Astrophotography contest!

Hey all you starry-eyed shutterbugs out there.  Celestron and Discover magazine are sponsoring an astrophotograpy contest this month.  The rules include a stipulation that the images must be taken through Celestron optics, but other than that, it can be any picture of any astronomical subject matter!  The contest is being judged by Phil Plait, so anything interesting and unusual (astronomical paredolia, anyone?) will surely be a good entry.

I’ll update on my crazy week of travel a bit later, but for now, go check out Carnivals of Space 103 and 104 and 105. A note on that last one… congrats to Ian O’Neill on becoming the new producer of Discovery Space!  I wish the best to both he and Dave Mosher on their new jobs :-)

4 comments for “Astrophotography contest!

  1. June 1, 2009 at 22:46

    Aaaaannnnnnndddddd…..Contestants need to be a resident of the United States.

    Craaaaaap. Tacular.

    I all the way up to the submission point before I noticed that.

    Just for that, I will continue to use Orion products only.

    Unless I get some free Celestron stuff, in which case I will happily jump ship. Meade too.

    • Nicole
      June 2, 2009 at 12:16

      Shoot, forgot about that too. “Y’all ain’t reel ‘mericans”

      I checked, my telescope and the one at the observatory here are both Meades. I’m out too! And I have zero photography skills…

  2. June 2, 2009 at 10:15

    Meade has had contests like this several years ago. Nice toys as prizes, but you need to already -HAVE- the toys in order to win the toys, in which case you don’t need to win the toys in the first place… Kind of a Catch-22 if you know what I mean.

    I wouldn’t mind winning the Celestron scope, but I only have Celestron SkyMaster binocs (15x70s) and would have trouble attaching them to the Nikon. Maybe I can disassemble one of the objectives and make a telephoto lens outta that…

    • Nicole
      June 2, 2009 at 12:17

      It doesn’t say “all Celestron optics” right?

      Clarke refractor wins, any day.

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