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Mar08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Mar08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (615 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image is our Winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 06:31 AM

Welcome to the March 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 April 15th at midnight EDT.

Here are the entries for March!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jim McGee:

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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:

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It´s -as you can see- M65 and M66. It´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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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Posted 12 April 2008 - 10:51 AM

Superb images! Ultra tough Decision! each month is harder than last month.Finally,i decided to vote for IC 443, the Jellyfish Nebula!

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 04:03 PM

That horsehead from a beginner!?? WOW!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:19 AM

Saturn is amazing!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:00 PM

Tough decision. Everyone did such a great job!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:20 PM

If i can prove i'm a split-personality, can my other personality go back thru & vote? I'm sure he'll have as tough a time deciding as i did... these were truly excellent!
:grin: mike b

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:34 PM

Wow, Tough Choice this Month! Congratulations to all, but it finally came down to deciding between Young or HANTO. I finally had to go with the latter. Tough Choice Indeed.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:58 PM

Leo pair is very very difficult with film, is magnific.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:48 PM

I love the images!...But I lean to the sketchers! :-)

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 04:00 PM

Very tough time deciding. In the end, I went with the Jellyfish. His color work and processing really made it stand out. I can't even think of working on one image for 2 hours, but 6 hours - thats really wanting to get it right. :goodjob:

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 04:18 PM

agreed with the comments, great job everyone! In the end, I too was struck by the color in the Jellyfish Nebula...

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:12 PM

Great job by everyone. As always, it's very difficult to decide. A question for Hanto, though: What make of Newtonian are you using? I've never seen an image of Saturn that sharp from a simple Newt.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:40 PM

Hard Decision.very beautiful images and hard work for each one. :goodjob:
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. :bow: :goodjob:

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:15 PM

Each is so beautiful in its own right... in its own genre. To pick one is to pick apples to oranges to cherries to pears to melons. Impossible. I hope we will continue to consider separating these genres for individual consideration. These submissions are so superlative!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:01 PM

Hmmmmm Horse Head...Jellyfish...Saturn.........Tooo tough
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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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:27 PM

Yup...film is very tough to do. Great job!


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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:36 PM

Had to go with M51 - amazing colour and detail with real-world gear (OK, gear kind of like what I've got!)


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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:45 PM

Horsehead Nebula! Whoo Hoo! My fav!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:50 PM

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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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:55 PM

For a beginner that Horse Head is GREAT. However I went with the Jelly Fish because of the artistic work he did. He pulled off a great picture using the different colors for different filters and over layed them to come up with a true work of art. AND Ralph_T did great work with film. A very hard to get picture using film. I think we are forgetting how hard it used to be to get good astrophotos, before DSLR and CCD cameras.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 12:38 AM

All very impressive. I admit I didn't pick up on the use of film for M65/M66 (I just compared it with my own digital images.) Still, that jelly fish nebula... wow. Has to get my vote. :shocked:

#22 Yossi Hury

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:41 AM

All are great pictures and it's tough to choose, but i"ll vote for the horsehead nebula.


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:19 AM

As usual - all awesome...all winners in my book...

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:32 PM

KUDOS (is that a fast snack?) to anyone willing to try with film! I remembered my first attempt hand holding my Nikon FTn sans lens, Tri-X, and caught an eyepiece projected lunar image. It was UNITRON 60mm f:15 altaz refractor. I as about 24 and a newbie. By chance that was better, at least in memory, than any I have done with film since.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:37 PM

As a total novice I don't think I am qualified to render an informed decision (that said, I voted for the Jellyfish nebula). I am, however, blown away by all the images. I too would love to know what kind of 8" newt took an image of such quality. Great job by all

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