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Imaging Challenge #30 - Celestial Motion
The theme for the 30th challenge - September 2019 - is  Celestial Motion!

Start Date: 1st September 2019
End Date: 30th November 2019

Rules: The theme this time is Celestial Motion - we want to see star trails, time lapses, animations, comets, transits, planetary movement - anything that shows off the movement we see in the night skies. Images, animations, videos, sketches all welcome 😀

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #30' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #25 - Solar - Winners
Some beautiful entries to this one - unfortunately the Sun started off with a strong spot display which tailed off in the latter half of the competition.

Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners below 🙂


AR2738 and environs By michael.h.f.wilkinson



AR2741 WL By Freddie



Solar disc after the thunderstorm By acr_astro


 
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Imaging Challenge #29 -  The Beauty of the Night Sky
The theme for the 29th challenge - August 2019 - is  'The Beauty of the Night Sky'!

Start Date: 1st August 2019
End Date: 31st October 2019

Rules: Open to all - any image that shows the beauty of the night sky - widefield, landscape, sketch, poster, deep sky image, video, planetary - whatever you like, inspire us!

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #29' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #24 - Android vs iOS - Winners
Not as many entries as we were hoping for this one 😞 well done to those who did enter though and based on the results, Android is the way to go for astrophotography!

Congratulations to the winners:


Moon and Venus By Angvd



Moon with Samsung S7 Android By Pete Presland



Piccolomini - Galaxy S8 By CraigT82


 
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Imaging Challenge #28 - Lunar Landings
The theme for the 28th challenge - July 2019 - is  Lunar Landings!

Start Date: 1st July 2019
End Date: 30th September 2019

Rules: To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing the challenge this month is to take an image or produce a sketch / drawing showing any of the Lunar Landing sites from not just Apollo missions but any place where a human made object has landed on the moon. Close-ups, wider field, animations, movies with annotation or graphics you create are all welcome 😃

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO 😃 and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #28' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Just warming up with a cup of tea after an unexpectedly reasonable session on Jupiter (let's not over blow it 🤣).

My pier mounted GP-DX is not ideally positioned to see Jupiter down so low, so I popped the Sphinx down at the bottom of the garden where there is a better view back over the houses. I decided to risk the Mewlon, hoping that the seeing would be better than last night. GRS was showing as visible so I was hoping to pick it up long before it got dark. I think I first spotted it in binoculars at around 9.30pm, and got the scope centred on it. Initial views were not promising, although I could just about see GRS and Io about to drop behind the planet.

I persevered on and off for 2.5 hours, just packing in a few minutes ago and have been rewarded by the best views I've had this opposition. That is not saying an awful lot, but they were better than I expected, improving nicely as the night cooled and the planet got higher.

I stuck with x164 through the binoviewers, and as things improved, GRS became more distinct as it headed toward the limb. There was a pleasant amount of belt detail, some festoons off the NEB and distinct colour to the bands. Atmospheric CA was there when the seeing worsened but generally it was unobtrusive.

Didn't look at much else, just the Double Double and some alignment stars, but 'twas great to get out there and to be rewarded with some decent views.

Hope you are enjoying it if you are out.

PS Saturn was RUBBISH 🤣🤣, no doubt it will improve a little as it gains height, but I need my bed!!
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Imaging Challenge #27 - DSLR / Mirrorless
The theme for the 27th challenge - June 2019 - is  DSLR / Mirrorless!

Start Date: 1st June 2019
End Date: 31st August 2019

Rules: Very simple - any astronomical images taken with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera goes, be as creative as you like! Can be through a lens, telescope, pin hole! Videos, animations, single shots, stacks, guided, unguided all as you like but it must be captured using a DSLR or mirrorless (or point and shoot...) camera. Creative / unusual images always capture the judges eye! Have fun 📷

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #27' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #23 - The Terminator Challenge - Winners
Wow - I know I say this every time but this was another tough one to judge with three people sharing third place! Great to see some sketches and some unusual compositions in this challenge - keep them coming

Winners are:


Large moon mosaic, full saturaded colors By wouterdhoye



I won't be back ! - My 2nd Terminator Image By PembrokeSteve



Luna 14-2-2019 By Ibbo!


Chalk-/charcoal sketch from Grimaldi to Cavalerius, Feb 17th By acr_astro


 

Terminator Challenge #23 By Lurcher
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Imaging Challenge #22 - Christmas Present Challenge - Winners
Less entries in this challenge so we will rethink the format of this one next Christmas.

Tough judging - shared 2nd and 3rd places this time!

Well done everyone for entering, the winners are:


M100 By Nigel G



M51 with my new guiding setup By discardedastro

 


M3 with Santa's gift. By Nigel G


 


Nodal Ninja By MartinB


lunar eclipse By clarkpm4242

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/329357-lunar-eclipse/
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Imaging Challenge #26 - 30 Seconds Unguided
The theme for the 26th challenge - May 2019 - is 30 Seconds Unguided!

Start Date: 1st May 2019
End Date: 31st July 2019

Rules: Any image that fits the theme ‘30 Second Unguided’ will be accepted. We are not looking for anything specific. It might be an artistic single frame, a ‘lucky shot’ or a highly planned, multi-night mosaic epic! The winning image will be whichever one the judges like best! Feel free to use whatever equipment you like but each single frame can be no more than 30 seconds and must be unguided! (No stacking!).

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #26' forum (each challenge will have its own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #25 - Solar
The theme for the 25th challenge - April 2019 - is Solar!

Start Date: 1st April 2019
End Date: 30th June 2019

Rules: The theme this time is 'Solar' - the sun is treating us to a nice spot at the moment so this challenge is dedicated to the sun.

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #25' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #24 - Android vs iOS
The theme for the 24th challenge - March 2019 - is Android vs iOS!

Start Date: 1st March 2019
End Date: 31st May 2019

Rules: The theme this time is 'Android vs iOS' - all images must be captured using an Android or iOS device but anything astro related goes! Single shots, stacks, videos, animations, whatever you like

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #24' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #20 - Constellations - Winners
A close contest for the top spots this time - some beautiful images, thanks everybody for taking part!


The Charioteer rides forth! By MartinB



Orion over the woods By davew



Orion over the Mill By Cjg
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Peoples Choice Imaging Awards 2018 - Winners
Thanks everyone who took the time to vote - some excellent choices for the 2018 imaging challenge awards!

Congratulations to the winners below

 


Moonlit Caldera by James



davew - Ladybower Skies



Colourful Moon by MoonBoy129
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Imaging Challenge #19 - SNRs and PNs - Winners
Wow - some absolute stonkers this time. A very clear winner but we had a lot of trouble separating 2nd and 3rd


PK 104-29.1 a.k.a. Jones 1 and WD 2333+310 By Petergoodhew



M1 - same Crab nebula. With the dob's tube. By alexbb



NGC 1514 - The Crystal Ball Nebula By Petergoodhew


Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) By Shibby
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Imaging Challenge #22 - Christmas Present Challenge
The theme for the 22nd challenge - January 2019 - is the Christmas Present Challenge!

Start Date: 25th December 2018
End Date: 31st March 2019

Rules: A bit of New Year festive fun. This time the challenge is to image with, through, via, using, in conjunction with anything you were given for Christmas  Something you gave yourself for Christmas also counts!  Please let us know in the image description what item(s) were used.

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #22' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #18 - Globular Clusters - Winners!
This challenge wasn't as popular as others so we are looking at other challenge ideas to get more people involved.

Some excellent entries though and some very worthy winners! Well done all


NGC 5139 By Adry



Messier 15 by Laurin Dave



M22 By Adry
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Imaging Challenge #17 - Through the Eyepiece - Winners
Some truly stunning entries and winners this time - absolutely amazing what can be done with afocal imaging!


Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner by Smisy



Orion by Gavstar



Moonrise in Alps by Smisy


Well done everybody!

Apologies for the delay in announcing this...
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Imaging Challenge #21 - Comet 46P
The theme for the 21st challenge - December 2018 - is Comet 46P!

Start Date: 1st December 2018
End Date: 28th February 2019

Rules: This is a special challenge to coincide with Comet 46P. We want to see videos, time lapses, diagrams, sketches and anything else you can come up with! 

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #21' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #20 - Constellations
The theme for the 20th challenge - November 2018 - is Constellations!

Start Date: 1st November 2018
End Date: 31st January 2019

Rules: The theme is constellations and asterisms. We want to see images capturing different constellations, perhaps how constellations fit with each other in the night sky, close-ups, widefields, long exposures or short - this one is really open to interpretations. We are really hoping to see some sketches as well as images this time!

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #20' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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Imaging Challenge #19 - SNRs and PNs
The theme for the 19th challenge - October 2018 - is Supernovae Remnants and Planetary Nebulae!

Start Date: 1st October 2018
End Date: 31st December 2018

Rules: The theme is supernova remnants and planetary nebulae so we are looking forward to beautiful captures of objects like M1, M27, M57 and the Veil nebula.

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #19' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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It is with pleasure that I can confirm, that our keynote speaker slot this year is Dr. Matthew Bothwell, an outreach astronomer working at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

I had the pleasure of seeing Matt do a talk earlier this year and he is a superb presenter - I am very excited we have been able to book him to come along to the star party on the Saturday and he will be presenting his talk: "Monsters in the Dark"  - searching for the Universe’s most massive galaxies’.

Matt will hopefully be joining us for the Hogroast and (fingers crossed) some clear skies on the Saturday night, please make him welcome

This is our first time having a guest speaker at an SGL star party but this is our tenth year at Lucksall so we wanted to do something a little different, we hope you all enjoy!
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Imaging Challenge #15 - Milky Way - Winners
Wow! Some stunning entries this month and it really split the judges with a widespread of voting!

The winners are:


Moonlit Caldera by James


 


Milky Way Over Yosemite National Park by HunterHarling



XRT-C and The Milky Way by Knight of Clear Skies


Well done everybody 🙂

 

 
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Comet 21P/Giacobini–Zinner meets M37 at perihelion
I'm still dizzy after processing this one for each LRGB filter.

Comet 21P meets open cluster M37 in the night/morning of 10/11 September, at perihelion.

This is a combination of 60s x 30 x 4 subs, taken through the SW130PDS with an ASI1600MMC.

https://www.astrobin.com/366252/

No deconvolution applied, only noise reduction. About the remaining noise?! ... yes, please. Unfortunately the light pollution at home didn't let me record more.

Thanks for watching and clear skies!

Alex
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Imaging Challenge #18 - Globular Clusters
The theme for the 18th challenge - September 2018 - is Globular Clusters!

Start Date: 1st September 2018
End Date: 30th November 2018

Rules: The theme is globular clusters - nice and simple but there are some wonderful ones to image and explore over the next few months. We look forwards to seeing your entries!

Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO  and a virtual trophy for your signature.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. 
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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To enter please add your image to the Imaging Challenge #18 Gallery (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
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