Feb08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!
Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:02 PM
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 March 15th at midnight EST.
Here are the entries for February!
Beginning Imaging's Finalist - JSnuff1:
M45 The Pleiades 1/31/08
Imaging: WO FTL 110 TEC @ F/6.5, SBIG ST4000XCM
Mount: Losmandy GM-8 auto guided with internal SBIG guide camera
18x600s Reduced aligned and combined in CCDSoft, touches in PS2.
Film Astrophotography's Finalist - AstroBobo:
here's my eclipse sequence:
Mamiya Super 23 (medium format, 6x9), 100mm lens, Kodak E200. One shot every 6 minutes. Unfortunately thin clouds interfered, so the sequence looks uneven. Minimal postprocessing, cropped.
DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Igor Chekalin:
NGC2264 "Cone" and "Fox Fur" Nebulas
H-alpha channel taken on Feb 12, 2008
8 frames x 20min @ ISO1600, Astrodon 6nm Halpha filter
Ambient temp. -5C
RGB (unfiltered) taken on Jan 6, 2008
10 frames x 20min @ ISO1600
Ambient temp. -17C
Here is (Ha)GB-composition. Scale is about 30%.
Self-modded 350Da in prime focus of Mizar 110/800mm Newton.
EQ6-Pro Syn Scan mount.Autoguided with 75/600 refractor + QHY6 CCD.
Processing - Iris & PhotoShop 9
CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - dietmar:
NGC 2392 - the Eskimo nebula
Location: 35 km north of Linz
seeing 7-(8)/10; transp. 8/10
Scope: 9" TMB Apo f/18 (TV Big Barlow)
CCD: SXV H36; 18x4 min L; 7 darks; R,G,B 5x4min @ f/9 (RGB seeing 5/10)
Software: AstroArt4 image acqu. guiding, preprocessing: Maxim DL, CCD Sharp, Registax
Processing: postprocess. PS CS2; Pix Insight LE
Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Bart Declercq:
Taken 2008-02-10 01hUT
from Zottegem, Belgium
Telescope : Celestron C9.25 at F/27 (using Skywatcher Shorty barlow extended to 2.7x)
Camera : The Imaging Source DMK31AF
Filters: Astronomik RGB interference filters in an ATIK manual filter wheel
Image alignment & quality estimation using ninox (AKA ppmcentre)
Stacking and slight waveletting in Registax - stacked 4000 of 9999 frames R, 5000 of 9999 G and 6000 of 9999 B
Post-processing (RGB-combine, additional sharpening and denoising) in Photoshop CS2
This image was taken in quite exceptional seeing conditions by Belgian standards.
Sketching Forum's Finalist - kraterkid:
Subject: Naked eye view of the lunar eclipse on February 21, 2008
Time: 8:59 PST to 9:07 PST
Seeing: Antoniadi IV
Weather: Cloudy with intermittent light showers
Phase: 359.2 deg
Colongitude: 86 deg
Lunation: 14.05 Days
Notes: A perfect bite, a bit hazy about the edge
Medium: White Conte' Crayon on black Strathmore Artagain paper
Sketch size: 9" X 12"
Good Luck to all our finalists!
Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:01 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:50 PM
Why dose everyone insist on referring to the these photos and sketching as work of the amateur astronommer.They surpass any professionals work I have seen on this Earth.
Simply because they are. None of these people are professionals. That is, they don't get paid to do astronomy.
Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:28 PM
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:37 PM
That's the BEST Pleiades image I've EVER seen, and that includes the ones taken by HST or any other observatory class scope. It's just RIDICULOUSLY good
And the eclipse sequence ... WOW!!!
Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:01 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:23 PM
IMHO, this dude deserves full credit for the amazing level of commitment.. Keep it up..
Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:35 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:30 PM
There is still room for a "Overall Monthly Winner" but these entries deserve to be called something better than "finalists"!!!!
just my opnion....
Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:21 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:46 PM
I am new to the site. I find the discussion about the term professional artist or photographer interesting- I believe it merely means if you are paid for the work and that you show some mastery and skill in the use of the medium. I just received an email notice of a contest for images but misread it as sketching only, to then arrive at the site and see so much astrophotography- As I do not have that equipment, and although I had two of my astrophoto images published in Astronomy Magazine as full page time exposures in 1994, one awarded, I then recently turned back to my art and submitted pastel sketches of the sun as I observed it through my h-alpha filtered telescope- NASA sites such as Astronomy Picture of the Day and Spaceweather.com began running them in their front pages- I received emails from all over the world to commend me- The same responses from many non-artists; Are you aa professional? How much money do your works demand? etc, etc, etc. I would say, if a good artist could make a living at this, we would never have adopted the phrase 'starving artist'- yet I received some amazing responses on the art- One such, was a lady artist in Sedona who indicates to me that the web is so oversaturated with digital photography that real hand drawn art has a new appeal again. I will try to post some photo images then pastel sketches below (the Hand Drawn Mercury Transit was featured in Astronomy Picture of the Day Nov17th 2006; all others in Spaceweather.com)- Mark >
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