HOYS Citizen Science

Happy New Year

to all our participants - including the new ones.
From January 1st, we have switched to observations with the LCO every two nights. Hence, your next opportunity to set up and conduct observations will come more often. From about January 15th to March 15th we will observe a different target (NGC2264 - the Christmas Tree Cluster), because the Cocoon Nebula is not visible for this period from the locations of the LCO 0.4m telescopes. We will ensure this is specified in the emails send out calling for the set-up of observations.

Regarding the Picture competition: This is a final reminder of the deadline of January 15th (5pm UT) for the competition. Please remember that each participant is allowed two entries. So get your creative hats on and experiment with the images. Below, for info, are the original competition details again.

Cocoon Nebula Colour Image

Picture Competition

This is a reminder of our picture competition for "Christmas". So far we only had a very limited number of entries, so please have a look at the help videos to make colour composites and get stacking images to win a great prize. Note you can send in two entries.

Given the knowledge you gained by watching the two new videos and experimenting with the data, we will run a small picture competition for Christmas. All HOYS-LCO participants (i.e. everyone who has taken images with LCO for the project) are eligible to take part in this.


We are looking for the 'best' colour image of the Cocoon Nebula made from LCO observations of this target. There is of course no definition of 'best'. Please be creative. You can make a very deep picture by stacking a lot of images, focus on the entire nebula or try to bring out a particular part in vivid colours. You can use any filters and image manipulation you like. This is completely up to you.
Each participant is allowed two entries. Please email any images you wish to enter in the competition to Dirk Froebrich (in .gif, .png, or .jpg format). The deadline for entries is December 15th 2020 at 5pm (UT). I will then make the images available (without names) to the other people who are involved running HOYS and they will select the best two entries for our two prizes. I will not get a vote as I do know who send the images in. The only condition for the prizes will be that no-one can get both prizes.

The Prizes:

We do have two prizes for this competition.
The first prize is one hour of observing time with the LCO network's 1m telescopes. You can use that for anything you like to observe. No restrictions. We will be happy to help you with questions regarding the set-up.
The second prize is one hour of observing time with the LCO network's 0.4m telescopes. Again, you can use that for anything you like.
The only restriction for the observations will be that you have to use the time before the official end of the HOYS-LCO project - July 2021.
Have fun making the colour images!
Thanks for taking part,
Dirk Froebrich
HOYS Citizen Science
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