Are You Ready To Rumble? Telescope Live Contests Are Here!

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Great prizes up for grab every month for the best astrophotography picture in 3 different categories.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In this page, you will find the rules for Telescope Live contests and the respective prizes up for grabs

So, if you are intrigued by the idea to compete (in a friendly way, of course) for the best astrophotography picture, and you want to give it a go trying to win hundreds of credits to use our telescopes exclusively through Advanced Requests, this is the opportunity you were waiting for!

DISCLAIMER: if you are in a Bronze plan, do not despair! If you win a contest, together with the credits, you will also win access to all the features of the Silver plan for 2 months without paying more than the cost of the Bronze plan.

This page will be automatically updated each month with the rules for the new contests. If you are a Telescope Live subscriber, you will also be notified via email and we will also keep you posted in our Facebook Community.

General Rules Of Engagement

RULE # 1

Each month we are going to give a common “topic” for all the contests, and this means that all the pictures that are going to be presented must be of a specific kind of space object.

The topic for this month is: Wide-Field Astrophotography

So, if you are competing in any of the contests this month, you must submit a picture obtained with one of our wide-field telescopes, including SPA-1, SPA-3, AUS-2 and CHI-5.

RULE # 2

You must upload your astro-picture in our gallery within a specific deadline (more info for each contest here below).

If you exceed the terms, your picture won’t be qualified.

RULE # 3

You must tag the picture uploaded in our gallery with some specific tags (more info for each contest here below).

If you don’t apply the tags requested, you won’t be qualified for the contest.

The Jury And Their Criteria

The jury is composed of four world-renowned astrophotographers that need no introduction if you are part of the astrophotography world and Telescope Live: Adam Block, Nik Szymanek, Peter Jenkins and Ian Howarth.

Each judge will independently choose two pictures for every contest category, and then during a dedicated meeting they will discuss among themselves which ones will be be the winner.

The judges will decide on the 5th of every month and the winners will be announced shortly after.


One-Click Observation Contest

  • This contest is available to all subscribers: Bronze, Silver and Gold members.
  • You have to pick a One-Click Observation feature in the current month. Note that you can use and combine past One-Click Observations of the same object acquired in previous months. The only requirement is that the object must feature in the current month's list of One-Click Observations.
  • It must be an observation of the month’s topic (for the April 2021 contest, it must be a picture obtained with a wide-field telescope)
  • You must post-process the FITS images that come together with each color picture of the One-Click Observations (Check our basic tutorial here, or more advanced tutorials here).
  • The picture must be posted on the gallery by the end of the current month – i.e. 30st April 2021
  • You must upload the picture using the following tag: #OneClickContestApr21

PRIZES

The winner of the best One-Click Observation will receive 100 credits (value $100) to be spent freely on an Advanced Request.

The second place on the podium will receive 50 credits (current value $50).

If you are on a Bronze plan, together with the credits you will also get access for 2 months to the Silver plan features for free. This will allow you to submit Advanced Requests, which are normally only available to Silver members. In this way, you will have plenty of time to spend your credits.


Pro Dataset Contest

  • This contest is available to Silver and Gold plan members
  • You have to pick a STANDARD Pro Dataset available for the current month.
  • It must be a Pro Dataset of the month’s topic (for the March 2021 contest, it must be a galaxy)
  • The picture must be posted on the gallery by the end of the current month – i.e. 30th April 2021
  • You must upload the picture using the following tags: #ProDatasetContestApr21

PRIZES

The winner will receive 200 credits and 2nd place will receive 100 credits (value $200 and $100 respectively).


Advanced Request Contest

Unlike the other contests which are held every month, this contest is held every 2 months – the reason will be clear once you finish reading.

ATTENTION: The current contest is the March 2021 Galaxy contest. If you have not submitted your advanced request in between 1st and 15th March 2021 you cannot qualify for this contest, and you have to wait for the next Advanced Request Contest that will be published in May 2021.

  • This contest is available to Silver and Gold plan members
  • You can use whatever telescope you like in whatever observatory you prefer.
  • It must be an observation of the month’s topic (for the March 2021 contest, it must be a galaxy)
  • The maximum amount of credits to be spent will be 250 credits.
  • You must submit your advanced request within 15 days from the start of the contest. This means that, for the current contest, you have to submit your observation between the 1st and 15th of March 2021.
  • You will have time until the end of the second month from the beginning of the contest. This means that, for the current contest, you have to post the picture on our gallery before the 30th of April 2021.
    We decided to give more time for this contest because we know that, given all the possible variables – such as bad weather – for the Advanced Requests, you need a wider time window for submitting your observation, receive the data from our telescopes and then post-process them.
  • You must upload the picture using the following tags: #AdvReqContestMar21

PRIZES

The winner for the best Advanced Request will win the incredible amount of 500 credits (value of $500) and the 2nd place will get 250 credits (equivalent to $250).


Not bad, huh?

Now that you have all the details for the the different contests, the only thing left to do is to start the competition and get your hands dirty with some crazy observations and post-processing!

Let's have a clean fight, touch hands and go back to your corners! 😉

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