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May07 Imaging/Sketching Contest Finals Poll!

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Poll: May07 Imaging/Sketching Contest Finals Poll! (575 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 08:10 AM

We are pleased and proud to present to you the Finalists in the CN Imaging/Sketching contest for May 2007:


Film Astrophotography's Finalist - RALF_T:

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M51 - It´s a composite of two images. First is a shot with Fuji Superia 200, 30 minutes exposure. Second was made on hypered Tech Pan, 40 minutes. Both images were stacked and enlarged in my darkroom. The print was scanned finally.

Scope was as usual a 12inch f/5,3 ATM-Newtonian. Guiding was done by eye with an off-axis-guider.



DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - krneki:

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Leo Trio (M65, M66 and NGC 3628)
Location: Slovenia
Date: April 8th 2007
Exposure: 24x300s ISO 800
Camera: Canon 350D (Baader uv/ir mod.)
Scope: Skywatcher 254/1200 + MPCC
Mount: HEQ-5 (rajiva/conrad mod.)
Guiding: SC3.2 modified ToUCam II Pro through 70/900 guidescope with Guidemaster
Processing: IRIS, Photoshop CS2 and finally saved to jpg with IrfanView.

Larger image available here.



Sketching Forum's Finalist - Kris Smet:

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Kris Smet
Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel
24/05/07
8" dobson f/5
5mm Baader Hyperion ep (200x)
seeing: poor
transparancy: good



Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Dragon Man:

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My image of Orion Nebula in mild H-Alpha (it is still high in our sky here)

Ken James
Taken: April 2007
Taken from my backyard
Snake Valley, Victoria, Australia

Saxon ED80
Modified Toucam 840k Pro II SC1
10 x 180 second frames captured in 'Desire'
Stacked in Registax
Processed in Photoshop
Diffraction Spikes added in Photoshop



CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Florent:

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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.poigetdig...astrograph.html



Solar System Imaging's Finalist - swalker:

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Venus in UV
12.5 inch f/5.1 Discovery Newtonian
5x Tele Vue Powermate (at 8x)
Baader Venus filter
Lumenera LU075
2000 frames out of 4000
recorded 5/8/2007 23:49 UT from Chester, NH
processed in Registax 4, MaxIm DL 4.58, and Photoshop 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.


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#2 Illinois

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:46 PM

Hard to vote and all are good! Florent's M51 is one of the best I ever see for details and arms! Swalker doing good job on Venus! Not easy to photograph on Venus for details!
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:49 PM

Fine, outstanding images by everyone. Congratulations.
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:54 PM

Congratulations indeed, this collection of entries is absolutely astounding. It's going to be very difficult to vote!!
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:06 PM

The Leo Trio is my favorite. Such detail. Beautifully done!

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#6 Chris Schroeder

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:31 PM

This is too hard, they are all so good
 

#7 CollinofAlabama

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:32 PM

A very good one, I agree. My three favorites (ha!) are the Leo Trio, Florent's M51 & Walker's Venus. These are all truly amazing images. But Florent got my vote. That's just one stunning image. But if any of these three win, I will be happy because they're all so spectacular!

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:33 PM

This month's pictures are again awesome! Congrats to everyone, and... keep posting 'em!

Cheers :waytogo:

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:54 PM

Kris Smet's required a keen eye, willingness to observe with care and attention to the nuances of detail and scientific accuracy.
 

#10 Roy M.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:10 PM

Well this is getting harder every month. Specially since they are all from different "schools", they are all outright winners. In the end, I had to go with Kris' masterful sketch. I was astounded by krneki's Leo Trio on DSLR! OMG it looks like hubble pic! Florent's M51 is pure eye candy, so beautiful and sharp - you must see the pic in its full glory in his web site... I haven't seen such detail on Venus before from the ground on swalkers offering, UV is the trick huh? Finally, I have to say that Dragon Man should be kicked out of the beginners forum!!! - great detail in the low S/N areas!

Congratulations all! keep them coming! :bow: :bow:
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:35 PM

Florent's image got my vote, but not by much! Krneki's DSLR is amazing, I was waffling of getting a DSLR but I think this just put me over the edge. Swalker's sketch is truely a talent I wish I had 1/10th that ability. RALF_T's film shot is very good for only two exposures (I used to do film myself, not this good though).

Very nice work all, and very very hard to pick just one.
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 05:19 PM

Kris Smet's required a keen eye, willingness to observe with care and attention to the nuances of detail and scientific accuracy.


Yes, truly amazing! A talent for sketching...i am stunned...
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 05:35 PM

This is a tough pick.
I'm amazed at how good these all are.
There's a real talented bunch of imagers and sketchers here.
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 05:50 PM

I have to say the Florent image of M51 is absolutely beautiful. Its clarity and detail almost make a 3D image. The trio is great, but I keep looking at Florent's image. Well done!!!!!!! :cool:
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 07:09 PM

Every pic has it's own magic and it's reason to be voted.
 

#16 Chris Talpas

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:05 PM

I have to agree with the others that this month's crop of images are all very well done. In the end, I went with Florent's M51 for it's incredible detail and beauty.
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:05 PM

Florent's is indeed remarkable, as is his set-up -- but I'm tending to krneki's, as he is using "real world" equipment.

It is hard to beat Kris' sketch for real world equipment though -- An 8" Dob, a pencil, a keen eye, and patience!
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:35 PM

Great!
 

#19 RichardHK

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:07 PM

The Leo Trio is my favorite. Such detail. Beautifully done!
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+1. Me too. Fabulous.
 

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:55 PM

With the equipment used the Leo Trio is an outstanding image and my favorite this month.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 12:31 AM

Amazing work from all finalists ! Congratulations !!! :applause:

Since I am a fan of DSI, I swing between krneki's leo trio & Florent's M51 ...
Both are stunning images !!!

Including equipment in judging parameters, I'll probably vote for krneki... :)
 

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:24 AM

I have seen florent's image and its astounding, but I cant help myself in wanting to vote for the DSLR image, it is tight and well processed and makes an example of what is possible with such equipment.
 

#23 Sam Sayers

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:31 AM

Bravo to each of you. Very impressive.
 

#24 Nick Cook

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:07 AM

Wow. All just brilliant and showing exceptional talent in each of the fields. For me particularly the images from Florent and Krenki stand out, both images representing a lots of hours of capture and processing. Also they look stunning!

So hard to decide between them...

Congrats all,

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:26 AM

I vote for the wonderful portraiture of M 51,
thx Florent Poiget :bow:

Grüße von Iblis
 


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