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September Astrophotography Contest

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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.

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

Please Vote For Your Favorite Image!

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

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Post Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:41 pm

September Astrophotography Contest

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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tcorridan

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Post Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:59 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

Hi everyone; my latest effort.

NGC 6357.jpg
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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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gardenfish

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Post Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:49 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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
Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi TOA150
SV70T
CEM60 - PierTech2 pier
QSI6120 WSG-8
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series -Ha-3nm - OIII-3nm - SII-3nm

G3 Mono - ASI290MM Mini - ST80

ES 152 AR - Atlas mount
16" goto Dob

Nikon D5200 Modded

Roll-off roof Observatory
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tcorridan

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Post Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:21 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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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h2opolo

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Post Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:46 am

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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 www.redstickastro.com

Peace Sean
Carbon 127, GSO RC-8, Stellarvue 130 EDT, WO GT71 & Zenith Star 61
Losmandy G11G
NEQ6, ST80, Lodestar X2,
QSI 690 & 683
Astrodon Ha, SII, OII, LRGB
Shoe size 11.5

Website http://www.redstickastro.com
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tcorridan

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Post Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:24 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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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gardenfish

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Post Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:21 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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/. This was done with DSS and PS.

shopixstackps-3.jpg
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Thanks for looking Rick
Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi TOA150
SV70T
CEM60 - PierTech2 pier
QSI6120 WSG-8
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series -Ha-3nm - OIII-3nm - SII-3nm

G3 Mono - ASI290MM Mini - ST80

ES 152 AR - Atlas mount
16" goto Dob

Nikon D5200 Modded

Roll-off roof Observatory
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tcorridan

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Post Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:06 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

​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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gardenfish

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Post Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:51 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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/

Rick
Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi TOA150
SV70T
CEM60 - PierTech2 pier
QSI6120 WSG-8
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series -Ha-3nm - OIII-3nm - SII-3nm

G3 Mono - ASI290MM Mini - ST80

ES 152 AR - Atlas mount
16" goto Dob

Nikon D5200 Modded

Roll-off roof Observatory
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Craig

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Post Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:34 am

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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

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gardenfish

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Post Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:43 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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

Rick
Takahashi TSA120
Takahashi TOA150
SV70T
CEM60 - PierTech2 pier
QSI6120 WSG-8
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series -Ha-3nm - OIII-3nm - SII-3nm

G3 Mono - ASI290MM Mini - ST80

ES 152 AR - Atlas mount
16" goto Dob

Nikon D5200 Modded

Roll-off roof Observatory
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tcorridan

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Post Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:09 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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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h2opolo

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Post Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:33 pm

Re: September Astrophotography Contest

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.
Carbon 127, GSO RC-8, Stellarvue 130 EDT, WO GT71 & Zenith Star 61
Losmandy G11G
NEQ6, ST80, Lodestar X2,
QSI 690 & 683
Astrodon Ha, SII, OII, LRGB
Shoe size 11.5

Website http://www.redstickastro.com

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