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December Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll

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Poll: December Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll (502 member(s) have cast votes)

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#26 George Huftalen

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 07:54 PM

Paul Rix is my hero! As a guy who has been tracking the ISS and Shuttle missions trying to get an image, I can speak to the difficulty of this target! My club has even done public events tracking the ISS! Wow, Paul, I need to correspond with you about this one!

#27 coopfore1


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:32 PM

WOW. Just amazing work. What an effort on everyone's part. Sorry I cannot vote. It would mean there would be a loser. There are no losers in this bunch. GARY

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:39 PM

Has anyone used the new software that lets you track the Station and other sats in your scope?


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:45 PM

I do not think it's a fair contest to lump the sketch in with the ccd images. It should have a seperate contest. But i have to vote for the ISS. Geeo.......

#30 Danthestarman62


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:45 PM

I also pick the space shuttle considering the difficulties in getting the shot at all, let alone an image as good as that. I must say that all are phenomenal, WOW!
The second place for me (was almost a first) was the Horsehead because I thought the cropping and way it was displayed was really good. Hats off to the pencil artist too, very cool!

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:51 PM

i'm going to have to go with Paul Rix. thats nuts you got that picture, great job to all!!!

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:53 PM

Fantastic shots all. But that horsehead is the best in mho

#33 KeithNY


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:33 PM

Whaaa! I didn't think it was possible even, to get the ISS & Shuttle like that from any earthbound scope less than about a mile in aperture. Paul Rix for me, but the others are all great too.

#34 ErnieM



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Posted 25 January 2007 - 11:03 PM

I really had a hard time on these,but I went for Paul.


#35 later


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:19 AM

Paul Rix............for that incredible sketch that looks like a photo of the ISS and Shuttle.

(Just kidding!....)

Paul, you have set the bar at a new level!


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 03:17 AM

All of them are really great.
Everyone showed their skill and talent.

#37 Chippingdale


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 04:04 AM

My vote goes to Sally such a personal thing to sketch at the eyepiece and so brave to share with others. Im proud of what she has achieved here for the others of us around the world that use pencils alone at night under the stars ;)

Brilliant work Sal :D


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 04:26 AM

I could say wow to all but that really is an understatement. Every one is fantastic. I think that is the best horsehead image I have ever seen and would love to have a full size for my desktop. The orion nebula is fantastic as well. The drawing is pure art in how well it was done. ISS, Space Shuttle, Very impressive. This looks more like a best of the year vote than a vote for the best of the month.

#39 MikeHu


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:01 AM

Mind-blowing, all of them! 20 years ago the images of Orion and Horsehead would have been cost millions but now ordinary guys with relatively low cost kit are producing images like these. The sketch is magic and the skill shown here is out of my reach but, the ISS/Shuttle gets my vote because it is a unique shot and will not be available to repeat tomorrow unlike the others.

I hope my LX200 is pointing to the right part of the skies when the next unique event occurs.

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:21 AM

All the entrants are great images or sketches, but.....
Hess, is simply awesome!!!

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 09:45 AM

Beetlejuice has my vote for the beautiful colors.

#42 Cow Jazz

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 10:19 AM

The ISS/Shuttle gets my vote, but what a bunch of TERRIFIC

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:05 PM

The most difficult image to capture and therefore the clear winner of choice is Paul Rix's ISS and Space Shuttle. All of the others can be duplicated by others BUT not likely this one! Quod est demonstratum!

#44 michel deromme

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:31 PM

All images are beautiful(beetle juice, hess) or incredible (Rix, did ISS sent him a GPS signal?) or strange (Russel, I first thought it was modern art, but 340x with a traveller wow great job!!)
In fact, my preferred image is Hess's one, its make me think I'm flying in a space cruiser to a foreign country...
Hmmm I just have watched Star wars from 1 to 6

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:22 PM

ISS and the Space Shuttle...wow, that is AWESOME!

#46 BillP



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Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:23 PM

All entries were asounding!! Also very nice to see a sketch holding its own against the photos...quite an accomplishment.

While each entry had its unique strong points, for me The Horsehead by Hess was fabulous. This is the 1st photo of it I've seen where the horsehead looks very dimensional and you can clearly see it as an outcroppong bulging from the dust cloud below it. Also of note were the smaller outcroppings to the left. Compositionally is was spot on having the spider's vanes on the bright stars aligning themselves with the base line of the cloud and pointed to the right further accentuating the upward motion of the billowing Horsehead dust cloud (also note how much more spectacular a deep sky photo looks with spider vaned stars). Finally, the play of different colors, particularly the oranges to the left brought much further interest to the photo. Graininess was also well controlled. Overall a spectacular shot and effort!

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:59 PM

Congatulations to all for such talent and skill!!

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 03:41 PM

Wow! A great contest. Beetlejuice & Hess - Fantastic, beautiful images. Paul Rix - well captured, but not clear enough for me. Sally must have a great eye and has obviously spent a lot of time and effort on this sketch, therefore my vote must go to Sally. Well done All!!

#49 RA-DEC


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Posted 27 January 2007 - 02:18 AM

ISS and the Shuttle! Awesome shot, just awesome!

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 02:49 AM

I wasn't at all interested in the Rix entry, until I realized what I was looking at... then I was totally blown away!

Still, it's a difficult decision; all the entries are so compelling.

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