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  1. Pig, Louis D, no supplier bashing please!
  2. Thank you to everyone who entered the first SGL imaging challenge, all those who participated in the discussions and all those who helped judge. It was a real pleasure to see the entries and we are pleased to announce the winner and runners up below: Colour Jupiter - 8th April 2017 by happylimpet Jupiter Front and Back by CraigT82 Jupiter mini animation, 07/04/2017 by GuLinux Congratulations to all of you We also wanted to commend two very close runners up:
  3. The theme for the fifth challenge - July 2017 - is Solar & Solar Eclipse. Start Date: 1st July 2017 End Date: 30th September 2017 This time it's a double challenge - the first is a general solar challenge so any image / video that fits the theme 'Solar' will be accepted. The second part will have it's own set of winners and this is for any solar eclipse images taken during the upcoming eclipse. With both parts, you can be as artistic as you like so long as they fit with the themes Prize: Winners of both parts will receive £100 of FLO gift vouchers to buy some goodies with! Kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- 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. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #5’ 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.
  4. Winner to be announced within the next week Thank you for everybody who entered - judging is going to be hard!
  5. Thank you to everyone who entered the first SGL imaging challenge, all those who participated in the discussions and all those who helped judge. It was a real pleasure to see the entries and we are pleased to announce the winner and runners up below: ISS solar transit 18-4-2017 by Ibbo! ISS from 03.04.2017 by Pete Presland Joint Third Place Jupiter Animation by cuivenion Earths partner 4.5.17 17.00 by xtremechaos Congratulations to all of you
  6. The theme for the fourth challenge - June 2017 - is Noctilucent Clouds! Start Date: 1st June 2017 End Date: 31st August 2017 Any image that fits the theme ‘Noctilucent Clouds’ will be accepted. We will also accept animations or movies. Anything related to the topic can be submitted so be as artistic as you like Prize: £100 of FLO gift vouchers to buy some goodies with! Kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- 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. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #4’ 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.
  7. Winner to be announced within the next week Thank you for everybody who entered - some superb entries for us to look through.
  8. The theme for the third Challenge - May 2017 - is 30 Second Exposures! Start Date: 1st May 2017 End Date: 31st July 2017 Any image that fits the theme ‘30 Second Exposures’ 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 epic! The winning image will be whichever one the judges like best! Feel free to use whatever equipment you like and stack as much data as you like but each single frame can be no more than 30 seconds! Prize: £100 of FLO gift vouchers to buy some goodies with! Kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- 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. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #3’ 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. We are a little late launching this but will accept images you may have already taken since 1st May.
  9. The theme for the second Challenge - April 2017 - is Jupiter! Start Date: 1st April 2017 End Date: 30th June 2017 Any image that fits the theme ‘Jupiter’ 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 epic! The winning image will be whichever one the judges like best! Prize: A ZWO Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC) which significantly reduces the prismatic smearing (atmospheric dispersion) caused by light passing through moisture in our atmosphere, a common problem encountered when observing/imaging planets at low altitudes. Kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- 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. -- We are a little late launching this but will accept images you may have already taken of Jupiter since 1st April.
  10. A Dutch ecommerce company called 'Frank' have contacted us to say they purchased the 'Telescope Planet' domain name when the original company ceased trading. They now own the domain name and are using it to retail astronomy products. They use the same domain name but are a different company, based in the Netherlands.
  11. A Dutch ecommerce company called 'Frank' have contacted us to say they purchased the 'Telescope Planet' domain name when the original company ceased trading. They now own the domain name and are using it to retail astronomy products. They use the same domain name but are a different company, based in the Netherlands.
  12. Please use this area to discuss the competitions and challenges. The specific forums should only be used for the entries to keep things ordered and easier to judge Thanks, Admin
  13. The SGL POTM (picture of the month) is back and to make it as inclusive, social and as fun as possible we have made some changes This new POM will be based on a series of monthly ‘Astro Challenges’. Most will last three months so people will have plenty of time to enter (go away clouds!) but others might be shorter and tied to specific events (i.e. eclipses, meteor showers, etc). They will also over-lap so one will start while another (different challenge) finishes each month. To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Astro Challenge’ 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. A team of mods, admin plus occasional guests will judge the entries. Only the first post containing the submitted image will be considered (not the discussions, feedback or number of likes generated in the topic). The winner of each challenge will receive a prize and a virtual medal-of-honour for their SGL signature. We will also compile and keep a showcase of all the challenges and winners. -- The theme for the first Challenge - March 2017 - is Satellite(s)! Start Date: 1st March 2017 End Date: 31st May 2017 Any image that fits the theme ‘Satellite(s)’ will be accepted. We will use NASAs definition of a Satellite but are not looking for anything specific. It might be an artistic single frame, a ‘lucky shot’ or a highly planned, multi-night epic! The winning image will be whichever one the judges like best! Prize: A copy of the superb Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas Desk Edition kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- 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. -- This is a new format so we may need to tweak it as we go - we look forward to your feedback
  14. Then please don't hijack his thread to discuss alternatives.
  15. @Ben the Ignorant, @Louis D, I think the OP is politely hinting he isn't looking for buying advice. He has already chosen and purchased an eyepiece and is sharing his experience with it