Welcome to the November/February 2014 Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching Contest poll! These individuals were selected in February of this year and due to site changes and schedule issues have waited a VERY long time to have this vote!
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 winning entry will be posted on the front page of the CN website for all to admire! At the conclusion of the poll, the entry with the highest total will be the winner of the contest..
Please choose your favorite from the entries below. The poll will remain open through December 10th at midnight.
Here are the entries for November/February!
From the Sketching Forum:
Entry #1 Erix
2014 Feb 14, 0120 - 0530 UT
Capture Location: Central Texas
Equipment:102mm f/9.8 refractor, LXD75, 13% T filter, Hyperion zoom set at 20mm, 50x
Observing conditions: S: Antoniadi II, T: 5/6, Temp 39F, H: 38%
Sketch details: Eyepiece sketch on black Strathmore Artagain paper, white Conte crayon and pastel pencil, black and white charcoal pencils, blending stump
Processing: scanned and then adjusted contrast and cropped in Photoshop
From CCD Imaging & Processing
Entry #2 alpal
Gabriela Mistral Nebula.
2 hours total integration time.
3 x 10 minute Ha blended as Luminance 50% binned 1x1.
9 x 5 minute Luminance blended 50% binned 1x1.
3 x 5 minutes each of RGB binned 2x2.
Darks,flats & bias frames applied.
FWHM of Ha = 2.2 arc seconds -
excellent seeing for Melbourne Australia
Location - outer suburb of Melbourne Australia 28th Feb 2014.
8" f6 Newt, NEQ6 modified mount, QHY9 mono camera.
Astronomik 2" CLS-CCD filter in front of all 2" filters.
PHD2 guiding with Lodestar & TS9 OAG, Baader RCC coma corrector,
DSS, FITS Liberator, PS CS5, Fitswork4.
From Beginning and Intermediate Imaging
Entry #3 SergeC
IC 443 and IC 444
4-panel mosaic in H-alpha + RGB (latter taken as OSC)
Data collected over 7 nights, from Dec 2013 until Feb 2014
61x900s Ha with Orion 7nm H-alpha filter
18x360s RGB (OSC) with Lumicon LPR filter
22x600s RGB (OSC) with Lumicon LPR filter
Image train: Astro-Tech AT8IN, Baader MPCC-III, QHY8
Guiding: Orion Mag-Mini, SSAG, PHD2
Capture and calibration: Nebulosity 3
Post: StarTools, Photoshop CS6
Location: Back yard suburban (Bortle orange)