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CN Star Contributor Award Recipients
      #5785635 - 04/08/13 10:55 AM

The “Cloudy Nights Star Contributor” symbol is an award of recognition that is presented to selected members each month. Members who have made substantial contributions to this site are nominated and then voted on by the moderators and administrators of Cloudy Nights. Many members of this site make great contributions, and devote much time and energy to the education and discussions that define the Cloudy Nights forums. While it is clear that every member of this community is important to its success, certain members have gone above and beyond the “call of duty”. This is our effort to recognize these individuals.

Each of the “Star Contributors” is presented with a special logo that can be used in their signature line, or as an avatar. This logo is a symbol of thanks and respect from the moderators and administrators of this forum. We sincerely hope it will be displayed proudly.

* Moderators and Administrators are not eligible for this award; however, some were awarded the Star Contributor prior to volunteering their time in these positions.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785640 - 04/08/13 10:56 AM

September 2004

erik
Erik is a great contributor, always ready to help out a newbie and gives good explanations of procedures and ideas. Erik's "Wilcox Rings" are innovative and a useful, economical upgrade for the EQ-Mounted newt.

David Knisely
Has a tremendous grasp of optical theory and knowledge of optical equipment. Whenever he sees a technical conversation going awry, he steps in, and in the kindest manner, will help set the record straight.

MMICKELS
For his contributions in the ATM section. While active in other forums he is really in his element helping folks that are building their own telescopes. Several have been the recipient of his help.

Mike Hosea
Mike Hosea cheerfully shares his expert knowledge of eyepieces & optics. He always answers questions thoroughly and gives detailed explanations. He also gives very sound advice to anybody asking a question.

KennyJ
KennyJ has been a wonderful resource and motivator in Binoculars. Great attitude. All around good citizen for that forum. He knows his stuff without flaunting it and helps the newbies with cheerful abandon. He can be a real hoot to read sometimes too. Kenny was the impetus for the beginning of the "Best Of" section in the binocular forum.

Carol L
Carol has motivated a whole bunch of people, mostly Lunies but not limited to that forum, to do more than just observe. Her sketches and photos have inspired a number of people to take things to a higher level.

half meter

Gary is quick to offer advice based on his experience. There's a certain behind the scenes playfulness and understated humor that is often fun to read. A respected member and contributor.

DaveC
Dave's made some outstanding contributions to the CCD and Digital Astrophotography forum both for image processing in general, and for tips and tricks on imaging with DSLRs. He's a real asset to the forum and Cloudy Nights.

square_peg
He's always there to help out or add a good comment from the newest newbie to the most seasoned veteran here at CN from Reflectors to Refractors or Beginners and Deep Sky...

Ian Gilbert
He's one of our younger members but more than holds his own in the discussions he participates in, and by being bold enough to share his work with us he almost single-handedly launched the sketching revival that has become one of the dominant themes in the Lunartic Asylum. Check his gallery.

Jarad
Jarad’s consistent quality of posts and his breadth of knowledge in multiple areas are his chief contributions. His demeanor here is always pleasant and helpful.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785641 - 04/08/13 10:57 AM

October 2004

Rusty
Rusty offers a lot of help to the newbies and never seems to lose his cool. His knowledge of lubricants and its uses is second to none. Rusty exemplifies the reason for the success of Cloudy Nights forums.

jmoore: (Jeffrey Moore)
Jeff is valued CN member who composes a steady stream of thoughtful posts. Quick to offer sound advice or clarify a point with style and humility.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785642 - 04/08/13 10:57 AM

November 2004

Tim2723 (Tim Smith)
Earlier this year Tim brought his interest in lunar observing to the Lunar Observing Forum and almost single-handedly breathed new life into it. His knowledge of matters Lunar is extensive and his willingness to share that knowledge has made that forum an active and interesting place to hang out.

dgs© (David Showers)
David is a regular poster here at CN. He shares his experiences with others, and he never hesitates to give advice when somebody needs help. His good humor is also an asset!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785643 - 04/08/13 10:58 AM

December 2004

Starman1 (Don Pensack)
Don shares his considerable observing skills and knowledge of equipment freely with all levels of CN'ers. His Buyer's Guides are a real labor of love and have benefited everyone on CN.

Vic Menard
Vic literally "wrote the book" on collimating and knows a great deal about telescope optics. He is patient and willing to share this knowledge with others. You can tell by his posts that he is only trying to help with his sage advice and understanding.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785645 - 04/08/13 10:58 AM

January 2005

Fiske
Fiske is a very knowledgable observer, well read, has authored a recent article for S&T on historical books and charts and has provided some very good book reviews here. Fiske is primarily a binocular observer and a small binocular observer at that. He champions hand held observing, but recognizes it takes all kinds of instruments to see all kinds of objects. What Fiske provides in a review is experience. Nothing is simply stated because he thinks that's what it is. He strives to find the answer, by repeated comparisons, by numerous observations, by gathering experience.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785646 - 04/08/13 10:58 AM

February 2005

Kiwisailor

Steve has a long history of contributing sound advice and encouragement to his fellow CNers. He's been especially helpful in steering our Aussie and Kiwi members to local 'down-under' suppliers and clubs. His posts are typically on topic and very relevant.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785647 - 04/08/13 10:59 AM

March 2005

Daniel Mounsey

Daniel has consistently and patiently helped a lot of people with both the reflectors and refractors about the finer points of viewing. He has generously and profusely shared his experiences using a variety of high end planetary gear, and has given many of us, virtual glimpses into the observing techniques of extremely serious planetary observers.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785648 - 04/08/13 10:59 AM

April 2005

Sixela

Alexis Cousein, aka sixela, is extremely knowledgeable & has posted much useful information over the past couple of months, especially technical information dealing with telescopes & eyepieces.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785650 - 04/08/13 11:00 AM

May, 2005

Erika (Erix)

Erika shares a lot of good posts in the Lunar Observing and Sketching forums. She is easy to talk to and very helpful to the really new users. Erika has an open-hearted enthusiasm for everything she does, whether it's gardening or learning to sketch craters on the Moon. Her easy going personality and green thumb are welcome in the gardening forum. Her sense of humor adds style to OTO. Her skills in sketching what she observes are particularly noteworthy, as is her willingness to offer advice on the subject. She is not shy about letting her mistakes show and shares what she learns through them, which is a refreshing attitude. Her enthusiasm for lunar sketching is infectious. She asks the questions that other's might be shy to ask and puts the answers to good use, and it shows in her work. Erika is generous in her praise of others' success, and eagerly encourages those frustrated by difficulty.

While she is still a relatively new member, her rate of progress has been inspirational; a fine example of what can be achieved by really applying effort to a new endeavor. She has certainly had a positive effect in the forum.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785651 - 04/08/13 11:00 AM

June, 2005

Greg Piepol (gpiepol)

Greg does not stir out of the Solar Observing forum, but if you visit there you can't help be impressed by his work and his willingness to share what he knows. The advice he passes along has had good results for regulars in that forum. His posts are always informative, always on topic, but never dull in any sense. He communicates his delight in what he's doing as clearly as he does information on how he does it.

Dan (Dan Luna)
Dan is a friendly voice in a number of CN forums including Science of Astronomy and Space Exploration, Stellar Reading, and the Off Topic Observatory, but he is probably best known as the Scholar of the Lunar Forum. Dan lists a bright reading light and a comfortable chair among his astronomical tools. Ready and eager to answer the most difficult questions, Dan exhibits a great depth of knowledge that is reflected by his impressive astronomy library. His carefully considered replies and gentle good humor are welcome in every forum he visits.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785653 - 04/08/13 11:01 AM

July, 2005

Spaceydee

Dee is knowledgeable about many astronomy-related things and she posts valuable and accurate information. Her posts are interesting and always on topic. Dee is very kind to all posters and never shows impatience with anybody, regardless of their level of experience. Because of this, she gets along well with everybody at Cloudy Nights. Dee's posts are always written in a concise and easy-to-read style.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785655 - 04/08/13 11:01 AM

August, 2005

Special Ed

Michael's sketches are wonderful and very informative. He is very knowledgeable about astronomy and observing, and he's enthusiastic about sharing it with other people. Michael's posts are well-written, almost like reading an astronomy book. He is a regular contributor to Cloudy Nights and gets along well with everybody.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785656 - 04/08/13 11:01 AM

September, 2005

Cildarith

Eric Graff’s tutorial in the Sketching forum on drawing globular clusters is an example of his willingness to go to considerable trouble to share what he knows with others. Eric is generous with praise and encouragement when responding to the observing reports and sketches of others, while his own well illustrated observing reports are easily among the best posted on CN.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785657 - 04/08/13 11:02 AM

October, 2005

Jeremy Perez

Jeremy has worked very hard to keep the Sketching Forum alive and active through his contributions there. His online tutorials are excellent, and his willingness to share what he does and knows is second to none. His dry sense of humor has not yet, to the best of my knowledge, ever rubbed anyone the wrong way, a rare gift on any forum. He also writes (and illustrates) some of the best observing reports found on CN. I have on several occasions seen his work inspire another member to try something he or she might not otherwise have attempted.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785658 - 04/08/13 11:02 AM

December, 2005

FAB

Floie (FAB) is always polite and contributes in a very positive way. He very willingly helps out beginners and has a great sense of humor in the Off Topic Observatory. His posts are very interesting, particularly in the Science and Astronomy forum. And on top of all this, is brave enough to treat us all to a photo of himself in an elf costume!

Floie, on behalf of all of us on Cloudy Nights, thank you for being such a class act!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785661 - 04/08/13 11:03 AM

January 2006

Remy Bosio

Remy is a class act whose presence in the OTO adds to the spirit, character and camaraderie of Cloudy Nights. He generates a warmth and friendliness that is addictive and very welcome.

He often notifies us of the upcoming celestial events and demonstrated a one-man effort to “Save the Telescopes” in his hometown after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

His participation with his local astronomy society events also is noteworthy, and we can find him portrayed as Jolly Old’ St. Nick spreading cheer while playing the piano and singing carols to all that attend. Thank you, Remy, for sharing these wonderful events with us. And thank you for your contributions on Cloudy Nights!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785662 - 04/08/13 11:03 AM

February 2006

Photonovore (Mardi)

Mardi’s posts are a true wealth of information, not just anecdotal, but with thorough testing and documentation, followed by supporting references. Her work in lunar geology and resolution is astounding and takes learning about the Moon to a very advanced level. Many have learned a great deal with her assistance in fora such as Planetary & Solar System, Refractors and Lunar, and the desire provoked to learn more themselves.

Starman1 (Don Pensack)- Although Don has been awarded the CN Star Contributor award in December 2004, he has consistently continued to share his knowledge, giving helpful responses with a wealth of interactions throughout CN. He’s very friendly and is always willing to help people with their questions. His experience is a valued asset on Cloudy Nights and has well deserved to be the recipient of the February 2006 Star Award.

Thank you both for your contributions on Cloudy Nights!


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785665 - 04/08/13 11:04 AM

March 2006

Chris Go

Chris has been submitting amazing planetary images for almost two years to CN. His imaging techniques, enhanced by his location in the Philippines, have improved greatly over this time. More importantly, though, Chris is always quick to share his techniques with other members.

The dedication to excellence in imaging that Chris exemplifies has been rewarded by JPL and NASA this month when they named Chris as the first person to image the new "2nd Red Spot" on Jupiter. He is now a member of a select team
that will be imaging the Great Red Spot and Red Junior using the Hubble Space Telescope.

For more information, please check out this link! New Red Spot on Jupiter Discovered by CN'er?

Congratulations, Chris! And thank you for your contributions on CN.


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Re: Prior CN Star Contributor Recipients new [Re: Erix]
      #5785667 - 04/08/13 11:05 AM

April 2006

Snorkler

Darrell spends a great deal of time in Beginners patiently offering a helping hand, answering the inevitable questions over and over. He has a great deal of knowledge covering a wide range of astronomical topics, and very willingly shares it. His expert birding photos in the off topic Camera/Photography forum are a sight to behold, backed by his participation at star parties leading birding tours after cloudy nights.

Darrell, not only are you very generous with a helping hand, but you always seem to do it with a smile on your face as well. Thank you for contributing to CN!


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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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #5785717 - 04/08/13 11:26 AM

February 2008

CarlosEH (Carlos Hernandez)

Carlos consistently welcomes new members to the forums that he participates in, offering encouragement and advice. He also adds additional information in response to other posts such as supportive links or other images to compare the observations with. He's very gracious and warm with his posts and help to make the forums very enjoyable to join in on. Carlos' observations and sketches are superb and he's a great example of what CN stands for.


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      #5785718 - 04/08/13 11:26 AM

March 2008

rick rian

He's one of the real good guys at CN.
Great sense of humor, gets along well with everybody, always tries to be helpful and understanding. A kind and gentle spirit.
He hangs out most in the OTO and posts frequently there, (lots of puns and word games), but he has also made many good contributions to the Celestron Nexstar forum and others. Rick's no flash in the pan... over 8300 posts.
He's the sort of member that helps keep CN a fun and friendly place to visit.


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      #5785720 - 04/08/13 11:27 AM

April 2008

LadyAstronomer


LA, we'll call her, has a grasp of a diverse array of issues and subjects, and her contributions to those discussions are always positive and informative. Whether in Gardening, Science, Outreach, or just hanging out and socializing with the Off-Topic crowd, when LadyAstronomer adds to a thread it is bound to become a better read. We enjoy her presence on CN, and are the better for it.

Congratulations, LA, you are selected as the April 2008 Cloudy Nights Star Contributor!


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      #5785722 - 04/08/13 11:27 AM

May 2008

WRose (Bill Rose
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If you've spent any time in the eyepieces forum, you are familiar with Bill. He is a regular contributor to that as well as other CN forums, and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject of eyepieces and astronomy that he is always willing to share. His drool-inducing eyepiece pictures don't hurt either. Bill epitomizes the type of poster that the Star Award is meant to honor.


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      #5785725 - 04/08/13 11:28 AM

June 2008

Sky Captain (Kerry Hanna)


Kerry is a welcome participant in any forum. He's often seen in ATM where's he's earned the moniker "The Fab Fabber" for his excellent ATM modifications. But he's also seen in many other forums including Outreach, Cameras & Photography, Reflectors and even OTO. Where ever he goes his posts are always in the true spirit of CloudyNights, helpful, friendly and informative.


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      #5785726 - 04/08/13 11:28 AM

July 2008
BillP (William Paolini)


BillP frequents the eyepieces forum, where his knowledge of this important field shines. His posts are consistently well thought out and reasonable. He answers questions in a friendly, open and informative way and shows great patience at times while helping someone that is learning their way around eyepieces and their performance. Bill's knowledge and efforts make him another great asset to Cloudy Nights!

We're proud to award Bill the July 2008 Cloudy Nights Star Contributor Award!


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      #5785728 - 04/08/13 11:28 AM

September 2008

Bob Yoesle (BYoesle)


Bob is very knowledgeable when it comes to solar filter systems and gear, and happily shares this information with others. He's very friendly and helps keep a good atmosphere in the forums when members get disgruntled over quality control or customer service. He's got a good head on his shoulders and the few times he's exchanged pm's with moderators over posts that were moderated, he's been very supportive and informative with the mod's decisions or inquiries. He interacts well with others and sets a great example in the solar forum.

Congratulations, Bob, for a well-deserved award!


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      #5785730 - 04/08/13 11:29 AM

November 2008

Ed Jones


Ed is a highly skilled optical fabricator and designer, and has made numerous contributions to CN and the amateur telescope making community. He invented the Chiefspeigler optical design, and presented it at this year's Stellafane. It was also featured in the November Sky and Telescope. He's a cheerful and generous fellow, always willing to help people, both in his Cloudy Nights posts and in the general astronomical community.

Congratulations, Ed!


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      #5785734 - 04/08/13 11:29 AM

January 2009

Lawrence Sayre


He always is a gentleman on the forums, gives excellent advice, & very willingly shares his expertise with members, especially in the eyepiece forum. He is a wealth of ideas, always looking to improve the understanding of himself and others, and always experimenting with new approaches. He makes his forums interesting, and keeps people thinking, while being pleasant and easy to communicate with along the way.

Congratulations, Lawrence, and we look forward to a continued wonderful experience with you as a member!


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      #5785753 - 04/08/13 11:38 AM

December 2009

Bob Griffiths

Bob has been voted a Cloudy Nights Star Contributor Award Recipient, as of the end of 2009. Bob has a long history of helpful and friendly posts in a variety of forum areas, and a calm demeanor that doesn't get rattled when the threads get dicey. He has a solid body of work here -- over 6900 posts and nearly five years of participation.

Bob is the kind of member that represents the best of Cloudy Nights. Way to go, Bob!


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      #5785755 - 04/08/13 11:39 AM

January 2010
Jon Isaacs


Every so often, we like to take note of some of our exceptional members with star contributor award.

Jon Isaacs is an old hand at internet forums, (seems like I've known him forever), and in every venue - he has always stepped to the forefront with his sage advice and friendly manner. It's folks like this who help to make this place the best it can be.

Jon, thank you for being a member. We can't imagine CN without you.


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      #5785759 - 04/08/13 11:41 AM

March 2011
Jason D


Please join us in congratulating Jason D as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. Jason spends most of his time on Cloudy Nights in the Reflector and ATM Forums helping others understand the ins and outs of collimation. His patience in explaining these techniques is only exceeded by his wonderful diagrams which he produces so quickly and accurately. Jason exemplifies the the standards that Cloudy Nights as a whole aspires to.

Thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done.

In honor of his new status, Jason will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award Logo in his signature line or as an avatar.

Good work, Jason!


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      #5785765 - 04/08/13 11:43 AM

May 2011
Glen LeDrew


Please join us in congratulating Glenn LeDrew as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. For a long time now, he has been providing optical expertise in several forums, among them the telescope forums and binoviewers and regularly in binoculars. Never critical of another member, always careful to explain things fully in a mild mannered form. He's extremely knowledgable, very helpful, polite and considerate. Glenn offers his knowledge and help freely and without bias here on Cloudy Nights forums. We're fortunate to have him as a member.

Thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done.

In honor of his new status, Glenn will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award Logo in his signature line or as an avatar.


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      #5785766 - 04/08/13 11:44 AM

September 2011
Terry Cabell ("letimotif")


Please join us in congratulating Terry Cabell ("letimotif") as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. Terry is one of CNs genuine nice guys. Always willing to offer sound and friendly advice, and sometimes mixed with a subtle sense of humour, he is a contributor to a surprisingly large number of forums. As an "all rounder" he is the type of member that makes CN a better place.

Sincere thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done.

In honor of his new status, Terry will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award Logo in his signature line or as an avatar.

Good job, Terry!


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      #5785770 - 04/08/13 11:45 AM

December 2012
Jared (Jared Willson)


Please join us in congratulating Jared (aka Jared Willson) as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. We have found Jared to be a great asset to Cloudy Nights. He is extremely knowledgeable about optics and imaging and is more than willing to share his experience and expertise with anyone on the forums. He is also a very cool customer when a topic becomes controversial, we have seen him diffuse more than one disagreement by providing the facts in a very polite and effective manner. We are proud that Jared is a contributor here on Cloudy Nights as it is users like him that make this such a great place to hang out and learn about the hobby.

Thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done.

In honor of his new status, Jared will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award graphic in his signature line or as an avatar.

Well done, Jared!


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      #5812665 - 04/21/13 10:14 AM

April 2013
Tony Flanders


Please join us in congratulating Tony Flanders as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. We have found Tony to be a great asset to Cloudy Nights. His replies to questions, particularly in the Beginners Forum, are always polite, succinct and helpful. He's a great example of a very experienced individual taking extra time to consider and answer questions from beginners to the hobby. We are proud that Tony is a contributor here on Cloudy Nights as it is users like him that make this such a great place to hang out and learn about the hobby.

Thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done.

In honor of his new status, Tony will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award graphic in his signature line or as an avatar.

Well done, Tony!


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      #5976372 - 07/17/13 04:52 PM

July 2013
Tamiji Homma


Please join us in congratulating Tamiji Homma (Tammy) as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. Tammy is a great asset to Cloudy Nights. He regularly makes helpful posts, many with answers that required additional work such as measuring some setup or making explanatory photographs of how things go together, to many different Cloudy Nights forums. We are proud that Tammy is a contributor here on Cloudy Nights as it is users like him that make this such a great place to hang out and learn about the hobby.

Tammy, thank you from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators! In honor of his new status, Tammy will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award graphic in his signature line or as an avatar.

Well done, Tammy!


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      #6140876 - 10/16/13 12:59 PM

October 2013
GeneT (Gene Townsend)



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Please join us in congratulating Gene Townsend as the latest recipient of the Star Contributor Award. We have found Gene to be a great asset to Cloudy Nights. His replies to questions appear in many different Cloudy Nights forums and are always polite and helpful. We are proud that Gene is a contributor here on Cloudy Nights as it is users like him that make this such a great place to hang out and learn about the hobby.

Thanks from our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators for a job well done. In honor of his new status, Gene will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award graphic in his signature line or as an avatar.

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      #6320374 - 01/18/14 12:13 PM

January 2014
Eddgie (Ed Moreno)


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Please join us in congratulating Ed Moreno as the latest recipient of the Cloudy Nights Star Contributor Award. Ed is a great asset to Cloudy Nights. Ed consistently offers helpful answers and good advice in many different Cloudy Nights forums. We are proud that Ed is a contributor here on Cloudy Nights. It’s members like him that make this such a great place to spend time away from the eyepiece.

From our sponsor Astronomics and all of the Administrators and Moderators, thank you, Ed.

In honor of this award, Ed will be allowed to display the Star Contributor Award graphic in his signature line or as an avatar.


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