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Hi folks,

it is 1 year ago since the IFAS Monthly Astrophotography Competition was organised, and this month that the first wave of winners started to become noticed (April for March). I thought it might be no harm to reflect back on the year's past winners:

March 2006 - Deirdre Kelleghan:



April 2006 - Michael O'Connell:



May 2006 - Dave Grennan:



June 2006 - David Stewart:



July 2006 - Michael O'Connell:



August 2006 - Albert White:



September 2006 - Jed Glover:



October 2006 - Jed Glover:



November 2006 - Keith Geary



December 2006 - Seanie Morris:



January 2007 - Paul Evans:



February 2007 - Paul Evans:


Some stunning work in there. Congratulations to you all once again!


Seanie Morris,
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Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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Seanie,

It is nice of you to also find the time to look after this thing and which often many people seem to overlook.

A possible suggestion: have a poll between these twelve entries so as to get the photo of the year from these photos of the month. Just my two (euro)cents.

Anyway, it is nice of you to donate your time for this neat and friendly challenge!
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Great suggestion Anthony!
All in good fun and all.

Entriees let me say...
Fantastic images and an absolute inspiration to beginners like me!

Let me also just say WOW! how far ye have come since then!!!

I'm looking forward to the next few years in imaging as things are changing so
fast all the time it makes for an great hobby.
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December 2006 - Seanie Morris:


And I'm still expected to believe thats stars and not snow?

I'm submitting this next time!

Albert White MSc FRAS
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Al,

Just wait for Seanie to declare/announce a meteor challenge such as the Perseids and use that photo!

As for Seanie's photo, he just happened to capture a lot of double and triple star systems. That simple. :D
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No closed clusters though! ;)

Anto,
thanks for the kind words. It is not a HUGE job to do, but as a solo effort, it is nice when fellow boardsters take part during the months. For much of IFAS, if it was not for the participation of all its members, in whatever form, this place would get pretty dull all right!

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I'm submitting this next time!


:shock: Look at all those comets. That's definately a contender for the image of the year.
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:shock: Look at all those comets. That's definately a contender for the image of the year.


Thats nothing. I had to run for cover seconds later :-)



Using a flash in a snow shower can give some interesting results!
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And here I was thinking about possible extreme coma and poor optics. Sorry Al for being so suspicious of your optics. :D
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A possible suggestion: have a poll between these twelve entries so as to get the photo of the year from these photos of the month. Just my two (euro)cents.


Your two cents is always appreciated!

I am reluctant to go one step further and ask people to vote on the 12 monthy winners for an overall winner, as I feel it would be more of a favourites competition rather than one on genuine quality. It was a reason why the names of the "competitors" were removed from the monthy entries half way through the year. I can't do that now as each photo is identified by the entrant.

I say let each winner bask in their glory for their hard work and chosen monthly standing! :D

Seanie.
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Im trying to think of the most cost effective way in which a calendar could be produced and sold here online to anyone who wants one.

It would feature the winning pic in each months competition.

Perhaps if the idea got off the ground (because of timing issues involved) the entries in the 2007 competitions (for example) would be turned into the 2009 calendar, 2008 entries would make up the 2010 calendar etc.

Maybe there are members here who are in the printing business who could come up with ideas.
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You could always make your own here:
www.vistaprint.ie/vp/ns/gallery.aspx?g=1...em&xnav=TsrImage

I bought a few of these for xmas pressies, came out very well.
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December 2006 - Seanie Morris:


And I'm still expected to believe thats stars and not snow?

I see Ursa Major running horizontally across mid-image.
Anthony Ayiomamitis
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Let me also just say WOW! how far ye have come since then!!!

Indeed a very nice collection of images ... lots of colour and variety.
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This stuff should really be in a calender or something!

Is there any grants going for such a thing...?!?!?
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How much would it cost to produce a calendar?

I mean if anyone who wanted one sent €20..............would that cover the printing costs?

A friend of mine in New Jersey gets a calendar printed every year for the lakeside community he lives in....of his and other peoples images (wildlife etc). He sent me the 2008 calendar. I might just ask him who his printer is and costs etc.

I'm sure there would be no probs with asking the printing company to do up a calendar for us here in Ireland. I'm sure though we could find a company right here in Ireland though.

What about the printing company that produce the monthly AI magazine?

It would be great to have a calendar of the annual winner of the comp.

So let's get the ball rolling for 2009.....................using the winning pics from 2008.
Paul C
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I just emailed my buddy in America about how much it costs to produce a calendar etc. This is his reply:

All good questions, PJ.

There are several websites and companies that enable you to produce calendars online. The calendar I sent you was done through www.shutterfly.com You log on, download your pics to their site and then organize, title and choose various option for your calendar. The cost varies with the amount you have printed. Typically, the cost is @ $19.99 per calendar but I get a break because I have 50 of them made. Having 50 made brought the cost down to $10.00 each AND they had free shipping at the time. A similar photo-printing website, www.snapfish.com works too. I know that snapfish has access for Ireland...not sure about shutterfly.

I put together a fundraising calendar for our local school district last year and used a more "professional" printing company, www.printpelican.com . I had 1000 full color calendars printed for UNDER $3.00 each. The district sold the calendars for $10.00 each and made a freekin' BUNDLE!

I would need to know how many calendars your astronomy friends want to have printed in order to direct you to a specific printing site, but hopefully the info I've given you will help.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
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PJ,

I think the calendar is a cool idea. I'd certainly buy one, as I'm sure most on these boards would. Though Seanie's "snow" shots would have to improve :D

Alright enough Seanie slagging - He puts a lot of work into this and its not always appreciated. Things like this don't just happen. Well Done Seanie :D .
Clear Skies,
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TAS put together a calendar for 2006 as the result of a childrens space art competition we ran. Believe me, it takes a lo of work to get a calendar together with interesting bits and pieces added in. Michael OC and I spent a couple of weeks on layout, scanning the entries, adding astro-info, and then the cost of getting it printed was quite big. It was A3 size (folded into A4) and was 24 pages.

You need to get a sponsor on board to help share the costs if you really wanted to make a profit, the images MUST be submitted in hi-res format, and someone willing to put in the work. If that all comes together, then it will look great!

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