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CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Finals - Jun07

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Poll: CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Finals - Jun07 (764 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 11:39 PM

Here are the Finalists in the CN Sketching/Imaging contest for June 2007:


Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot:

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18" SDM Newtonian
DMK21AF04+ astronomiks filters
3 x TV Barlow
Wartook rise Vic
400 frames per channel RGB.
Jupiter 2 June 2007



Sketching Forum's Finalist - Erika Rix:

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Erika Rix
Zanesville, Ohio
2007 June 10th and 11th
Solar prominence sequence of 260-270 degrees position angle

Media: Black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte' pencil and crayon. Scanned in Photoshop with slight adjustments to contrast and brightness.



Beginning Imaging's Finalist - phil22:

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Taken with STL-11000M on a Televue NP101mm F/5.4 on G11 mount O111/ HA/ S11 30mins each channel. Taken from my backyard Queensland Australia.



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

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M8 - The Lagoon Nebula

Equipment:
GSO 200mm f/4 Newtonian
Atlas EQ-G
Hap Griffin Modified Canon Xt
Acquired with Maxim DL
Guided with Toucam webcam via Maxim DL

Exposure Details:
June 17, 2007 from central NC
22x60s, ISO800
Darks and Flats applied
Conversion, calibration, alignment and combination using Deep Sky Stacker
Levels and Curves with Photoshop CS3
Postprocessing with PixInsight



CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - PhilG:

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NGC6888 - The Crescent Nebula in Ha and OIII narrowband color:

Telescope/Mount: Stellarvue SV115 at f5.6 with Televue 0.8 Reducer. Mountain Instruments MI-250 mount.

CCD: SBIG ST2000-XM with Astrodon Ha and OIII filters.

Image Details and Processing: 6-1/2 Hours Ha (Red) and 12 Hours of OIII (Blue) in 30 minute subframes. Captured with CCDSoft and CCD Commander, combined with CCDStack, processed in Photoshop. Synthetic green channel created with Noel Carboni's Astrophotography Tools.

Date and Location: Denver, CO. May 30 - June 9, 2007



Film Astrophotography's Finalist - mnaf:

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M13 from June 2007.
Taken just south of SF, CA.
Orion 8" newt. on an Atlas EQ-G autoguided with a DSI.
Minolta Maxxum at prime focus.
Combination of 2 shots with Fuji SHQ400 - 3m and 4m exposures. Developed to straight to CD (jpegs).
Processed in PSCS2.
Cropped version of M13 - resized to 800 pixels.


Voting will conclude July 15 at midnight.

Many thanks to all who took part in the contest!


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#2 Tony Plank

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:28 PM

Wow. I voted for Erika Rix. That is just amazing.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:42 PM

I really like phil22, mikefulb and philG's offerings. In the end I voted for philG.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:43 PM

The image of the sun and Jupiter are stunning in their own ways as well.

EDIT: I have to give it up for mnaf for using film. Nice shot.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:43 PM

Phil G's NGC6888 (The Crescent) shows more detail, and more sharply, than any other photo I've seen of this object. It is the ONLY photo I've seen that shows the nebula as it appears in a 28-32" scope with an O-III filter.
Kudos!
 

#6 Nick Cook

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:46 PM

That's amazing sketch work Erika, well done! As always, all great entries.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:48 PM

Phil G's NGC6888 (The Crescent) shows more detail, and more sharply, than any other photo I've seen of this object. It is the ONLY photo I've seen that shows the nebula as it appears in a 28-32" scope with an O-III filter.
Kudos!


Does it appear that way naked eye in a scope of that caliber? (I'm not too familiar with DSO viewing).
 

#8 Andrew Welsh

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:51 PM

Wow, 18 hours of exposure on NGC6888! That's hard to top, what a ton of effort. Outstanding image.. would love to see the full size version. However, I voted for Erika because the artistry and detail in the solar prominence is superb quality.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 03:52 PM

Phil G's NGC6888 (The Crescent) shows more detail, and more sharply, than any other photo I've seen of this object. It is the ONLY photo I've seen that shows the nebula as it appears in a 28-32" scope with an O-III filter.
Kudos!


Does it appear that way naked eye in a scope of that caliber? (I'm not too familiar with DSO viewing).

Yes.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:01 PM

Phil G's NGC6888 (The Crescent) shows more detail, and more sharply, than any other photo I've seen of this object. It is the ONLY photo I've seen that shows the nebula as it appears in a 28-32" scope with an O-III filter.
Kudos!


Thanks Don! Boy I'd love to get a look at it through a 30" scope.

Some great entries. I had to check Erika's category a few times until it sunk in that she actually DREW THAT! Wow!

Good luck to everybody,
Phil
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:13 PM

My vote is with PhilG! that image is absolutely fantastic. Tour patience and talent are second to none.
All the other images are superb, don't get me wrong. Far far better than I could muster.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:14 PM

These images are some of the best I've seen by "Amateurs" in the different catagories.

Each one has it's own beautiful qualities. Hard to choose "JUST ONE"!

Good Luck to all the entrants!

Ron
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:27 PM

The poll needs to have an All button. Each entry is fantastic!
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:50 PM

wow....Congratulations to all the finalist, your work is amazing.
my vote is for PhilG
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 04:57 PM

All of the images are outstanding. However, each time I compare sketches to photos I would prefer to have a separate category for photos and sketches. Each medium is unique in the talent and equipment required for the end results. Photos require a great deal of experience as well as specifi equipment. Whereas the artist translates what he/she sees and renders it on paper. Many of the sketchers manage to produce an image that may actually appear to be a photograph. I suggest monthy contest for both the imager as well as the sketcher. Would the "powers to be" please consider this request?
Thank you,
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:20 PM

Those are all incredible. Quite a tuff choice.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:21 PM

Thanks everyone. And my goodness, the images here are amazing. Each month, I'm blown away by the talent and dedication by the entrants here on CN.

Dave, as for the separate categories, we do have a separate sketching 'contest' in the sketching forum. The winner of that each month represents the one that goes on to this over all imaging contest.

If you think about it, how can you compare a CCD to film or digital? And then there's the beginners going up against the seasoned astro imagers. Each is a unique category and really is difficult to compare against the other.

But the main reason for this overall contest is to share what is going on in the other forums. As a sketcher, seeing the other entries always spurs me to have a look at the work that's being done in the other forums. Amazing stuff! :bow:
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:23 PM

PhilG congratulations, perfect!
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 05:43 PM

Yes, seperate contest for imagining and sketching.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 06:36 PM

All outstanding images! I agree there should be a separate category for sketches.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 06:42 PM

Amazing entries! It was so hard to choose. I can't wait to get a CCD of my own!
 

#22 Philip Levine

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 06:51 PM

Phil G gets my vote, very interesting photo, lot's of detail, contrast.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 07:04 PM

Vote? Feh! Impossible! These are all brilliant and hit me each in their own way.

I agree that there should be a separate category for sketches. They are two very different arts and skills.

Conte crayon is totally unforgiving. Mark and mean it! Snaps for that! For photography I'd need better equipment, spot on precision, and flawless tracking. For either I'd need more patience than I have.

Kudos to all!

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 07:04 PM

Maybe 3 catagories. Sketching, film, CCD. That was really hard to pick just one. All wonderful work. Clear skies to all.
 

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 07:29 PM

The most difficult vote I've had to make so far. What a talented group of observers.
Also, I don't like the idea of separating "imaging" from "sketching". Although imaging is a more "objective" method for capturing these magnificent views, the sketch artists, from time to time, might offer a more "subjective" view that teaches us all something more (something personal) about the subject. Anyone who has seen the sketches (on paper and digitally rendered) of Sol Robbins and Sissy Haas cannot deny this.
Please don't get upset, though. I understand that the art of astroimaging is equally intricate, considering all the exposure times and filter combinations you have to decide upon, but these decisions are parallel to the choices between paper weights and pencil grades.
Astroimagers spend the same "labor of love" on their captures/observations/creations as the sketch artist.
We should keep the observations in the same contest/category.
My humble opinion....
God bless, and clear skies & pleasant company!
-Andy
 


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