EAA FORUM RULES: Observing Reports are required when posting an image.
1) This forum is for the discussion of observations, equipment, software, and how to use Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) efficiently to maximize the visual experience. EAA has become an important observing tool that assists in overcoming the adverse effects of light pollution and aids in sharing the experience with others at outreach events.
2) Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) is the use of a digital or analog image capturing device, including low-light (NV) devices, that replace or augment the eyepiece for live viewing at the telescope. EAA is not meant to be astrophotography, we have a dedicated section for that aspect of the hobby.
3) EAA images are allowed for the purposes of augmenting your descriptions of your live viewing sessions, illustrating your EAA equipment's capabilities, and for giving or receiving assistance with technical issues. Stacked EAA images must be done in real time “on-the-fly”. The maximum integration time for any posted EAA image is 5 minutes. Post-processing of EAA images is not allowed under any circumstances.
4) Posts with images must include an observing report that contains a minimum of:
a) time and date of the observation (seeing & transparency conditions are optional).
b) name and/or catalog number of the object(s) of interest.
c) integration time (seconds/# of frames) and the software/process used for the “live” capture in their text.
d) a discussion of observations that covers what was seen, anything that stood out, anything that was interesting, (if appropriate) number of times object observed or if it was the first time observed.
The only exception to the observing report is the discussion portion when a topic/post is of a troubleshooting or equipment capability nature when replying to questions.
Additional information to illustrate your techniques and equipment used, to assist other members, is encouraged and appreciated. Post-processing of EAA images is not allowed under any circumstances.
Edited to add: Our view on post-processing is basically any enhancement process occurring after the capture software has saved the final image into a storage device. The key word being enhancement, image manipulation like cropping, zooming, rotating, annotating, inverting, and file size compression is deemed acceptable.
Those that do not conform will be removed without notice. Repeat offenders will be subject to loss of forum access.
EAA IMAGE GALLERY RULES (Unlimited Integration): Please follow link.
Other Useful Information:
Live Broadcast Announcement Thread: Because EAA Observing can be done using the screen of a computing device it is possible to broadcast.
We thank you for your attention to these matters. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an EAA Forum moderator or Cloudy Nights administrator.
Latest revision effective midnight December 4, 2019.