June 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 Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:35 am

M101 by Mikem
4
25%
Milkyway by rray6
3
19%
M45 Seven Sisters by Boris Sputnik
0
No votes
NGC7000 & IC5070 by Paramount
9
56%
 
Total votes: 16

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June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:16 pm

Open target enter as many times as you wish.

:clearsky: Good Luck! :clearsky:

M101 by Mikem
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Milkyway by rray6
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M45 Seven Sisters by Boris Sputnik
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NGC7000 & IC5070 by Paramount
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:43 pm

Median m101-2A_szd.jpg
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Since I haven't posted in a while I figured I'll throw this into the mix since I'm not going to image it any more due to issues with a reflection.

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Clear Skies!
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Very nice shot, Mike!

Robert
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:03 am

Thanks Robert!
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:35 am

I have been unable to do much astro-imaging lately (solar or deep sky) but found some time to try out a new camera/lens combination and a new iOptron SkyGuider mount. I was at my observatory at Stars End, New Mexico several weeks ago and took this long exposure with a Canon 60Da and a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens from my southwest-facing back deck. I had the lens wide open at 2.8 and took the photo at 800 ISO for 4 minutes. The camera was set for long exposure noise reduction so it also took and internally combined a 4-minute dark frame. I was not only testing out the wide-angle lens but also testing out the iOptron SkyGuider. I did a quick polar alignment (very easy and fast) and a rough focus to get this shot before the clouds started rolling in. The SkyGuider has an illuminated polar scope and a phone app that uses GPS to determine your location and then accurately shows the position of Polaris on the reticle dial - very cool and easy. This image was taken at 2:15 AM MDT on June 1, 2014 when the Milky Way was overhead. The Lagoon Nebula is quite visible close to the center of the image and other nebulosity is apparent. I like the coloration this camera gives with its modified IR cut filter. Transparency was still fairly good at that time but seeing was not too favorable due to windy conditions - but still okay for wide-field. It was clouded over by 3 AM. Overall, I was impressed with the SkyGuider and the Rokinon lens. The SkyGuider was simple to set up and apparently worked quite well.

A higher resolution version can be seen at https://flic.kr/p/nyvsgu" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

Robert
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:32 am

Very Nice Robert! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by MikeM » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:37 am

Nice shot and great sky. Must be nice just to sit out there among the stars.
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:57 am

Yes, Mike. From my back porch even. The only problem is that I only get to do that 4 or 5 times a year for a week at a time (vacation). But I am going back next week so maybe I'll get some more great skies.

Robert
Sometimes I lie in my bed at night, and look up at the stars...and I wonder...where the hell is my ceiling?

http://www.redshift48.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:56 pm

MikeM wrote:
Median m101-2A_szd.jpg
Since I haven't posted in a while I figured I'll throw this into the mix since I'm not going to image it any more due to issues with a reflection.

M101 -
AT8RC & AP CCD67 reducer
Atik 383L+ with Baader Lum filter
14x900s
Losmandy G11 Gemini guided with 50mm scope & SBIG St-i
Maxim DL; CCDStack; CS5
Very nice shot !
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:59 pm

rray6 wrote:I have been unable to do much astro-imaging lately (solar or deep sky) but found some time to try out a new camera/lens combination and a new iOptron SkyGuider mount. I was at my observatory at Stars End, New Mexico several weeks ago and took this long exposure with a Canon 60Da and a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens from my southwest-facing back deck. I had the lens wide open at 2.8 and took the photo at 800 ISO for 4 minutes. The camera was set for long exposure noise reduction so it also took and internally combined a 4-minute dark frame. I was not only testing out the wide-angle lens but also testing out the iOptron SkyGuider. I did a quick polar alignment (very easy and fast) and a rough focus to get this shot before the clouds started rolling in. The SkyGuider has an illuminated polar scope and a phone app that uses GPS to determine your location and then accurately shows the position of Polaris on the reticle dial - very cool and easy. This image was taken at 2:15 AM MDT on June 1, 2014 when the Milky Way was overhead. The Lagoon Nebula is quite visible close to the center of the image and other nebulosity is apparent. I like the coloration this camera gives with its modified IR cut filter. Transparency was still fairly good at that time but seeing was not too favorable due to windy conditions - but still okay for wide-field. It was clouded over by 3 AM. Overall, I was impressed with the SkyGuider and the Rokinon lens. The SkyGuider was simple to set up and apparently worked quite well.

A higher resolution version can be seen at https://flic.kr/p/nyvsgu" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

Robert
Beautiful ! I never took a very wide field like this ,but I'm looking foward for it. The details of your shot will help me a great deal Thanks !
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:24 pm

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32x5 min @ 800ISO ,21 flats ,master dark ans a zillion hours on Photoshop to reduce the stars !
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:58 pm

Nice one Boris!
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:44 am

Doug wrote:Nice one Boris!
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by rray6 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:57 am

Great shot, Boris.
Sometimes I lie in my bed at night, and look up at the stars...and I wonder...where the hell is my ceiling?

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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Paramount » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:11 am

Hi
Here is my entry of NGC7000 and IC5070 for the June contest, it is about 11 hours of total exposure taken with the Televue NP127is/FLI astrograph system that I've been testing
Best wishes
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:48 am

Wow! :seeingStars:
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:58 am

rray6 wrote:Great shot, Boris.
Thanks rray6 !
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Boris Sputnik » Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:01 pm

Doug wrote:Open target enter as many times as you wish.

:clearsky: Good Luck! :clearsky:

M101 by Mikem
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Milkyway by rray6
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M45 Seven Sisters by Boris Sputnik
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NGC7000 & IC5070 by Paramount
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Absolutely awesome pic ! Congrats paramount !
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Doug » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:01 pm

Congrats to paramount!!! Many great photos this month... Thanks for participating with your images and votes.
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Re: June 2014 Astrophotography Contest

Post by Craig » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:33 pm

Congrats to Paramount
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