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Aug07 CN Imaging/Sketching Finals Poll!

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:01 PM

Welcome to the August 2007 Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest poll!

Each month the best images selected from the individual Cloudy Nights Imaging and Sketching forums will be presented for the userbase to vote on. The monthly winner receives the coveted Cloudy Nights t-shirt! At the conclusion of the poll, the entry with the highest total will be the winner of the contest..

Please choose your favorite out of all the images. This poll will remain open through Saturday, September 15th at midnight EST.


Here are the entries for August!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jared:

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Image of NGC6960--The Witch's Broom Nebula--captured by Jared Willson on the night of August 18/19, 2007 in Mill Valley, CA

Losmandy GM-8 mount; William Optics FLT-110 APO @ f/6.5 (TEC); SBIG ST-2000XCM one-shot color camera w/ AO-7 adaptive optics; WO field flattener

x8 five minute exposures clip combined in Equinox Image (Mac)
Post processing in Photoshop CS3 including: color recombine and balance; levels; curves; de-noise; cropping; unsharp mask; contrast.



Film Astrophotography's Finalist - AstroBobo:

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Orion, from Petrova gora (Croatia). Single 60min exposure, Kodak E200, Pentax 6x7, 75mm Takumar lens closed to f/6.7. Taken this january.




DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Mike B.:

Posted Image
Click the image to see a hi-res enlargement (1708x1140 pixels, 1.35MB.)

M22 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

Location: Maurice, LA
Date: Aug 7th, 2007
Telescope: Meade 8" f/4 Schmidt-Newtonian w/MPCC
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon 350XT w/IDAS-LPS Front Filter
Mount: Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD
Guiding: 102mm F/5 Achro, 2x Barlow, DSI Pro, PHD Guiding
Exposure: 25x120 sec @ ISO 1600
Processing: IRIS, PS, Gradient XTerminator & Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools




CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Dean:

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Deep Dumbbell (M27)

Dean Rowe
Bailey, Colorado
08/09/2007 & 08/10/2007
585 minutes HaLRGB 315:90:60:60:60
Ha 45 minute, L 10 minute & RGB 15 minute subs
Ha binned 2x2, LRGB binned 1x1
12.5" RCOS @ F/6.5 on an NJP
ST10MXE with CS 10nm Ha & Astrodon LRGB filters

Other image sizes & Ha only:
http://deanrowe.net/...images/m27_deep



Solar System Imaging's Finalist - swalker:

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Venus recorded in Ultraviolet light over the course of 5 1/2 months.
Two telescopes used; a 10" f/5 newtonian, and a 12.5" f/5.1 newt.
Cameras used were a Lumenera LU075 and a Imaging Source DMK21AF04.
The images span from January 28 2007 through July 16 for the last image.
Please click on this link to view the full resolution image:
http://masil-astro-i...ontage flat.jpg




Sketching Forum's Finalist - Jaycin:

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2007 August 12
0730-1030 UT
Jason Aldridge
M31, NGC869 & NGC884

 

#2 Erix

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:37 PM

Oh, man. Another hard decision month! Wonderful job everyone!
 

#3 johndouk

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:22 AM

WOW !

All interesting theme subjects.
A magnificent film single shot Orion,
a stunning M22 floating among thousands of stars (with modest equipment),
an amazing M27 with a unique artwork halo around,
a beautiful Venus trip in the sky
and all others ...
I am totally lost between them...

Congratulations to all !!!
You made our decision hard once more, indeed !!!
 

#4 MichaelW

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:05 PM

Simply awesome! I have to get back into my observatory. Darn work and other things keep getting in the way. But thanks for wonderful entries to keep my fire lit.
 

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:24 PM

Venus is my favorite... very difficult job ...
 

#6 Dipole

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:26 PM

Wow, another set of awe inspiring images!

:question:Could we have a category "Images that really flopped" so I have a shot? :grin:
 

#7 Mark Costello

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:56 PM

All of these are amazingly nice pictures, each one has to represent a great deal of effort and patience. The photos of the Witch's Broom and M27 to me have an eerie 3D look to them. The high resolution achieved with those Schmidt-Newtonian reflectors continues to leave my jaw hanging.

Really good work all! The only thing is that it's all the harder for me to vote. The 3D quality of the Witch's Broom picture swings it for me. It appears I can almost reach out and touch that wisp of cloud....
 

#8 Illinois

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:24 PM

THEY ARE SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!

HOW CAN I VOTE JUST ONE????
Witch's Broom and M22 look superb!
I never see M27 in great details, Venus is look great and not easy to photograph!
M31 look so details by own hand to draw a picture and require high skill to look at the deep sky object! Jaycin know and experience how to look at the deep sky objects!

All can be easy to be in any astronomy magazines!
Hard to do just one vote!
 

#9 nickthegreek13_7

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:27 PM

Fine images, all they are! Wish I could vote more than just one.I had a really hard time choosing between the Orion single shot and the M22.But eventually, I went for the second one, as it has a greater resolution and also had more work done on it. :jump:
 

#10 Gail Bleser

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:33 PM

[quote name="Charlie Hein"][b]Welcome to the August 2007 Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest poll!

Each month the best images selected from the individual Cloudy Nights Imaging and Sketching forums will be presented for the userbase to vote on. The monthly winner receives the coveted Cloudy Nights t-shirt! At the conclusion of the poll, the entry with the highest total will be the winner of the contest..

Please choose your favorite out of all the images. This poll will remain open through Saturday, September 15th at midnight EST.


Here are the entries for August!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jared:

Posted Image

Image of NGC6960--The Witch's Broom Nebula--captured by Jared Willson on the night of August 18/19, 2007 in Mill Valley, CA

Losmandy GM-8 mount; William Optics FLT-110 APO @ f/6.5 (TEC); SBIG ST-2000XCM one-shot color camera w/ AO-7 adaptive optics; WO field flattener

x8 five minute exposures clip combined in Equinox Image (Mac)
Post processing in Photoshop CS3 including: color recombine and balance; levels; curves; de-noise; cropping; unsharp mask; contrast.



Film Astrophotography's Finalist - AstroBobo:

Posted Image

Orion, from Petrova gora (Croatia). Single 60min exposure, Kodak E200, Pentax 6x7, 75mm Takumar lens closed to f/6.7. Taken this january.




DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Mike B.:

Posted Image
Click the image to see a hi-res enlargement (1708x1140 pixels, 1.35MB.)

M22 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

Location: Maurice, LA
Date: Aug 7th, 2007
Telescope: Meade 8" f/4 Schmidt-Newtonian w/MPCC
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon 350XT w/IDAS-LPS Front Filter
Mount: Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD
Guiding: 102mm F/5 Achro, 2x Barlow, DSI Pro, PHD Guiding
Exposure: 25x120 sec @ ISO 1600
Processing: IRIS, PS, Gradient XTerminator & Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools




CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Dean:

Posted Image

Deep Dumbbell (M27)

Dean Rowe
Bailey, Colorado
08/09/2007 & 08/10/2007
585 minutes HaLRGB 315:90:60:60:60
Ha 45 minute, L 10 minute & RGB 15 minute subs
Ha binned 2x2, LRGB binned 1x1
12.5" RCOS @ F/6.5 on an NJP
ST10MXE with CS 10nm Ha & Astrodon LRGB filters

Other image sizes & Ha only:
http://deanrowe.net/...images/m27_deep



Solar System Imaging's Finalist - swalker:

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Venus recorded in Ultraviolet light over the course of 5 1/2 months.
Two telescopes used; a 10" f/5 newtonian, and a 12.5" f/5.1 newt.
Cameras used were a Lumenera LU075 and a Imaging Source DMK21AF04.
The images span from January 28 2007 through July 16 for the last image.
Please click on this link to view the full resolution image:
http://masil-astro-i...ontage flat.jpg




Sketching Forum's Finalist - Jaycin:

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2007 August 12
Fantastic photo's all!!! Hopefully one day we will be here with one of our photos. Gail B.
 

#11 WadeVC

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:53 PM

Congratulations to all finalists!! As usual, the choices were difficult and all are excellent!

Good luck!
 

#12 Nick Cook

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:20 PM

Great entries as always, but for sheer detail this time for me it has to go to Mike B and M22! :)
 

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:41 PM

Wow! This is the HARDEST one I've ever voted on. M22 and the Veil are just SPECTACULAR! If either of those win, that's fine with me. I couldn't resist voting for swalker's Venus, especially so soon after the eclipse and catching the crescent Venus on the morning of the 28th. Great job, all three.

The Orion wide angle is really cool,the sketch of the And-Cass region is quite nice, and the Dumbell is REALLY extended. This was one great contest! Some spectacular talent out there amongst our virtual cosmic artists.

CDS
 

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:52 PM

Ohhh!! Deep Dumbbell (M27)Great image, spectacular photo. Appreciation gas wave expansive in center.

Excellent work.
 

#15 john D

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 06:15 PM

Congratulations finalists!!!!!!GREAT shots guys!
 

#16 Icarus

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 06:19 PM

All of you did an excellent job. Very difficult decision, thanks for sharing your talent.
 

#17 Rev2010

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 07:44 PM

Man this was indeed hard! They're all excellent. M27 and Venus were my favorites. I like Venus in the small image but was surprised the large version was a bit soft and fuzzy. I really wanted to choose M27 but in the end am extremely impressed with the Venus photos and they look sharp in the smaller version so it got my vote. But great work to all of you!


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#18 helpwanted

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 07:46 PM

beautiful work by everyone!!!! hard to vote for just one!!!
 

#19 mysky

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 08:04 PM

totally lost myself between them...

wonderful!!!!
 

#20 svorc

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 09:13 PM

Jared Willson's NGC6960 Witches Broom nebula is the best!!

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:53 PM

I echo the replies in awe of the great views. Simply professional. To think not so many years ago, when I was a kid, these would be taken by professionals with big optics.

The pic of the Dumbbell Nebula is nearly Hubble quality...LOL

The sketch of M32, well...I have never been under skies that allow that detailed a view using an 8 inch or even larger. However, I have seen the star cloud on many occasions. But, to be capable of seeing that detail under Florida skies is amazing in itself.

Bringing out all the nebulosity in Orion is simply a feat and well done.

But, I think, if I had to choose...and I did have to choose, the most innovative photo is the phases of Venus. It does a fantastic job of bringing out the motion of Venus as an inferior planet. It illustrates not only beauty, but it captures the solar system in motion as well.

That being said, I am a deep sky sort of guy myself. So, if I had another vote, the shot of M27 would be my choice for (very close) second place. I have never seen it in that amount of glory in any photo, including Hubble images.

All shots are fantastic, and sorry that in the way contests are held there can be only one first place. All are certainly worthy.
 

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 11:17 PM

All are excellent, though the labeling of the sketch is a disaster, with NGC206 identified as the Double Cluster.
Still a great sketch, though.

I went with my visceral reaction to the shot and chose the M22 shot. What focus!

But the Venus shot was unbelievably good. And I've only ever seen one M27 shot that went deeper. And the shot of the 6960 side of the Veil was a REALLY good beginner's shot.
Argh! They were all good, dagnab it.
 

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 12:47 AM

I'm very impressed by swalkers Venus pictures in uv,
an hard work over a long time, I assume.
 

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 06:12 AM

What an impossible choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 06:31 AM

This never gets easy...
 


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