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

koca: No idea. But it looks interesting.

Lightpainter: Congratulations on your placement. Certainly a work of art.

Ramad: That nose is certainly of Pinocchio. I also see a moorhen with its red beak. Could be the figurehead on a sailing vessel ?

corngrowth received a 1 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

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

icedancer: Looks like we are looking up through a metal building structure. Make a wonderful entry and good luck

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

questjester: Hmm ...

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

Good luck! :)

4th place
What is this? by Ramad

gonedigital: What is this?

Sorry Raj can't help you the photographs field of focus is very shallow and blurred in places so I can't discern precise details. Or perhaps you deliberately blurred sections yourself.
Guessing I'd say it's either a computer mouse, game control or some sort of mariners navigation unit.
You produce some fine work Raj (o: and hope you aren't offended by my valid critique.

This is Phlossys sixth comment folks and please don't stone me for being honest, thank you.

5th place
What Could It Be by jerseygurl

rvdb: A a stack of disks I think well will see.


luckyshot: Laura - I'm guessing a stack of CDs or DVDs. Great work!

tigger3: Congrats my friend! tigs=^..^=

questjester: Congratulations! :)

rvdb: Congrats on your win.


icedancer: Well, I'm with Les & Thad - I think it's a colourful stack of CD's. Excellent for the contest