RASC Halifax Centre Astroimaging Contest & People's Choice Award

Want to shine like a star? Gain galactic bragging rights? Burst with pride like a bolide? Enter your hard-won astro-images in the Astroimaging Contest! Here’s all the info you need to generate your own solar radiance.
 
As of April 2019, the Astroimaging Contest, formerly only within the purview of Nova East, is now a Halifax Centre contest thereby opening it to more than Nova East registrants. Astrophoto submissions from past years are available for viewing below. 

Who Can Submit to the Contest:

Submissions will be accepted from any RASC Halifax Centre member and any person currently residing in Nova Scotia.

Important Note:

By submitting a photo to the Nova East Astroimaging Contest, the photographer has given permission for use on the Nova East Star Party website, the RASC Halifax Centre publication Nova Notes, and display at Halifax Members’ Meetings, and on the prize sponsor’s website and social media. If the photo is to be used for any other purpose, the photographer’s permission will be requested specifically for that purpose.

Deadline for Submission to the Contest - Deadline Extension:

Submissions will be accepted August 21, 2020 - September 18, 2020. This would allow for distribution to the adjudicators and for any arrangements that would be necessary regarding the awards presentations at NE. 
 
For 2020, the extended deadline for submission will be midnight Friday, September 18, 2020.

Contest Categories:

The Nova East Astroimaging Contest has three categories:
1.     Wide Field (WF)
2.     Solar System (SS)
3.     Deep-Sky/Prime Focus (DS)

Image Description Guidelines:

Provide a single text file with the image description(s) separate from the images. The information provided will be used when posting the photos (except the photographer’s name prior to the winners being announced).  Each description should be a single text block with:
·      Photographer’s name
·      Image Title
·      What the object is
·      Pertinent details 
·      Capture details: location, time, camera make, camera settings, lens, mount, total exposure time, focal ratio, processing steps, etc.

Image Guidelines & Submission:

The photo submitted may be in colour or black and white. No composite photos are allowed; however, stacked photographs are allowed. Each person may submit two entries per category. However, each person may win only once per category for which they submitted photos, i.e., they cannot win both 1st and 2nd prize in a category.
 
Images should be in JPEG format, 2,400 pixels wide, and should not have text (such as labels, copyright notices or other information) imprinted on them. Images should not be embedded in a presentation format.
Some composites (for example, those with foregrounds shot from a different location and/or date than the sky portion) are not eligible, however, nightscape images and photos consisting of stitched mosaics and panoramas are allowed.
 
All images must be captured using equipment you personally set up and operated.
 
The File Name format: category + image Title + file extension. Please do not include your name or initials in the naming of the file. For example:
·      WF Yarmouth Milky Way.jpg
·      SS Moon crater Plato.jpg
·      DS M101.jpg
 
Images are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your full name and address in your email with the JPEG of your photo. Use the naming format and the image description cited above.

People's Choice Award

Thanks to the work of Melody Hamilton, the People's Choice Award was established as part of the Nova East Astroimaging Contest in 2018. The winner was determined by fellow Nova East registrants voting for their favourite photo of all those submitted to the contest. Fellow astronomers and their families got to acknowledge amateur photographers and their work. 

Given Nova East 2020 is a speaker series utilizing Zoom for attendance, the mechanism for voting for this award during COVID-19 restrictions has changed. A method will be determined over the summer and announced on the Nova East and Halifax Centre sites in mid-September.

Prizes:

The Astroimaging Contest prizes will be determined each year in conjunction with the contest sponsors. The People's Choice Award is a gift certificate to Atlantic Photo Supply.

Announcement of Winners

Astroimaging Contest : All photos submitted will be judged for their technical merit as well as their composition, visual interest, and artistic merit.

People's Choice Award: Voting of members and contest participants will determine the winner of this award. The 2020 mechanism for voting will be determined before the closure of the Astroimaging Contest.
 
Winners will be announced at Nova East each year, or on another date determined by the Board of Directors. The 2020 winners will be announced at the October 3, 2020 Members' Meeting.

Those winners not in attendance will be notified by phone or email regarding their win. Once all winners have been notified, the winners will be announced on the Nova East website, through the RASC Halifax Centre Announce List, at a Members' Meeting, and on the sponsor’s website and social media.

The 2020 winners (shown below) were:

Deep-Sky Winner: 11 - IC1805 / Heart Nebula - Jeff

Solar System Winner: 28 - Aristoteles and Eudoxus, the 'Bike Wheel' lunar craters - David Hoskin.

Wide Field Winner: 09 - Milky Way Bayswater - Jason Dain

People's Choice Winner: 15 - Observing Comet NEOWISE in solitude - Jerry Black

 

2020 Astroimaging Contest Entries

(Photos are the copyrighted property of the photographers. Permission to use any of their photos for other purposes must be obtained from the photographer.)

These photos (1 - 34) are this year's entries. RASC Halifax members may vote for their People's Choice favourite through a SurveyMonkey survey to be emailed separately. Note: with some internet browsers, hovering over the photo with your cursor will display the photo details. You may also be able to right-click on an image and view it in a separate window to see a larger version. If necessary, the files were reduced in JPEG quality to meet a 2M file upload limit (which might be noticeable if you view a zoomed image). The judges have access to the original submitted images.

Deep Sky Winner: 11 - IC1805 / Heart Nebula - Jeff DonaldsonDeep-Sky Winner: 11 - IC1805 / Heart Nebula - Jeff Donaldson
28 - Aristoteles and Eudoxus, the 'Bike Wheel' lunar craters.Solar System Winner: 28 - Aristoteles and Eudoxus, the 'Bike Wheel' lunar craters - David Hoskin.
09 - Milky Way BayswaterWide Field Winner: 09 - Milky Way Bayswater - Jason Dain
Peoples Choice Winner: 15 - Observing Comet NEOWISE in solitude - Jerry BlackPeople's Choice Winner: 15 - Observing Comet NEOWISE in solitude - Jerry Black
07 - Eastern Veil Nebula07 - Eastern Veil Nebula
13 - The Heart Nebula melts my Heart13 - The Heart Nebula melts my Heart
26 - The Iris Nebula (NGC 7023)26 - The Iris Nebula (NGC 7023)
22 - NGC 7023, The Iris Nebula22 - NGC 7023, The Iris Nebula
14 - The Eagle watches over us14 - The Eagle watches over us
04 - M31/Andromeda Galaxy04 - M31/Andromeda Galaxy
34 - M31 The Andromeda Galaxy34 - M31 The Andromeda Galaxy
05 - M33/Triangulum Galaxy05 - M33/Triangulum Galaxy
17 - M4217 - M42
18 - (Bode’s Galaxy) and M82 (The Cigar Galaxy)18 - (Bode’s Galaxy) and M82 (The Cigar Galaxy)
32 - M9232 - M92
08 - North America Nebula08 - North America Nebula
24 - NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula, an emission nebula in Cygnus24 - NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula, an emission nebula in Cygnus
27 - NGC 7635 and Messier 5227 - NGC 7635 and Messier 52
33 - NGC 281 - Pacman Nebulae33 - NGC 281 - Pacman Nebulae
1 -6 NGC7000 North America Nebula, a large emission nebula in Cygnus16 - NGC7000 North America Nebula, a large emission nebula in Cygnus
25 - Tarantula Nebula and the Large Magellanic Cloud25 - Tarantula Nebula and the Large Magellanic Cloud
12 - Moon during the day12 - Moon during the day
19 - The Moon In Colour19 - The Moon In Colour
29 - SS Moon Meets Mars29 - SS Moon Meets Mars
23 - Venus and Moon23 - Venus and Moon
01 - WF Dawn Comet.jpg01 - WF Dawn Comet.jpg
30 - WF Harvest Moon Over Minas Basin30 - WF Harvest Moon Over Minas Basin
06 - Lighthouse under milkyway06 - Lighthouse under milkyway
20 - Milkyway Over Summerville20 - Milkyway Over Summerville
21 - NEOWISE Over Ponhook21 - NEOWISE Over Ponhook
03 - WF NEOWISE with Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters03 - WF NEOWISE with Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters
31 - WF Orion Rising31 - WF Orion Rising
10 - Rho Ophiuchi to the Milky Way Pano10 - Rho Ophiuchi to the Milky Way Pano
02 - WF Winter Hexagon in Summer02 - WF Winter Hexagon in Summer

 


2019 Astroimaging Contest Entries

(Photos are the copyrighted property of the photographers. Permission to use any of their photos for other purposes must be obtained from the photographer.)

These photos (1 - 30) are the 2019 entries. Registrants voted for their People's Choice favourite. Note: with some internet browsers, hovering over the photo with your cursor, will display the photo details.

8 M27 Narrowband
8 M27 Narrowband (DS) Winner of the DS category - Jeff Donaldson
25 Mare Nubium’s Straight Wall
25 Mare Nubium’s Straight Wall (SS) Winner of the SS category - David Hoskin
13 I feel like a spot of tea. Where's the teapot?
13 I feel like a spot of tea. Where's the teapot? (WF) Winner of the WF category - Jerry Black
29 Balancing Rock and Milky Way
29 Balancing Rock and Milky Way (WF) Winner of the People's Choice Award - Barry Burgess
Image Title  - Fireball Meteor  What the object is - Meteor        Pertinent details - unplanned capture! I was shooting the Milky Way and the meteor photobombed the shot. It appears to have travelled horizontally above a cloud, which gives a helicopter effect. The green colour was pretty intense.   Location - Outer False Harbour near Cape Forchu lighthouse, Yarmouth County, NS  Time - July 2, 2019 at approximately 12:39:28 AM; my camera clock settings were "off" so I tried to correct the data by using a universal time clock.    Camera - Canon 6D  Settings - 20.0 seconds exposure, F/2.0. ISO 1600.  Lens - Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art on a Canon mount  Tripod, no tracker used  Processed in Photoshop CC from TIFF file with basic adjustments to brightness, contrast, shadows, dehaze, colour balance, luminance, saturation, noise and so on. Cropped to required size. 
 1 Fireball Meteor (WF)
2 WF Quinan Milky Way
2 Quinan Milky Way (WF)
3 DS  Bubble Nebula
3 Bubble Nebula in Hydrogen-alpha (DS)
4 Triangulum Galaxy (DS)
4 Triangulum Galaxy (DS)
5 Spirit Road (WF)
5 Spirit Road (WF)
5 Spirit Road (WF)
6 One Hundred Thousand Light Years (WF)
5 Spirit Road (WF)
7 Milky Way Rosé (WF)
9 Bubble and Friends
9 Bubble and Friends (DS)
10 The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)
10 The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) (DS)
11 Sagittarius Star Cloud and beyond
11 Sagittarius Star Cloud and beyond (DS)
12 Shadows from the center of the Galaxy
12 Shadows from the center of the Galaxy (WF)
14 10.8-day-old-moon
14 10.8-day-old-moon (SS)
15 Comet meets the Pleiades
15 Comet meets the Pleiades (WF)
16 Winter sky with comet
16 Winter sky with comet (WF)
17 The Flaming Star Nebula
17 The Flaming Star Nebula (DS)
18 The Tadpoles Nebula
18 The Tadpoles Nebula (DS)
19 Life‘s Good
19 Life‘s Good (WF)
20 Blue Moon
20 Blue Moon (SS)
21 Half Moon
21 Half Moon (SS)
22 Contrast
22 Contrast (WF)
23 The Trifid Nebula (Messier 20)
23 The Trifid Nebula (Messier 20) (DS)
24 The Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27)
24 The Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27) (DS)
26 Sunspot Pair
26 Sunspot Pair (SS)
27 Northumberland Strait Milky Way
27 Northumberland Strait Milky Way (WF)
28 New Moon and the Bull’s Eye
28 New Moon and the Bull’s Eye (WF)
30 Rocks and Stars
30 Rocks and Stars (WF)

 


 

Examples of previous entries from 2017 and 2018...  

(Photos are the copyrighted property of the photographers. Permission to use any of their photos for other purposes must be obtained from the photographer.)

 


 Gibbous Moon

Zodiacal Light

Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Milky Way at Keji

 Starman

Iris Nebula, NGC 7025

M13 Hercules Cluster

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

Facing Inward, San Pedro de Atacama Chile
Earth Shadow
Earth Shadow
 
 M13 Hercules Cluster

M42 Orion Nebula

Southern Milky Way

Harvest Moon