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Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« on: 23:42:41, 30 January, 2016 »




Following on from our Milkyway and Startrails Challenges, we now launch the 3rd Imaging Challenge in collaboration with ALTAIR-ASTRO to bring you the Orion Nebula Challenge

The last two challenges have focused on widefield imaging, but this time we are stepping up a gear as a longer focal length *may* be required to do this one justice. Orion Nebula has to be one of the favourite objects in the winter night sky, it's big, it's bright, and it's easilly observed and imaged.

The Orion Nebula is  also probably one of the first deep sky objects that one encounters when beginning astronomy, so this is why we have chosen this for our Third Imaging Challenge.  The theme is to create an image which includes the Orion Nebula, it could be a spectacular close up view of the trapezium in the heart of the nebula, or a superwide image encompassing the barnard loop, but we will be looking for images which shine with technical excellence and natural pleasing beauty.

How you interpret the theme is again up to you, as this is open to not only photography, but also other creative mediums such as artwork and digital creation, so you won't be restricted by your skies or weather conditions. The judges will be looking for unusual and dynamic approaches to the subject, and creativity in context with the genre, as well as the usual technical excellence and aesthetic of the final image.

Take a look at this link for helpful advice on imaging the Orion Nebula :http://petapixel.com/2015/01/18/tutorial-photographing-processing-orion-constellation/ 


Closing Date: April 15th 2016

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 - please read before submitting your entry

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 the longest axis no wider than 1300 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 only open to UKAI members with 25+ 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 will only be dispatched free to a UK postal address, winning entries from overseas must contact the organisers to arrange alternative delivery arrangements, at the winners expense. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery of prizes. 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. Winners must contact the organisers with their postal address in order to claim their prize.




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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #1 on: 20:20:58, 31 January, 2016 »
What a choice of target!  Not just the famous dynamic range to deal with but the colours too, dusty brown, reflective blues, ruddy reds..

Anyway, entry number one:
Camera: modded 550d
Scope: 8" newtonian on heq5, guiding by phd
140 exposures ranging from 5 to 320 seconds, ISO 400
all post processing done in Pixinsight

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #2 on: 21:10:05, 31 January, 2016 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #3 on: 21:21:14, 31 January, 2016 »
Good starter for 10.     ATM its the winning image. lol   

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Scopes - TS65q, W/O 110 Triplet
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Cameras - SX694, QSI583WSG,Lodestar Guidecam, GP-Cam, QHY5II.
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #4 on: 23:39:27, 31 January, 2016 »
With this weather it's going to be the ONLY image. 3 sessions in 3 months for me...

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #5 on: 19:37:12, 02 February, 2016 »
Posted this before and glad to enter the contest!

3 hours of 480sec / iso800 subs with Altair Astro 8" RC + Nikon D750, SW HEQ5 (Rowan Belt mod) guided with SX Lodestar x2, all processing in Pixinsight + PS.
AA 8" RC + AT Flattener, SW Esprit 100 + SW Flattener, Daystar Quark Chromosphere
Canon 6D modded, Nikon D750 unmodded, ASI174MM-COOL, SX Lodestar X2, ASI120MM
Canon & Nikon various prime lens
SW HEQ5 Rowan Belt Mod, AA 60mm Guidescope, Astrotrac, SW Star Adventurer
Mac 15" Retina Parallels: EQMOD, PHD2, SGP, PlateSolve2, BYN, CDC, Pixinsight, Photoshop
William Optics binos, Baader Hyperion eyepieces, Meade & Celestron binoculars
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #6 on: 19:44:41, 02 February, 2016 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #7 on: 10:54:37, 12 February, 2016 »
My take on Orion is slightly unusual, as I was looking for something a little different. This is taken in bi-colour narrowband with Baader HA & OIII filters in a mono camera.
Total integration is 4.5 hours with exposures ranging from 60 -600 seconds. I've had to learn a few new things and is my most complex image so far.
Telescope is a Meade S5000 127 triplet @ f5.2
Camera Atik One-6 

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #8 on: 11:21:13, 12 February, 2016 »
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LX200|ZS70|FSQ85|FLT110|Altair DF250RC|EQ6 Pro(Rowan Belt Mod)|ParamountMX
ATIK383L+/EFW2/OAG|Lodestar|Baader 36mm LRGBHaSIIOIII
Starlight Express SXVRH16/ONAG/FW|Lodestar X2|Baader 2" Filters
Starlight Express SXVRH814/ONAG/FW|LodestarX2|Baader 2" Filters
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #9 on: 06:55:39, 13 February, 2016 »
This is my first post on here and my first entry into any competition for astrophotography, so please be gentle.

I've been imaging for only 12 months and with the help of some good friends I think I've come a long way.  This image was taken on 15 January 2016.  I think it's a "good start" for my first real go at Orion.

Canon EOS 600D
SkyWatcher 150PDS Newtonian Scope
HEQ5 Pro mount.
1600 ISO

Exposures ranging from 30 seconds to 4 minutes, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #10 on: 14:18:41, 13 February, 2016 »
Taken last Wednesday evening. M42/M33 & ngc1977. 15x360secs + 10x30secs all at iso400. Skywatcher 200pds and canon 60Da camera. Processed in dss and gimp.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #11 on: 14:25:08, 13 February, 2016 »
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Scopes: Astro-Tech AT-111EDT Triplet, TS65ED Quad, Orion ST80, Modded PST-90 Solar Scope, PST Cak (on loan)
Cameras: SXVF H694, Atik 16ic, Canon EOS 600d, DMK41, DMK21, QHY 5L-II (mono & colour)
Accessories: SX USB Filter Wheel, SX OAG, Baader LRGB Ha SI OII Filters, SharpSky Focuser
Mount: EQ6 (EQMOD), SW Star Adventurer, plus a lot (and I mean a lot) of other bits and pieces

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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #12 on: 17:26:36, 13 February, 2016 »
Taken Jan 17th.
Really concentrated on M43 but M42 came as a bonus.
Taken with C8, focal reducer and Ha filter, 6 x 10 min exposure.
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #13 on: 17:29:17, 13 February, 2016 »
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Re: Imaging Challenge No3 - ORION NEBULA
« Reply #14 on: 10:42:31, 14 February, 2016 »
I pushed this one as far as it will go, though i've been told a little to far  :D The first is from Jan 2016 over cooked, Canon 450D, Revelation RC6, iOptron Minitower ii.  The second is from Mar 2015, Sony Nex-5, SW200P, EQ5, unguided..  John  :D
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