Sky & Telescope is now welcoming submissions to the Comet ISON Photo Contest.
Even with the recent news that Comet ISON is intact and expected to survive perihelion, it's still difficult to predict what Comet ISON will do come November. Will it become a spectacle in the December pre-dawn sky? A mere speck? Or something in between?
Whatever happens, we know that in the coming months our readers will be out in the early-morning hours, taking spectacular images of the comet. Some already have!
In that spirit, Sky & Telescope is holding a Comet ISON Photo Contest, sponsored by Celestron. This is your chance to share your beautiful comet photos, with a chance to win one of three prizes from Celestron. The first prize is an 8-inch EdgeHD on Advanced VX Mount and the Skyris 274M Camera. Second prize is the Cometron 114AZ Telescope, and third prize is a pair of Cometron 12x70 Binoculars.
The contest starts today, October 25th, and we'll accept photo submissions until midnight EST on December 31st. We welcome entries of all types, including high-power telescopic photos and wide-field nightscapes. The main requirement is that Comet ISON be in the original exposure(s). For example, we won't accept a photo of the comet over the Golden Gate Bridge if ISON is pasted into a photo taken several years ago.
We'll accept as many as five entries per person, and there's no fee to participate. You'll retain the rights to your photos — we only ask permission to publish the winning photos on our website and in the April 2014 issue of S&T.
Ready to enter the contest? Submit your photos here!
Selecting the Winners
Once the deadline has passed, S&T editorial and art staffs will select about a dozen finalists. We'll post the images and photographer names on the website on January 8, 2014.
Then it's your turn! You'll be able to cast your votes for your favorite entry until January 22nd. We'll tally up the votes and announce the winners in the April issue of S&T and online.
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Good luck and clear skies!