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Sep 13 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!
      #6116689 - 10/04/13 08:15 AM

We are very pleased and proud to present the September 2013 CCD Imaging Semi-Finalists in the Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest.


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Barnard 344 is a dark nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. It’s located close to the star Sadr in the Gamma Cygni Nebula (RA: 20h18m57.4s DEC: +40º 40′ 01″). Barnard 344 is located on the bottom of the image.

This region is very rich of dark and emission nebulae. On the image also VanDenBergh 130, a reflection nebula in this region, can be seen. LBN234 is an emission nebula glowing with hydrogen and sulphur.

Barnard 344 was described by Barnard himself as: “Dusky spot, 7′ long; like an arrowhead, pointed SW; small star at NE end”.

This image is a combination of narrowband imagery with RGB images taken during a number of nights in July 2013.

I was not totally happy with the rgb image alone, but this combination brought out much more detail than I expected.

Telescope: TEC-140
Camera: QSI-583
Mount: Skywatcher NEQ-6

H-alpha: 6 x 1800 s (3nm astrodon)
SII: 3 x 1800 s (3nm astrodon)
OIII: 4 x 1800 s (3nm astrodon)
RGB: (4,4,4) x 600 s (astrodon TrueRGB)

Total exposure time: 8.5 hours


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

Mike Wiles

Object: LDN 673
Dates: June and September 2013
Location: Benson, Arizona
Telescope: Explore Scientific ED152CF (6" f/8 carbon fiber triplet)
Mount: Astro-Physics AP900GTO CP3
Camera: SBIG ST-8300m w/Astrodon filters
Exposure: LRGB - 26 hours total

Here's a link to a larger image - LDN 673


David Rosenthal

M31 From a Red Zone !!!

24*300 + 12*360 1X1 Luminance
10*360 for R, G & B 2X2
Takahashi FS-60C with FS60 FF
AstroDon Gen-II E Series Filters
Losmandy G11 Gemini with Ovision on RA, Lodestar Guided
SX Trius H694, SX Wheel, SX OAG

High Resolution Version Here

Please note that voting will conclude on October 8th at Midnight ET.

Many thanks to all who took part in the contest!

Which Image goes to the Finals?
Users may choose only one (15 total votes)
4 26%
5 33%
Mike Wiles
3 20%
David Rosenthal
3 20%

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