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December Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll

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#1 Greg K.

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 05:05 PM

Welcome to the December 2006 Cloudy Nights Imaging/Sketching contest!

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 Friday, January 26th at midnight EST.

Here are the entries for December!


Beetlejuice: Beginning Imaging
Great Orion and The Running Man (M42,M43,NGC1977,NGC1981)
Vixen ED80sf on LXD55.
Modified Canon 300D.
20X60sec, 8X300sec ISO 800.
Bias,darks,flats aligned and stacked in IRIS.
Finishing processing and composite of exposures to preserve core in Photoshop.
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hess: DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing
Subject: Horsehead
Date: 31.10.2006
Location: Austria
Scope: 10 Zoll Newton f4,8
Mount: OTE150 I
Camera: Canon 300Da
6x10min and 6x6min / ISO400
Autoguiding with Philips Webcam and K3CCD Tools
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Paul Rix: Solar System Imaging & Processing
As for details, I used my 10in LX200 Classic (F10), and a Phillips SPC900NC webcam. I decided to use 20 frames per second despite the image compression (I figured that more frames = more chance of capturing something). Exposure I guaged by using Deneb (it was guesswork really). Sliders for both exposure and gain were at about 50% I think.
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Sally Russell: Sketching forum
England
Subject: 'Metius, Fabricius, Janssen and Lockyer'
Scope: 105mm AstroPhysics Traveler, 2x Barlow, 3.5mm TV Nagler (magnification ~x340)
Date: 9th December 2006
Time: 05.40 - 06.55 UT
Lunation: 19.1 days (disc illumination 80.6%)
Sketch: White pastel pencil on black 'Canford' paper
Sketch size: 8 inches x 11 inches
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#2 SolidAhmed

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 05:36 AM

Paul Rix all the way. the other pictures are AMAZING, but man how did you get the ISS?! amazing. to be honest they are all great.
 

#3 Jon Munson

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:05 PM

good shot on the space station, really nice...
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:15 PM

All were quite good, but deffinetly iss and the shuttle
 

#5 Mike Quilty

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:17 PM

I am blown away by the skill and talent shown by all four entrants. I had a really tough time picking. The skill of the sketch of the moon was amaizing. The images of DSO's fantastic. However I can't help wondering if the men in black are'nt watching Paul Rix. I mean five grand worth of equipment and a little effort vs. how many billions for the NSA?
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:32 PM

Who would have imagined just a few years ago that amateurs would be making photographic images like these. Incredible and gorgeous! But my vote goes to the evocative sketch; there's nothing like the human hand and mind to give meaning to what we see.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:32 PM

They are all great entries and all should be congratulated. The degree of difficulty in capturing the ISS and the Space Shuttle is for me a notch higher.
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:06 PM

well I'm jealousjavascript:void(0)
:bawling:.. all are great.. but i had to go with the shuttle\issjavascript:void(0)
:bow:.. just because its hard to spot and capture..
well done
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:13 PM

Can I vote twice?
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:14 PM

Yes. My REAL vote is: All of the above. :question:
 

#11 Randall

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:46 PM

All of them are INCREDIBLE!
 

#12 Sheridan

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:53 PM

I have to say all of them are incredible. All of you do fantastic work and should be proud, however im going to have to go with Paul Rix. That is just to much...
 

#13 Michael Perata

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:01 PM

Wow. All are fantastic but the ISS/Shuttle shows a lot of ingenuity and skill.

I bought a Paramount ME to make shots like these trivial, but with a LX200 - wow!

Also, I am curious how Beetlejuice added the spider vane spikes after shooting with an APO.
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:06 PM

Beautiful images, but the ISS is incredible!
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:17 PM

This seems so unfair. How am I supposed to pick a winner out of all these outstanding images?
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:19 PM

All where great, but the horsehead nebula blew me away, evreryone is very talented !
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:23 PM

The drawning is a beauty!
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:29 PM

i'm lookin' at this "thing" and lookin' and lookin' and i said to myself what in the hell is this supposed to be?..... and then it hits me!!!! it's the space shuttle and iss! aok dude you got my vote, not because it's pretty but because it's pretty "unbelieveable"!
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:33 PM

All the photos are spectacular and I particularly like Sally Russell's drawing, but in the end, I have to vote for the ISS and the shuttle.
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:37 PM

I vote for Hess, the finest scene of the sky in a perfect shot !
 

#21 Victor Voropaev

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:54 PM

I vote for Paul Rix.
 

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 05:22 PM

hess!
 

#23 arowana

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 05:40 PM

Hess it is!!!!
That is one beautiful shot of the Horsehead!!
:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
 

#24 Paulo Gor

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 06:39 PM

All spectacular photos, i vote on the fantastic ISS and the Shuttle :)

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 06:53 PM

They're all winners!
 


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