillars and Oiii surrounding the central star. Besides the pillars, there seem to be areas of strong Sii concentration in the wizard's mouth (spell?) and inside one of the wider pillars


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January 2010 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - jacobb:



Kind regards
Jacob Bassøe
Copenhagen, Denmark
Takahashi FSQ-85
QSI583wsg, Lodestar
EQ6pro
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February 2010 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - S1mas:



Hi,
here is my entry.


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March 2010 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - AntonFarmis:



Location : Mt Parnon
Telescope : WO 105 APO TRIPLET Zenith star f7
Camera : QHY9 - QHY filter wheel
Mount : SW EQ6 Pro
Guiding : SW ED80, PHD v11
Exposure : 12x900 sec in Astronomic 2" 12nm Ha
6x300 sec RGB (per each filter with Astronomic 2" )
Software : EZCap, Nebulosity 2, Photoshop SC3.


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December 2010 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Nils_Lars:



25 5min subs in RGB at ISO 800 and 24 10min subs with 6nm Ha filter at ISO 1600 stacked in DSS then adjusted in PS CS2. Canon 500D(modded) , Orion Atlas mount and the lens was the Nikon 180ED @ f/2.8 and a 7x40mm finder as a guide scope.


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January 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jared:



M81--Bode's Nebula
Captured by Jared Willson
January 27, 2011, Oakland, CA
2 Hours luminosity; 1 hour each RG&B binned 2x2
10" AT Ritchey-Chretien @ f/8; FLI ML8300; Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO; Lodestar guider; AstroDon Monster MOAG; AstroDon True Balance filters
Captured in Maxim; Reduced, registered, and stacked in Maxim; Post processed in Photoshop CS3



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February 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - raxxla:



Here's my shot!

California Nebula (NGC1499)
NP101is f/4.3
QHY9
HaLRGB (80m:40m:82m)

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March 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Roel!



This is my submission to this month's contest: AR 1176 in H-Alpha. It was very active with some small but bright proms and and a nice filament.


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April 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - maroubra_boy!



My submission is of my recent sketch of the Eta Carina Nebula done using my 17.5" dob from my home in Sydney Australia. I had posted this sketch earlier this month in the sketching forum.

This was by far my most challenging sketch to undertake. It is also my most satisfying one.

That it was done under the light polluted skies of Sydney makes me wonder what a repeat undertaking from a dark site will reveal additionally.

The supermassive star that lends its name to the nebula, Eta Carina, is the bright, reddish star approximately in the centre of the sketch.

Object: NGC 3372, Eta Carina Nebula
Scope: 17.5" dob, push-pull
Gear: 35mm Masuyama eyepiece, 57X, OIII flter
Date: April 8, 2011
Location: Sydney Australia
Media: White pastel, white and black charcoal pencils, white chinagraph, white and coloured inks on A4 black paper.


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May 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Michael11:



This is my submission of a sketch of M13 - the Great Hercules Cluster. The drawing was made in Negev desert, while I was observing with my 8" Newtonian.
Sky transparancy was excellent (~6.8m), and M13 showed rich detail - including star streaks and dark filaments. Among them the famous "propeller" could be easily spotted (slightly right from the cluster's center in this sketch).

Object: M13 - glubular cluster
Telescope: 8" Orion Skyview pro Newtonian
Eyepiece: 5mm Vixen LVW, at 200X
Time: 6.5.2011 , 24:00
Location: Negev desert, Israel
Inverted graphite pencil sketch on a white paper.


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June 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - rumples riot:



Object Corona Australis or NGC6729
Scope: TSA102
Camera: QSI583WSG
Mount: Paramount Me
LRGB 160 160 140 180
Captured in MaximDL
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July 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Oleg Bryzgalov:



"Ghost nebula" in Cepheus (Sh2-136, vdb-141)

This picture was photographed on July 6-8, 2011 in the Crimea (Ukraine) during the festival of amateur astronomy, "Southern Nights 2011" (600 m above sea level)

Equipment: reflector S&D 254 mm. f/4.7 (New carbon tube!), Mount WhiteSwan-180, camera QSI-583wsg, Tevevue Paracorr. Off-axis guidecamera Orion SSAG.
RGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L: 20x600 sec., RGB: 10x600 sec. each filter, all unbinned.
Processed Pixinsight and Photoshop CS5.
Center crop, size 50%
Oleg Bryzgalov, Ukraine.


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August 2011 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - Roel:



On August 2everything seemed to be right. The weather was absolutely great, the Sun was more active than I've seen so far this year and the seeing was above average. A good day to try sketching a full-disk h-alpha sun for the first time instead of an isolated prominence. First I made a blank disk with a soft white pastel. I took the sketch outside and filled in all the details I could see through the eyepiece of my 70mm solar telescope with white and black pastel pencils. All regions were very active, especially the middle one: it changed its shape within minutes. Sometimes little bright flare-like brightenings appeared and disappeared 2 minutes later. A wonderful sight! It took me one hour (from 08.00 UT - 09.00 UT) to complete the drawing. I scanned the (black&white) sketch and gave it a reddish color with Photoshop.

Sketch made from my backyard in Deventer, The Netherlands.


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September 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Bill Snyder:



IC1396 Elephant Trunk
Scope TMB 130mm
Mount Atlas EQG
CCD Apogee U8300
EXP Ha 9hrs OIII 8hrs SII 9hrs 20min subs
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October 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - raxxla:



Cepheus/vdb149-150 + Ldn1235

Tele Vue NP101is, QHY9m CCD, Baader 2" LRGB filters, SX-USBFW automated filter wheel.
Skywatcher HEQ5Pro mount.
Autoguiding with QHY5 cam + good 20 year old 60mm refractor
Autofocus with TV focusmate driver + focusmaster .

LRGB shot of 6.8 hours as follows:
L:27x10m
R:9x5m
G:9x5m
B:9x6.5m

Scale 25% of original size plus a few pixels crop to downsize to 800x600.

Location : Tsoukalades / Lefkada Island /Greece

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November 2011 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Mike Phillips:



Location: Swift Creek, NC USA

Time: November, 8, 2011 - 0254 UTC

Optics: Akule = Custom 356mm (14" Zambuto) f/4.5 Newtonian
5x TeleVue Powermate at f/26 / 9,315mm EFL,
Secondary Mirror Antares 3.5 1/30wave

Mount: Celestron CGE on JMI Wheely bars

Camera: Point Grey Research Flea3 - FL3-FW-03S1M (monochrome)

Filters: True Tek Supraslim Color Filter Wheel with
Astronomik RGB TYP II

Capture: Lenovo W500 (Aquila) using Anthony Wesley's
custom Coriander v2.0 - with Anthony Wesley's
focuser and CFW scripts

Processing: Ninox -> Registax -> AstraImage -> Iris -> Gimp


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December 2011 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's finalist - avdhoeven:



Here is my contribution for this month. It's an image of the Elephant Trunk Nebula.

Images were obtained in the last 5 months during several nights.

Equipment used: ED80/SXV-H9

The following data was used:

20x1800s Ha
8x1800s OIII
8x1800s S2

Images were made from HI-Ambacht in The Netherlands.

The full scale image can be found here...


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January 2012 Winner - Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:



After careful plans to observe, photograph and sketch the total lunar Eclipse of Dec 10th 2011 in the Portland city center, fog formed late, so plans to relocate were rushed at the last minutes as we drove fast from the city to the Columbia River Gorge Crown Point Oregon Vista House, yet to find a hundred people, photographers, etc, most were ensconced in their cars with engines running, while Gorge east winds gusted to 60 mph with 25 degrees F.

So I set up my Celestron Nexstar 5i telescope anyway, huddled into the wind-shielded side of the Vista House with a few brave other photographers. I made quick mental notes of the image at medium power through the telescope and began to photograph crudely as the wind buffeted the scope and my Sony NEX5 camera poised high and teetering on its tripod over the telescope eyepiece. I made a few photographs for reference and some visual mental observations and notes were taken. I have possibly observed over two dozen total eclipses to date since my mid teens years; photographing perhaps a dozen of those events but this was the first sketch. I noted the very slight turquoise-blue fringe on the sunlit edge just after totality, as they predicted and rendered it slightly to the sketch.

Much in post preparation was then later made in the past week at home to produce this accurate large technical documentary dry pastel sketch onto 19" X 25" black Strathmore pastel paper completed today, December 19th 2011. As the foreground ambience seemed as partly visual and incidental to the whole scene, I decided to add in the nostalgic gas street lamps that slightly reflected the Vista House behind, also slightly showing the moons image on its windows and the streetlight lantern glass, causing several repeated reverse reflections.

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February 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Lsummers:



Mars, February 27, 2012 at 4:30ut
Dover, Delaware
Custom 14" Newt @f/33
Lumenera Skynyx 2.0M
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March 2012 Winner - Film Astrophotography's Finalist - Nightfly:

Orion's Sword


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Date: March 12, 2012
Photographer: James Cormier
Equipment: Pentax Spotmatic II 35mm SLR with 300mm f/4 SMC Takumar wide open. Camera piggybacked on Meade 2080 SCT.
Tracking: Manually corrected via illuminated reticle eyepiece and drive corrector.
Sensor: Kodak GA 100-7 ISO 100 chemical based sensor (one time use)
Exposure: 30 minutes (continuous)
Sky Quality: SQM 21.4 mags/sq arc sec. Mag limit 6.7 + at zenith
Location: Flanders Pond Observatory, East Sullivan, Maine


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April 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - alfas:


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Celestron C8
Skywatcher Heq5-Pro
The Imaging Source DBK21AU618.AS
Televue 5x powermate and Meade 2x shorty barlow
AutoStakkert! 2
Taken from Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on March 9, 2012.


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      #5274020 - 06/16/12 07:09 AM

May 2012 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Oleg Bryzgalov:



M101: The Pinwheel Galaxy and supernova SN 2011fe

This picture was photographed during March-May, 2012 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.
HaLRGB filter set Baader Planetarium.
L=30*4500 sec. bin.1, RGB: 18*450 sec. bin2, Ha: 8*900 sec. bin.2
Processed Pixinsight 1.7 and Photoshop CS5.
About supernova SN 2011fe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SN_2011fe
Full size picture: http://olegbr.astroclub.kiev.ua/files/astrofoto/M101/M101_FULL_Oleg_Bryzgalov.jpg
Sincerely, Oleg.


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      #5323106 - 07/18/12 05:34 AM

June 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging's Finalist - avdhoeven:



Here is my submission for June 2012. It's a solar image made on 27th of May 2012 with a Lunt 60/BF1200 and a DMK 21au618.

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July 2012 Winner - Beginning and Intermediate Imaging's Finalist - lacomj




Jeff (lacomj)
NGC6823 Emission nebula and star cluster. Narrowband Image with HSHO filters as LRBG. Image data acquired from Virginia City, Nevada (outside Reno) USA on the nights of 7/10 and 7/11 2012.

Full-sized image of NGC6823 at Flickr.

Equipment
Boren Simon 8" Powernewt with ASA f/2.8 2KORRR reducer/corrector
SBIG ST-8300M CCD camera with FW8-8300 Filter Wheel (LRGBHOS) @ -10C
Orion Mini Autoguider Guide Scope w/Fishcamp Starfish guide camera
Atlas EQ-G mount

Image Details:
705 mins total exposure (11.75 hrs)
Luminance: Hydrogen: 73x300s
Red: Sulfur-II: 32x300s
Green: Hydrogen-alpha: 73x300s
Blue: Oxygen-III: 36x300s

Image acquired using Equinox Image, with guiding through PhD. Preprocessing (darks, flats) prepared using Nebulosity. Stacking and post-processing performed using PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop.


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      #5430897 - 09/20/12 12:55 PM

August 2012 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - sabin_fota:



NGC7023 - Iris Nebula, taken with pure DSLR, unmoded/uncooled on almost pitch black sky.
Date: 11-18-19.aug.2012
Location: Muntele Mic, Romania
Telescop: Megrez 90mm APO, f/6,2 la F=558mm
Camera: Canon 50D unmoded, uncooled, P-FLT4 reducer at F=432 mm controled by APT
Filter:
Guiding: TS 8x50 cu Alccd5 controled by PHD guiding
Mount: CGEM
Exposure: 62x300" - 310'
ISO: 800
Software: DSS, PixInsight, PS

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      #5477549 - 10/18/12 06:40 PM

September 2012 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - Michael11:



This is my entry: A Triptych of Globulars

Objects from left to right: M2, M79 and M75
Drawing details: graphite pencil sketch on a white paper, scanned and inverted in Photoshop
Instrument: Skywatcher BKP250 Newtonian on NEQ6 mount
Eyepieces: 5mm Vixen LVW and 8mm Televue plossl
Location: Negev desert, Israel
Date and Time: september 15th 2012, 00:00-04:00
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      #5527397 - 11/19/12 07:02 AM

October 2012 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - J.P.M:




Technical details of IC 1340, a part of the Veil nebula SNR:
Large image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IF1zIWjayR0/UH16T6W89RI/AAAAAAA...

Finland, Oulu, at 65N

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Optics, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guiding, SXV-AO, an active optics unit, and Lodestar guide camera
Image Scale, ~0,8 arc-seconds/pixel
16 x 1200s exposures for H-alpha emission = 5h 20min.
12 x 1200s exposures for O-III, emission of ionized Oxygen = 4h
12 x 1200s exposures for S-II, emission of ionized Sulfur = 4h
Total exposure time 13h 20min.


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November 2012 Winner - Solar System Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Hillbrad



Jupiter and Io taken at 8:24UT on 11-22-12.
Scope: C14
Mount: CI-700
Camera: Flea3 with Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow
Filers: Astrodon RGB
Stack of 1400 images per channel
Processed with AS2!, Registax 6, Astra Image, PS4


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      #5628044 - 01/17/13 12:50 PM

December 2012 Winner - Beginning and Intermediate Imaging's Finalist - willem123:



Augrabies Nights

Hi Guys,
Two images combined in Photoshop using 'masks'.
Milky Way: Modified Canon 1100D(T3), Canon lens at 16mm., 1x 240sec.exp.
Foreground: Canon 550D(T2i), 1x 1/200sec.exp.
Date: 16 December 2012
Location: Augrabies Falls National Park, South-Africa.

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      #5682887 - 02/16/13 07:04 AM

January 2013 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - PeterDob:



Here's my contribution, my Sword of Orion drawing.

Peter


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      #5741359 - 03/18/13 06:28 PM

Feburary 2013 Winner - Solar System Imaging & Processing's Finalist - avdhoeven:



Here is a solar image of a beautiful filament that was visible in the last few days.

Equipment:

Lunt LS60 with LS75 double stack

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      #5813562 - 04/21/13 05:20 PM

March 2013 Winner - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - srosenfraz:



Here's my entry - the Leo Triplet:

High Resolution Version and more image information available at http://www.astronomersdoitinthedark.com/index.php?c=113&p=490

Image Details:
Base 200mm image is from 119 x 10 min subs at ISO 800 plus 64 x 5 minute subs (25 hours total) at ISO 800 captured with a Gary Honis modified Canon 450D (Baader mod) using a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM prime lens at f/3.5. Guiding was through a Celestron C-8 using a ONAG on-axis guider, Lodestar autoguider and Phd Guiding.

M65 and M66 detail image is from 89 x 5 minute subs at ISO 1600 (7 1/2 hours) via an orange tube Celestron C-8 at 1160mm (f/5.8) with the same modified Canon 450D. Guiding was through a Celestron C-8 using a ONAG on-axis guider, Lodestar autoguider and Phd Guiding.

NGC 3628 detail image is from 329 x 3 minute subs at ISO 1600 (16 1/2 hours) via an orange tube Celestron C-8 at 1260mm (f/6.3) with the modified Canon 450D. Guiding was with an Astro-Physics 80m f/11 guidescope using an Orion SSAG and Phd Guiding.

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      #5865656 - 05/16/13 07:14 PM

April 2013 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - PeterDob:



I'd like to have another go at the contest. This time with my drawing of M46 and its lovely little planetary NGC2438. It took me about two hours behind the eyepiece to make this sketch (pencil on white paper) and perhaps twice as much elaborating it on my PC. I tried as well as I could to render the 3D-effect of this magnificent and rich open cluster, especially since I observed it with my 2" binoviewer and a couple of 24mm Explore Scientific 82° eyepieces. I hope you like it...

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      #5932079 - 06/20/13 09:21 PM

May 2013 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - Roel



I would like to submit my latest lunar sketch to the contest:

Object Name: Grimaldi, Hevelius, Cavalerius
Object Type: Lunar craters
Location: Twello, The Netherlands
Date: April 23, 2013
Media: White pastel pencil on black paper

It has been more than a year(!) since my last lunar sketch, but on the evening of April 23th I dragged my 3" f/16 Polarex refractor outside for some good old sketching.
The most prominent feature on the lunar surface was a line of large craters formed by Grimaldi , Hevelius and Cavalerius. Although the Moon didn't climb higher than 30 degrees above the Southern horizon, magnifications up to 200x could easily be used. High cirrus clouds made the image a bit hazy (and I had to stop sketching after an hour because of thickening clouds) but the seeing was quite good. The sketch was made through an old 7mm Orthoscopic eyepiece (171x). The image is mirror reversed (north=up, west=left).


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June 2013 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Mike Wiles




M16 - Hubble Palette
Dates: May 21st, 2013 to June 4th, 2013
Location: Benson, Arizona
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152CF Refractor - 152mm f/8 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: 37 hours
HAlpha - 13 x 60 minutes
OIII - 12 x 60 minutes
SII - 12 x 60 minutes

Capture: CCD AutoPilot v5, CCDSoft v5, The SkyX Professional
Calibration & Processing: PixInsight 1.8 RC7

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July 2013 Winner - Solar System Imaging & Processing's Finalist - wes



Imaged 07-20-13 Lunt LS100 DS 714 mm EFL
PGR Express 2.8MP camera
Link to full size image:
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Thanks,

Wes Higgins, Tecumseh Oklahoma


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      #6090254 - 09/19/13 04:25 PM

August 2013 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - MaxMan




Ring Nebula (M57)
Observatory Pesochin
Newton 190/875, WS-180, Atik 16HR
Ha - 64fr x 1200sec + 10fr x 1800sec + 6fr x 2400 sec
O-III - 9fr x 1200sec + 6fr x 2400sec
L - 32fr x 600sec
R - 10fr x 600sec
G - 9fr x 600sec
B - 9fr x 600sec
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Total: 47h 20min

10.07.2013 - 28.07.2013

Link to fullsize picture - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/29287086/m57/Summa%20color_150.jpg


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September 2013 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Lonnie.H



Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Telescope: SW Esprit 120ED
Camera: SBIG, STF-8300M
Mount: CGEM-DX
Captured with SGP, processed with PixInsight

22 x 1800" HA
18 x 1800" SII
12 x 1800" OIII

Total exposure - 26 hours
Hi-Res here - Elephant Trunk


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      #6261390 - 12/19/13 07:24 AM

October 2013 Winner - CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Oleg Bryzgalov



The Pelican in the Swan (IC5070 in Cygnus)

This picture was photographed on September 9-11, 2013 in the Crimea, Ukraine (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: 20x600 sec., bin.1, RGB: 9*450-600 sec. each filter, bin.2.
6 hours total.
FWHM 1.84"-2.20" , sum in L channel - 2.04"
Processed Pixinsight 1.8, Fitstacker and Photoshop CS6.

Size 1/4. HiRes IC5070 here


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      #6261392 - 12/19/13 07:25 AM

November 2013 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - markseibold



I observed the crater Ptolemaeus at the terminator line on October 11th through my Nexstar 5i Cassegrain at medium power magnification and through high thin clouds at times, the seeing was medium to fair, and produced this dry pastel sketch including the whole moon at near 29 inches diameter onto 100% cotton fiber black pastel paper. As a final touch and favorite theme, I added an artists conception as seen from the surface of the moon at Ptolemaeus.
-Mark Seibold


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December 2013 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - Roel



Hereby I would like to submit my sketch of Langrenus crater made December 19th.

Although the Moon just peeked over the warm roof tops at the end of the evening, I couldn't resist myself to make a quick sketch through my Polarex Unitron 75mm f/16 refractor. The seeing was horrible but at a magnification of 92x the image was quite pleasing. Langrenus is big enough (133 km wide) to view even at low power, and yesterday it proved to be a nice target for sketching. The floor of the crater was already pitch black, only the top of the outer rim received some last sunlight before entering a cold, two week night. The little triplet of craters Naonobu, Bilharz and Atwood made the view even more appealing.

I made the sketch with a white pastel pencil on black paper.
(The image is a photograph of the original drawing behind the eyepiece)


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      #6391773 - 02/23/14 07:00 AM

January 2014 Winner - Sketching's Finalist - Asbytec



Here's my entry for Jan 2014 sketching contest.

I chose this one because it was the most unique so far this season. The Io transit shortly after opposition was amazing in that I suspected being able to observe Io eclipse it's own shadow. It was also faintly visible against the SEBn.

The festooning was pretty nice, but the cloud features in the north were quite nice even if LRS-1 was missed. Some of the rifting in the SEB was unique, as well, in that it's not often observed. Neither are the ovals in the SSTeB preceding the GRS. It was a great night worthy of sharing.

This sketch was made beginning 1700UT on 8 Jan from Luzon in the Philippines. Seeing was good to excellent, transparency was average. Equipment used was a 150mm MCT on an undriven EQ mount. Magnification was 240x with 8mm TMB II.

I'd prefer to submit the sketch in my avatar, it is more detailed and maybe a little better rendered. This one is more unique, so it was a tough choice. I hope I chose well. The write up is here.


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