The May 2023 Contests are Here!

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Today we are announcing the new contests for May 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.

Quick tips for this month contest

However, if you want to dive deeper into this month's target, you should watch the video tutorial created by our Tutor Bernard Miller.

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May 2023 Contest - Introduction and processing tips to Rim Nebula

In this quick video tutorial, Bernard Miller provides an introduction to this month's target along with his personal processing tips. Don't miss it!

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 May 2023 Contest is the RCW58 obtained with CHI-1-CMOS in the HOLRG filter set.

RCW58 is an E-type nebula and a Wolf Rayet Bubble formed by the ejected material from the central star, WR 40. It appears as a ring in two dimensions and contains stellar ejecta within a wind-blown bubble.

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 #OneClickContestMay23 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:

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  • 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 May 2023 Contest is the RIM NEBULA obtained with CHI-1-CCD in the HSO filter set. It contains 15 One-Click Observations corresponding to more than 16 hours of total exposure time.

The Rim Nebula is a faint, emission nebula located in the constellation of Cygnus. It is illuminated by a young, massive star and contains several Herbig-Haro objects, indicating ongoing star formation.

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

To qualify for the contest, remember to tag the picture you upload with #BundleContestMay23 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!