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August Entries - Time to judge for a winner (2013)

Poll: August's Entries: Saturn (was ended 0000-00-00 00:00:00)

Saturn Photo #1
1 2.8%
Saturn Photo #2
9 25%
Saturn Photo #3
8 22.2%
Saturn Photo #4
5 13.9%
Saturn Photo #5
2 5.6%
Saturn Photo #6
11 30.6%
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With the closure of the August 2013 Astrophotography Competition, it is time to judge the entries. Please view the images and cast your vote on the Poll included. There is no need to reply to this post, or add comments - people's views are their own but may seem to sway favour towards a particular photo if too many comments towards a particular photo is made.

You have only 1 Vote, so make it count. And thanks again to Ktec Telescopes for their sponsorship of the prize for August (a QHY5 Mark II CCD Camera, see August's competition thread here for details)


Saturn Photo #1

A composite image with an SPC900NC. From left to centre: 26th Feb 2011, 21st of March 2011 and 24th of March 2011. The webcam was attached to an Intes MK67 mounted on an LXD75.



Saturn Photo #2

Saturn and its moons captured using an 8" SCT with an imaging source dbk21au618 camera. The image is a composite of two exposures: one exposure for moons and one for Saturn. Processing was done in AS!2 and Registax 6 and compositing done in Photoshop CS2.



Saturn Photo #3

Saturn emerging from occultation by the Moon on the evening of 22nd May 2007.



Saturn Photo #4

Video of Saturn taken with Philips Toucam Pro and Meade 8" LX90, processed in Registax, final image processed in Photoshop. 16th January 2004.



Saturn Photo #5

Captured through a Skywatcher 150p with a 2x Barlow using a modified Microsoft Cinema Webcam.



Saturn Photo #6

Taken through a 20" F5 Obsession + 3x teleview barlow + toucam, 2.5k images stacked in Registax. 14 February 2008.



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Hi

Just a suggestion. Is it also possible to add the link to the full image (flickr etc..)?
When the files are compressed to required size for publishing on the boards the compression degrades the images substantially and doesn't always do them justice. It should be OK for planets but nightscapes, high resolution images etc.. will look pretty average.
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Hi

Just a suggestion. Is it also possible to add the link to the full image (flickr etc..)?
When the files are compressed to required size for publishing on the boards the compression degrades the images substantially and doesn't always do them justice. It should be OK for planets but nightscapes, high resolution images etc.. will look pretty average.


Agreed.
800px is very small to see any detail.
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Hi

Just a suggestion. Is it also possible to add the link to the full image (flickr etc..)?
When the files are compressed to required size for publishing on the boards the compression degrades the images substantially and doesn't always do them justice. It should be OK for planets but nightscapes, high resolution images etc.. will look pretty average.


Have to agree also, it can play a part, I think however that the entries are kept anonymous on purpose to avoid bias
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I think however that the entries are kept anonymous on purpose to avoid bias


That's the reason exactly. A decision was made before to keep the size of the images to a size that wouldn't put out the layout on a 4:3 monitor, as there were complaints before. 800px wide would fit in all monitors from 1024 X 768 (average smallest) screen resolutions, you see...

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That's the reason exactly. A decision was made before to keep the size of the images to a size that wouldn't put out the layout on a 4:3 monitor, as there were complaints before. 800px wide would fit in all monitors from 1024 X 768 (average smallest) screen resolutions, you see...

Seanie.


There's always a method to the madness :-)
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Before casting my vote, I would like to announce that I am accepting bribes via PayPal. Please hurry with your "donations" and before the voting ends!

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Before casting my vote, I would like to announce that I am accepting bribes via PayPal. Please hurry with your "donations" and before the voting ends!

Anthony.


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John,

Do not worry about the 3.9% PayPal fee and which I will be happy to cover via your generous donation of $75.00.

Once I have received the funds, I will proceed with casting my vote.

When processing payment, please remember to remind me which of the above images is yours so that I will cast the proper vote.

Thanks!

Anthony. ( :evil: )
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Is that Zimbabwean dollar Z$ ?
If so, get a few of your Greek friends to sign up here and I'll send Mugabe's finest over to you...
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No problem Anthony
Please send me your bank account details, address and mothers maiden name to deposit the funds.

cheers
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ps I have recently relocated to Lagos
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ps I have recently relocated to Lagos

Huge relief on my part .... thank god it wasn't Nigeria! :whistle:

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Is that Zimbabwean dollar Z$ ?
If so, get a few of your Greek friends to sign up here and I'll send Mugabe's finest over to you...

Hhhmmm, unless I can create various bogus accounts so as to keep all of the Zimbabwean dollars to myself. :P

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Who won?


I guess its not over until midnight tonight?
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Thanks to whoever gave my photo a vote, it's very much appreciated. :)

I had hoped that Seanie would include the description which contextualises why I put together a composite image: It was a 'diary' of my efforts to image Saturn. I knew my image wasn't really 'competitive' so I just tried to make it interesting. :)
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I had hoped that Seanie would include the description which contextualises why I put together a composite image:


I did! See under each image. ;)
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Thanks Seanie, with respect when I said the description I was referring to the one I wrote in the email. I was a bit bemused that you edited my original description which was non-identifying and was less than 100 words:

A composite image of my efforts at imaging Saturn with a Phillips SPC900NC webcam. From top-left to centre: The first attempt was made 26th Feb 2011, the second 21st of March '11 and the final image was 24th of March '11 and represents the best I could get from the camera to date. The webcam was attached to an Intes MK67 mounted on an LXD75.

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Cracking pictures guys, I do have my favourite(s) B)

Some real crystal clear shots.

We are delighted to have been a part of Augusts competition :rock:

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I'll second that, it was good to be a part of the August competition.

About the comments on the images, I'm of the opinion that there should be no equipment description with any of the images, the equipment description can give away who the imager is.
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About the comments on the images, I'm of the opinion that there should be no equipment description with any of the images, the equipment description can give away who the imager is.


The equipment is very important imo. Its important this does not turn into a competition where the equipment takes over - by knowing the equipment used the voter can make a decision as to efforts and so on. I like the competition the way it is. I do think there should be a limit for age of the shots however, no more than 6 months old or something.
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About the comments on the images, I'm of the opinion that there should be no equipment description with any of the images, the equipment description can give away who the imager is.


The equipment is very important imo. Its important this does not turn into a competition where the equipment takes over - by knowing the equipment used the voter can make a decision as to efforts and so on. I like the competition the way it is. I do think there should be a limit for age of the shots however, no more than 6 months old or something.


I agree with the former point, yohan - I think that some knowledge of the equipment allows one to see where someone used their skills to get great results from modest equipment and judge that image against one that was taken with high-end equipment. In a sense it better reflects the skill (or lack of in my case! ;) ) of the photographer.

I do appreciate however that most of us who have been here a while can match an equipment description to a person. Everyone has friends that they like to do well but the community is pretty supportive of all-comers so I think it's reasonable to assume that votes will be made based on the subjective assessment of both technical and artistic ability.

As for the latter point, I'm rather relieved - as a person who doesn't get much time under the stars due to the hassles of 'real life' - that I can submit an image I took a while back. I think Seanie's approach here is pretty much ideal.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, it is ALWAYS appreciated and taken onboard, don't hold back!

Martinus, I apologise if you feel I shortchanged your entry by editing the description, it would never be my intention (I know you know that!). Yours was not the only description/caption edited either, just so you know - it's mainly for the purposes of the scan of entries being quick and dirty, so the reader gets as much info sinking in quickly before casting their vote. :)

I will take what you said onboard for future competitions.

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Not feeling short-changed at all, Seanie. No apology necessary. :)

I just wanted to frame the image in terms of what it meant to me (it just appears as an odd combination of rather poor images, otherwise). :laugh:

None of my images are up to the calibre of the amazing work I've seen from people with more modest equipment than mine but I figure that the competition pushes me to improve so entering is a worthwhile endeavour. If nothing else it's likely that I'll get good advice on how to get the best from the equipment.
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well, I suppose there is some worth having equipment details up there, all the same I think the submitter should have the option not to have the details put up.
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