As summer ends, and we head into the cloudy season here in the Pacific Northwest, it's going to be harder and harder to find nights to get out with a telescope to collect data. This may apply to other regions of the country, as well.
For those of us who are new to Astrophotography, this means less and less opportunities for us to learn and hone our skills in the post processing area. I am wondering if those of you who have been around longer and have collected data on multiple DSOs would be willing to share unprocessed files with us so that we can learn the post processing routines we'll need.
I'm sure we could all use RAW images from your DSLRs, or other images right out of your CCDs, but those tend to be huge is size, requiring a lot of online storage for them. What I was thinking was stacked files, .tif or .fts files right out of stacking, with nothing done to them. This would allow new people, like myself (and others) the opportunity to work on data that has been accumulated in the past, just to see how we can do with it.
I realize that some people are like 'Oh no, not with MY data!' and that's totally understandable. But, others may see that this is a good tool for teaching others. This would be up to the individuals who might consider sharing data.
Because of the size of the .tif or .fts files, I would recommend something like a Google Drive account, Dropbox or other online sharing services.
I hope that people will take this opportunity to help people who are new to Post Processing. If this offends you, I'm sorry, it wasn't meant to be that way, just looking for some people to help us newbs out.