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Nov08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll!

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Poll: Nov08 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll! (132 member(s) have cast votes)

Which image or sketch is our winner?

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 12:40 PM

Welcome to the November 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 November!

Beginning Imaging's Finalist - Doug6952:

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DSI III Pro with Baader LRGB filters
Orion EON 72mm
3x2min + 5x21sec for color
8x2min + 10x21sec for Luminence
From my driveway on a cold and breezy night
stacked in DSS, aligned in Meade IP and processed in CS3

Film Astrophotography's Finalist - calder:

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My photo of NGC700 and Pelican Nebula. One of my best images to date.

Camera: Canon F-1
Lens: Canon 135mm
Film: Kodak E-200 pushed 1 to EI 320
Exposures: 1x10min.@ f2.8, 1x30min. @ f4, 1x40min. @ f5.6 manually guided and combined in PixInsight LE.

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

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Date: 11-22-2008
Location: Lexington, Ohio
Canon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod
41x360sec at iso 1600
30x60sec at iso 1600
30x15sec at iso 1600
30x5sec at iso 1600
30 Darks/Flats/Bias
Orion ED80 with WO 0.8 reducer/flattener vII
Astronomik 2" CLS Filter
Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
Focused with Bahtinov Mask
Captured with DSLRFocus
Post Processed in DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight LE, and CS3

CCD Imaging & Processing's Finalist - neutronman:

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Here is my M42 taken from Rancho Venado in the Texas Hill Country. I tried to go deep and pull out alot of the surrounding faint dust. I combined different exposures to protect the trap while pulling out the dim stuff.

FSQ 106ED F/5
QHY8 camera
Maxim, CS3

4 x 1200 sec
12 x 300 sec
12 x 30 sec

Solar System Imaging's Finalist - iceman:

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Dawn Moon Earthshine
2nd July 2008
Canon 350D + stock 75-300mm lens

Sketching Forum's Finalist - Michael11:

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Horsehead nebula region sketch,
made on a white paper using graphite pencil.
Location: Negev Desert in Isael,
Time: November 1st 2008, 02:00
Telescope: 8" Orion SkyView Pro Newtonian.
Eyepiece: Sirius plossl 25mm, Ultrablock filter

Good Luck to all our finalists!


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Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:21 PM

The sketch is awesome and the pictures are also great. My vote goes to "Dawn Moon Earthshine". It's hard to believe that this is a picture! Beautiful in it's simplicity!

#3 markseibold


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Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:58 PM

All entries are winners in their own right. :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: I for one am deeply appreciative of any artist that starts with a blank canvas, working with nothing and sketches by hand developing into something as I know the process all too well.

At first I thought this was an M42 Orion Nebula photo contest! They are all brilliant images and so is the Pelican Nebula. The simplicity of that day old crescent moon is so real and natural!

What a tough choice again this month. I'll have to sleep on it and then work on my December entry . . . then vote later. How long do we have Charlie?

Thanks and good luck to all!


#4 Charlie Hein

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:13 AM

Hi Mark - you have until the 15th at midnight.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:30 PM

Again, any one of the images deserves the prize. Keep up the good work.
The images of Orion highlight how each new image brings something unique. Our mind, and what we observe, is a marvelous (or miraculous) process (no metaphysics intended).

#6 LuísCampos


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Posted 12 December 2008 - 09:18 AM

Hi folks!

I'm a newcommer here on the CN forums, first time i'm voting here.
Great works here as usual, the M 42/running man image with a DSLR got my attention, as i have one Baader modded 350D myself ;)
Great work!

Cheers from Portugal

Luís Campos.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:19 AM

Great work everybody , Doug in the beginers forums has come so far so fast but it was a tough time to do Orion since they all came out so well.

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