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

GomekFlorida: Whatever it is, nice capture none the less.

LynEve: The inside of a giant telescope. The metal sides open like a concertina for viewing.
An intriguing entry - best of luck :)

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

icedancer: I see a cat sitting on top of a warriors helmet with a huge nose - Marvelous entry and good luck

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 !

corngrowth received a 1 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

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

corngrowth: Steve,

Congratulations for your 3rd price in the 'What is it?' contest.
Well done!

Best regards, Cornelius.

questjester: Congratulations! :)

Ramad: Congrats on your 3rd placing Steve.

GomekFlorida: Great entry. I think it is framework of some sort.

4th place
What is this? by Ramad

jerseygurl: I'm with Cornelius and Tic on this one Raj - first look, I immediately thought it was some sort of remote controller - Good one - Good Luck in the current contest!!!!!!!!!!

Dunstickin: Well done for a placement in the 'What is it' contest old friend

5th place
What Could It Be by jerseygurl

Samatar: Part of a lighthouse??

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

Nikoneer: I'm with Thad... a stack of disks... the curves lines and the two vertical lines near the center are the giveaway (the holes in the center). A great idea (if we're right) and image (even if we're not), one just right for my desktop, thanks.