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Sep08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Sep08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (295 member(s) have cast votes)

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 11:47 AM

Welcome to the September 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 October 15th at midnight EDT.

Here are the entries for September!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - jeepizoid:

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A September Moon Mosaic
Orion 120mm f/8.3 refractor
SVP Mount unguided
Badder moon and skyglow filter
Phillips Spc900nc webcam
12 avi stacked in Registax 4
with an average of 120 frames per picture
12 pictures stitched in autostitch
final processing in Jasc Paint shop pro 8
sharpen,unsharpen mask and resize
captured in Mesa, AZ. In my yard between 1:00 am and 2:00 am Sept 22 2008

DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing's Finalist - honza.ho:

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Here is my "218 Megapixel" mosaic of emission cloud in Cygnus.
This color multiimage mosaic contains 29 tiffs - each composed from 6-8 single shots. Imaged half year.


Exposure time: 45 hours of (13-16 mins/1600 ASA subs)
Optics: Skywatcher ED 80/600mm reduced by Vixen 0.67x to 402mm/F5
Camera: Canon 400D modified
Guiding: 6-7 hours manually then with Autoguider
Date: Spring/Summer 2008 (since May to September)
Processing: 2 weeks of - Preprocessing (DSS), the rest of work (stitching together, matching the color of adjacent frames, removing gradients) - Adobe Photoshop

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - Jim Lafferty:

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Here is a slice of NGC 7000. Imaged with TOA130 with reducer and my ST2000xm camera with Astrodon filters from Redlands, Ca. The mount was my NJP Temma 2. 70-80-70 minutes each of binned SII-Ha-OIII with 80 mins of unbinned Ha as a luminance layer

Solar System Imaging's Finalist - iceman:

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Venus, Mercury, Mars and Spica Conjunction
20th September 2008
Canon 350D + Sigma 17-70mm lens
17mm, ISO100, 1.6s exposure, f/7.1
Long Jetty, NSW Australia
Processed in Raw Shooter Premium and Photoshop.

Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:

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I would hope to see others lunar sketches in the monthly contest so perhaps this may inspire. It is the largest work that I have attempted as free-hand of the moon yet. Thanks to seeing Rich Handy's tutorials. This is on a fine textured Strathmore paper in Stygian Black in 19" X 25" that I found to be flawed with vertically parallel embossed lines through it after I began the work.

The moons disc was created with a home-made extended string fashioned compass and chalk pencil from another small compass hinge pin. The lunar disc is drawn at 14" diameter. The size did not allow to finish details on the first night in early September 2008 (moon date at 8.5 days), so I continued the central maria regions on the second night at 9.5 days, but left the terminator untouched. While finishing the details on the second night, I added the quick close-up sketch of Mare Imbrium on 9" X 12" Artagain paper if only to represent the feature of the fading light at the terminator edge at bottom. Some surface details in the mare area were left out or omitted due to time allowance. Pastels included new Rembrandt, antique Sargeants, and Prismacolor in various white and off-white, Swan Stabillo antique chalks in various greys. Faber Castell white chalk pencil. Minimal blending was done with cotton swabs.

*The two pastel sketched images were photographed with a digital camera under natural daylight, then sized and joined as a single theme and effort with use of Photoshop for online display here.

Observed through a 10.1" f/4.5 Coulter Dobsonian with a 32mm eyepiece. Seeing was considerably good at approximately 8 ~ 9/10. Temp 60 deg F, dropping to 57 F with still air on both nights.

Good Luck to all our finalists!


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Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:14 PM

I loooove the Moon mosaic, but my vote must go to Jim Lafferty. Hubble like shot!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:35 PM

All right...enough of this stuff! These images are all just too d..m good to choose from. The Moon image (from a beginner?) is to die for, the deep space images incredible, the conjunction beautiful, and the drawing amazing. I vote for all of them! OK, if I have to pick, I'll go for the Moon mosaic, because it's such a stunner for a familiar object.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:01 PM

This is the first time I am participating in the CN monthly contest. I feel compelled to vote because the finalist entries are just so darn good. The photos are all spectacular, but I am partial to good sketching and the moon sketch by markseibold is beautiful - a work of art! The subtle highlights and details in the closeup are very nice and this entry gets my vote!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:06 PM

Jim Lafferty's is definitely "Hubble like". Had to go with it, since it's those kind of images that get people interested in astronomy. They are all amazing, but Jim's color and image grab you and hold you right from the beginning view.


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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:14 PM

Points for Honza Ho's herculean effort.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:36 PM

Honza's definately

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:30 PM

It isn't all about technology and effort. Composition is also dreadfully important. My vote went for the iceman.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 02:37 PM

They are all very excellent and it almost seems a shame to have to choose only one of them when they are such different formats. The sketch for instance is excellent but most people wouldn't vote for it for lack of **** appeal.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 03:12 PM

All are real good but I voted for Jim Lafferty because I never saw like that before....beautiful, sharp and color!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 03:45 PM

honza.ho's photograph is awesome in the composition and the time taken, but I had to go with Jim Lafferty's. When I saw his it just blew me away.

The moon sketch is also a work of art worthy of a museum.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 03:55 PM

I love voting for these. But this is the hardest choice yet. "Venus, Mercury, Mars and Spica Conjunction" is beautiful in every way. Voting for Honza.ho's image which just... draws you into it.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:23 PM

This might have been the hardest vote I've made for these contests. I wound up going for Honza.ho's majestic view of Cygnus. I really admire his effort -- 45 hours! And 6+ hours of *manually guiding the scope*! Wow.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:43 PM

Hi all
I am new here and must say thay are all very very Good!!
Just getting back to the stars sinc I was a kid still look at them that way! I think its the best way so I give the nod to iceman! Cool thinking

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:55 PM

Honza.Ho wins huge!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:03 PM

Killer shot Jim Great work

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 06:43 PM

Iceman's red hot...and got my vote.

Clear skies,

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:08 PM

I loved Jims and then saw Mike's which i fell in love with when he first posted.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:20 PM

I love iceman

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 08:25 PM

These are all great images. Toughest choice yet. I voted for the Moon Mosaic because it was produced by a beginner and it is an awesomely-detailed shot - perfectly exposed. The sketches are great, too along with all the other images. I'd sure like to see photos and sketches compete in their own "categories" so we could give an image in each medium a #1 vote.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 10:09 PM

jeepizoid got my vote! I have just taken my first images on my Celestron 10" reflector of the moon and was very impressed with his shot. I just love the moon!!
JamesT (East Sussex UK)

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 10:17 PM

Wow, I really liked the lunar work! Magnificent....

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 10:43 PM

a point for Honza. This is an awesome piece of work in the real meaning of the words.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 11:37 PM

I vote for markseibold, his sketch is very good.

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 02:32 AM

no box to allow me to vote this month? book me in for the moon shot!

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