Mar08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!
Posted 12 April 2008 - 06:31 AM
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 April 15th at midnight EDT.
Here are the entries for March!
Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jim McGee:
Horsehead Nebula (IC434, B33)
41 x 600 second subs, ZS 80 ED II, DSI Pro II with Razorback cooler, Ha filter, CGE mount, guided.
Captured and processed in MaximDL (dark and flat calibration, deconvolution) and Photoshop (final resizing and histogram adjustment).
Images taken between the 9th and 13 of March, 2008.
Film Astrophotography's Finalist - RALF_T:
ItÂ´s -as you can see- M65 and M66. ItÂ´s a couple of shots, one with Kodak TP, hypersensitized, and a Fuji SHG 200. Both exposured for 40 minutes. Telescope was a 12"-Newtonian with 1,620 mm fl.
DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - soreneck:
M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy
Capture date: March 30, 2008
Scope: WO FLT 110 (TMB) @ f/7
Mount: HEQ5 Pro unguided
Camera: modified Canon 350, ISO800
Exposure: 84 minutes, 28x180sec lights, 10 darks, 20 flats, 10 flat-darks
Conditions: average seeing, average transparency, moderate light pollution
Processing: stacked in DeepSkyStacker, processed in PS CS2
CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty:
IC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula, a galactic supernova remnant approx 5,000 light years distant in the constellation Gemini. Imaged over 4 nights on Jan 12-13-14-15, 2008, with my FSQ106N and ST2000xm (Astrodon Filters) riding on a Takahashi NJP. 200 minutes of Ha was used for the luminance, 100 mins of SII for the red channel, 200 min of Ha for the green channel, and 100 mins OIII used for the blue channel (all unbinned, 20 min subs). Total exposure was 6.6 hours.
Solar System Imaging's Finalist - HANTO:
Saturn, Feb/19/2008, 23:03 UT with storm in the STrZ.
Image is an an LRGB using the green channel as luminance and 1,25x of original size.
Good seeing conditions.
Camera: DMK21AF04.AS with Astronomik RGB filters.
Instrument: 8-in Newtonian @ f/29.
Sketching Forum's Finalist - Jeff Young:
Sketch HB pencil on 160gm cartridge paper. Scanned and inverted in Photoshop. Scanner dropped the outer shading, so it had to be added back in using Photoshop.
Good Luck to all our finalists!
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Selection is too hard for me (between Sketch, Saturn & JellyFish) but My vote goes to IC 443, Jellyfish Nebula for amazing colors and hard work.
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My eye has been turned tooo many times by color to change at this advanced age...lol... so, Jellyfish it is.... but that should in NO way detract from ANY of the entries...I could not even approach the ones that did not make it to the finals!!! GREAT JOB ALL!!
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I never vote on these. I always follow the email link, marvel at the beauty of the images and sketches, and find myself unable to pick. They're always fantastic. A real talented group of people hang out at this web site.
The images are equal to or better than what was in my Astronomy and Space Science textbooks from the 70's.
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