Sep07 CN Imaging-Sketching Contest Poll!
Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:53 AM
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 October 15th at midnight EST.
Here are the entries for September!
Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Zyxlor:
Detail in IC 1805.
Taken with Tak TSA102 and SBIG ST-10. Guided with Celestron ED80 and DSI Pro II.
9, 10 minute subs through an Ha filter aquired with MaximDL.
Color added to monochrome in PSCS3 then monochrome added back in as luminence.
Film Astrophotography's Finalist - AstroBobo:
Pleiades and California Nebula - medium format Pentax 6x7, 150mm Pentax Takumar lens @ f/5.6, 20 minutes on Kodak E200. Taken from Petrova Gora, Croatia - the mist came at the end of the exposure and produced nice halos around brighter stars.
DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Mike B.:
Click the image for a 2307x1438 enlargement (647K) or click here to see the mosaic at full size (4614x2875, 2119KB.)
Andromeda Galaxy 3-Panel Mosaic
Name: Mike Broussard
Location: Maurice, LA
Dates: Sept 11th, 15th & 22nd, 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 and EQMOSAIC
Guiding: 102mm F/5 Achro, 2x Barlow, DSI Pro, PHD Guiding
Exposure: 42x180 sec core, 54x180 sec left side, 37x180 sec right side @ ISO 1600
Processing: IRIS, Registar, PS, Gradient XTerminator, Neat Image & Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools
CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - EricCCD:
Takahashi FSQ-106 @ f/5
Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 Mount
SBIG STL 6303 Class 1 camera
Astrodon Narrow-band Filters
SII: 10 hours (20 x 30)
H-alpha: 7 hours (14 x 30)
OIII: 9.5 hours (19 x 30)
Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot:
taken from Blackwood, South Australia,
Scope: Peltier cooled C14
Camera: Skynyx 2-0
Barlow: TV 2x barlow.
Astronmiks RGB filters
3 September 2007 at 1005UT
35 seconds per channel
500 odd frames per channel in final stack.
Sketching Forum's Finalist - Myles:
Pencil on sketch paper at the eyepiece, pastel on black sketch paper indoors, Adobe Photo Elements 5 for the digital mod.
Good Luck to all our finalists![/b]
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:22 PM
Bravo to all
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:23 PM
First of all, I agree totally...this is the closest call I have seen. It's almost to the point of abstaining, for me. If we had images like this 2 decades ago, we wouldn't need the Hubble...(joking, but half serious.)
But, if I had to chose one...there must be something that makes one just a little better than the others. So, what is it? Technique? Processing? Equipment? Contrast? Star images? Composition?
The first image is simply stunning work for a beginner, stunning period. It's in my top choices for those reasons and the fact that not many folks attempt that object, not that I am aware of, anyway.
The image of the Pleiades has an interesting composition. Normally, you will see photos framing the Peiades or the California Nebula alone. This is the first photo I have seen them together. I like the mix of color.
Andromeda shows tremendous detail, as does IC1396. I do not understand the colors in IC1396, red on one side, blue on the other. But, the detail and choice of subject matter gives it high marks.
Jupiter is simply stunning...and is in my short list, too. The sketch of the sun is interesting for what it is, but just lacks the "stun" appeal of photos. I feel it is fine as a sketch, but has met it's match against the photos in this competition.
So, <drum roll please...while I make up my mind>...I will have to go with...hmmmm...(one last look)...the Pleaides for it's composition and range of color. Now, off to vote to see if others agree.
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:47 AM
I have instant added it for my collection of pictures
Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:16 AM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:25 AM
You are all winners.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:30 AM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:54 AM
I'd just like to congratulate all the finalists for their fabulous images and also for all the hard work and skill which they've put into getting these results.
Very best wishes and thanks