18" Obsession, NexStar 11 GPS, Celestron 8SE (OTA), NexStar GT102 (OTA), SV80ED f/7 (OTA), iOptron ZEQ25 mount, Porta II mount, Panasonic GH3 camera, Mallincam Jr. PRO, Lunt LS60THa(PT)/B600, Exploradome.
Many Views Yield Truth
Quote:Can you give an idea how much it costs to do a few hours of imaging with little or no moon in the sky? I've looked at some of the other remote observatories websites and found the cost information was 'nebulous'.P.S. I checked their website and found that it costs $100 per hour of exposure time, and that there is a first time user discount.
The night sky is the canvas....
My optics are the brush....
The Milky Way is the masterpiece
reductio ad absurdum of epistomology is solipsism....
For me it's the challenge of accomplishing a difficult task. Capturing the data is only part of the job. Processing that data is sometimes far more difficult, making it that much more rewarding.
The argument that it's already been done doesn't do anything to deter me. Pretty much every star, cluster, nebula and planet has been viewed through a telescope but that doesn't keep me from observing either. The theory that something that's already been done isn't worth doing again would stifle an awful lot of personal growth and achievement if adhered to. Why write a great novel? Mark Twain's already done that. Why practice photography, painting, drawing? Pretty much everything's already been photographed, painted or drawn. See where I'm going with this? We do what we do because it pleases us and sometimes amazing things take place during the process.
Quote:Hi DaveBIG difference between real time visual observing and AP....visual is always different depending on conditions whereas AP has a limiting factor in terms of equipment, which in this case is as good as it gets. As the hardware and software becomes more sophisticated, individual input becomes less and less. Push a button and sit back. The creativity now resides in postprocessing.My point is that if I image an object and you image the same object with the same equipment, we will end up will virtually identical images. We might as well download the image without spending $100/hour to acquire it and go from there.The novel writing analogy doesn't hold water; you're confusing process with the end product. Same process; different end product.If I sit down and write a novel or draw a picture, I don't end up with the same novel or picture that you do.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/