Oct08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!
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:
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:
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
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:
The Butterfly Nebula
Imaged 29.09.2008, from city center of Oulu, Finland.
Baader 7nm H-alpha, Baader 8,5nm O-III and Baader 8nm S-II
Tokina AT-X 300mm @ f2.8
5 X 1200s H-alpha 3 X 1200s O-III
4 X 1200s S-II + flats and bias
LX200 GPS 12" + PHD-guiding and Lodestar
Solar System Imaging's Finalist - rumples riot:
Jupiter and Io.
Taken 10 May 2008
Camera: Lumenera Skynyx 2-0
RGB 970 frames per channel
Sketching Forum's Finalist - markseibold:
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!
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:36 AM
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!
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:53 AM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:50 AM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:19 PM
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.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:54 PM
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!
Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:16 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:21 PM
M27 look so good for beginning.....are you sure?
Horsehead Nebua and Butterfly Nebula are superb!
Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:30 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:54 PM
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 06:34 PM
All are FANTASTIC!!! but the horsehead is just mind bogglingly - staggeringly - ridiculously AMAZING!!!
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
Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:31 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:56 PM
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...
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:53 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:11 AM
Thanks to all the finalists, you're all amazing!
Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:30 AM
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go doooowntooooown..."
Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:24 AM
Kudos to all finalists