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Vote for Feb 2017 CN Imaging/Sketching Contest Finalists

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#1 Erix


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:04 AM

Welcome to the February 2017 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 user base to vote on. The winning entry will be posted on the front page of the Cloudy Nights website for all to admire! At the conclusion of the poll, the entry with the highest total will be the winner of the contest. (Contest Rules)


Please choose your favorite from the entries below. The poll will remain open through March 15th at midnight.


Here are the entries for February. Good luck to the finalists!




Beginning and Intermediate Imaging


Attached File  Maxtrixbass.jpg   171.29KB   16 downloads




Meade Starfinder 8" newtonian
Losmandy GM-8 mount

64x110 second subs
Canon 450d, Baader modified with Orion Imaging LP filter

1600 iso
PHD autotracking, 50mm finderscope guidescope w/ ZWO 120mm

Nebulosity and Photoshop

Taken Jan 31, 2017
Everett, WA




DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing


Attached File  jakob1234.jpg   183.39KB   16 downloads



The horsehead nebula

Final lights shot on december 30, 20165½ hours subs, flats and bias - no darks.

Shot from southern denmark over three nights.

Processed in PS, DSS, Pixinsight light, fitswork.


Equipment used:

Nikon D5500 Astromodded H-alpha
HEQ5 PRO mount
Skywatcher 200 PDS

QHY II Autoguider




CCD Imaging & Processing


Attached File  srosenfraz.jpg   137.92KB   14 downloads



NGC 1333 in Perseus

Captured November 2, 5, 24, and 29, 2016 from Pine Mountain Club, Ca.


Optics:  Nikon 600mm f/4 ED IF @ f/6
Camera:  QSI 690wsg-8
Mount:  Schaefer GEM
Guiding: QSI 690 OAG, SXV-AOQSIUSB Adaptive Optics, Lodestar Autoguider, PHD2 Guiding

Astrodon Gen 2 Series E LRGB: 100:11:10:19 x 600, bin 1x1 @ -10C
Total integration time: 11 2/3 hours

Typical SQM: 21.3
Ambient: 5C
50 darks, 40 flats, 200 bias
Software: Images Plus 6.0 Camera Control, Phd2 Guiding, Images Plus 6.5, Photoshop CS5, Focus Magic, Gradient Xterminator, Carboni Tools, HLVG, Registar 64.




Solar System Imaging & Processing


Attached File  Coachella Valley Astronomy.png   1.15MB   13 downloads


Coachella Valley Astronomy

I had great seeing this night, and is by far my best image of Jupiter so far. Taken in the early hours of 2-1-17 in Cathedral City, CA. I happened to catch a Europa shadow transit


9,000 frames de-rotated in Winjupos
Stacked in Autostakkert2
Sharpened in Avistack2 and PS
Celestron Nexstar 6se telescope + 2x Barlow + 24mm eyepiece and extension tube
Celestron AVX Mount
Asi120mc-s camera






Attached File  cloudbuster.png   202.26KB   13 downloads



This month I'd like to join with my M50 as a kind of farewell to the winter objects now that spring is around the corner :)


It was sketched at my semi-dark site 15 minutes from home and it took me some 2,5 hrs at the eyepiece. Afterwards, the sketch was inverted and digitally enhanced in GIMP2.


I used a 10" newton on a tracking platform with 10mm eyepiece, giving a 120x magnification and 35' FOV. Materials used are a set of black fineliners and a 2H pencil on white paper.



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