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Announcing the The Sky Searchers.com Astrophotography Contest!


UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!!

We have suspended the TSS AP contest for the time being. Hopefully the team can come up with a plan that works smoothly.

Keep your eyes open for a new revamped contest.
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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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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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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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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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Oh dear ... it seems my sense of humour is a bit miss placed here. No problems ... Phill
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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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We are getting close to the end of July!

Get your photos posted soon for the July contest!!!
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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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don't we have polling ?
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Nope all done based on "thanks".
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yobbo89 wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:46 pm
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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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?

--Ram

PS: Also unable to thank Bradley's image of Pacman on the forum? Is the judging by thanks or likes?
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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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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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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!!!

:text-woo:
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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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So when does the voting begin?
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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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Is half the problem from posting in the wrong place?
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