April07 Imaging/Sketching Contest Finals Poll!
Posted 11 May 2007 - 08:51 AM
Meade 16" Lightbridge
17MM Nagler T4(107X)
The Lagoon Nebula taken April 16th 2007
Celestron ED80 / ST-10
L-210 sec x 15
RGB 180 x 15
Captured, aligned, stacked and dark subtracted in Maxim DL
LRGB aligned RGB merged in RegiStar
L added and processed in PSCS2.
Scope: 12" homemade Newtonian, 1.620mm fl
Film: Fuji Superia 200 (old)
Exposure: 30 minutes
Guiding: manually with off-axis-guider
Scan from a print.
NGC4631 – The whale
Shot on April 18th
Location: Newnan, GA - Bortle Orange
Transparency – Very Good, LP ~240 ADU/min
Seeing – Very Good, ~2.1” FWHM
Scope: C11 SCT
Camera: SBIG ST-10XE + CFW8a + Astrodon Filters + 6.3 Focal Reducer
Focuser: RoboFocus on SCT knob using FocusMax
L: 5 minutes x 35 frames
R: 2x2 5 minutes x 14 frames
G: 2x2 5 minutes x 12 frames
B: 2x2 5 minutes x 18 frames
Dark, Flat, aligned with CCDSoft 5.0
Normalized, data rejection, stacked, and RGB created with CCDStack
Processing and L+RGB combined with Photoshop CS2.
12th April 2007
Taken on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia
12" newt on EQ6
DMK21AF04 + 5x powermate + Atik manual filter wheel + Astronomik RGB filters
40 seconds of each channel captured
500 frames of each channel stacked.
Pre-Processed using Virtual Dub and PPMCentre
Processed in Registax, AstraImage and Photoshop.
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.
Congratulations to all of our finalists on a job well done getting to this point, and good luck in the finals!
Thanks again to all who took part in the contest!
Please note that voting will conclude on May 15th at 11:59pm EDT.
Posted 11 May 2007 - 09:23 AM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:19 AM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:26 AM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:36 AM
I picked one because I had to, but it was a spin-the-bottle cr@pshoot because they all commend a HUGE amount of respect. - j
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:37 AM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:53 AM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:56 AM
- the man: Ralf T (using ancient technology perfectly)
- the equipment: RCX (immaculately utilized by Nick Cook)
Congratulation to both Artists!!!
(And to the others as well, of course... Very nice images!!!)
Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:21 PM
This time a 12" Scope downunder does the job!!!
Icemans image is cool
therefore my vote to him.
In my opinion the very near next is the "whale".
Congratulation to all others too. Very nice images.
Especially the sketch of M51 is perfect but
its unfair to compare with the machinery behind the other images.
Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:24 PM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:13 PM
These are all winners! Voting on this is so subjective, but if I had to choose one, I would have to go with Nick. The detail on M63 is astounding! The Jupiter shot is just wrong ... and I have never seen a more beautiful whale... Ralf T. gets the old school trophy, Zyxlor gets the post-processing adda-boy, and to SGT500 all I have to say is that it takes eagle-vision to come up with that, wow... WTG all!
Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:14 PM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:33 PM
As for which one I'm voting for, I haven't decided yet... you guys make it SO tough to choose!
Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:49 PM
Good luck to all and keep 'em coming!
Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:01 PM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:11 PM
CONGRATS to anyone that reached this final!!
All of you, well done. You have given us a new magic view of heavens.
May God bless each of you with clear skies and even greater pictures/sketches!
An amateur-astronomer-to-be at Madrid.
Posted 11 May 2007 - 04:09 PM
Posted 11 May 2007 - 04:25 PM
Thank you all!!!
Posted 11 May 2007 - 05:29 PM