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9 years 3 months ago #102667 by manic_dave
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Is it fair to say that this is dead in its current form?

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9 years 3 months ago #102668 by Paul Evans
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I still have two month's worth of entries in!

If there's a problem I'm happy to help!

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9 years 3 months ago #102738 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Folks,

Been out of the loop, keeping my head down over Christmas for some 'me' time, only coming back to this now.

The past 2 to 3 months were just overhectic for me. Some nice images were submitted for the October and November competitions, and I aim to have all images up for polling this week. I have had concerns that many competition themes were out of the reach of some, and I am thinking about opening up the targets for more open, and therefore, more submissions each month. What do you think?

Thanks for the interest and concern, the competition will continue in earnest again shortly.

Seanie.

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9 years 3 months ago #102745 by Kinch
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I lost my original reply………I’ll try again!
Anything that brings more astro-shots to the forum is a good thing as far as I am concerned. I think more experienced photographers should put their shots up in the competitions only to show what can be achieved. I believe they can indicate (privately) with their entries that they should not be considered for the prize. These photos can spur on less advanced members to perfect their techniques. Prizes should be awarded to the novice astro-photographers that show some ingenuity and perseverance in getting their shot regardless of equipment or more likely the lack thereof. The monthly prize is what will encourage those that need the ‘carrot’ to put their efforts on public display and hopefully self-improve because of that. They may still win the monthly prize even if their shot is not technically as perfect as some others that month.
For this to work – those submitting “experienced” shots should do so only to receive the comments of their peers (unless the prize that month is really wanted). Less experienced entries are submitted in the hope of adding much wanted gear by the way of the prize – and entered with as good a chance as any. Voting will have to continue as before but not visible with a final decision made by person or persons behind the scenes. (This is how AstroBin went about awarding Image of The day …..The voting by peers only system just spawned a Mutual Admiration Society).
It makes more work for the administrator(s) but surely will help many people get out there and take more shots. This should be our goal. Those that have got so far are likely to continue without needing a monthly prize…..it is those just starting that need the most help and encouragement.
My above suggestion (that more experienced photographers forego any prize) may not suit all – but at least it may spark some discussion…..which is no bad thing.
We need to thank the two big sponsors of the monthly prizes. We owe them our gratitude for making the monthly competitions so interesting. I hope they continue to provide what may be big stepping stones for the many budding astro-photographers that we all hope to see ‘stepping out of the closets’ this year.
Clear skies all!
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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #102761 by KevinSmith
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I don’t particularly think there is much wrong with the current format if it was run properly.

I would not want to dilute the validity of entries with the view that we should give a ‘win' every now and then just because beginners took them but I do think there should be a technical merit weighting on the final decision whether that be by judge or voters are asked to judge on this basis. My opinion is you either vote or you have judges but don't have votes then decide not to use them as it makes a mockery of the voting system. Or you vote in the top two and a descion is made from them.

Here is a suggestion on the targets - pick ones that are achievable by all for the majority of the time and then have 3 months dedicated to advanced targets.

Advanced x3 - (Do this quarterly). If possible you also have token novice prize for someone one who actually manages to capture a target with limited means or experience.
Constellations/Asterisms etc. x3 - Anyone with a camera and even a Phone camera can capture these both advanced and novice.
Lunar/ Lunar Features x 3 - Mix this up a little and maybe also include 'The most phases in a month' or ‘closest visible to new’ and this may cover dedication rather than experience or equipment.
Mixed intermediate targets or events x3 - a seasonal or monthly highlight e.g. Jupiter Moon transit or Moon at Perigee, meteor shower - this would hopefully be a mix of beginner and intermediate targets.

Thanks to Scopes and Space and Ktec Telescopes for the great prizes as this makes it all worthwhile. Maybe the sponsors should choose the targets and winners?
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9 years 3 months ago #102763 by manic_dave
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KevinSmith wrote: I don’t particularity think there is much wrong with the current format if it was run properly.


Im sure we can sort something where all the work on presenting this competition is not left to Seanie. Can others on the committee help out?

Kevin is right, there is no need to adjust it at all, just get it running properly, should not take months to get a result either. why is the voting open for a month when you get the only 25 votes that get cast in the first week?

Could easily open and close each one in 6 weeks, that's from announcement to result.

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