41, 7 years. Although if we're talking about actual counts of days with clear skies, I've been imaging for about a month. Lol
I'm not sure if I qualify as an "experienced" imager, but since I live in Arizona, I am sure my 10 months gives me more like 5 years of available clear skies!
I started the same topic over at Beginners DSO imaging forum and thought might be interesting to also see the experienced imagers stats look like.
It's just a bit of fun and intrigue so if you want to join in, then great. If not, then also great
If you reply here, we can make some sort of more interesting analysis.
So basically it's:
1. How old (or young) are you?
2. How many years (months/days/hours/seconds/femtoseconds) have you been imaging? (could include all types of imaging, whatever you want)
Yes, it's a cloudy night and I'm bored. If it catches on then great if not then meh... another silly topic.
** If you want to tell a bit about how you started and what gear you used first and what you use now then go ahead!
*** Okay, someone pointed something out to me, so here is a clarification:
This is purely for fun. The data here is not being used for anything. No conspiracy theories please.
Let the polls begin!
61 yrs old.
10 months in AP; started acquiring my gear in May of 2020. However, I was a camera enthusiast in the 70's and 80's even developing my own film and processing my own photos. Olympus OM-1. Yep, had the enlarger, chemical trays, red light in the garage, etc., etc. Still waiting for the cancer diagnosis from all those nasty 3m chemicals! I had an 8" Meade SCT in the 80's that was soft (Halley's comet batch) and sold it shortly after the comet disappeared. Had an ETX-125 in 2000 but it suffered so much from the poor quality of the mount that it was 90% frustration and 10% viewing. Parted it out to help pay for my AP entry.
I did a lot of research here on CN and had selected two potential gear paths based on either a refractor or a reflector. Well, the reflector came up for sale in the classifieds first, so I jumped on it. As many here on CN have warned, the large SCT path is far more demanding than the small APO/ACHRO path. No worries; I've always been one for a challenge! Research prepares you for good decisions on gear; it does not prepare you for the deep dive required to assess, troubleshoot, and correct a complex imaging train to get it optimized. That took me 5 months alone, but I had fun cutting my teeth on planetary while I worked things out.
I can say that I now have an excellent system that routinely gives me .5 to .8 guiding at 1335MM on most nights while I get a good nights sleep. All that is due to great folks here on CN.