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THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« on: December 31, 2009, 05:49:19 pm »
As IYA draws to a close why not continue with our own Galaxy Zoo celebration of Astronomy in the form of a “365” astrophoto challenge?

This entails someone (or more than one person) posting an astronomy related picture each day of 2010.

The rules.
1.   The picture must be taken by the zooite(s) in question using his/her own equipment on the specified day and must be astronomy related.
2.   People are busy beings so I think we can allow people to post late (eg the following day) as long as the picture was taken on the appropriate day.
3.   As well as the picture I think we need the date it was taken, equipment used (digital, film, mobile phone camera, telescope etc), camera settings and a brief description of the subject (if it's not obvious!) I think we can allow a small number of photos taken with remote telescopes too as long as we have at least one picture each day taken with a zooite's own equipment.
4.   We could also include atmospheric phenomena such as cloud pictures, sun dogs, haloes etc and pictures of astro equipment will also count (useful for when it’s cloudy!)

I'll take and post a picture tomorrow 1 January. Please join in!  As it is already 2010 in some places someone may already have a photo to start the ball rolling.

Hopefully this will encourage others to have a go at astrophotography as it is so satisfying and all you need is a camera and a clear-ish sky. As long as we have at least one photo posted for every day we will fulfill the challenge.

At the end of the year I'll stitch all the photos together and post a link to the result.

Are you up for the challenge?
Let's have our own GZYA! :)

Cheers,
Jules

Info for each picture (just copy and paste into your post.)
If you can't find all this information don't worry just post the pic!

Date photo was taken:
Day number:
Telescope used:
Camera used:
Digital / film:
ISO:
f number:
Aperture / speed:
Subject:

EDIT - It seems the best way to manage the number of photos is to compile them on a monthly basis. They will be stored on my Flickr account and posted on the forum. If anyone does not want me to include their photo(s) in the monthly montage please let me know. Drop me a PM and I won't include them. Thanks. :)
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 09:38:38 pm by jules »

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2009, 06:08:46 pm »
Awesome!

Shall I tweet it? ;D

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2009, 06:19:24 pm »
Awesome!

Shall I tweet it? ;D
Why not? Spread the word! ;D

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2009, 06:22:41 pm »
Tweeting to the twittersphere then ;D

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2009, 06:37:03 pm »
Cool Jules! ;)

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2009, 09:21:35 pm »
Excellent idea!  :D

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2009, 10:36:15 pm »
Great idea Jules.
Just a few questions if I may.

To number 1.
Is it one photo per person per day ?
Or just lots of photos from anyone per day ?

To number 2.
Ok.

To number 3.
Could we have the setting as well, and if digital or film was used ?

To number 4.
Ok.

Number 5.
Were do I sign up.
 ;)
« Last Edit: December 31, 2009, 10:50:55 pm by PaddyD »

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2009, 10:48:39 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D Wonderful idea Jules. :D

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2009, 10:56:37 pm »
Great idea Jules.
Just a few questions if I may.

To number 1.
Is it one photo per person per day ?
Or just lots of photos from anyone per day ?
As long as we have at least one photo posted for every day we will fulfill the challenge. Doesn't matter how many people post - some days only one person might post a photo and other days we might have 20 people posting. As long as we have at least one per day from someone. :) Getting everyone to do a photo every day would be quite another challenge!!! :o

To number 2.
Ok.

To number 3.
Could we have the setting as well, and if digital or film was used ?
I'll add that.

To number 4.
Ok.

Number 5.
Were do I sing up.
 ;)
"sing up", "sing"?? Don't we have another thread for that? ;)
But consider yourself signed up right away! ;)

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2009, 11:19:02 pm »
Thanks jules. :)
I did change the sing to sign, but wasn’t fast enough.
Your to quick for me. :o

Now I can see it being overcast for the rest of the year were I am. ;D


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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2010, 12:53:50 am »
I can see that New Year's Day photo will be of Paddy strapped to the radiator. ;D ;D ;D

More seriously, this is wonderful and I can't wait to see how things will go! I've added it to that Cafe sticky of "other zoo stuff".

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2010, 03:29:11 am »
A couple of bits need Clarifying?

Hmm Zooites own equipment that means no Images taken using remote telescopes or semi profesional equipement unless it belongs to the ZOOITE?

So No Images from remote controlled Telescopes on the NET or Telescopes operated by a third party such as the one in the US used by Zooites recently?



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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2010, 10:42:59 am »
A couple of bits need Clarifying?

Hmm Zooites own equipment that means no Images taken using remote telescopes or semi profesional equipement unless it belongs to the ZOOITE?

So No Images from remote controlled Telescopes on the NET or Telescopes operated by a third party such as the one in the US used by Zooites recently?




Good point BP. Well it's up to us to make the rules I suppose and I don't object to the odd remote telescope picture myself - APOD and Amateur APOD both allow these - and well, if a zookeeper on top of a mountain wanted to post a picture from one of those nice big shiny telescopes I wouldn't say no!! Remote telescopes are another way of getting people involved in astrophotography after all.  Generally though I think these should be the exception and at least one of the pictures posted for each day should be a home grown one. I'd really like it if some of the pictures used very basic equipment - a phone camera for example - to widen the challenge to as many people as possible.
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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2010, 11:51:33 am »
Cool, this will be fun 8)

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Re: THE GALAXY ZOO 2010 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY 365 CHALLENGE!!
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2010, 06:16:19 pm »
Here goes...... :)
Date photo was taken: 1 January 2010
Day number: 1
Camera used: Fuji Finepix S5600 digital
ISO: 200
f number:5.6
Aperture / speed:10 seconds
Subject:Jupiter and moons


Left to right HIP 108334 just visible, Callisto and Ganymede clearly visible to the left of Jupiter (10 O'clock). Europa and Io also to the left but very close together in the glare of Jupiter. Mu Capricorni bottom right.
Full resolution here.