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

rozem061: Verrasend leuke foto, Cornelius !
Het is volgens mij een bijeen gesmede combinatie
van verschillende sprookjes figuren.
Gezien op de 'Efteling'?...
Good luck in the contest !

questjester: lol @ Star Wars!

corngrowth received a 1 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

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

questjester: Hmm ...

I think it looks like the underside of a very large array dish.

Good luck! :)

LynEve: Could be Paris or Blackpool ??
Does not look symmetrical enough though.

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

bfrank: Congratulations Raj!!! It is a real mind teaser.

0930_23: It looks like a remote control to me Raj. It definitely has me wondering. Good entry.


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Flmngseabass: It's a.....thing! It's a......picture. It's a ........something. It's a.................complete and utter mystery!!!!!!!!!! No idea Raj. This is most unusual. Love it:)

5th place
What Could It Be by jerseygurl

Lightpainter: Congratulations - But what is it? Or have I missed something.

carlosf_m: Dishes?, interesting shot

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

icedancer: Congratulations on the placement in the contest