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ScopeX 2019 Astrophotography Competition

The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

 

Winners:

Advanced Category:

Image entry number: AD-17

Stefanus Potgieter's Keyhole Nebula. (Prize: Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager donated by G&L Agencies).

Beginner Category:

Image entry number: BE-03

Tiaan Niemand's Leo Triplets. (Prize: Celestron Power Tank donated by ScopeX).

Cellphone Category:

Image entry number: CE-08

Grant Peterson's Parade of the Planets. (Prize: Celestron NexYZ Smartphone adapter donate by G&L Agencies).

 

Special mentions:

Cellphone: Ani Vermulen (Milky Way & Windmill nightscapes).

Beginner: Peter Dunsby (Running Man & Orion core nebulae).

Advanced: Lafras Smit (SALT alignment tower startrails).

 

Astrophotography - Advanced Category:

 

AD 01

SALT alignment tower vs. South Pole

Lafras Smit

 

Canon 200D & Sigma 10 - 20mm lens @ 10mm

315 images of 30 seconds exposure each @ ISO 3200, f/3.5

Stacked with StarStax then processed in Light room.

 

AD 02

Fighting Dragons of Ara & Dragon's Egg (NGC 6164 / 6165)

John Gill

 

APM 107/700 telescope + 0.75 Focal Reducer on Celestron CGX mount. ZWO ASI1600 mono cooled camera + ZWO Ha, Sii & Oiii Filters

Exposures of 300 seconds for 5h00m total exposure time

Gain 150. Processed in PixInsight

 

AD 03

Messier 20 and Messier 8

Ryan Hill

 

Samsung NX500 DSLR on Williams optics telescope + focal reducer for 330mm focal length

2 hour stack of 2minute sub. Processed in Pixinsight.

 

AD 04

RIM Nebula (NGC6188)

Otto du Plessis

 

QHY183C through Edge HD 8 + Hyperstar focal reducer & STC Astro-MultiSpectra light pollution filter on Celestron AVX mount. Guiding : QHY Mini GuideScope 130mm

150 Minutes Integration Time @ Gain 11 Offset 5 (Unity gain).

Processed with Sequence Generator Pro, PHD2, Deep Sky Stacker, Startools, PS CS6 with Astronomy Tools Actions

 

AD 05

Eagle Nebula (Messier 16)

John Gill

 

ZWO ASI1600 mono cooled camera with ZWO, Ha, Sii & Oiii Filters through APM 107/700 telescope + 0.75 Focal Reducer on Celestron CGX mount

300-second individual exposures for total exposure time of 7h30m at Gain 300 and 235. Processed in PixInsight.

Imaged over two nights.

 

AD 06

The Carine nebula

Lafras Smit

 

Canon 6D at primary focus through Sky-Watcher 10 inch telescope on Skywatcher EQ6 mount

50 images of 1minute exposure each @ ISO 3200,

stacked with DeepSky Stacker and processed with Lightroom.

 

AD 07

SALT Panorama lit by the setting Moon

Lafras Smit

 

Canon 6D with 24 - 105mm lens @24mm

15 images of 25 seconds each at ISO 6400, f/4. Stitched with Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) then processed in Lightroom.

 

AD 08

Red Stone Hills Moonlight

Wim Filmalter

 

Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens @ 18mm on tripod

6x 15sec portrait exposures @ ISO 6400 & F/3.5. Panorama stitched with ICE Image Composite Editor. Foreground illuminated by the rising last quarter Moon from behind at midnight.

 

AD 09

Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Otto du Plessis

 

QHY183C Camera through Edge HD 8" OTA + Hyperstar Focal Reducer & STC Astro-MultiSpectra light pollution filter, on Celestron AVX Mount guided by QHY Mini GuideScope 130mm

Gain 11 Offset 5 (Unity gain) exposure of 179 Minutes total Integration Time. Processed with Sequence Generator Pro, PHD2, Deep Sky Stacker, Startools, PS CS6 with Astronomy Tools Actions

 

AD 10

Red Stone Hills Milky Way

Wim Filmalter

 

Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens @ 18mm on tripod

6x 30sec portrait exposures at ISO 6400 & F/3.5, stitched with ICE Image Composite Editor.

 

AD 11

Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)

John Gill

 

ZWO ASI1600 mono cooled camera with ZWO, Ha, Sii & Oiii Filters through APM 107/700 telescope + 0.75 Focal Reducer on Celestron CGX mount

Exposures of 300 seconds each at Gain 235 and 300, for total exposure time of 10h30m. Processed in PixInsight

Imaged over two nights.

 

AD 12

Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC6334)

Otto du Plessis

 

QHY183C camera with STC Astro-MultiSpectra light pollution filter, through Edge HD 8" + Hyperstar Focal Reducer on Celestron AVX Mount, guided by QHY Mini GuideScope 130mm

455 Minutes total Integration Time at Gain 11 Offset 5 (Unity gain). Processed with Sequence Generator Pro, PHD2, Deep Sky Stacker, Startools, PS CS6 with Astronomy Tools Actions

 

AD 13

Southern Cross and Coal Sack

Ryan Hill

 

Samsung NX500 DSLR with 50mm kit lens

2 hour stack of 2minute subs, Processed in Pixinsight.

 

AD 14

Red Stone Hills Milky Way

Wim Filmalter

 

Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens @ 18mm on tripod

6x 30sec portrait exposures @ ISO 6400, F/3.5

Panorama stitched with ICE Image Composite Editor

 

AD 15

Eta region

Ryan Hill

 

Samsung NX500 with 85mm prime lens, Tracking on EQ6 mount

90minute stack of 2 min subs @ F4.

Processed in Pixinsight

 

AD 16

Gabriela Mistral Nebula (NGC3324)

Stefanus Potgieter

 

Unmodified Canon 60D camera through Celestron EdgeHD 8” telescope (f/10, FL = 2130mm) on Celestron Advanced VX mount, Guided with Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 auto guiding camera via Lacerta Thin Off-Axis-Guider. Alignment via QHY Polemaster.

51 Light frames, 51 dark frames, 73 flat frames, 40 Bias frames;

each with Shutter speed of 4minutes @ ISO 1600.

Controlled via Backyard EOS for Canon, PHD2, Stellarium Scope.

Processed with DeepSkyStacker & Photoshop CS6.

 

AD 17

Key-Hole Nebula (NGC 3372)

Stefanus Potgieter

 

Unmodified Canon 60D camera through Celestron EdgeHD 8” telescope (f/10, FL = 2130mm) on Celestron Advanced VX mount, Guided with Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 auto guiding camera via Lacerta Thin Off-Axis-Guider. Alignment via QHY Polemaster.

65 Light frames, 51 dark frames, 73 flat frames, 40 Bias frames;

each with shutter speed 4minutes @ ISO 1600.

Controlled via Backyard EOS for Canon, PHD2, Stellarium Scope.

Processed with DeepSkyStacker & Photoshop CS6

 

AD 18

Trifid Nebula (Messier 20)

Stefanus Potgieter

 

Unmodified Canon 60D camera through Celestron EdgeHD 8” telescope (f/10, FL = 2130mm) on Celestron Advanced VX mount, Guided with Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 auto guiding camera via Lacerta Thin Off-Axis-Guider. Alignment via QHY Polemaster.

47 Light frames, 51 dark frames, 73 flat frames, 40 Bias frames;

each with shutter speed 4minutes @ ISO 1600.

Controlled via Backyard EOS for Canon, PHD2, Stellarium Scope.

Processed with DeepSkyStacker & Photoshop CS6

 

Astrophotography - Cellphone Category:

 

CE 01

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Hiral Naik

 

Huawei P20 light cellphone through a 130mm diameter

K-way Celestial telescope & 20mm eyepiece

Shutter speed (1/50s), ISO (50)

 

CE 02

Kicking up StarDust

Ani Vermeulen

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (LYA-L29), with Leica Vario Summilux -H Tri-camera, Selfie clamp, tripod.

f/1.8 30sec 5,58mm ISO3200 5 May 2019

Post-processing: cropping and contrast.

 

CE 03

Saturn

Calvin Gloster

 

Huawei P20 light mounted to eyepiece with 3D printed mount. Eyepiece projection.

Exposure compensation = 0; Auto Focus Continuous mode. Video recording 1280x720 @30fps.

PIPP (planetary imaging PreProcessor) to extract and crop 200 frames, Auto Stakkert 2 to Stack images, RegiStax6 to adjust wavelets and RGB balance.

 

CE 04

Moon by day

Hiral Naik

 

Huawei P20 light cellphone through a 130mm diameter K-way Celestial telescope and 20mm eyepiece

Shutter speed (1/244s), ISO (50)

 

CE 05

Dark Perspectives

Ani Vermeulen

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (LYA-L29), with Leica Vario Summilux -H Tri-camera, Selfie clamp, tripod.

f/1.8 30sec 5,58mm ISO3200 5 May 2019

Post-processing: cropping and contrast.

 

CE 06

Jupiter

Calvin Gloster

 

Huawei P20 light mounted to eyepiece with 3D printed mount. Eyepiece projection.

Exposure compensation = 0; Auto Focus Continuous mode. Video recording 1280x720 @30fps.

PIPP (planetary imaging PreProcessor) to extract and crop 200 frames, Auto Stakkert 2 to Stack images, RegiStax6 to adjust wavelets and RGB balance.

 

CE 07

International Space Station

Grant Petersen

 

Standard 8" Skywatcher dobsonian - Samsung Galaxy S8 - Solomark Smartphone adapter - 7mm Celestron Excel LX eyepiece and 2 x Orion shorty Barlow. Manually tracked.

Frame from an ISS flyby over Johannesburg on 2018/11/11

Video in Pro Mode ISO 800 EXP 1/2000 sec at 60FPS. Screengrab of 1 x single frame, touched up in Lightroom for Android

 

CE 08

Parade of Planets 2018/19

Grant Petersen

 

Standard 8” Skywatcher Dobsonian – Samsung Galaxy S8 – Solomark Smartphone adapter – 7mm Celestron Excel LX eyepiece – 2 x Orion shorty Barlow

Gather about 1 min of video footage, run through PIPP and stack best % of frames with registax. Touched up with Lightroom for Android. Final image is composite of Planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus captured between 2018 and 2019

 

CE 09

Natural Glow, Unnatural Glow Below

Ani Vermeulen

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (LYA-L29), with Leica Vario Summilux -H Tri-camera, Selfie clamp, tripod.

f/1.8 30sec 5,58mm ISO3200 5 May 2019

Post-processing: cropping and contrast.

 

CE 10

Full Moon August 2019

Hiral Naik

 

Huawei P20 light cellphone through a 130mm diameter K-way Celestial telescope and 20mm eyepiece

Shutter speed (1/100s), ISO (64)

 

CE 11

Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

Grant Petersen

 

Standard 8" Skywatcher dobsonian - Samsung Galaxy S8 - Solomark smartphone adapter - 7mm Celestron Excel LX eyepiece.

5 sec video using the Cinema FV-5 app - ISO 200, Exp Compensation 2. Run through PIPP and stacked with Registax, touched up in Lightroom for Android.

 

Astrophotography - Beginner Category:

 

BE 01

Milky Way in Red

Coert Welman

 

Canon EOS 77D with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX Lens @ 12mm & Hoya Red Intensifier filter, on Tripod

Aperture f/2.8, Exposure 25s, ISO 3200

Basic editing done in Canon Digital Photo Professional 4

 

BE 02

The Rosette Nebula

Peter Dunsby

 

ASI1600MC Cool camera on Photoline 60mm f/6 telescope.

ZWO ASI1600MM Pro camera on Teleskop Service ED 80 telescope operating at f/5.6 through ZWO Narrow Band filter set.

42 X 30 sec RBB using the ASI1600MC Cool one-shot colour camera & the Photoline 60mm telescope. 156 X 5 min Ha using the ASI1600MM Pro & the ED80 telescope. Images combined & processed using Pixinsight, assigning Ha to the Red channel.

 

BE 03

Leo Triplets

Tiaan Niemand

 

Canon 750D through Meade LXD75 SN10 guided via Orion 50mm guide scope and QHY5-II mono camera.

Lights x61 + Darks x10 + Flats x10 + Bias x10

Exposures 90 seconds each at ISO 3200

Stacked and processed in Nebulosity 4.2 and final touches in GIMP

 

BE 04

Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC 6523)

Phillip du Plessis

 

Canon 80D through Williams Optics Zenithstar-80 II ED F6.8 Refractor on Sky-watcher HEQ5 Pro mount. Guided by ZWO ASI120MC-s through Orion Mini Guidescope 50mm

Total integration time 11h 44min (L392 D69 F41 B87). Guiding via PHD2, image capture via AstroPhotography Tool (APT). Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker (DSS), processed with StarTools & Lightroom.

 

BE 05

Centaurus A

Peter Dunsby

 

ZWO ASI1600MM Pro camera through Celestron Edge HD 800 operating at f/7 and ZWO LRGB filter set, on Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

30 X 60 sec Red, 39 X 60 sec Green, 39 X 60 sec Blue, 180 X 10 sec Lum at Gain/Offset 75/15. Image processed using Pixinsight

 

BE 06

Church Circles

Coert Welman

 

Canon EOS 77D with Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake lens and Hoya Red Intensifier filter, on tripod.

Aperture f/3.2, Exposure 140 frames of 30sec each @ ISO 200

Stacked using Startrails, basic editing done with Photos (Win 10 SW))

 

BE 07

Trifid Nebula (Messier 20)

Phillip du Plessis

 

Canon 80D camera through Williams Optics Zenithstar-80 II ED F6.8 Refractor on Sky-watcher HEQ5 Pro mount, guided via ZWO ASI120MC-s through Orion Mini Guidescope 50mm

1h 45m, ISO200 300s (L22 D0 F24 B50)

8h 36m, ISO200 120s (L272 D57 F20 B94)

28m, ISO400 120s (L15 D21 F40 B24)

57m, ISO200 180s (L20 D35 F20 B44)

Total integration time = 11h 46min. Guiding via PHD2, captured via AstropPhotography Tool (APT). Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker (DSS), processed with StarTools & Lightroom

 

BE 08

Lagoon Nebula (M8)

Tiaan Niemand

 

Canon 750D through Meade LXD75 SN10.

Guided via QHY5-II mono camera through Orion 50mm guide scope.

Lights x26, Darks x10, Flats x10, Bias x10 frames; each exposure 90 seconds at ISO 3200

Stacked and processed in Nebulosity 4.2 and final touches in GIMP.

 

BE 09

Omega/Swan nebula (M17)

Tiaan Niemand

 

Canon 750D through Meade LXD75 SN10.

Guided via QHY5-II mono camera through Orion 50mm guide scope.

Lights x57, Darks x10, Flats x10, Bias x10 frames; each exposure 180 seconds at ISO 1600.

Stacked and processed in Nebulosity 4.2 and final touches in GIMP.

 

BE 10

The Running Man & Orion Nebula core

Peter Dunsby

 

ZWO ASI1600MM Pro camera with ZWO Narrow Band filter set, through Teleskop Service ED 80 telescope operating at f/5.6 & PhotoLine 60mm f/6 telescope, on Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

26 hours of integration time combining Narrow Band data from two telescopes. 120 X 5 min Hydrogen Alpha, 96 X 5min OIII and 96 X 5 min SII at Gain/Offset 75/15.

Processed using Pixinsight assigning Ha, OIII and SII to RGB as follows. 0.5 X SII + 0.5 Ha to Red, Ha to Green and OIII to blue.

 

BE 11

Ecliptic lines

Coert Welman

 

Canon EOS 77D & Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX @ 12mm, with Hoya Red Intensifier & 2-stop ND soft grad filters, on tripod.

175 frames at 30 sec exposure each @ f/2.8, ISO 400. Stacked using Startrails.exe Basic editing done with Photos (Windows 10 software)

 

BE 12

Heavens Above

Kanti Narsing

 

Canon 5D MkIII camera, 14mm lens, on Equatorial mount

32sec exposure @ ISO 3200, f/2.8

 

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Martin Heigan - ASSA Astrophotography Section Director.

 

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