The December 2023 Telescope Live Contests

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Today, we are announcing the new contests for December 2023!

If you are new to our monthly contests, you should read the general rules first.

And remember that these competitions are for everybody! It is not a case that we have Expert and Beginner tiers… 

Moreover, contests are the best way to improve and monitor your skills, having your work evaluated by our tutors (some of the best astrophotographers you can find out there).

So, if you are a novice, watch our tutorials dedicated to you and then throw yourself into the competition to put your abilities to the test.

Instead, if you are an expert imager looking for some new techniques that might get you the sought-after award, we have incredible resources also for you! Browse the library and use the filters to select the difficulty level, tutor, software, etc.

That said, let’s see the definitions of the two contests for this month (and remember to check the general rules before taking part in these contests)!

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The One-Click Contest

The One-Click Observation for the December 2023 Contest is the NGC 3132, obtained with CHI-3-CCD in the LRGB filter set.

NGC 3132, the Eight-Burst Nebula, is a striking planetary nebula in Vela constellation, 2,000 light-years away. Its symmetrical shape resembles a butterfly, formed by a dying star shedding its outer layers.

You can grab and download the One-Click Observations by clicking here.

To qualify for the contest, remember to tag the picture you upload with #OneClickContestDec23 and either #Expert or #Beginner (check this page to find out your skill level).

The winners of the best picture in the One-Click Contest will receive:

  • 25 credits prize (value $38) in the Beginner tier
  • 50 credits prize (value $76) in the Expert tier

The Bundle Contest

The Observation Bundle for the December 2023 Contest is the RCW16 obtained with CHI-1-CMOS in the HSO filter set. It contains 12 One-Click Observations corresponding to more than 12 hours of total exposure time.

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RCW 16 is a vast emission nebula in the Milky Way, situated in the constellation Vela. It's a stellar nursery, hosting clusters of young, massive stars, emitting colorful gases and sculpting the cosmic landscape.

You can see and grab this Observation Bundle by clicking here.

To qualify for the contest, remember to tag the picture you upload with #BundleContestDec23 and either #Expert or #Beginner (check this page to find out your skill level)

The winners of the best picture in the Bundle Contest will receive:

  • 75 credits prize (value $113) in the Beginner tier
  • 100 credits prize (value $140) in the Expert tier

May the best astrophotographer win!