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Jan08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Jan08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (610 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:12 AM

Welcome to the January 2008 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 February 15th at midnight EST.


Here are the entries for January!


Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Strgazr27:

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4 Hours of M81/82.

Intes MN74
Self Modded 40D
80X180sec
Darks, Flats and Bias
IP version 3, Registar and PSCS2
CGE
DSIPro/PHD/GPUSB for guiding


Film Astrophotography's Finalist - AstroBobo:

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Here's M42 taken with Pentax 105 SDP and Pentax 6x7 medium format camera on Fuji Provia 400X. This is a composite of three exposures - 40 min, 6 min and 1 min, to show the detail in the brightest part of the nebula. The image is a bit cropped. Also, I left the background slightly brighter on purpose, to show the darker, outer parts of the nebula.

Taken from Petrova Gora, Croatia.


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

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8p Tuttle/M33 Encounter

(Click the image for an enlargement.)

Name: Mike Broussard
Location: Maurice, LA
Dates: Oct 6, Dec 4, Dec 30, 2007
Telescope: Televue TV-85 APO w/0.8x Focal Reducer/Field Flattener (F/5.6, 480mm F.L.)
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon 350XT w/IDAS-LPS Front Filter
Mount: Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD
Guiding: 140mm F/3.6 Schmidt-Newt, DSI Pro, PHD Guiding
Exposure: 81x60 sec @ ISO 1600 of the comet and M33 combined with 30x300 sec @ ISO 1600 of M33 taken with the TV-85 on Dec 4, 2007. Additional 27x180 sec @ ISO 1600 of M33 taken with SN-8 on Oct 6, 2007.
Processing: IRIS, Registar, PS, Gradient XTerminator, Neat Image & Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools


CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty:

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IC 1805, the "heart" of the Heart Nebula in Narrowband, from Redlands, Ca. Imaged with my FSQ106N and ST2000xm with astrodon filters. Guided on my NJP mount with an sbig e-finder/remote guide head assembly. Ha-SII-Ha-OIII. unbinned for a total exposure time of 14.2 hours,on the nights of November 14, 15, 18, 19, and December 3 and 4, 2007 from my Skyshed POD. Ha was 280 minutes, SII was 280 minutes and OIII was 300 minutes, unbinned. Processed with Maxim DL, CCD Stack, and Photoshop CS2.

Larger version:

http://www.scopetrad...tos/3880274.jpg


Solar System Imaging's Finalist - iceman:

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Clavius Mosaic

Date: 30th December 2007
Location: Central Coast, NSW Australia
Telescope: 12" newt on EQ6
Camera: DMK21AU04 + 5x powermate + astronomik R filter

Full version here. (300kb jpeg)


Sketching Forum's Finalist - Erika Rix:

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PCW Memorial Observatory, Lat: 40.01 Long: -81.56
Sun in H-alpha featuring NOAA 10980 and 10981
2008 01 04, 1720UT - 1820UT

Equipment:
DS Maxscope 60mm, 40mm Pro Optic Plossl, 21-7mm Zhumell Zoom, LXD 75

Sketch Media:
Black Strathmore Artagain paper
White Conte’ Crayon and pencil
White Prang pencil
Charcoal
White vinyl eraser
Black pen

Post processing:
Scanned in Photoshop, added contrast and subtracted brightness, resized and arranged collage. Digital sun insert from Tilting Sun program.




Good Luck to all our finalists!

 

#2 johndouk

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:23 AM

WOW !
What a selection trouble again...
I think that every month it gets even more difficult...

Congrats to all! Amazing work !!!
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:35 PM

My first post and all I can say is wow! Fantastic images from everyone...
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:45 PM

Simply stunning! All the images are very nice, I really liked the sketching but in the end I voted for the lunar surface (easily the best I have seen).
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:57 PM

All make my feeble efforts look...err...well...feeble :lol:

bravo to all!
 

#6 Mike B

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 02:52 PM

A truly brutal decision... they were ALL incredible!
Way to go, everyone :goodjob:
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 02:54 PM

There were at least 3 that I thought were amazing. I felt guilty just picking one. Keep up the truly excellent work all !!

Sam
 

#8 Nick Cook

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 03:55 PM

That was a very tough choice. Erica – your solar sketches just get better and better. However, with so many fantastic entries and a lot of head scratching, in the end I had to go for Mike B. That was a fantastic composition to pull off. Congrats.

Nick
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

I wish my results could be even a quarter as good as these are.
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:18 PM

Fantastic images!
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:37 PM

I would have voted for all of them if it were allowed. Each is deserving of a big shout-out. Wow!
Mel R.
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:37 PM

Hi,

Ultra tough decision! Brilliant Pictures. :bow: :bow:
:goodjob: :goodjob: :goodjob:
 

#13 Illinois

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:55 PM

All is good! Diffcult for me to just one vote! Sketching the Sun is really great! I picked M33 and comet because its so rare to have both in one photo!
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:10 PM

This is really hard to decide. I also picked M33 and comet not only because is rare but because I like it very much. Moon shot is also fantastic. And others too of course.
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:20 PM

Extra-ordinary pictures.

Especially Clavius, what a detail and that with a 12" newt....just incredible...
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:30 PM

Chosing only one was too hard, I voted for the Lunar shot, great detail to the others all I can say is Im not worthy :bow:

Phil
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 07:05 PM

M33 and Comet for me too as that was not only technically difficult and brilliantly executed, but an extremely rare event.
 

#18 David Culp

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 07:08 PM

How come there isnt an "all of the above" button?
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:06 PM

My choice was easy :whistle:
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

Clavius has always fascinated me. It still does, even after voting for it. A great bunch of imaging. Congratulations to all.
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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:32 PM

Strgazr27 shot was great!:waytogo: :waytogo: :bow: :bow:
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:45 PM

I'll go with the simple beauty M81/M82. But the others I would love to print and hang in the office. I do some photo stuff and I'm sooooo jealous. Great job guys.
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:08 PM

The moon mosaic by "iceman" is so cool. It almost has a 3 dimensional effect and makes me feel as though I'm a few miles above the surface!
 

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:08 PM

I have to protest. These are fanatastic -- all of them. I can't choose. In fact, I don't think we should be pitting photos against sketches. That's kind of like having a contest where a gymnast competes against a singer -- who's better?

That's my humble opinion, anyway... Pete
 

#25 Carol L

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:12 PM

Mike's 'Clavius' image is my favorite..
absolutely stunning! :waytogo:
 


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