September Astrophotography Contest

All Astro images are welcomed to enter. Win a Monthly Imaging Contest and you will automatically become eligible to enter the "Wall of Fame" contest. Winners of the "Wall of Fame" contest receive a coffee mug with their winning image!

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Your Choice, OPEN TARGET! Limited to ONE Entry Per Month, choose wisely grasshopper! YOU must take the photo with YOUR own equipment (No Telescope Rentals).

Each month a winning photo will be voted by registered users.
The winner of each month will be displayed on the front page of myastroimages.com for one month.
Winner's photo will be automatically entered in the "Wall of Fame" Coffee Mug Contest. (See viewforum.php?f=16)

Images must not exceed 800 Pixels wide when posted in the forums. Links are allowed off site to larger images.

Contest Starts on the 1st of each month, and ends on the last day of the month.

Monthly Imaging Contest Rules.

:clearsky: Two Consecutive Monthly Wins are the Max Allowed In a Row.
:clearsky: Limit of one "Wall of Fame" win per year. :coffee:

Monthly Win Rules
Situation:
Win TWO Consecutive Months,
"Sit Out" ONE Month to RESET.
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Please Vote For Your Favorite Image!

Poll ended at Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:50 pm

The Lobster Nebula NGC 6357 by tcorridan
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50%
"Bit" of Soul - IC 1871
2
50%
 
Total votes: 4

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September Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:41 pm

September 2018 Astrophotography Contest



Time for the September 2018 Astrophotography Contest.

Lets get out into some clear skies and have fun :clearsky:

Sorry for the delay!
Open Target!

Limited to ONE Entry Per Person, Per Month!

:clearsky: Good Luck! :clearsky:
Clear Skies!
Mike

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by tcorridan » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:59 pm

Hi everyone; my latest effort.
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The Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357) is a diffuse nebula in the constellation Scorpius, about 8,000 light years from Earth. The three large blue stars are part of the open star cluster Pismis 24 and are some of the most massive stars known. A complex tapestry of gas, dust and young stars plus the complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity create the intricate patterns in the nebula.

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by gardenfish » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:49 pm

Wow Tc you are getting more awesome every time. I wish I had your processing skills. Is that the butter in the middle for dipping :21:

I will enter one this month also but this is going to be hard to beat. Great job.

Once again, can you share your stats for this one?

Rick
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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by tcorridan » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:21 pm

Hi Rick,

Thanks for the kind remarks. Processing these images has been a very long learning curve for me, and I’m still learning. I use PixInsight for image processing. I think it is an awesome piece of software but, as I said, I found it a big learning curve. The stats are as follows:

32 * 480 sec - Ha
24 * 480 sec - OIII
20 * 480 sec - SII

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127mm f/7.5 ED APO Refractor
Mount: Avon Linear FR
Imaging Camera: SBIG STF-8300 Monochrome CCD with SBIG Off-Axis Guider
Autoguide Camera: Starlight Express Lodestar X2
Filters: Baader - Ha, OIII, SII

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by h2opolo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:46 am

That is an AWSOME SHOT!

Really great work. You have come a long way in a short period of time. That's dedication pure and simple. Please post this on my website too so everyone can see it http://www.redstickastro.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by tcorridan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:24 pm

Hi Sean,

Thanks for the comments - it is much appreciated. But not such a "short period of time". I started astrophotography with a second-hand Vixen mount about seven years ago and have built up to my current equipment.

Terry.

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by gardenfish » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:21 pm

Ok Tc here is my entry for the month. It is the last 2 nights of the Soul, well part of the soul. I shot it with the QSI6120 and TOA150. I like this section of the Soul as I have named it Bigfoot for my own use :5: . I shot 18 Ha, 15 OIII, 14 SII all at 900s.I have 40 flats 25 darks and 100 bias. Full stats can be seen here https://astrob.in/369148/0/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. This was done with DSS and PS.
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Thanks for looking Rick
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by tcorridan » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:06 pm

​Great image Rick. And an interesting nebula. No good for me though as it doesn’t even rise above the horizon where I live. What pallet did you use for processing?

Terry.​

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by gardenfish » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:51 pm

Thanks Terry, I used the SHO pallet for this one. I just added the copy with the darks I finished last night. You can see the stats at https://astrob.in/369148/0/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Rick
ES127CF FCD100
CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

SV70T

QSI6120WSG-8
Astrodon LRGB
3nm Ha-OIII-SII

ST80 - AT60MM Guide scopes
G3 mono - ASI290MM Mini Guide camera's

Nikon D5200 Full Mod

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by Craig » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:34 am

I received no notification to vote, but i did vote
Craig

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by gardenfish » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:43 pm

2-2 Terry, should we arm wrestle? Nice pic.

Rick
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

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QSI6120WSG-8
Astrodon LRGB
3nm Ha-OIII-SII

ST80 - AT60MM Guide scopes
G3 mono - ASI290MM Mini Guide camera's

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by tcorridan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:09 pm

Good idea. How do we do that between two different hemispheres?

Could we extend the voting time and hope some more people will vote. Just an idea.

Terry.

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Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Post by h2opolo » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:33 pm

Sorry Terry I didn't realize how long you have been imaging. Your neck must hurt from looking up! Ha ha
Remember that old guy on TV that used to say "Just keep looking up!"

Dating myself. Still a great shot.

Rick I'm loving the Soul shot. I'm working on data for that right now.
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