Galileoscope Observing Contests

The National Earth Science Teachers Association and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory announce three new observing contests for students who are using Galileoscopes. Four observing contests will run during this school year:

Observing the Moon December 13, 2010 – January 28, 2011
Observing Jupiter December 13, 2010 – January 28, 2011
Galileo's Choice December 13, 2010 – April 8, 2011
Observing Saturn March 21, 2011 – April 29, 2011

Each contest has two divisions and two categories. Two separate competitions will be held for students in grades 8 and lower, and students in grades 9-12. There are two categories for each contest within each division: Images and Sketches. Animated gifs are also permitted as entries in the Images category. Prize packages will be awarded by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. These packages will consist of a book, poster, planisphere and other possible additions. Winning entries will be published in The Earth Scientist and will be posted on the NESTA web page. A brief summary of each of the active contests is found here:

Observing Jupiter Contest
Create a “Galileo’s Journal” style of observing entries. These should be a series of sketches, images or an animated gif showing Jupiter and its Galilean satellites as seen through a Galileoscope during the contest dates. Each should have this information: the date, time and location (city, state) of the observation and the equipment used. See below for the entry form and observing log.

Observing the Moon Contest
Submit your best image or sketch of the Moon through the Galileoscope. This may be done at any phase during the dates of the contest. Prizes will be awarded for both the best sketch and the best image. The following information must be provided: the date, time and location (city, state) of the observation and the equipment used. See below for the entry form.

Galileo’s Choice Contest
Submit your best image or sketch of an astronomical object through the Galileoscope. The following observations are excluded: The Sun, the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Anything else is eligible- star clusters such as the Pleiades, the planet Venus, the Great Nebula in Orion, or another object of your choice. This may be done at any date during the dates of the contest. Prizes will be awarded for both the best sketch and the best image. The following information must be provided: the date, time and location (city, state) of the observation and the equipment used. See below for the entry form.

Official Rules

  1. All images or sketches must be the original work of the student submitting them.
  2. All images and sketches must be done through a Galileoscope during the dates that the contest runs.
  3. Any configuration of lenses may be used with the Galileoscope, including eyepieces not included as part of the standard equipment. Color or other types of imaging filters are permitted.
  4. Any type of imaging device is permitted, such as digital and film cameras, cell phones, video cameras or webcams.
  5. A series of images by the same student may be uploaded as an animated gif.
  6. The sketches may be done in any type of pencil or pen, pastels or charcoal.
  7. Uploaded file size should not exceed 8Mb.
  8. Students may submit multiple entries.
  9. Image processing of digital images is permitted. Photo mosaics are also permitted.
  10. Student teams are not permitted.
  11. All required forms and signatures must be uploaded with the sketch or photograph in order for it to be an official entry.
  12. Students must be residents or exchange students currently in the US and its territories.

Submit an entry: https://www.nestanet.org/cms/node/add/image
If not a NESTA member, click on the the log in at the upper right blue bar. Username is: galileoscope and the password is: contest. Enter all information you wish to be displayed online about the image in the text form named "Body. " Upload the permissions form and observing log using the upload command at the bottom of the same page that is used to upload the image.


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