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january Imaging/Sketching Contest Poll

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#1 Greg K.

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 12:38 PM

Ok guys.. I know I'm running way behind this month, getting sick and then getting overloaded at work will do that to you. Next month we should get back on track.

But better late than never: Here is the January 2007 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 Wednesday, February 28th at midnight EST.

Here are the entries for January!


Jason Aldridge - Sketching Forum
Subject: Lunar Crater Langrenus
Location: North Port, FL
Date/Time: 1/5/07 - 2230-0025 EST
Instrument: 8" Zhumell Dobsonian
Eye Piece: 6mm Orion Expanse + 2x Barlow
Sketching Material: Strathmore Sketch Paper, 0.5mm #2 HB Mechanical Pencil
Software: MGI Photosuite III
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Corn - DSLR & Digital Camera Astro Imaging & Processing
Rosette nebula
Scope: 8" Newt with MPCC and UHC
Mount: EQ6 Pro
Camera: 300D(IR mod)
Exposure: Mosaic of two images 2x9x600s ISO800
Loc: 2006/12/17 Uppsala/Sweden/Walter
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MichaelW - CCD Imaging & Processing
Target: M1
Exposure: LRGB 40':Ha 120'
Location: Washoe Zephyr Observatory, Nevada
Sky Quality Meter reading: 20.33 @ 4*f
Date: 01/15/2007 & 01/16/2007
Time: 1900 - 2400 & 0000 - 0130
Camera: SBIG ST2000XM, AO-L, Astrodon MOAG, SBIG remote head
Temperature: -20c (practically not working at all )
Filters: Astrodon LRGB + 6nm Ha
Scope: Vixen VC200L @ 1800mm, 200mm f9
FOV: 16.9 x 22.6
Image Scale: .86
Mount: AP1200, not PEM trained yet. ~10 pixel +/- PE deviation @ .86 arc sec per pixel.
Reduction: Maxim DL, 12 darks median combined from library
Processing: Adobe PS CS2, levels and curves, dust and scratches, despeckle and very, very mild smart sharpen over the entire image.

I combined HaR and HaRL to create this image. HaR for the red layer, HaRL as luminance. Luminance layer was mixed at 40%. Much more and I began to wash out colors.
Posted Image


rumples riot - Solar System Imaging & Processing
Sunspots 930 & 933.
Scope: Imaged with double stacked PST
Camera: DMK21AF04 at 30fps
Barlow: 2.5x TV Powermate
processed in Registax4 best 400 frames.
false coloured in PST
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#2 macastronomer

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:34 AM

What a tough call. These are all great. I love the sketch, it's not just trying to mimic a perfect lunar surface, but capturing the actual view through the scope with the impedance of the atmosphere is really original. Kudos!

The Rosette is a tough subject, dim and large. Nicely captured and processed!

Nice use of filters on the crab nebula.

And the sunspots!! Honorable mention! This image is alive and I love the title too. Aren't the DMK cameras great?!
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:00 PM

I love the sketch!
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:30 PM

What the lunar sketch reminds me of is the pictures they put in 19th century books. Before they could do photo.'s they used sketchs like this one. The sketch has a real classical feel. I really like that Lunar sketch!!!!! :)
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:39 PM

Although I liked all of them, and was quite impressed by the photographs, to me there is just a certain appeal for observers who still posses the skill of sketching their observations.

My vote therefore goes to Jason Aldridge for his sketch of the crater Langrenus.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:12 PM

They're all awsome but the sketch is unique and original.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:23 PM

The composition of the sun spot image is nice! Good contrast and colors.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:30 PM

These are wonderful selections. I voted for the Rosette because of the three-dimensional feel to it and felt the starpoints in the center added to the image. The others were outstanding, particularly the sunspot images. All would be deserving of victory and all show talent. Keep up the good work!
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:32 PM

The Lunar sketch is the one! Great eye for detail.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:17 PM

The Rosette is wonderful! I voted for it.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:11 PM

Well, I think the standard is very high reflecting the time and effort spent gaining and processing the photographs, but for me, the Lunar sketch gives me such pleasure to view, that is again enhanced when I also consider what a sense of achivement it must of given to the drawer!...Fantastic!!!...and thats from a 'dyed-in-the-wool' photo man! :applause:
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:38 PM

Tough call. Congrats to all the artists!

Cheers :waytogo:

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#13 Mike WDF

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:57 PM

The sketch is absolutely marvelous! The others are also very good. My hat off to you all!!
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:08 PM

Tough call is right! Sketch is amazing. Photos are gorgeous. Can they all win?

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:41 PM

All truly amazing. I'm edging to the Rosette -- amazing detail, caught with real-world equipment.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:17 PM

Wow! I love the sketch, it has that atmosperic boil that we all expect at 400X. That being said, I love the field of view of the Rosette and for some reason, always love diffraction spikes on bright stars. Big, wide field full of detail, a very nicely processed image. The crab has a lot of color and I like it as well. The sunspots, very busy and very detailed. It's a tough call!

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#17 Brian Albin

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:28 PM

I like the study of lines of energy flux on the sun. You guys who study the sun have probably seen this dozens of times, but it is new for me.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:29 PM

These are all tough to vote on. I chose the sun spots image. It looks like they're reaching out for each other...wonderful image (and a great title).
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:34 PM

All of them are truly works of art! I'd like to suggest you have separate contests for sketches and photos. They are such different mediums and requires very different talents.
just my :penny: :penny:
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:04 PM

Another vote for the sketch. I wish I could draw that well. Jason has really found his element.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:35 PM

They are all fantastic images. I can't imagine the work that went into the sketch. The Crab and Rosette have great detail but the solar image is what reached out and grabbed me.
 

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:51 PM

...another vote for the Rosette...simply awesome... :cool: :jump:

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 12:21 AM

GREAT pics.....one and all.......i would second the idea to have a sketch of the mo.........and a pic of the mo.....gary
 

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:50 AM

I voted for Jason's sketch, though Michael's Crab Nebula came a close second. Jason has an amazing eye for detail and to draw such an image with a dob with no tracking is even more remarkable.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 07:20 AM

I love that sketch! It reminds me of the good old days that you had to draw your own maps of the sky. The time needed to do that must me recognised. Congrats!

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