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Aug08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Aug08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (441 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image is our Winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:31 AM

Welcome to the August 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 September 15th at midnight EDT.

Here are the entries for August!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Jerry3672:

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This is M8 taken with a Canon XSi 450D unmod. single 2min sub. LXD 75 SN8 Unguided.

Film Astrophotography's Finalist - Nightfly:

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Here is an image I took in May of this year atop Schoodic Head, Acadia National Park, Maine. The lights in the lower left are from the city of Machias and Cutler, approximately 60 kilometers away.

Details as follow:

May 2/3, 2008
Pentax 67 with 105mm f/2.4 lens at f/5.6
1 hour exposure on E200 film pushed +2 stops
Basic levels and color correction adjusted in Photoshop.

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Kentari:

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The Corona with a Diamond from Siberia

Equipment and settings:
Canon EOS 40D with EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM and EF 1.4x Extender at 280mm f/5.6 on a photo tripod
ISO 400
24 exposures from 1/1600s up to 1/5s at 1/3rd stop interval with some frames missing due to movement. The last and longest exposure was made when the Diamond Ring was already on its way.
Combined in Photoshop CS2 using the Pellett Method

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - bill w:

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FS 102 @ f/6; CS 10nm Ha, H9, SX guider @ .5 sec thru 80mm f/5 guide scope
usual bortle white skies, fair seeing (~3 arc sec hfd) better for the Ha data
30x5 min Ha
7/28,8/1/08, los alamitos, CA

calibrated, combined, light DDP, .6 gama stretch, 1% contrast enhanced, HP filter in maxim, then to PS for light DSN reduction, cropped, reduced to 60%.

Solar System Imaging's Finalist - Bart Declercq:

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My submission is the area from Rupes Recta to Werner on the moon.

The image is a mosaic of images taken using a Celestron C9.25 at F/16 (FL 3800mm), using an Imaging Source DMK31 camera, operating at 30fps through an Astronomik Red filter.

The image consists of about 6 separate AVI's, each originally 2000 frames long, multi-aligned in Registax selecting the best 256 frames per alignment point, with about 20-25 alignment points per AVI.

The image was taken from Haaltert, Belgium (N 50.885°, E 4.015°) on 2008-07-24 at approximately 3h50UT. The moon was about 45° high in the sky and the seeing was decent, though not very good (hence the use of a Red filter and the relatively short FL)

Sketching Forum's Finalist - WadeVC:

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...here is my submission of the King of the Planets, Jupiter

Good Luck to all our finalists!


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:08 PM

Great entries this time, well I guess that is said every time......

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:42 PM

This makes it hard to choose...

I like a lot the image of the Moon. It is so crisp and clear, nice shot! I'll go with the colored picture of M8. Beginning imaging...that looks like a pro shot!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:10 PM

Very tough choice. Excellent photos.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:11 PM

Spectacular images this time! It's always hard to pick a winner out of so many fantastic options...

#6 Dick Lipke

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:16 PM

Why afer all this time dose a photo of the moon still seem as if you are looking at the first image ever sent back of another solar system?

#7 Andrew Welsh

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:08 PM

It was a tossup between Kentari and Bart Declercq for me. Spectacular images. I also dug through the history, and both have won the site contest at least once in the last year :grin:

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:37 PM

It was a tossup between Kentari and Bart Declercq for me. Spectacular images. ...

I agree. It was definately a tie between these two for me, too. :thinking:

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 02:44 PM

OK, time to come out of the closet, as it were: I have always found lunar images a bit boring, maybe because I have a head full of dark matter, energy, blah blah blah .... but .... just voted for your image, Bart. Breathtaking.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:49 PM


M8 is real good....not easy to take photo of clusters in M8!

Jupiter , 4 moons and stars look real.... sketching? Wow!

Years ago....easy to vote for the best........today is not easy! All super!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:57 PM

Hard to believe that the moon could look so 3-D ...all with a Celestron C9.25 ...this image is sharper than many 250 Mewlon lunar pics I've seen. But the solar image is just too pristine, and gets my vote.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:26 PM

Whoah, tough choices! The eclipse shot looks like an oil painting. The Moon close-up looks like it was taken from orbit! I'm still having difficulty believing that the image of Jupiter is a drawing, it looks like a photo!

Great stuff, all. Kudos to all the finalists!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:06 PM

They are all great, but one stood out from all the rest. For me, it was easy to choose, but maybe it's because I'm from the old school of photography (hint ;)) and I took photo like that when I was but a young man with my Minolta X700 (hint, hint).

Ok maybe I gave away too much info about my vote, but I'm not sayin' who I'm votin' for for prez... (*cough* Ob *cough* ama *cough)

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:12 PM

Grrr...you people are ALL so good. Every month it's virtually impossible to make a choice!

You are all winners!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:55 PM

Excellent submissions all. So tough to chose but Bill W's ha image rocks for me.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:58 PM

Another wonderful set of images. Jerry's had a 3-D quality to it, Nightfly's artistry and sense of contrast was wonderful, Kentaris' was just plain awesome, Bill's showed the advantages of black and white, Bart's was among the best lunar photos I've seen here, and Wade demonstrated the advantages of sketching over other media. Everyone should get a t-shirt this month!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:25 PM

Very hard to make a choice. They are all winners. Congratulations to you all!

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:11 PM

Congratulations to you all!

But... wahhh, soooo crispy, near & beautiful moon :-O

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:26 PM

How can you choose from these wonderful photographs...not easy..all teriffic

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:54 PM

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Kentari:
vote for this one~

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 12:22 AM

I certainly agree with everyone that they are all great pictures and it's amazing that as many as I've seen, I still enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Space. They are all winners.

I haven't seen many shots like that of the Sun and corona. It is just spectacular and is differnent enough to be my pick. ;)

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 12:29 AM

I really look forward to this contest every month- thanks to all the imagists for such a pleasant experience.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:18 AM

All are great.
Two are spectacular: The Eclipse shot and the Lunar shot.
The Eclipse shot is beautiful and unique. I've never seen anything like it in the contest, however, my vote goes to the Lunar shot. It's by far the best amateur Lunar shot I have EVER seen. So sharp and crisp ... looks like it's been taken by a satellite in orbit ... WOW!!!

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:13 AM

They're all good but thats a sweet capture of the Trifid, and I have a soft spot in my heart for newbies (especially with a shot like that!) ;) Keep up the good work Jerry3672!

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:51 AM

Once again, a difficult choice to make - especially between the beginner's shot and the moon. I took the Moon as it is so crisp and well executed. Very well done to all of the entries!!!

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