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

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

jerseygurl: Congratulations Cornelius on taking 2nd place in the contest - great entry!!!!!!

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

bfrank: Hi Steve and congrats on your placement in the contest. Just wondering if this was a different angle of this image Listening To The Skies. Anyway it was good one.

4th place
What is this? by Ramad

Flmngseabass: LOL Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (questjester)

LynEve: I think it is a camera button - taken looking straight down at it.
:) Ready to click

Flmngseabass: Raj. Did you explain what this is somewhere other than here? I was hoping to find out what this thing is:):).....still pondering:)

5th place
What Could It Be by jerseygurl

bfrank: Congrats Laura! Haven't a clue as to what it is.

questjester: Congratulations! :)

trixxie17: I'm guessing the side of a pottery planter - really good one for the contest.

Samatar: Part of a lighthouse??

LynEve: Congrats on your placement Laura :)