Jump to content


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Dec07 CN Imaging-Sketching Contest Finals Poll!

This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
44 replies to this topic

Poll: Dec07 CN Imaging-Sketching Contest Finals Poll! (667 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image is our Winner?

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.

#1 Charlie Hein

Charlie Hein

    Voyager 1

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 12,639
  • Joined: 02 Nov 2003

Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:58 PM

Welcome to the December 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 January 15th at midnight EST.

Here are the entries for December!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jeff J.:

Posted Image

M1 - Crab Nebula

13 October 2007
Las Cruces, NM USA

Celestron 8" SCT CF XLT @ F6.3
Takahashi EM200 Temma II
SXV-H9C, SXV guider on WOZS66

2x5min, 25x4min

Captured, LRGB extracted/aligned AstroArt3. Processed AstroArt3, PS7.

Jeffrey Johnson

Film Astrophotography's Finalist - RALF_T:

Posted Image

As you can see: M1. Photographed with a 12"/f5.3 Newtonian. It´s a composite of 2 shots, 35 and 45 minutes on Kodak Royal 200. First, both negatives were scanned and combined in PS. Second, a print was made(from the 45 minute shot), scanned too, and finally combined with the negative scans.

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Strgazr27:

Posted Image

This was a "First Light" for my new Hutech MN-74 and Modded 40D riding on my CGE. Guided with an AT66/DSI Pro/PHD combo

15X300 ISO 800
Darks and Flats
Calibrated in IP Version 3
Stacked in Registar
Final processing in PSCS2

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - DeepSpaceViews:

Posted Image

This image of the Witch Head Nebula was taken from the 2007 Black Forest Star Party in PA.
Telescope- Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Mount- Takahashi EM-500 Temma II
Camera- SBIG STL-11000M
Filters- Astrodon L,R,G,B
All channels were taken at 8 x 10min exposures bin 1x1.
Processed in CCDStack & Adobe Photoshop CS2

A larger version can be seen here http://deepspaceview... Head Image.htm

Thank you,
Stephen T. Roffo Jr

Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Anto:

Posted Image

Here's my best 2007 image of Mars:

Best regards, Antonello

Sketching Forum's Finalist - John K:

Posted Image

here is mars,a late night sketch.I couldnt pass up the little bit of detail that I was seeing.I live under the jet stream most of the time so when I saw mars this good ... well here you go.

Good Luck to all our finalists!


#2 Cow Jazz

Cow Jazz

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 747
  • Joined: 24 Nov 2003

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:21 PM

I had to go with Witch Head; it was the one that made me go "WOW!". These are all very good, and it seems to get harder to decide the best one with each passing month. Way to go for all the entrees!

#3 A East

A East

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 5
  • Joined: 08 Nov 2006

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:34 PM

I gotta agree - Witch Head really grabs the attention.

Alan East

#4 LM321


    Vostok 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 175
  • Joined: 12 Sep 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:41 PM

I had to take a good look at all of them. They are all really nice. I did end up going with the Witch Head too. I think mainly for me anyway... it's one I haven't seen that much of.

#5 Protheus


    Vaguely offended

  • *****
  • Posts: 5,356
  • Joined: 31 Aug 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:45 PM

I thought about voting for the witch-head image, but the Mars LRGB just completely blows the mind.


#6 Mark Costello

Mark Costello


  • *****
  • Posts: 3,551
  • Joined: 08 Mar 2005

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:48 PM

During lunch break today I read an article in a different telescope forum in which the author really trashed SCTs. So it's really nice to see two real nice pieces of work done using this type of telescope. Especially getting my attention was the photo of the Crab Nebula done with a C8. WAYTOGO!

Having said this, I too went for the Witch Head pic. The way it seems to hang in the starry field really was appealing.

#7 Opticalman



  • *****
  • Posts: 29
  • Joined: 08 Jul 2004

Posted 09 January 2008 - 03:59 PM

Yeah the Witch head grabs the attention alright, but a lot of times the difference in some of these photos comes right down to the equipment being used. I mean if you let the beginning Imaging Finalist - Jeff use the Takahashi FSQ-106ED, instead of an 8" SCT with an f 6.3 focal reducer the shots might have been a lot harder to call. Very good job for a newbie to the field, especially allowing for the equipment used! Jeff you've won my vote!

#8 iblis


    admirer of the sky

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,382
  • Joined: 12 Jul 2006

Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:30 PM

the witch head is so clear and vividly - it's my favourite :)

#9 outsider2222


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 21 Aug 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:42 PM

The Witchhead is very beautiful (but has been done before) , but the detail on the Mars shot must be record-breaking (in my opinion ), I vote for Mars photo ..

#10 Michelle Stone

Michelle Stone

    Vendor (Plettstone Telescopes)

  • -----
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 84
  • Joined: 13 Apr 2004

Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:50 PM

I went with the sketch. This is almost a lost art and the subtleties in this image are quite wonderful.


#11 bsmart


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 7
  • Joined: 15 Dec 2004

Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:52 PM

Mars for me!

#12 lances


    Lift Off

  • *****
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 11 Oct 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:52 PM

The Witchhead Is great. It's the clearest i've ever seen.

#13 mike33


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 10 Jun 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:05 PM

The Mars sketching is my favourite. There are tons of excellent photographs of Deep Sky and of planetary objects using lots of technical equipment. But a telescope, a pencil and a sheet of paper only ... That is really wonderful!

Mike (who is an old astrophotographer)

#14 ericjacob613


    Photon Hog

  • *****
  • Posts: 5,492
  • Joined: 25 May 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:30 PM

I like the first Crab, with the red lightning in it.

#15 cabissi


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 8
  • Joined: 09 Oct 2005

Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:34 PM

There is virtue to all of these entries. After all that is why they are here.
But the Witches Head has my vote! It has great clarity and extension. The subtleties of the coloration are as good as I have seen. This is also not done all that much because it is so hard to get. Nice work on it! :jump:

#16 Happy-Idiot


    Stuck with it

  • *****
  • Posts: 4,453
  • Joined: 06 Apr 2006

Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

Posted Image

#17 prueter


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 27 May 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:10 PM

I voted for the drawing of Mars. It requires a great deal of observing skill which goes unnoticed unless someone has actually sat and observed for concentrated moments. I was impressed with the drawing. For his mind had to compile the layers of views picked up by the eyes, carefully note them and make trhe composite we see.

#18 Kelley



  • -----
  • Posts: 27
  • Joined: 27 Nov 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:20 PM

Witch Head for me. I went through them all and didn't read anything at first. I just wanted to look at them all first and then recall in my memory which one stood out the best and why. The rest of them look like any other picture you would see on any site that has astronomy pictures. The Witch Head Nebula stood out in my memory and I was intrigued by seeing it.

I am a novice, so I cannot comment on the equipment used or what "has been done before", but I was just basing my vote on the most memorable.

PS - Brian -- I like your quote very much!

#19 guydickinson


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 5
  • Joined: 17 Feb 2006

Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:31 PM

Thought the Witch Head is excellent but ended voting for the 'Beginning' finalist. All excellent as usual!

#20 nitrohepcat


    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 87
  • Joined: 04 Dec 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:03 PM

Great Sketch. I also saw two polar caps, but your sketch is much better than mine. Great Job!

#21 Awesomelenny



  • *****
  • Posts: 4,203
  • Joined: 02 May 2004

Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:12 PM

I loved the Crab shots but for reasons that Mars looked so "alive" I voted for that image! They are all so superb!
Great work by all!

#22 DugDog


    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1,955
  • Joined: 19 Dec 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:17 PM

Witch Head! Excellent Photo FTW!


#23 w orchid

w orchid


  • -----
  • Posts: 1,159
  • Joined: 23 Apr 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:29 PM

I thought the witch head shot is breath taking, but the images of Mars are superb.

#24 svreno


    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 12 Jul 2007

Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:39 PM

Witch Head really is something "out of this world"; great job all!

#25 dvb


    different Syndrome.

  • *****
  • Posts: 6,766
  • Joined: 18 Jun 2005

Posted 09 January 2008 - 08:25 PM

I was also very struck by the Witch's Head, but the Mars shot is especially remarkable for an Earth-bound amateur.

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Recent Topics

Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics