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SPIRIT Image of the Year 2020 – Winner

Congratulations to Francisco Nguyen, winner of the 2020 SPIRIT Image of the Year!
Due to the delay of Astrofest 2021 due to COVID0-19, Francisco’s award will be presented at the Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition opening at the John Curtin Gallery in March.

‘Orion Nebula’
SPIRIT Image of the Year 2020
Photographer: Francisco Nguyen
Year 12, St Joseph’s School, Northam

Technical description: This image was taken using the
SPIRIT 1 telescope with an ACP plan to take images in 3
different filters (red, green and blue) with an exposure
of 90 seconds for each. Using Adobe Photoshop the
filter images were mixed by layering the respective
colours first, and then layering them all together. Some
adjustments were also made with the balance of the
filters, which helped to create the final image.

Supporters

The SPIRIT Image of the Year competition is supported by ASTRO 3D and ICRAR.

The winning image will be displayed as part of the Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition at Astrofest 2021, delayed to November 13th. The exhibition will be on display at the John Curtin Gallery from the 26th of February to the 13th of March.

SPIRIT Image of the Year Competition 2020

Note, this competition is now closed (winner announcement). We look forward to your entries for the 2021 competition later this year!

Submit your SPIRIT images for the chance to be displayed as part of the annual Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition in February 2021 to thousands of visitors!

The best image of 2020 will be awarded SPIRIT Image of the Year, selected by the exhibition curator and judges. The winner will receive the SPIRIT Image of the Year trophy as well as a high quality print of their winning image.

Entries close December 4th, 2020 and the winner will be announced on the SPIRIT website and at Astrofest in February 2021.

How to Enter

Submit your images via the entry form by December 4th, 2020, including the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your school
  • Your year level
  • A title for your image
  • A caption for your image (including what SPIRIT telescope you used to create the image and any other details about processing, target etc.)
  • The highest resolution possible file of your image (if image is larger than 10MB it can be submitted using a filesharing service such as Dropbox)

Submit each entry using a separate form.

Entry Conditions

Entry is open to school students (primary and secondary) and all images submitted must be created with data captured using the SPIRIT telescopes, see the fulls Terms and Conditions under the entry form.

Supporters

The SPIRIT Image of the Year competition is supported by ASTRO 3D and ICRAR.

The winning image will be displayed as part of the Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition at Astrofest 2021.

Poster

Click the image to the left to save or print a poster for the competition.

 

SPIRIT Image of the Year Competition

Congratulations to Yuta Uemoto from Churchlands Senior High School with the winning image for 2019 ‘M 20’:

A SPIRIT Image of M 20 by Yuta Uemoto, Churchlands Senior High School.

Submit your SPIRIT images for the chance to be displayed as part of the annual Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition in February 2020 to thousands of visitors!

The best image of 2019 will be awarded SPIRIT Image of the Year, selected by the exhibition curator and judges. The winner will receive the SPIRIT Image of the Year trophy as well as a high quality print of their winning image.

Entries close December 13th, 2019 and the winner will be announced on the SPIRIT website in January/February 2020.

How to Enter

Submit your images via email to education@icrar.org by December 13th, 2019, including the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your school
  • Your year level
  • A title for your image
  • A caption for your image (including what SPIRIT telescope you used to create the image and any other details about processing, target etc.)
  • The highest resolution possible file of your image (if image is larger than 10MB it can be submitted using a filesharing service such as Dropbox)

Submit each entry as a separate email.

Entry Conditions

Entry is open to school students (primary and secondary) and all images submitted must be created with data captured using the SPIRIT telescopes.

Supporters

The SPIRIT Image of the Year competition is supported by ASTRO 3D and ICRAR.

The winning image will be displayed as part of the Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition on February 29th, 2020.

Poster

Click the image to the left to save or print a poster for the competition.

 

Recent changes to telescope control …

With the addition of SPIRIT 3 and 4, telescope operation is changing from  the ‘live observing’ modes of SPIRIT 1 and 2, to a scheduling system. The web interfaces for SPIRIT 3 & 4 include a request form, where users create image requests that are scheduled and dispatched automatically according to variables, such as weather, target visibitility, and a number of ‘user definable’ constraints.

Scheduling takes all of the work out of figuring out the best time to image a target of interest, while also making telescope use more efficient and productive. Unlike live observing modes, users do not book or interact with the telescope in real time, though requests and live telescope operations can still be monitored via the SPIRIT web interface.

Observations can be requested by authorised users at any time of the day or night – no more booking calendar !

SPIRIT 1 & 2 will be moved over to scheduled operation in the future, but for now remain ‘live observing’ telescopes that require planning and booking.

More information on the modes of operation for all SPIRIT telescopes can be found in the Basic Imaging section of the Guides and Documents  page.

Helix Nebula (SPIRIT 4)