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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:46 pm 
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The astro-photo competition is now in its nineth year. This year, 3,800 entries have been received from 91 countries. There are 9 catagories and 2 special prizes.
The winners will be announced at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on September 14th. For the full shortlist of contestants photos, visit: rmg.co.uk/astrophoto .

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:24 pm 
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Some wonderful wide-field images there :D

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:37 am 
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Here's the winning photo, titled One Hundred Steps: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170915.html .

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:32 am 
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I believe that's a different competition, Brian.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/astronomy ... inner-2017

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:51 pm 
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Oops! I believe you're right Joe, but it's still a nice picture :wink: .

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:47 pm 
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BrianL (smack my hand - I nearly said Dear B....)
Despite me trying to be more economical, I bought October - Sky @ Night mag the other day in a local newsagents. I got it for three particular reasons -
1) the front adverts mentioned the mag includes Insight Astro-photographer of the year 2017 winning pics
2) there's a freebie Britain & Ireland - Dark Skies Map.
3) an article about Sunspots & Solar mapping.
The magazine was surrounded with a surrounding card security strip making it tricky to get a sneak preview in the shop !
Anyway I bought it !!!
Not sure what to say about the Insight astro-photo competition, except I like looking at my own photos & sketches but never won any competitions, and never joined a photo society because they seem to thrive on having competitions regularly -if not more often than that.
I suspect the magazine quality of the displayed Insight winners might not do complete justice to the original photos (or at least "0riginal" photos after image processing). So I won't say they are no good !
The Freebie Dark Sky map is much too difficult for me to understand so I wont say it's nonsensical (yet). At first glance I thought Manchester is about twice as far from the Irish Sea as Liverpool - but when I looked at Dover (near where some relatives live) I thought England and France are joined by a 20mile wide land strip. Eventually I realised the land strip isn't land at all but an area where the sky brightness is 0.32 - 0.64 local sky brightness compared to natural night time light levels.
I'm afraid the map is far too complicated for me - thank goodness my star gazing now is limited to observing the Sun in daylight.
Best wishes from Cliff


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