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Sep07 CN Imaging-Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Sep07 CN Imaging-Sketching Contest Poll! (609 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image is our winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:53 AM

Welcome to the September 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 October 15th at midnight EST.

Here are the entries for September!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Zyxlor:

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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:

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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.:

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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:

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IC 1396:

Takahashi FSQ-106 @ f/5
Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 Mount
SBIG STL 6303 Class 1 camera
Astrodon Narrow-band Filters

Maxim DL
CCD Autopilot
Photoshop CS

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:

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taken from Blackwood, South Australia,
Scope: Peltier cooled C14
Mount: CGE
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:

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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]

#2 Ben Ritchie

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:30 AM

Fantastic selection as usual, very hard to pick one to vote for.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:15 PM

Zyxlor's image is from a beginner? :foreheadslap:Mama mia!

#4 Dick Lipke

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:36 PM

The number one should not be allowed these contestes.Since chooseing only one winner is mathematically impossible.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:22 PM

This poll's "choosing" thing is ALWAYS a difficult task... this time around its gone from nearly ridiculous to entirely "sublime"! Just some incredible results!

Bravo to all :bow:

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:28 PM

I voted. But that does not mean that I really think any one of them is "better" than the other. I just picked the one that I feel might do the best job of holding someone's attention that is not yet into the hobby. GREAT job by all!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:07 PM

These are just incredible.. stunning images..



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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:19 PM

Great job to everyone that has submitted an image!! They are fantastic! :D

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:25 PM

All fantastic - impossible choice again!.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:29 PM

All excellent - I wonder how many hours of effort are represented by these six? Bravo to all.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:24 PM

All are excellent images and the dedication is outstanding. Great work to all of you!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:28 PM

Every one of those photos is unbelievable. They are the best finialists I've seen. Congrats to each of you.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:11 PM

I agree with Sam. These are some of the best finalists I've seen since joining CN. Amazing, truly amazing. They are inspiration and an aspiration for those of us, like myself, who hope to delve into astrophotography one day.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:14 PM


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:23 PM

Okay, here goes...

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 11 October 2007 - 10:24 PM

Eric CCD... thats just breathtaking.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 11:13 PM

I voted for the sketching forum sub.I need to say I wish I could vote for all of them.I really couldnt choose out right, they were that good.I finally decided to vote based upon my perceived ideas of what was entailed to do the images.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 11:31 PM

It is so unfair to select one as the best. I went with my Luddite tendency and chose one that used film though I also wanted to choose the sketches. I wish I had the patience to set photos up and sketch under the hot Sun!

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:47 AM

the IC1396 is great :)

I have instant added it for my collection of pictures

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 06:48 AM

Eric CCD... thats just breathtaking.

:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:16 AM

I don't think it is fair to ask us to choose just one when all of these entries are so fantastic!

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:25 AM

All are fantastic. Congratulations to everyone.
You are all winners.
Regards....Tim :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:30 AM

First time I have voted on one of these and I was astounded at the overall quality of images offered here. They really are all winners, but if I had to choose one then it would be Eric CCD due to the dedication shown in capturing 27 hours of data and the very lengthy processing that must have followed :waytogo:

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:40 AM

I had to go for the false colors of IC 1396! :waytogo:

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:54 AM

Have to agree with what's already been said, yet another monthly impossible task!
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

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