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Offline swashy

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Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« on: 17:06:10, 10 August, 2015 »




UKAI are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with ALTAIR-ASTRO to bring you the Milkyway Challenge, the first of our 4 challeneges in which we ask members to submit images of the great gig in the sky, our beautiful home galaxy.  August and September are great months to capture some wonderful images of the Milkyway Galaxy in its' full glory, so grab your cameras and get shooting!

How you interpret the theme is up to you, as we are opening this up to not only photography, but also other creative mediums such as artwork and digital creation, so you wont necessarily be restricted by your sky or weather conditions. The judges will be looking for unusual and dynamic approaches to the subject, creativity, and the natural environment in context with the genre, as well as technical excellence and overall aesthetic of the final image.

Follow this link for Helpful Advice :  How to Photograph the Milkyway Galaxy 


Closing Date September 30th 2015

To enter the competition, simply post your images below  -  Good Luck Folks!




The Prizes...
Altair-Astro have kindly provided UKAI with four prizes of the new Altair GP-Cam Cameras, one of which will be awarded to the outright winner of each challenge, and there will be runner up prizes of the much coveted UKAI Coffee Mug!


   

Altair GPCAM AR0130C COLOUR General Purpose Astronomy Camera + auto guiding port

Altair GPCAM MT9M034M MONO General Purpose Astronomy Camera + auto guiding port



   



Competition Rules

1. Subject matter must comprise of an image within the theme as specified above
2. Entries can be in the form of photography, artwork or digital creation
3. All images must be submitted before the closing date specified
4. All entries must be submitted below, be no larger than 500KB and with no axis longer than 1000 pixels.
5. Maximum of 3 entries per member.
6. You may include technical/media details or further  information to support your submission

NOTE: You can edit your image submission or details  - the final images on the closing date will be the ones judged


THE SMALL PRINT:
By submitting an image into the competition you agree to the following Terms & Conditions:

The competition is open to all members of UKAI with 25 or more posts.  All entries must be original and copyright ownership must belong solely to the entrant. The competition closing date may be extended in the event of prolonged bad weather resulting in few entries. Winning Images may be used by UKAI & Altair Astro for promotional purposes relating to the competition. The prizes can only be dispatched free to a UK postal address, winning entries from overseas must contact the organisers to arrange alternative delivery arrangements, possibly at the winners expense. In the event of the offered prizes being unavailable at the close of the competition, an alternative prize will be offered which may not match the value of the original prize. UKAI reserve the right to cancel or modify details of the competition without prior notice. Winning images will be announced approximately 2-3 weeks after the closing date. The Judges decision is final, and no correspondence may be entered into. Admin and Moderation team may enter the competition but will not be eligible to claim the prizes.




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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #1 on: 18:33:44, 10 August, 2015 »
I'll start us off with an image I took on Saturday whilst camping in the Yorkshire Dales with my girlfriend and our dogs.

The image is a single 30 second exposure at ISO 6400 with my Canon 5D Mark III using a Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens lying on the floor. Unfortunately there was a HUGE flood light from a local barn behind me which was lighting everything up for miles around!

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #2 on: 21:12:59, 10 August, 2015 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #3 on: 09:29:00, 11 August, 2015 »
How about most of the UKAI team at Stonehenge last year (Milky Way shot from last night trying to get a Perseid)  :laugh:
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #4 on: 15:29:30, 11 August, 2015 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #5 on: 13:57:51, 13 August, 2015 »
Here is my Entry, taken on 22nd of May 2015 from Mesa Arch, Canyonlands NP, Utah.
We were a bit annoyed at the time that this chap was waving a torch around but actually really pleased that he did now :-)
Single 20 second exposure @ ISO 6400 with my Fuji X-A1 and Samyang 12mm @ f2.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #6 on: 16:03:54, 13 August, 2015 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #7 on: 23:21:44, 27 August, 2015 »
Here is my first decent attempt at a Milky Way image, taken on Dartmoor in September last year.
I was on holiday at a local holiday park, and took my astro gear for the dark skies - something I don't get at home in Dover, Kent. 
I also took an extra mount to try my first tracked Milky Way shot.  I had dinner and then headed up onto Dartmoor as the sky was pretty clear.
I found a location which gave the best view I could park at, and got setup.
This is a composite image of the whole Milky Way from the South, right overhead and just showing the Andromeda Galaxy at the top of the image.
This was only my second attempt at using Microsoft ICE, and I'm still pleased to have got my first shot of this stunning wonder.
Shame the lights of Plymouth have turned it orange !
May try again this year.....

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #8 on: 09:55:21, 29 August, 2015 »
Two pane panel taken looking south from my garden in Devon. Unmodified Nikon DSLR with 24mm lens at f3.5

Camera mounted on an iOptron Skytracker V2 30 second sub frames approximately 60 subs per pane. Processed in PI. Panes merged in PS.
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #9 on: 18:27:12, 06 September, 2015 »
I too tested my iOptron SkyTracker V2 travel mount when I had my summer vacation.
Seems to track good at least for 5-6 minutes at short focal lengths (17-70mm).
So here's one example.
Modified Canon 550D, Sigma 17-70 @ 20mm, 2x 5 minutes.
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #10 on: 21:09:20, 15 September, 2015 »
Here is my entry.

Cassiopeia down to NGC 884-869.

SW Star Adventurer, 35mm Super Paragon lens. Canon 1000D (modified) 6 x 5 minutes at 400 iso.
Taken from Kelling on Saturday 12th 2015
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #11 on: 22:01:13, 15 September, 2015 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #12 on: 15:40:04, 17 September, 2015 »
Some of my first milky way shots using my new samyang 14mm lens. Canon 1100d camera. Taken at Orford on the east suffolk coast on 9th September. 30 secs at f 2.8, iso 3200.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #13 on: 16:39:15, 17 September, 2015 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.1 - MILKYWAY
« Reply #14 on: 22:29:51, 22 September, 2015 »
My attempt


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