The March 2023 Contests are Here!
Today we are announcing the new contests for March 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)!
The One-Click Contest
The One-Click Observation for the March 2023 Contest is the NGC 2359 - THOR'S HELMETTO THE PLEIADES obtained with CHI-3-CCD in the HSO filter set.
NGC 2359 (also known as Thor's Helmet) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 3,670 parsecs (11.96 thousand light years) away and 30 light-years in size. The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star WR7, an extremely hot star thought to be in a brief pre-supernova stage of evolution.
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 #OneClickContestMar23 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 March 2023 Contest is the IC59 widefield obtained with SPA-3-CCD in the HSO filter set. It contains 11 One-Click Observations corresponding to more than 11 hours of total exposure time.
IC59 is a faint emission nebula located in the constellation Cassiopeia. It is illuminated by a nearby hot star and is part of a larger complex of nebulae known as the "Veil Nebula.
You can see and grab this Observation Bundle by clicking here.
To qualify for the contest, remember to tag the picture you upload with #BundleContestMar23 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!