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Feb08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Feb08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (657 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:02 PM

Welcome to the February 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 March 15th at midnight EST.


Here are the entries for February!


Beginning Imaging's Finalist - JSnuff1:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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NGC 2392 - the Eskimo nebula

Date: 8.11.2007
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:

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Saturn

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:

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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!

 

#2 Dick Lipke

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:01 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.
 

#3 Protheus

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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. :)

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

The Pleaides shot is REALLY deep, pinpoint stars, lots of nebulousity (and this is the "beginner" catagory?), the rest are also terrific, but I have to go for the Eskimo Nebula; something a bit different, and great detail of the Eskimo's "face". Way to go, everyone.
 

#5 Scott Horstman

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 02:01 PM

It's alway so hard to pick in this poll. It's like going to a fine restaraunt and having to decide between the Prime Rib or Lobster or.....
 

#6 poweruser

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:07 PM

I voted for M45, although I was really, really close to going for the sketch.
 

#7 boogie

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:37 PM

Beginning Imaging ???? My dear god ...
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!!!
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:01 PM

Voted for NGC2264, despite I don't like the diffraction spikes. Look at the equipment used! Fantastic image, considering it was taken by DSLR camera!
 

#9 astroleo

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:23 PM

Am voting for the Saturn.. "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"
IMHO, this dude deserves full credit for the amazing level of commitment.. Keep it up..
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:26 PM

Great job to all.
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:35 PM

Kudos to everyone here. Going with M45 as best of the best. Terrific nebulosity and tack-sharp stars. JSnuff... if you're a beginner, then I can't wait to see what type of imaging you'll be capable of when you get good!!!
 

#12 Steen27

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:30 PM

I think that these "Finalists" need to be renamed "WINNERS" in their respective category as they are ALL truly fantastic displays of the heavens!!!

There is still room for a "Overall Monthly Winner" but these entries deserve to be called something better than "finalists"!!!!

just my opnion.... ;)
 

#13 sunnynights

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:21 PM

-Once again, a well-deserved congratulations to all. I second Boogie's comments about the quality of the M45 image. The distinct images of the stars of varying magnitudes were especially noteworthy. Keep up the good work, and I imagine many of us are looking forward to more of it.
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:46 PM

To all at Cloudy Nights

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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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:13 PM

That is awesome! Keep up the good work!!! :D
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:49 PM

Each one of these photos is a winner in my book, it's like having to pick "Best of Show" at Westminster Kennel Club! Extremely hard to do! Well done, all of you...
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:02 PM

I am trying to add some of the astro images for reference- yet find that they are dismissed as oversized even after I reduce their size below 100kb Posted Image adjusted them to just below 100 kb- So I'll stick with the pastels for now - Mark >
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:15 PM

Protheus- Yes I agreee with you. This was one of my award winners which I sold many matted and framed prints of since I produced the fist enlarged framed print in 1994 - Mark >
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:24 PM

Or this one, my 19" X 22" pastel as the Hand Drawn Transit featured in Astronomy Picture of the Day on November 17th 2006 Mark >
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:57 PM

These are just fantastic and are all winners. I'm picking NGC2264 but almost went for the sketch.
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:30 PM

All I have to say is that I'm glad we only have to do this once a month. These guys are all so good it's nearly impossible to select just one winner.
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:52 PM

Oy! Choices. Choices. I find the angle on AstroBobos lunar eclipse sequence interesting and innovative. We night people rarely want the lights of the day people. I'm a sucker for Saturn. Especially such a detailed image; I do believe I see the Encke division. But THAT MOON! Too fine to pass up. My clear choice. I can feel it passing overhead this minute. Congrats to kraterkid!
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 10:11 PM

I must concur with several others - this is the toughest choice I have seen since I joined. Each entry could win any other month. I went with Igor partially because it was a new view to me, but they all were astonishing - and kraterkid truly captured a unique moment.
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:01 PM

I am impressed with the crystal clarity of the Pleiades, each of the entries are impressive; however, I too must conclude the Eskimo is startling in brilliance and this photo won my vote. Yet Saturn, great photo only the Keck telescopes could top it, then again it would be splitting hairs. Well done all. Bob Carton
 

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:03 PM

Kudo's to Mike @ Astronomics for encouraging such beautiful work!
 


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