I personally do it mainly for myself. I find it very hard to explain people that are not in this field what it is they are seeing, how hard it was to capture, how difficult to pull the tiniest nebulosities from the background sky. To them, it's just a pretty picture with cool colors. Even my spouse, that has been with me for part of this journey and see first hand my results, my pre and post-processed images, the sky through the naked eye, visually through my telescope and ultimately on a 4 or 5 hour worth of integration time on the computer screen, has a hard time giving value to what I do or appreciating what it is she is seeing.
So, I do it for myself and for people that can relate. To me it is a journey that started since I was a kid, I know more about Astronomy than I do about anything else, even if my field of study was Mechanical Engineering. I have enjoyed every minute of it, whether it was reading books about it, watching videos or documentaries, visual observing through my various telescopes, taking images with film (up until the late 90's) or picking back up astrophotography with a DSLR at the beginning of this year.
To me the Universe is the most interesting thing there is, it really puts us in perspective, a mere grain of sand in the grand scheme of things. Being able to take advantage of optical, mechanical and photographic equipment and their increasing developments in technology over the years to get glimpses of the absolute beauty that is there in the sky is absolutely amazing and rewarding in itself. I don't need to do anything with my pictures, I want to see what's out there. Seeing through something that I did, knowing the ever-growing difficulties and the ever-growing skills needed to counter them, is what makes this journey even more special and personal.
Edited by endlessky, 08 July 2020 - 03:19 AM.