July 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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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 Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:59 am

Sol with Flares by rray6
2
10%
M31 by barefootpete
4
19%
m7 by Luiz
0
No votes
M11 by Luiz
0
No votes
M20 by jsigone
1
5%
M16 by jsigone
3
14%
IC1396 by Paramount
8
38%
IC1318 by Paramount
3
14%
 
Total votes: 21

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July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:11 am

Open Target for July!

Enter as many times as you wish!!

Good Luck! :jumphappy:

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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:49 am

I'll start this one off with another solar image. This time some nice proms on the western limb (north is up). Taken on June 18, 2013 in New Mexico with the Grasshopper USB 3.0 and LS80 DSII solar scope and processed with Autostakkert!2 and Photoshop.
Grasshopper3-GS3-U3-28S4M_195051_g3_b3_ap2608_AS_AI_color_prom1_rotated_cropped-web.jpg
All's Not Quiet on the Western Front
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:39 am

Nice Robert! Good proms, I especially like the lower larger prom.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:08 pm

Aloha! Here is M31 taken the nights (early mornings) of 7-05 and 7-08 as soon as it came above the horizon near mauna kea visitor center. It is composed of 30-15minute frames captured with my equipment (below). Maxim was used for image capture, calibrating (darks only), and stacking via sigma clip. After stacking the image the SPLIT TRI COLOR COMMAND was used to seperate into RGB and then RGB's were then saved into 16bit Tiff's. Photoshop was used for assembling RGB's and iterations of curves, levels, layer masking, saturation and a couple high pass filters. Below is a link to the full resolution image! i hope you all like it :1: Aloha!

P.S. I have processed This data time and time again. Im sure you all understand. Why let good data not be represented as well as you would like right? Well here is ANOTHER version of the same data using the Digital development kernal filter in Maxim Dl along with similar Iterations of curves, saturation, and layer masks...and I flipped it vertical. I am definitely done with this one, sorry that I have been juggling between versions of this shot. I hope you all enjoy this one better because Its my "final" version-Aloha!

Here is the link to the "new and improved"- according to Pete- full res version: http://www.astrobin.com/49170/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Just double click on the plate solved photo in Astrobin and you will get the full res version.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:57 pm

Wow Pete! You continue to amaze me. Well done. Great job.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:59 pm

Thanks Doug. :5: I have tried processing my data on M31 half a dozen times and end up with a different result. I sometimes have a tendency to get carried away. Still learning though. I will continue to process this data. I will definitely post the results when I feel like I have a good one. By the way you have an amazing pic there rray!.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Pete, I don't like your second version! :seeingStars:

I like your first version the best. :giantsmile:

It's one of the most difficult things to decide when processing your work...when do I stop? I sometimes will go through five or six iterations...but sometimes it's done in one or two versions.

Good Luck!

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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:30 pm

Doug wrote:Pete, I don't like your second version! :seeingStars:

I like your first version the best. :giantsmile:

It's one of the most difficult things to decide when processing your work...when do I stop? I sometimes will go through five or six iterations...but sometimes it's done in one or two versions.

Good Luck!

Doug
Thanks for your honest opinion..back by popular demand. The first one took the most work anyway, after a while I felt like I was making a work of art!...I am finding out that in astrophotography as far as editing-pretty much anything goes. Definitely not a purist form of photography...I think thats why I like it. Maybe I will post some of the other versions I processed on the forums. Thanks Doug :5:
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:12 pm

That is one fine M31, Pete.

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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:34 pm

rray6 wrote:I'll start this one off with another solar image. This time some nice proms on the western limb (north is up). Taken on June 18, 2013 in New Mexico with the Grasshopper USB 3.0 and LS80 DSII solar scope and processed with Autostakkert!2 and Photoshop.
Grasshopper3-GS3-U3-28S4M_195051_g3_b3_ap2608_AS_AI_color_prom1_rotated_cropped-web.jpg
Very nice picture ! congrats !
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:35 pm

barefootpete wrote:Aloha! Here is M31 taken the nights (early mornings) of 7-05 and 7-08 as soon as it came above the horizon near mauna kea visitor center. It is composed of 30-15minute frames captured with my equipment (below). Maxim was used for image capture, calibrating (darks only), and stacking via sigma clip. After stacking the image the SPLIT TRI COLOR COMMAND was used to seperate into RGB and then RGB's were then saved into 16bit Tiff's. Photoshop was used for assembling RGB's and iterations of curves, levels, layer masking, saturation and a couple high pass filters. Below is a link to the full resolution image! i hope you all like it :1: Aloha!

P.S. I delete the last version of this pic because I thought It was over processed. Here is a more natural version.

Here is the link to the full res version: http://www.astrobin.com/full/47829/?mod=none" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:31 am

Thanks a'lot boris. :thumbup:
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Luiz » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:10 pm

Greetings all!

This is a 145 minute exposure showing M7 with B287 and B283 dark nebulae, under the very dark skies of Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil, during the 6th Brazilian Astrophotography Meeting on the night of July 11/12 .
Frames: 11 X 5 min. (L) and 6 X 5 min. (for each RGB) (Baader set).
Taken with my setup: FSQ106-ED, Atik 383L+, Atlas EQ-G, SSAG, Atik OAG and Sharpsky digital focuser.
Guided with PHD, and processed with PixInsight.
Link to the full resolution version:
http://www.pbase.com/cosmophoton/image/ ... 5/original" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I hope you like it!

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M7 with dark nebulae
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Luiz » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:29 pm

Greetings again!

This is another photograph, a 80 minute exposure showing M11 with surrounding dark nebulae, under the very dark skies of Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil, during the 6th Brazilian Astrophotography Meeting on the night of July 9/10 .
Frames: 4 X 5 min. (L) and 4 X 5 min. (for each RGB) (Baader set).
Taken with my setup: FSQ106-ED, Atik 383L+, Atlas EQ-G, SSAG, Atik OAG and Sharpsky digital focuser.
Guided with PHD, and processed with PixInsight.
Link to the full resolution version:
http://www.pbase.com/cosmophoton/image/ ... 5/original" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I hope you like it!

Best,
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M11
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Last edited by Luiz on Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:13 pm

Hello Luiz and Welcome to the Forums!

Those are some very nice images! I'm getting telescope envy! Those FSQ106 scopes really shine. I can wait to see more of your work. Thanks for posting and good luck in the contest!

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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:46 am

Hi and welcome Luiz ! Great pictures !
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Luiz » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:12 am

Thanks Doug and Boris!
Telescopes: FSQ-106ED, FS-60CB. Mounts: AP Mach1 GTO. CCD: Atik 383L+ OAG EFW2. Autoguiders: QHY5L-II, Orion SSAG.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:29 am

Welcome to the site Luiz! Two very nice images there to introduce yourself, looking forward to more!
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Luiz » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:21 am

Thanks Mike!
Telescopes: FSQ-106ED, FS-60CB. Mounts: AP Mach1 GTO. CCD: Atik 383L+ OAG EFW2. Autoguiders: QHY5L-II, Orion SSAG.
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Re: July 2013 Astrophotography Contest

Post by barefootpete » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Aloha.


Just uploaded a new version of my M31 (above). I hope you all like it because its my last one :5: :21: . sorry for the photo juggling :7:
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