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The December 2023 Contest Winners

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Our judges, Adam Block, Alex Curry, Nik Szymanek and Mustafa Aydın, chose the winners of the December 2023 contests.

🏆 One-Click Observation Contest Winners 🏆

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

You can see and grab this One-Click Observation by clicking here.

Beginner Tier


NGC 3132 by Laszlo Monich
Prize: 25 credits

Comment from the judges: Our one-click beginner contest was closely fought with Laszlo Monich winning with great colour work. This image had better control over the central star, the star colours in this image could do with correction as well as deconvolution to improve the star shapes.

Expert Tier


NGC 3132 SOUTHERN RING NEBULA by Stephan Küppers
Prize: 50 credits

Comment from the judges: Stephan Küppers processed the southern ring nebula very well with an appropriate crop into the details with great colour work and detail sharpening. As a tiny planetary nebula it can be beneficial to crop into the image to better showcase the target.

🏆 Observation Bundle Contest Winners 🏆

The Observation Bundle for the December 2023 Contest was 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.

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

Beginner Tier


RCW16 by Walter Borghini
Prize: 75 credits

Comment from the judges: Walter Borghini's image of RCW 16 was well processed, some improved colour work to reduce the yellow tone would improve this image.

Expert Tier


RCW 16 by Thomas Peter
Prize: 100 credits

Comment from the judges: Thomas Peter created our winning bundle expert with great colour pallete selection and detail control. For RCW 16 the judges noted that dust lanes attenuate light and are not generally opaque which Thomas has demonstrated well.


Let’s give a round of applause to all the winners who are going to enjoy the honors and the prizes!

Would you like to find out about the January 2024 contests? Find out more here!

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