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Offline swashy

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Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« on: 16:51:22, 07 May, 2016 »
NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES




UKAI with Altair Astro are pleased to announce our 4th and final competition in the IMAGING CHALLENGE series

So far we have had the themes Milky way, Star-Trails and Orion Nebula imaging challenges, all of which have been a great success and attracted entries from beginners in astroimaging, through to advanced imagers, and our next challenge in collaboration with our sponsor ALTAIR-ASTRO we bring you the Summer Clusters Challenge

This latest challenge will focus on the summer skies, and clusters in particular, as the summer sky is packed with beautiful multi-coloured open star clusters and surrounded by a generous sprinkling of tightly packed globular clusters, all casting their starlight towards us briefly during the hours of summer darkness. These majestic collections of star clusters are so varied that they demand both rich field telescopic views of the wide open clusters and longer focal lengths to capture the ancient globulars on the outermost regions of the galaxy.

We are looking for images which sparkle with natural awesome beauty and colour that star clusters provide, along with a high level of technical expertise in the execution and processing of the image

Closing Date: 7th October 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



   

2nd and 3rd Prizes can choose from a UKAI Coffee Mug, UKAI Beanie Hat, or a UKAI Polo Shirt (subject to size available)



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 No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #1 on: 13:28:14, 12 May, 2016 »
I'll get the ball rolling with an Open and a Globular cluster brace. Both taken with a Skywatcher ED80 on an HEQ5 and an Atik 414ex mono camera.

First up is M39 in the rather wonderful constellation Cygnus. 12 x 2mins for each RGB channel.



Little introduction needed for this one. M13, the great globular cluster in Hercules. 12 x 2 mins L and then some binned 2x2 RGB. My first effort at binning.



Cheers and good luck all!

Happy imaging,
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #2 on: 22:40:07, 12 May, 2016 »
 :thumbup:
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #3 on: 22:23:28, 13 May, 2016 »
My cluster piccy - a galaxy cluster ;-)  The Coma galaxy cluster to be precise, centered on ngc4874 (or thereabouts). There's a lot of galaxies in this image! It also appears to be Satellite Central - every one of the subs had at least one trail in it.



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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #4 on: 00:42:57, 14 May, 2016 »
Lovely image Chris.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #5 on: 04:35:39, 14 May, 2016 »
Yep Coma B, is one of busiest parts of the sky for satellites.
Nice picture.


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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #6 on: 21:48:18, 23 May, 2016 »
Here is my attempt at imaging Cluster M 53

Imaged: 30th. April 2016
Mount: Mesu 200
Scope: Altair Astro DeepField 250 RC
Camera: Atik 383L RGB Filters
Guided: QHY5L
Exposures: L 25 x 120s RGB 25 x 60s each Binned 2 x 2
Image Scale: 0.54
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #7 on: 03:14:35, 31 May, 2016 »
Captured this image tonight - Collinder 339 (CoatHanger) in RGB. Off to the right in this image is another small open cluster ngc6802. Plenty of satellite activity (as usual), but strangely I don't find they detract from this image so left the trails in.

Scope: TV NP127is
CCD: Moravian G4-16000
Mount: 10-Micron GM2000HPS
Filters: Baader RGB
Data: 5 x 300s each R, G and B



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Sorry, needed to edit... above image now shrunk to comply with 1300pxl rule (and cropped and generally messed with... ;-) )

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #8 on: 06:20:49, 31 May, 2016 »
lovely. so much going on!

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #9 on: 10:04:07, 22 June, 2016 »
I can't compete with the lovely wide field images, but here is M92.

Full resolution image in astrobin: http://www.astrobin.com/253013/

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #10 on: 16:10:45, 22 June, 2016 »
Colin , excellent capture ! colors are really good and detail is great !
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #11 on: 00:54:51, 28 July, 2016 »
Managed to get out Monday night and captured this :

Double cluster NGC 869 and NGC 884,

RGB 15 x 2 mins each channel , 90mins total.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #12 on: 17:11:21, 28 July, 2016 »
Nice Double Cluster Jason . Good one for viewing too !
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #13 on: 13:39:04, 03 August, 2016 »
The one we wait for down under, The Mighty Omega Centauri  :happy:...although it's winter down here.

To get down to 500k I had to heavily crop the full frame and significantly reduce the jpeg res.. so you can see the original full frame version here: http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/163762096/original

That's some very faint Milky Way Cirrus dust at the lower left edge (more visible in the full frame).

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Focal length 1120mm
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #14 on: 14:01:05, 03 August, 2016 »
This is one usually captured in wide field shots, so here is a close up of the small and faint NGC 6144 shining through the golden dust and light of Antares  :happy:

Here is the full size version if you wanna look: http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/160817165/original

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