Tag: Celestron

Celestron's Capture the Universe 2010 Astrophoto winners!

By Phil Plait | December 1, 2010 8:44 am

Use the arrows next to the filmstrip to navigate, and click the thumbnails to see bigger versions of all these magnificent pictures! You can also click the big picture to advance to the next one.



By Phil Plait | October 26, 2010 1:00 pm

Just some quick reminders of things that may interest y’all:

celestron_contest_bannerThe Celestron Capture the Universe contest is still going strong! This is an astrophotography contest sponsored by Celestron and Discover Magazine. The rules and all that are at that link, but I might suggest that the comet Hartley 2, currently in the far north, is making an excellent target of itself for the next few days. The contest ends on Friday, October 30, so hurry!

donorschooselogoThe Donors Choose fundraiser is also still going on. So far, my generous readers have donated well over $2000 to help students learn math and science! I am really, really proud of all of you, and extremely grateful for helping this tremendous effort. You’ve made a lot of teachers and kids across America really happy.

physics.org_logoDon’t forget to take a look at the best physical science websites up for the Physics.org awards! I’m judging the Best Q&A sites, and I’m looking forward to poring over them, though not so much looking forward to choosing my favorite. That’ll be tough… and you can help, since every category has a People’s Choice award, too!

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Celestron astrophotography contest starts today!

By Phil Plait | October 1, 2010 7:11 am

I’m very pleased to announce that once again, Discover Magazine and the venerable telescope company Celestron have teamed up for the Capture the Universe astrophotography contest!


The rules are pretty simple. Just like last year, you have to register on the Celestron images website, read the rules, and then enter your picture(s). An important caveat: at least one piece of equipment you use must have Celestron optics.

celestron_winner2009Once again, my mind control beam has worked perfectly: Discover Magazine and Celestron picked me to judge the entries. I won’t tell you outright what might win and what might not, but like last year, I’m looking for beautiful images, interesting images, out-of-the-ordinary images. For example, the picture to the left won last year because it was such a cool idea – the photographer took a picture of every planet in the solar system (except Earth, and, for you diehards, Pluto) and the Sun all in the same 24 hour period, then put them together in this montage. You can also check out the other images from last year, too. They’re all really amazing shots.


The contest prizes are very nice: a Celestron Nexstar 8SE telescope (retail value: $1199) for the Grand Prize, an Axiom LX31 eyepiece ($399) for the Runner Up, and a 50th Anniversary First Scope ($70) for the Viewers’ Choice picture.

The contest starts TODAY, October 1, 2010 and ends on October 30, 2010. So get out there and start snapping.

Clear skies, everyone!


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