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: I have to agree with Raj - looks like an object that would be placed on a boat perhaps on the bow - Good one Cornelius for the contest and a real stumper!!!!!!!!!

gonedigital: It's Pinocchio in white wearing a specialist suit with a cat upon his head.
This is my fourth comment folks

corngrowth received a 1 month membership in the Caedes Cadre.

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

Lightpainter: Congrats on a great entry I guess we both had telescopes in mind.

bfrank: I know what it is but I wont give it away. Let the others figure it out. A nice view of it.

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

4th place
What is this? by Ramad

Samatar: Part of a coffee pod machine? Or a vacuum cleaner would be my guess.

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

Flmngseabass: Anyone know what this is yet?:):)

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

carlosf_m: Dishes?, interesting shot

Ramad: It is made of metal. I would say a drum of some kind, big or small.

Flmngseabass: I'm saying......................I haven't the faintest idea!!! I like it though:):)

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