Hey all, I'm new here and I'm sad to say I found the site too late. About 5 years back I was working at an observatory and was in the right place at the right time to rescue the last of our unexposed plates. I set back up one of the darkrooms and had a go at some AP. I spent a lot of time flailing around reinventing the wheel but got some usable images.
Anyway, back on-topic. I know in the realm of scientific astronomy there was a period toward the end of film but before CCDs were the dominant technology a lot of work was done with Varo image intensification tubes. The resolution wasn't great but for some things that didn't matter, spectroscopy of course but I think some comet imaging and such as well. I was just wondering if anybody has played with that on the hobby level?