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We're pleased to announce the six winners of our 7th Annual Orion StarShoot Photo Contest! Three award-winning astrophotos were selected from both deep-sky and solar system categories by our panel of judges. It was a challenge to pick just six winners from all the wonderful entries captured by talented Orion customers. Be sure to check our online Image Gallery often as we add all the contest entries for you to enjoy. If you didn't have a chance to enter the contest this year, check out our growing line of affordable astrophotography equipment and gear up to take your shot next year!

Deep-Sky Category

1st Prize: Warren S. — California Nebula
First Prize is a $250 Orion Gift Certificate!

California Nebula


2nd Prize: Daniel W. — Horsehead Nebula
Second Prize is a $100 Orion Gift Certificate!

NGC6888


3rd Prize: Angel C. — M33 The Triangulum Galaxy ("The Pinwheel Galaxy")
Third Prize is a $50 Orion Gift Certificate!

M33 The Triangulum Galaxy (The Pinwheel Galaxy)

Solar System Category

1st Prize: Michael B. — Total Lunar Eclipse
First Prize is a $250 Orion Gift Certificate!

Total Lunar Eclipse


2nd Prize: Gary V. — Jupiter and Saturn with Ganymede shadow transit
Second Prize is a $100 Orion Gift certificate!

Jupiter and Saturn with Ganymede shadow transit

  • Camera: Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imaging Camera IV
  • Telescope: Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope
  • Exposure(s): 1280 x 1024 @ 15fps
  • Processing: Registax 6 and Photoshop
  • Notes: Jupiter image captured Jan 10, 2013 during Ganymede shadow transit. Ganymede is the moon closest to Jupiter in this image with its shadow on Jupiter. To the right of Ganymede is Io, and far to the left of Jupiter is Europa. (Beneath Saturn) Saturn was captured June 9, 2013 and layered into this image to simulate a conjunction of the two gas giants. Both taken from my backyard with the same setup of hardware.

3rd Prize: Hector C. Jr — Full Moon in Aquarius
Third Prize is a $50 Orion Gift Certificate!

Full Moon in Aquarius

  • Camera: Orion Starshoot Pro V2.0
  • Telescope: Explore Scientific ed 127mm CF
  • Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
  • Exposure: Photoshop cs5 and Maxim essentials
  • Processing: 15 x 0.001 sec and 15 x 150sec
  • Notes: I also used the Tele vue 0.8x Reducer/Flattener for 800 - 1000 focal length refractors for more F.O.V. I image on two different nights, 08/20/2013 for the moon and 08/24/2013 for the constellation Aquarius. 15 x 0.001 sec and 15 x 150sec