Change the name and move the forum. Work out the rules later if you must.
Well if nothing else this topic gets things moving on cold day. The wheels on this bus go round and round but we never arrive. The discussion moves around leans this way or that, but mostly this forum just consults the Monty Python Department of Silly Names, and the rules more or less logically derive.
Normally I would try for a reasoned post, respecting our history here and bringing as needed logic and learned dissertations. But most of us have already rounded that block so here it is. with out embroidery; Change the name and move the forum. Work out the rules later if you must.
I do almost entirely observational imaging or live imaging or observational AP etc. Two minutes of 8s images or 45 minutes of 120s images, it is all one. I am at the controls and watching the images on the display.
It ain't video and I don't own (or associate with) an experimental aircraft.
If you are new and seeking help good luck finding this place. If you search on "video astronomy" (CN is #13 after a site featureing a Mallincam Micro. Take a look at the wiki and the painful attempt to differentiate this from those other imagers.
I was inspired here and still get useful information here, but I am finding good information in the regular imaging forums as the hardware converges.
It would be a step forward to call it something that has observation and camera or imaging. Put in in Imaging or Observation with a title that links the range. Observing with a Camera is not a new moniker but a good one; for a greater sense of immediacy add live and get Live Observing with a Camera.
Allow as we do now discussions of equipment and techniques. Change rules on posting an image. Images must present as accurately as possible the images as viewed on the display during the observation o allow post processing if disclosed. in either case hardware and software used, exposers and number of images.
A much less ambiguous title, a higher place on the list, relaxed image rules and just maybe this topic will wither.
Night vision. Night vision could be said to be a form of observation and a form of imaging and it certainly is in the moment. I see no reason why it should not be included. But if I was a NV person, I might want an NV forum. Unless the world is upside down that is a trivial change to a data base. Finding and moving existing posts might be a job, but if there isn't anyone to do it then just start fresh.
Change the name and move the forum, do us and the new guys a favor and we can discuss the philosophy later. When I hear someone who is a dedicated and competent practitioner and proponent of what we do curl the lip and scornfully gaze at the mention of this forum, well it is sad. And please note this was not at a Mallincam fest or the northern NSN.
Best and kindest regards for the forum, the mods and the members.