Contest Results: What is it?

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Ended 08/25/17 7:15 AM GMT
Winner: Lightpainter (See the full results)

1st place
Mystery Machine by Lightpainter

jerseygurl: Congratulations Ted on taking 1st place in the contest - Well Deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

questjester (Lisa Hickman) has suggested to the contestants that we reveal our subject after the entries are closed. I think this is a good idea because it sheds some light on the photographer's thinking which may be as important as the subject itself.

So here is my revelation:

This is indeed a telescope as some of you have guessed. But it is an unusual one. It is a 1.8 meter diameter mirror telescope with a focal length similar to the diameter. This gives it an f number of 1.0 (something we photographers seldom use). Hence it is short and squat, rather than long and slender. You can also see it is inside a typical observatory building with a hemispherical roof.

Another interesting fact is that it belongs to the Vatican. It is located on Mt. Graham near Safford, AZ.

Mt. Graham is also the site of two other telescopes. One is a radio telescope, the other is a really enormous optical one (the Large Binocular Telescope, two mirrors 9m diameter each).

Lightpainter received a 2 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

2nd place
What Is It? by corngrowth

rvdb: A 1 work congrats on your win C.


Dunstickin: It's a Dutch Ice Cream cone with a extra special 'Feline' topping!...that tastes of Marshmallow!...☺ ☺ ☺

Great find and a doozie for the contest!

corngrowth received a 1 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

3rd place
Gosh, I Bet This Is... by braces

LynEve: Congrats on your placement Steve - it was a mystery for sure

Lightpainter: My guess: This is the 2012 Olympic stadium in London.

jerseygurl: Congratulations on taking 3rd place in the contest!!!!!!!!!!!!

corngrowth: A microscopic view of my brains, Steve, ☺ .
I'm kidding of course because it can be steel frame of a construction in progress.
An intriguing capture however and very appropriate for the current contest.

Good Luck with it!

4th place
What is this? by Ramad

Vickid: Really like the design, and material used. Totally unaware of what this is, great entry, wishing you the best of luck!

corngrowth: Think (so I'm not sure, ☺) it's a part of a device for remote control. I'm curious for the solution.
Very apt entry for the 'What is this' contest.
Good Luck with it, my friend!

5th place
What Could It Be by jerseygurl

questjester: Congratulations! :)

Dunstickin: My guess would be a plastic lamp shade!....

....Good luck

rvdb: Congrats on your win.


tigger3: I'm going with Kathy's guess, and I will be curious to find out the answer well done Laura. tigs=^..^=