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      #5861464 - 05/15/13 04:00 AM Attachment (76 downloads)

April 2013 (The Whale Galaxy) by Tyler Allred:

Camera: Finger Lakes Instrumentation MicroLine ML8300 with FLI CFW-2-7 Filter Wheel
Mount: Paramount ME
Scope: Supernova Astrograph - 12.5
Colors: L:R:G:B
Exposure Time: L=24x10 minutes... RGB=18x5 minutes binned 2x2
Post-Production: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, PixInsight, and Photoshop CS5


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May 2013 Challenge (M64) by Tyler Allred:

Camera: Finger Lakes Instrumentation MicroLine ML8300 with FLI CFW-2-7 Filter Wheel
Mount: Paramount ME
Scope: Supernova Astrograph - 12.5" Zambuto - My Design and Build
Colors: L:R:G:B
Exposure Time: 18x10 minutes L unbinned: 10x5 minutes RGB binned 2x2
Post-Production: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, PixInsight, and Photoshop CS5


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June 2013 Challenge (NGC6946) by Tyler Allred:

Here is my entry for the June challenge. It was taken with my homemade 12.5" Zambuto astrograph, dubbed the "Supernova Astrograph". I spent four nights on this target, but one night had terrible seeing... so bad that I decided not to use the data at all. The night I collected the color data wasn't a great night either, but much better. The luminance data was a different story. I finally have the collimation of my scope nearly perfect, and I got two great nights with stable skies, which is unusual here in Utah. We always seem to have the jetstream right over our heads and the seeing is frequently quite bad. At any rate, I combined the decent color data with really good luminance for this image. I have attached a 67% reduced crop, but the full version is worth a look as well.


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July 2013 Challenge (NGC6914) by Astrokattner:

Imaged July 9-11.

Telescope: RCOS 16 on a Paramount ME.
Focal length 3,655mm at .50 arcseconds/pixel
Camera: SBIG STL11K with Astrodon LRGB filter set.
Luminance 1x1 285 minutes at -5C
RGB 1x1 75 min each at -5C
Subs all at 15 mins each
Seeing was appx 1.6 arcseconds FWHM
Weather 83 F and sky quality 21.75 mags/arcsec^2
Processed in CCDStack and Photoshop CS2 for final LRGB combine


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August 2013 Challenge (M16) by Astrokattner

Imaged July 29-August 4

Telescope: RCOS 16 on a Paramount ME.
Focal length 3,655mm at .50 arcseconds/pixel
Camera: SBIG STL11K with Astrodon LRGB filter set.
Luminance 1x1 275 minutes at -5C
RGB 1x1 165 min each at -5C
Subs all at 15 mins each
Seeing was appx 1.9 arcseconds FWHM
Weather 85 F and sky quality 21.75 mags/arcsec^2
Processed in CCDStack and Photoshop CS2 for final LRGB combine.


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September 2013 Challenge(NGC 7331) by biedie:

Telescope: Astrosib RC250 @ f/6 f=1500mm
Camera: QHY9
Mount: Mesumount 200
Guiding: OAG with Lodestar
Exposure: 11x20min L + 3 times 4x20min RGB
Date: September 1st & 4th, 2013
Location: Montlaux, France
Processed with Pixinsight


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October 2013 Challenge (NGC 1579) by Mike Wiles

Location: Benson, Arizona
Dates: Sep 29 to Oct 06, 2013
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152CF
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO CP3
CCD Camera: SBIG ST-8300m
Exposure: 20 hours total LRGB in 20 minute subs

Larger version at Astrobin: http://www.astrobin.com/61666/


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Winner One:

November 2013 Challenge (Melotte 15) by Oleg Bryzgalov:

This picture was photographed on October 7-11, 2013 in the Crimea. (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: 18x600 sec., bin.1, RGB: 11*200-300 sec. each filter, bin.2.
5,1 hours total.
FWHM 2.45"-3.11" , sum in L channel - 2.69"
Processed Pixinsight 1.8, Fitstacker and Photoshop CS6.
Crop center, 2/3 size.


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Winner Two:

November 2013 Challenge (Melotte 15) by JWalk:

RCOS 16" Ion Milled
Apogee Aspen CG16M
AP 1600GTO
Guided with Lodestar through MMoag
Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop CS6
Oct-Nov 2013 NMSkies Remote
HaLRGB (8,3,2,2,2hrs) -30C 20min exposures 60min for HA


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December 2013 Challenge (NGC 896/IC 1795) by Mike Wiles:

It's a total of 39 hours of exposure in 60 minute subs through the ES ED152CF.


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      #6383756 - 02/18/14 09:54 PM

We have no entry for January 2014 Challenge (vdB38/Sh2-263) but since we have two winner in November 2013, another winner has picked our next target.

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February 2014 Challenge (NGC 1999) by Mike Wiles

NGC 1999 - Keyhole Nebula
Dates: Late January 2014
Location: Remote observatory near Benson, Arizona
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152CF - 6" f/8 Carbon Fiber Triplet
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-8300m, Off-Axis Guided, Astrodon Filters
Exposure: 19 hours

Luminance: 28 x 1200s
Red: 10 x 1200s
Green: 9 x 1200s
Blue: 10 x 1200s


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March 2014 Challenge (NGC 2403) by jjongmans:

Image date: 02/02/2014
Focal length: 1381.68 mm
Focal ratio : f/5.44
Image resolution: 0.806 arcsec/pixel
Sensor temperature: -30C
6 hours, 10 minutes total exposure time
13x 600 sec. luminance unbinned
8x 600 sec. RGB unbinned
Image acquisition with CCDAutoPilot and Maxim DL
Auto-guiding with Maxim DL
Auto-focusing with FocusMax
Bias frames: 100x unbinned
Dark frames: None
Flat frames: 5x luminance unbinned, 5x RGB unbinned
Automated sky twilight flats with CCDAutoPilot
Processing: PixInsight for calibration, alignment and integration. Adobe Photoshop CS6 for final touch.

Telescope: GSO 10" Ritchey Chretien
Corrector: Astro-Physics CCDT67 Focal Reducer
Mount: ASA DDM60 Pro
Camera: QSI 683wsg-8
Guidecamera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Filters: Astrodon Tru-Balance E-Series LRGB
Observatory site: Etten-Leur, The Netherlands


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April 2014 Challenge (NGC 2903) by Sterntaucher

Location: Krefeld, Germany
Date: February and March 2014
Telescope: 10" Newton
Mount: Losmandy G11
Camera: Moravian FW8300
Exposure: L:R:G:B - 304:80:80:80 min.


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May 2014 Challenge (NGC5907) by rockyraccoon:

Acquired from Sierra Remote Observatories in Northern California in May 2014
Luminance: 19 x 900s
R,G,B: 8 x 900s each
Total exposure time: ~8.25 hours

Main Camera: QSI 883 WSG
Guide Camera: SXV Lodestar (on OAG)
Mount: Paramount ME
Scope: AT 10 RC f/8
Image Aquisition software MaximDL
Registed, Calibrated and Stacked and Post Processed with PixInsight 1.8


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June 2014 Challenge (M102) by Junior-CCD:

Taken with the 12" Cassegrain at the Nuremberg Observatory


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