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2015 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition
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It's that time of year again, time to get your entries in for the annual Auckland Astronomical Societies Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, I'm proud to announce that this years competition will be judged by Pete Lawrence who is an expert in image processing and one of the UK's foremost astrophotographers, Pete is probably best known for being one of the co-hosts of the very popular BBC "Sky At Night" television program where he routinely provides advice on astro imaging and general astronomical observing, Pete also has a degree in physics with astrophysics.
I am also very happy to announce that this year the Deep Sky category is sponsored by the Nikon D810a full frame astrophotography camera, Nikon has very generously provided a cash prize of $500 for the winner of the category as well as a loan of their new Nikon D810a, the Nikon D810a is Nikon's first dedicated astrophotography DSLR and it's also the first full frame DSLR optimized for astrophotography to be put on the market by any of the top camera brands.
Based on the award-winning full-frame D810, the D810A records the brilliant red tones of H-alpha emission nebulae with a level of detail and sharpness, wide dynamic range and rich tonality almost unimaginable until now. The D810A is more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha (H-Alpha) light thanks to its modified IR cut filter on the sensor. This leads to greater transmission of the 656nm wavelength, which is required to capture red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations. The transmission is four times greater than the D810, in fact!.
Using the D810a you can reveal the faintest celestial objects with exposures up to 15 minutes long; and noise-free performance at ISO levels as high as 12,800 (expandable to 51,000). Create star trail images that span the entire sky with unlimited continuous JPEG shooting. Whether using a fixed tripod, equatorial mount, connected to a telescope or tethered to a laptop, the D810A can take your passion for the cosmos out of this world.
This year, the entries to the Harry Williams Astrophotography competition must be in by the 7th of September, so please don't delay to get those entries in, as we can't accept late entries, the winners of the competition will be announced at the Auckland Astronomical Societies annual Burbidge Dinner which is going to be held at the Alexandra Park Function Centre on the 3rd of October, we are looking forward to seeing all your entries and good luck with the competition.