May 2013 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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Forum rules
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.

Vote For Your Favorite May Image!!

Poll ended at Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:48 am

M16 by barefootpete
1
5%
Virgo Cluster by barefootpete
1
5%
M82/83 by Barefootpete
0
No votes
Cocoon Nebula by barefootpete
0
No votes
M27 by barefootpete
1
5%
Lagoon/Triffid Nebula by barefootpete
5
23%
Solar Flare by rray
10
45%
M81 by bripod
2
9%
M13 by Doug
2
9%
 
Total votes: 22

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May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Fri May 03, 2013 3:58 am

May 2013 Astrophotography Contest
Open Target! Enter as many times as you wish!

:clearsky: Good Luck! :clearsky:

M16 by barefootpete
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Virgo Cluster by barefootpete
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M82/83 by barefootpete
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Cocoon Nebula by barefootpete
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M27 by barefootpete
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Lagoon & Triffid Nebula by barefootpete
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Solar Flare by rray
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M81 by bripod
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M13 by Doug
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Tue May 07, 2013 7:20 am

Heres m16.
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Tue May 07, 2013 7:22 am

Heres the virgo cluster and partial Markarians chain.
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Tue May 07, 2013 7:23 am

And heres Bodes and the cigar. Enjoy! Aloha.
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Tue May 07, 2013 8:04 am

Great set of images Pete! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Fri May 10, 2013 2:27 am

Thanks Doug! :5: Here are some more early morning images: M27-3x900 imaged on 5-6-13, Cucoon neb-8x900 imaged on 5-8-13, These pics including M51 which I will post later were shot in Kailua Kona Hawaii through its light dome. I have been inspecting roadway sewer line work from 6 in the evening to 5 in the morn so there were some major flood lights set up all around me too. HA and not to mention The Two giant track hoes ( with 10 foot long jack-hammer attachments) that were chipping the through solid A'A lava rock about 20 yards away. I'm very surprised my tracking wasn't affected at all. Very pleased with the images considering. Just wished I took a picture, I could have gotten the construction and my rig in the same frame! I hope you all like the pics and the story. Aloha.
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Fri May 10, 2013 2:28 am

M27
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Fri May 10, 2013 6:42 am

Wow you're really cranking out lots of nice images! One little hint, with so many great images, it's going to be hard for the voters to decide, and your votes may get spread out over all of your terrific shots. There is no limit to how many images you can enter in the monthly contest, but, you might consider limiting your entries to the best of the best. Just a suggestion. I used to enter lots of images too and then when I saw the poll results my votes were split and I lost the vote. I really enjoy seeing your images! You can post your more images here: viewforum.php?f=14" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; or in the monthly contest. I'm just trying to help you win!

That's a new one, 10 foot Jack Hammers, Chomping through Lava, 20 Yards away, and you still held tracking? WOW! Amazing work. Keep it up Pete!
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Fri May 17, 2013 12:34 pm

Thanks for the advice Doug. I will definitely follow your advice for next month but I just have to post this one too :6: I finally got the Lagoon and the Triffid in the same frame! I camped overnight on Mauna Kea for this one in the freezing cold. Barely got any sleep. I was all set up around 12:30 am with my subs set to 15 minutes and my guiding was pretty good so I figured I would go back to my truck and catch a few ZZZZ's expecting that I would Get 4 hours worth of 15min subs. I woke up as the sky started to light up and was super excited to see what I got, only to find my laptop asking me to enter my password because windows decided to install some updates in the middle of the night on top of a mountain while I was getting my best image yet :7: . I ended up getting a total of 2:45 min. I am still very pleased with the results. My girlfriend said " you know you can change the update settings on you computer right?". I hope you all enjoy this pic. It was taken with an Orion sirius mount, 80 ed refractor, tulevue TRF-2008, SSAG, Orion deep space imager 2 (one shot color) 50mm guide scope, with Maxim Dl, and final tweaking in PS. ALOHA!
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Fri May 17, 2013 3:36 pm

WOW, That's a great one! What would we do with out GFs and Wives? :shrug:
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Mon May 20, 2013 12:49 pm

I haven't been able to do much in the dark skies from south Texas but here is a fortuitous solar shot I caught on May 14 of a flare loop from sunspot AR 11748 on the eastern limb of the disk. Sunspot 11745 is the big one toward the center that shot off some X-class flares last week. The flare loop was not visible when I was tuned for the sunspot activity so I took another "untuned" series and merged them to get this image of surface detail and flares. Seeing was not too good that afternoon with quite a bit of surface wind and high level haziness. I was using my new Point Grey Grasshopper USB 3.0 camera and my Lunt 80mm solar scope - the best 10% of 1000 frames.

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Mon May 20, 2013 12:56 pm

Nice one! The flare looks like it was from one of those solar space cameras!
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Mon May 20, 2013 4:17 pm

Thank you. There were several days where the prominences and flares were spectacular. I am lucky I caught this one.

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by briipod » Tue May 21, 2013 10:21 am

M81 - Bode's Galaxy
Luminance only using Astronomik CLS-CCD filter

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Tue May 21, 2013 11:32 am

Nice one Briipod! That reminds me, I need to process my data soon. I actually caught some photons near the last new moon. Congrats on a great shot of M81!
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by briipod » Tue May 21, 2013 1:46 pm

Thanks Doug.

I think I am going to enjoy this new camera. Just need to get filter wheel and filters, now.

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Tue May 21, 2013 3:37 pm

Which camera do you have?
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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by briipod » Tue May 21, 2013 7:54 pm

QHY's IMG2Pro

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Thu May 30, 2013 7:40 am

Here's M13 taken with an Orion Starshoot G3 Mono camera and EON120.
All exposures are 60 seconds
L=17
R=17
G=17
B=17
Processed in Photoshop

It's been a long dry spell for me, but, I finally snagged a few images.

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Re: May 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:52 am

Submissions Closed. Please Vote for your favorite image!
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