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AAAP Kevin J. Brunelle Astrophotography Contest

Each year, members and the public eagerly look forward to the AAAP's astrophotography contest held during the November meeting. The contest is named for the late Kevin Brunelle, a former club member, photographer, and co-owner of Sukolsky-Brunelle .



2013


This year's contest included 70 images in 5 categories submitted by 11 members. Seven photographers won a combined 17 places as determined by the members in attendance.

Our thanks to Nate Brandt and Bill Snyder for organizing this year's contest.

And the winners are ...

Galaxy

Leo Triplet
M81 & M82
M33
Summer Milky Way
1st place
Leo Triplet
by Craig Smith
2nd place
M81 & M82
by Frank Wielgus
3rd place (tie)
M33
by Nate Brandt
3rd place (tie)
Milky Way
by Matthew Dieterich

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Nebula

Elephant Trunk Pelican
Veil
1st place
Elephant Trunk
by Craig Smith
2nd place
Pelican Nebula
by Frank Wielgus
3rd place
Eastern Veil Nebula
by Frank Wielgus

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Stellar

NGC 206 Star Trails Pleiades Milky Way
1st place
NGC 206 in M31
by Frank Wielgus
2nd place
Star Trails over Greene County
by Nate Brandt
3rd place (tie)
M45 - Pleiades
by Michael Markiw III
3rd place (tie)
Setting Milky Way
by Matthew Dieterich

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Solar System

Comet PANSTARRS Waxing Moon Sunspots
1st place
Comet PANSTARRS
by Matthew Dieterich
2nd place
Waxing Gibbous
by Michael Markiw III
3rd place
Sunspots AR1785 & AR1784
by Nate Brandt

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Atmospheric

Anticrepuscular rays Cloud Shadows Sun Rays
1st place
Anticrepuscular Rays
by Nate Brandt
2nd place
Dagger Cloud Shadow
by Eric Fischer
3rd place
Sun Rays
by Bill Hayeslip

How would you have voted? See all of the entries in this category.



2011


This year, members of the AAAP entered 27 images. The club members in attendance (about 52) at the November 11th meeting voted on three winners in each of the three categories.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 cash prize from the AAAP.

Astronomical - longer than 300mm

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1st place
M42 by Matthew Dieterich
2nd place
The Veil by Nathan Brandt
3rd place
Galaxy M106 by Frank Wielgus

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 300mm

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1st place
Milky Way 7/28/11 by Matthew Dieterich
2nd place
Lunar Eclipse by Bill Hayeslip

Images of atmospheric phenomena

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1st place
Solar Pillar by Bill Hayeslip
2nd place
PA QSO Party by Philip Breidenbach
3rd place
Rain Falling out of Cloud by Fred Klein

2010


This year, members of the AAAP entered 68 images. The club members in attendance (about 49) at the November 12th meeting voted on three winners in each of the three categories.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 cash prize from the AAAP.

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 300mm

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1st place
Dog Days' Planets by Mark Arelt
1st place
The Milky Way - Summer to Winter by Mark Arelt
2nd place
Deer Lick and Stephan's Quintet by Craig Smith
2nd place
Paper Moon by Mark Arelt
3rd place
Heart & Soul, Double Cluster & Hartley 2 by Nathan Brandt

Astronomical - longer than 300mm

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1st place
M51- Whirlpool Galaxy by Bill Snyder
2nd place
M31- LRHaGB by Bill Snyder
3rd place
Melotte15 in the Heart Nebula by Nathan Brandt
3rd place
IC1795-Fish Head Nebula by Bill Snyder

Images of atmospheric phenomena

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1st place
Jupiter Hurling Lightning Bolts by James Klueber
2nd place
Sunset and Water by Wallace Watson
3rd place
Halo & Sundogs by Mark Arelt

2009


In 2009, members of the AAAP entered 40 images. The club members in attendance at the November 6th meeting voted on three winners in each of the three categories.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 cash prize from the AAAP.

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 150mm

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"Orion Rising" by Mark Arelt "M45" by Frank Wielgus "Rho and Antares" by Nathan Brandt "Flame, Horsehead and Orion Nebula" by Frank Wielgus
1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Frank Wielgus 3rd place Nathan Brandt 3rd place Frank Wielgus

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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"NGC7635-Bubble Nebula" by Bill Snyder "Veil Nebula-Western Portion" by Mark Arelt "Rosette Nebula" by Nathan Brandt
1st place Bill Snyder 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Nathan Brandt

Images of atmospheric phenomena

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"Fog in The Vale" by Mark Arelt "Blazing Dawn" by Mark Arelt "Sunrise from Duck, NC." by Fred Klein
1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Fred Klein

2008


In 2008, members of AAAP entered 74 images. The club members in attendance at the Nov 14 meeting voted on three winners in each of the three categories.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 cash prize from the AAAP.

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 150mm

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North American & Pelican Nebulas by Frank Wielgus South Dakota Milky Way by Mark Arelt
1st place Frank Wielgus 2nd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy by Nathan Brandt 19-night Comet Holmes Composite by John Pane The Veil by Nathan Brandt
1st place Nathan Brandt 2nd place John Pane 3rd place Nathan Brandt

Images of atmospheric phenomena

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South Dakota Sunburst by Mark Arelt Lizard Cloud Sunset by Bill Moutz Volcano Sky Sunrise with Sirius by Mark Arelt
1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Bill Moutz 3rd place Mark Arelt

2007



In 2007, members of the AAAP entered more than 70 images to compete in the 2007 AAAP Kevin Brunelle Astrophotography Contest. The club membership in attendance at the Nov. 16 meeting voted on three winners in each of three categories.

The first place winner in each category received a $50 cash prize from the AAAP.
Mark Arelt, Dave Conte and Dave Smith served as contest coordinators.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners.

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 150mm

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Antares Smoke Stack A Night Out Milky Way & Jupiter in Clouds
1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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Andromeda Galaxy Horse Head & Flame Nebulas Edge-on Spiral Galaxy
1st place Fred Klein 2nd place Nathan Brandt 3rd place Frank Wielgus

Images of atmospheric phenomena

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Solar Pillar Lunar Halo Lightning in the Clouds
1st place Fred Klein 2nd place Dave Smith 3rd place Fred Klein

2006

Astronomical images taken with optics of focal length no greater than 150mm

Cygnus Milky Way Milky Way Panorama Orion
1st place Fred Klein 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

Markarian's Chain NGC 6781 Sombrero Galaxy
1st place Fred Klein 2nd place Frank Wielgus 3rd place Fred Klein

Images of atmospheric phenomena

Foggy Sunrise with Tree Winter Sunset - redb Winter Sun Pillar
1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Gene Kulakowski 3rd place Gene Kulakowski

2005

Astronomical - 150mm or less

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Frank Wielgus 3rd place Frank Wielgus

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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1st place John Pane 2nd place Phil Hughes 3rd place Fred Klein

Atmospheric

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place John Pane 3rd place John Pane

2004

Astronomical - 150mm or less

1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

1st place Frank Weilgus 2nd place Jerry Zhu 3rd place Mark Arelt

Atmospheric

1st place John Pane 2nd place Jerry Zhu 3rd place Nancy Kancel

2003

Astronomical - 150mm or less

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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1st place Jerry Zhu 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Frank Wielgus

Atmospheric

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Jerry Zhu 3rd place Jerry Zhu

2002

Astronomical - 150mm or less

1st place Fred Klein 2nd place Fred Klein 3rd place (tie) Ed Honkus 3rd place (tie) Fred Klein

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Jerry Zhu 3rd place Fred Klein

Atmospheric

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1st place John Pane 2nd place Fed Klein 3rd place Ed Honkus

2001

Astronomical - 150mm or less

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1st place Mark Arelt 2nd place Mark Arelt 3rd place Mark Arelt

Astronomical - longer than 150mm

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1st place Frank Wielgus 2nd place Frank Wielgus 3rd place Frank Wielgus

Atmospheric

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1st place Frank Wielgus 2nd place Gus Johnson 3rd place Mark Arelt

2000

Advanced Telescope Division

1st Place Advanced Telescope 2nd Place Advanced Telescope 3rd Place Advanced Telescope
1st Place
Frank Weilgus
2nd Place
Mark Arelt
3rd Place
Mark Arelt

Advanced Camera Division

1st Place Advanced Camera 2nd Place Advanced Camera 3rd Place Advanced Camera
1st Place
Dave Conte
2nd Place
Frank Weilgus
3rd Place
John Holtz

Novice Telescope Division

1st Place Novice Telescope
1st Place
Adrian Vergot

1999

Through-Telescope

1st Place Through-Telescope 2nd Place Through-Telescope 3rd Place Through-Telescope
1st Place
Mark Arelt
2nd Place,
Larry McHenry/Winnie Labraque
3rd Place
Frank Weilgus

Through-Camera

1st Place Through-Camera 2nd Place Through-Camera 3rd Place Through-Camera
1st Place
Mark Arelt
2nd Place
Mark Arelt
3rd Place
Andrew Potter

1998

Advanced Telescope Division

1st Place Advanced Telescope 2nd Place Advanced Telescope 3rd Place Advanced Telescope
1st Place
Mark Arelt
2nd Place
Mark Arelt
3rd Place
Mark Arelt

Advanced Camera Division

1st Place Advanced Camera 2nd Place Advanced Camera 3rd Place Advanced Camera
1st Place
Ed Honkus
2nd Place
Mark Arelt
3rd Place
Mark Arelt

Novice Camera Division

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