Comet ISON Photo Contest Winners

When we announced the Comet ISON Photo Contest we welcomed entries of every sort — from wide-field nightscapes to high-power telescopic close-ups. Though the comet's visual performance fell short of expectations, our photographically inclined readers did not disappoint.

The editorial and art staffs selected 12 finalists from many fine submissions, then we turned over the final vote to our readers online. The winners you selected will each receive a prize from Celestron. In first place, Jerry Lodriguss wins an 8-inch EdgeHD on the Advanced VX Mount and a Skyris 274M Camera. Second prize, the Cometron 114AZ Telescope, goes to Scott Ferguson. And third prize, awarded to Bob Sandbank, is a pair of Cometron 12x70 Binoculars.

First Prize: Jerry Lodriguss

Comet ISON Photo Contest, First Place
Jerry Lodriguss

Second Prize: Scott Ferguson

Comet ISON Photo Contest, Second Place
Ferguson would like to thank the Northwest Florida Observatory for the use of their equipment.
Scott Ferguson

Third Prize: Bob Sandbank

Comet ISON Photo Contest, Third Place
Sandbank acknowledges the invaluable advice of Dean Koenig and Scott Tucker of Starizona, Adventures In Astronomy & Nature, Tucson, Arizona
Bob Sandbank

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all who submitted photos to the contest!