The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!

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Post by Gordon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:03 pm

Announcing the The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!


UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!!

We are in the process of updating our AP contest. Below is the outline of the new process of entry and selection. Hopefully this will speed up the process and make it MUCH easier to administer. I will take the blame for the lack of picking winners for August and September. I was in the middle of moving from Southern California to Arizona and my time was very limited on the Forum. So after some 're-thinking' and discussions by the TSS Team here's what we have come up with.

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General Overview:

For images to be eligible they must be posted in the appropriate category in the TSS Astrophotography Contest sub-forum. Please include the name of the object, date image was taken location the image was taken and the equipment used.

Submission Categories:

We have 5 specific categories. NOTE: we can now add more categories and will be doing so in the near future once we get any 'Bugs' worked out.

1. Deep space: Anything outside our solar system.

2. Solar system: Anything in our solar system excluding the moon, sun, and earth and anything on them (with this definition for example, Mars is solar system as is the International Space Station).

3. Moon: Any photograph of all or part of the moon that contains no objects from any other category.

4. Sun: Any photograph of all or part of the sun that contains no objects from any other category.

5. Nightscape: Any terrestrial photograph that contains one or more objects from one or more of the other categories.

"Poly-topical": If your submission fits into two or more categories e.g. M45 and Venus... and you have placed your image in a different sub forum, not to worry, the Team will decide which category to place your photo in for the contest and move it to the appropriate sub-forum.

The competition will be done as follows:

Monthly: The TSS team will create a new sub-forum with the month indicated. Once this forum is open entries can be posted. At the end of the month the sub-forum will be closed and no more entries / posts can be made.

THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!! Images posted as entries WILL NOT BE SAVED!!!! Please use the normal Astrophotography forum area for posting. AP contest sub-forums will be purged after the contest has ended!!!

No prizes are awarded for winners. However they will receive a mention in a Monthly Winner Announcement Thread and added to our AP contest hall of fame. And we will issue a 'flare' to each winners profile indicating they have won.


General rules:

All forum members are included. This includes Regular members, Co-Admins and Vendors.

Winners will be selected based on the number of "Thanks" they receive for their images to be sure to "Thank" the ones you really like!!!! NOTE: The ability to "thank" will not be available till the end of the month. An announcement will be posted that the posting of "thanks" is open and you can select your favorite then.

In the event of a tie the TSS team will select the winner.

Only photos (no videos will be considered).

The image must be made by the member using their own equipment (as best the Team can substantiate).

Should any discrepancy occur, the TSS Team will make the final resolution.
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Re: The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!

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Post by sdbodin » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:38 pm

OK, same as that other place; 4 solar system one DSO.

I would like a little more balance, maybe DSO widefield, DSO narrow field and nightscape, solar system.

Probably a dozen other ways to do it too.

Either way I'll play,
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Re: The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!

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Post by Ozypic » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:13 am

What of the people who have crap equipment and no photoshop skills ? Perhaps we need a "Wooden Spoon Prize " .....
Ah thats sounding like a last place prize isn't it... OK forget I said anything.... HaHaHa
Bring it on , Its a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing more great images by some pretty clever people... Phill
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Re: The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!

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Post by OzEclipse » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:54 pm

Ozypic wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:13 am
What of the people who have crap equipment and no photoshop skills ? Perhaps we need a "Wooden Spoon Prize " .....
Ah thats sounding like a last place prize isn't it... OK forget I said anything.... HaHaHa
Bring it on , Its a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing more great images by some pretty clever people... Phill
Phill,
You're missing the point mate. The aim of a photo contest in a club or online group is not to win prizes. A wooden spoon only encourages you not to improve. Friendly competitions like this form a basis for comparison and are there for people to participate, gain skills, to strive, improve and learn.

Give it a go!

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Post by JayTee » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:39 pm

The more I think about this, the more I agree with Steve. BTW, it’s 3 solar system, nightscape (which is more like extremely wide-field and not necessarily SolarSystem), and DSOs.

Why don’t we break up DSOs into three different categories.
1) Galaxies and nebulae (both diffuse and planetary)
2) Star clusters (both globular and open)
3) Widefield — 3 deg or greater FOV, to include mosaics (basically bigger than the entirety of the Andromeda galaxy)

I think our forums should be award happy and not award stingy.

Just my thoughts on the matter.

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Re: The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!

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Post by Ozypic » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:49 pm

Oh dear ... it seems my sense of humour is a bit miss placed here. No problems ... Phill
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Post by JayTee » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:52 am

Ozypic wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:49 pm
Oh dear ... it seems my sense of humour is a bit miss placed here. No problems ... Phill
No worries,
I firmly saw your tongue in your cheek!!!

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Post by Gordon » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:34 pm

We are getting close to the end of July!

Get your photos posted soon for the July contest!!!
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Post by Gordon » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:34 pm

Please see the first post on this tread!

The AP contest has changed!!!

We are looking forward to seeing your images!!!
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Post by yobbo89 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:46 pm

don't we have polling ?
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Post by Gordon » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:56 pm

Nope all done based on "thanks".
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Post by JayTee » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:01 pm

yobbo89 wrote:
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don't we have polling ?
In previous posts we have shown that polling, for some strange reason, just does not generate a large sample size. Using the quantity of "thank you's" we feel will be a much more accurate judge of how the general populace feels about an image. Once again, we are still fine-tuning our programs so bear with us as we grow a little.

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Post by ram » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:18 am

So does the image have to be taken and processed in the month of the contest? For instance, if I took the image end of September, can it belong in the Oct contest?

Secondly, is there a limit to the # of entries per person/per category?

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PS: Also unable to thank Bradley's image of Pacman on the forum? Is the judging by thanks or likes?
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Post by Gordon » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:20 pm

No it can be taken at any time just be sure to mention when the image was captured. No limit on the number of images you can post but please keep them in separate posts. As a suggestion however, it would be better to just post one image per month as we will only have one winner per category each month.

The 'Thanks" are closed until the contest voting period begins. We will open it at the end of the month.
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Post by Gordon » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:57 pm

Hey all you Astro Photographers!!!!

We need your photo! The October AP contest is open and we are almost halfway through the month! viewforum.php?f=96
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Post by Gordon » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:54 pm

We are getting close to the end of October and we only have a few entries in the AP contest! In fact 2 of the categories don't have any entries!

Here's a link to the October entries area. https://theskysearchers.com/viewforum.php?f=96

Bust out those photos and get them entered!!!

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Post by yobbo89 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:03 pm

Been waiting forever for the clouds to go away!!. It usually goes like this, few weeks of clouds, full moon, few weeks of clouds, full moon :(
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Post by ram » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:56 pm

So when does the voting begin?
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Post by Gordon » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:57 pm

Due to the lack of participation we are in the process of rethinking a method to highlight our members images.

Hopefully we can figure out something that works.....
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Post by yobbo89 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:07 pm

Is half the problem from posting in the wrong place?
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