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Oct08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Oct08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (608 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Image/Sketch is our Winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 06:07 PM

Welcome to the October 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 November 15th at midnight EDT.

Here are the entries for October!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Richard Scott:

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M27 imaged through a C-11, auto-guided with a Meade DSI and PHD through an Orion ED80, and all of it pier mounted on a CG-5. I am using 5 11lbs counterweights on that poor mount!

30 subs at 60 sec. ea imaged at prime focus. Captured and dark subtracted in MaxIm DL, debayered and stacked in Nebulosity using colors in motion. And a bit of Photoshop

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

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Horsehead nebula in Orion
Taken from Farnsworth Ranch AZ on Oct. 25th 2008.

Scope: Astro-Physics 160 EDF + AP .75 focal reducer
Mount: Astro-Phyiscs 900 GTO2
Filter: None
Camera: Canon 350xt modified

10 x 12 minute / 10 darks
5 x flat / 5 x bias

Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop 6.0, noise reduction with NEAT.

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - J.P.M:

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The Butterfly Nebula

Imaged 29.09.2008, from city center of Oulu, Finland.

Imaging data:
- Camera,
- Filters,
Baader 7nm H-alpha, Baader 8,5nm O-III and Baader 8nm S-II
- Optics,
Tokina AT-X 300mm @ f2.8
- Exposures,
5 X 1200s H-alpha 3 X 1200s O-III
4 X 1200s S-II + flats and bias
- Guiding,
LX200 GPS 12" + PHD-guiding and Lodestar

Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot:

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Jupiter and Io.
Taken 10 May 2008
Telescope: C14
Camera: Lumenera Skynyx 2-0
RGB 970 frames per channel

Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:

Posted Image

3.3 Day old moon from a hill-top in Portland Oregon. A 19" X 25" pastel with the lunar disc sketched at a 12" diameter.

Good Luck to all our finalists!


#2 Dick Lipke

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:36 AM

This is cruel and unjust punishment to have some one choose only one winner!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:40 AM

This is cruel and unjust punishment to have some one choose only one winner!

I agree 100%.

I went with M27 'cause I've never seen it this way. Very nice everyone!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:53 AM

Arrrrrgggghhhh.... So difficult to chose! Great work everyone. :)

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:29 AM

In my book they are ALL winners!! :question:

John :bow:

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:50 AM

WOW! :shocked: M27 looks like a "see through" earth"! It gets my vote, but it was hard to pick this time :question:...

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:19 PM

M27 stopped me in my tracks -- BUT -- a "Beginning" imager with that gear?

I had to go with the Butterfly -- incredible detail and colour, sharpness.

As always, my great respect to the Sketch entry -- they never seem to win, but they are never fail to impress!

And the Jupiter, and the Horsehead! All terrific.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:54 PM

As I scrolled down thru the list I don't think I've ever WoWed so much. This is definitely a most difficult round...everyone should be given an award from this bunch!!

The Horsehead was spectacular. The balance of colors across the compostion was wonderful...very artful composition in addition to the technical aspects.

Jupiter was also astounding...don't think I've seen a shot like this outside of NASA. You can actually see many details within the GRS...incredible!!

Finally I thought the sketch was very moving...by far one of the best sketches out there. It captured so much mood that it made me feel like it was time to hear a good story telling as the sketch starts to open up ones imagination it's so striking of a composition. Excellent work!!

Wow...a humbling array of finalists!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:16 PM

Jupiter has me in awe... that looks like a voyager image!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:21 PM

I can not vote....all are real good!
M27 look so good for beginning.....are you sure?
Horsehead Nebua and Butterfly Nebula are superb!

#11 Tim Laswell

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:30 PM

So hard to pick. I like the composition of the horsehead. The camera brings out so much detail it almost looks artificial. I narrowed down my choice to what I would see looking through a scope. That left me with choosing between Jupiter or the Moon.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:54 PM

althouigh the pictures were grrr-eat, I voted for the sketch; it looks like the opening scene of a Tim Burton movie

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 02:47 PM

That "sketch" (if you call it that)is amazing. I'm scared to see what a painting from that artist looks like.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 03:31 PM

The Butterfly flies off and very high ;-)

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 05:07 PM

All are beautiful. I like the HORSEHEAD but my vote go to M-27.


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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:02 PM

To bad you can only vote for one!! I really loved the Butterfly, Jupiter, and the Moon!!!!!!!!!! The Moon reminded me of those nights I was out with my scope!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done all of you!!!!!!! :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:06 PM

My vote to the Horsehead. Absolutely beautiful. But the difference between all of the finalists could be on a scale of a single point out of a hundred.

Fantastic work. :bow:

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:14 PM

After looking at all of the pics--several times--I picked the Butterfly Nebula, but all of the photos were great.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:34 PM

My dear GOD!!!!

All are FANTASTIC!!! but the horsehead is just mind bogglingly - staggeringly - ridiculously AMAZING!!! :shocked:

This is one of the most amazing astrophotos I have EVER seen in my life - this rivals the best HST photos.

It deserves every superlative I can think of. Simply magnificent

cvedeler - you're my hero :bow:

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:31 PM

The moon sketch was just amazing! I voted for it because I find it inspiring.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:56 PM

I'm new here... I just bought a ETX60 for $15 at a yard sale...I was just amazed when I could actually see Jupiter... (the small spot it was)

Then I saw THE HORSEHEAD on here... WOW!!!

I have never seen anything like that in my life... The color and composition are amazing... Send it to NASA and get your dream job now...


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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:53 PM

The photographs were great, but the sketch was fantastic. I have trouble drawing stick men. The sketching is a lost art. I liked it the best.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:11 AM

Wow. I can't believe what I'm seeing. Detail on Io, for crying out loud, and a classic Horsehead, with rich detail. But the Butterfly nebula just took my breath away--beautiful composition and fine detail, just perfect really.

Thanks to all the finalists, you're all amazing!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:30 AM

ummm it's a tough choice because all the images look great... finally i had to choose between voyager like Jupiter and the Butterfly ... i will go with the Butterfly, amazing skies in Finland even if the " lights are much brighter there
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:24 AM

I placed my vote and then I started crying :nonono: because all of the submitted work deserves a prize !
Kudos to all finalists
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