April 2014 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 Image!

Poll ended at Mon May 12, 2014 8:58 pm

M106 by starhunter55
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86%
The Moon by milezone
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7%
The Moon (1) by ThePsintigrat
1
7%
The Moon (2) by ThePsintigrat
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No votes
Orion by ThePsintigrat
0
No votes
Sirius by ThePsintigrat
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No votes
 
Total votes: 14

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April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:25 pm

Open Target! Enter as many times as you wish!

:clearsky: Good Luck! :clearsky:

M106 by starhunter55
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The Moon by milezone
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The Moon (1) by ThePsintigrat
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The Moon (2) by ThePsintigrat
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Orion by ThePsintigrat
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Sirius by ThePsintigrat
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by starhunter55 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:09 am

Heres is my pic for this month...M106 AVX, C8F6 BYeos , 16X420sec
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:04 am

Welcome to the forums Starhunter! Excellent introductory image too. I love M106 and you caught it very well. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by milezone » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:18 am

Ok I am a newbie to the astrophotography, but would like to contribute to the photos if it is ok. :-)

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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:14 am

Great Russ! Thanks for entering the contest and good luck! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Hey! I'm a 16 year old newbie to astrophotography, but not astronomy. :) My entries aren't great but not terrible since I'm still a novice. The first image is of the moon in the waxing gibbous state at 97% illumination. The second is also of the moon, but it is in it's first quarter, which looks like I might have overprocessed it :( and the last, but not least, is the constellation of Orion. I can also provide the original unprocessed images too, if you need them! :)

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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:13 pm

Here's an extra entry, but this is of Sirius. This one took a LOT longer to process, and I might add that these pictures were all taken this month, I did not however get around to processing them until I watched your tutorial as I did not know how to do it.
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:25 pm

Very Nice introduction Patrick! Great stuff you are sharing. Welcome to the forums. Looks like you have a great start in your young career of AP. Looking very very good! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:47 am

Thank you very much for the warm welcome, Doug! :D And thanks for positive feedback on my photos! It means a lot to me since I am serious about AP. :)
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:00 am

HI Patrick and welcome to the site. It's great having you young guns pcking up the astrophotography hobby - we could use some young blood!
As for your images your first moon looks great, the second a bit soft in focusing so something to to keep an eye on. I take it you are shooting through your scope? Your Orion looks good but what is going on along the bottom and right side? Are those trees in the fov?
Now the last, Sirius, should have no color, it should be white, so you should check your white balance of your camera.
Keep up the good work and keep the images coming!
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:53 am

Hey Mike, and thanks! Yeah, I'm pretty young but I'm serious about the hobby of AP. :smile111: And yeah, I am shooting through my scope. I could touch up the 1st Quarter Moon image,because it was certainly a task, and in my image of Orion, to the right is a large cloud, and along the bottom are trees. Should I edit those out? As for Sirius, I just checked my the settings on my Canon and the white balance was indeed something that I needed to correct. Thank you for the feedback! I'll upload those pictures as soon as I have corrected them. It's really nice to talk to people who know what they are doing and who can help me, because in turn I can make the most out of my images. Thank you so much for the warm welcome! :)
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:30 am

Hi Patrick, as for the clouds and the trees - not much one can do about clouds except wait for them to pass by if possible. The trees on the other hand can be used to artistic effect. By that I mean if they are going to be included in the image make sure they look like trees (I thought when looking at your image that it was frost on the ccd sensor :9: ).
You can achieve this by either increasing your image time or possibly using a light source to flash on the trees so they show up.

Some examples taken by others are below.
http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang ... 00x399.jpg

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/ ... _small.jpg

https://www.flickr.com/photos/javigoagc ... otostream/

So, in short continue to image and experiment!
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:56 am

Ahh right. Thank you very much, Mike. That is very helpful indeed! I'll keep that in mind for future reference! I still have the unprocessed image of Orion so I'll see what I can do with that as well! Thank you for the advice! :5:
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:01 pm

Hey Mike! I re-edited both the image of Orion and Sirius. Are they okay? In the Orion pic, Meissa is not visible, but I couldn't get it in without leaving some clouds there and thus screwing up my image. It took me about two hours to process but it was two hours well spend as the results are far better than my last attempt. Thanks again for your advice :smile111:
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:20 am

Well done Patrick, the redo's came out well. Out of curiosity, how many subs and how long of an exposure time are your images?
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:25 am

Thank you! :smile111: And I had my camera set on an exposure time of 30 seconds, and it took 10 photos in the 30 second period of time. If it helps, my ISO setting was on 1600, my aperture was set on F3.4.
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:45 am

So 10x3sec subs. What you should try next if possible when shooting a wide field, see if you can increase the length of the sub, say to 15 secs and take about 20 of them - that will give you 5 mins. The aperture and ISO is fine for now. I think if you are not using a tracking mount this may be the max before you start seeing any significant trailing. What should happen is that you will start seeing plenty more stars (just not the brightest stars).
Eventually as you get more familiar with what you can and can't do, you will find the limits - so then take as many subs as possible, then stack them. You should see some significantly improved results.
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by ThePsintigrat » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:23 pm

Thanks Mike! I'll bear that in mind, and thank you again for the additional advice! :smile111:
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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Tue May 06, 2014 5:46 am

Nice work, Patrick. As Mike said, practice and experiment and you will see improving results. We are all students of astro-imaging and we learn by doing.

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Re: April 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Rudeviewer » Tue May 06, 2014 7:52 am

Here's my post from the blood moon
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