Capture the Universe astrophotography contest!

Capture the Universe astrophotography contest!

Capture the Universe astrophotography contest!

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June 1 2009 12:00 PM

Capture the Universe astrophotography contest!


I'm very excited to announce a new contest: Capture the Universe, an astrophotography contest sponsored by Discover Magazine and Celestron Images!

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Entering is pretty easy: all you have to do is read the rules, register, and then upload an astrophoto you took. The picture itself can be anything, from a highly processed deep sky shot taken with fancy-schmancy high-end equipment to a cool picture taken with any piece of Celestron equipment. I also happen to know that the judge likes not just pretty pictures, but ones that are clever and different.

How do I know this? Because I'm the judge! The Hive Overmind Discover Magazine asked me to be the sole arbiter for this contest, and I know what I like. Still, surprise me! Got a gorgeous shot of the Moon rising, the Sun setting, a planetary nebula using three-color narrow-band imaging, a satellite crossing a well-known object, or Saturn with its rings almost perfectly edge-on? Send 'em in!

Celestron prizes
You might just win a very nice prize, like a Celestron NexStar 8SE, a sweet 8-inch 'scope worth $US1399! Not to mention fame and glory, and getting name-checked right here on this very blog.

The contest starts today, June 1, and runs through June 30, 2009, so you have one month. Start snapping!