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    Default astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards



    The question "How do astro-video cameras fit into the Astronomy Forum's Messier Awards?" was raised recently. Here are the guidlines:

    An analog video setup consisting of:
    * an astro-video camera with an analog video NTSC/PAL output
    * a telescope (with or without a focal reducer and with or without a goto mount)
    * a television, TV monitor, or a DVD player with an AV input
    can be used for our Visual Messier Award. All existing rules for the Visual Messier Award apply.

    Any configuration which converts the analog video signal from an astro-video camera to a digital signal or uses a digital signal from a camera is considered imaging and must compete in the Photo Messier Awards.
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    So I am assuming we start a separate thread for our individual endeavor like the other "M" award programs?
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    I know I asked about image intensifiers, but never received a response. image intensifiers are pure visual, but also electronically assisted, so don't fit in imaging category or visual really, even though they are visual.

    I use my Image Intensified Eyepieces in regular scopes with manual alt-az mounts and no exposure time is necessary. It is real time observation.

    So, if anyone wants to answer where that fits, I'd certainly like to hear where.
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by neal_mlc View Post
    So I am assuming we start a separate thread for our individual endeavor like the other "M" award programs?
    The submittal process for a visual Messier award is the same regardless of whether or not an eyepiece or video camera was used.
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    I guess no answer still? I've asked twice now in two threads and no one will answer whether using realtime NV eyepiece is accepted for awards. It's the difference between driving to a dark site or not. Too grey an area?
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by Vondragonnoggin View Post
    I know I asked about image intensifiers, but never received a response. image intensifiers are pure visual, but also electronically assisted, so don't fit in imaging category or visual really, even though they are visual.

    I use my Image Intensified Eyepieces in regular scopes with manual alt-az mounts and no exposure time is necessary. It is real time observation.

    So, if anyone wants to answer where that fits, I'd certainly like to hear where.
    It's really pretty simple.

    If you don't provide photos then it's a Visual, if you do provide photos then it's Photo.

    Provide the information required for the contest you are submitting to.
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    Default Re: astro-video camera and Astronomy Forum Messier Awards

    Thanks for clarifying!
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