Tom, I hear you loud and clear. I wish Parker’s advice to me would have been more productive but I lost interest. Back when we used film, 2415 mostly, and worked in the darkroom for hours it was fun, but after he started with the CCD stuff it just got boring for me. One would laugh at us having fun developing film seeing how hard it was to produce decent images. One may think that me being a technician and/or engineer in electronics the CCD stuff would be fun, but for some reason it just did not interest me.
Also, my inability to focus well played a part in it, so my forte was counting clouds and keeping track of dust storms. I'm sure his images would be much better than mine, so that too affected my interest.
He did use plenty of dodging and clever processing of his images to make them look like the real Mars. He did not consider it cheating because he did not alter the images all that much. I think using a 16” scope helped.
Edited by Jeff B1, 13 July 2020 - 10:30 AM.