It would take a far better man than I to not be offended by:
"If you just buy time on those telescopes and they do everything and just send you the data then you might as well just download HST images from google and put your name on it and say you took the image. I don't really understand what is the difference."
If you truly believe the quote at the top of this, you'll edit that out, or ask the mods to just remove the whole post.
I note in passing the professional astronomers buy time on a scope, technicians do everything, and just send the astronomer the data.
So what you're criticizing is _exactly_ how astronomy is done these days.
You are comparing scientists that collect immense amount of data through remote or space observatories, for scientific purposes, to grabbing data for image processing and nice pictures? And you name both things astronomy? Okay, well you're entitled to your own opinion for sure. If you think that observatories live only on technicians then you do not know how they work. And technicians are awesome I agree.
In any case, I am not changing my post since it is my take on things and I would never even imagine asking you or anyone else to change what they wrote without justification. Its my opinion. I did not mean to offend. If you are offended then it is your choice.
I am done with this political debate since it is really veering off from the topic. So, I do apologize for causing that.
And yes, I do find the images and processing that people do as a real gem in this hobby, and like I wrote I wish I could one day get to that level and passion about pretty pictures. I am happy they do it so I can enjoy it. Thank you image processing people out there!
Edited by imtl, 09 December 2019 - 02:13 PM.