I’ve tend to research stuff to death when I’m interested in something and have watched a human nature thing play out in a lot of Astro forums over the last year. The truth is Astro imaging is very hard....to the extreme, the knowledge base, patience,equipment required and skill to produce great Astro images is a subset of our hobby that few achieve greatness in. In fact the general public still does not grasp the hours and hours of capture and post processing to produce just one image.
Things started to change a little a few years ago with the advent of electronically assisted astrophotography, however you could usually see the difference in the quality of the images produced. It was slightly easier and brought more people in to attempt it but it still required the kind of dedication and equipment to learn, it made it easier to try but still was a pretty major hurdle to do well.
So now technology marches on and several companies have started building robotic imaging rigs. One of the first was evoscope, it was pretty much dismissed by the Astro community because the images just were not that good, however it did represent a shift to where someone with no experience at all could drop a few grand and produce a recognizable Astro image, it was actually pretty brutal the amount of pushback expressed in imaging forums ,but when another company introduced Stellina which did about the same thing except a little better, I think it started to sink in that the days of being an elite Astro imager was closing fast.
These products are first generation and so you know ,with all tech, equipment and algorithms improve, they may not be able to compete with old school imaging yet but the writing is on the wall, it’s coming. It’s a good thing but it also is a sad thing for the people who have spent so much time perfecting their craft. The timeline is fuzzy because the astronomy market is small and things don’t change as fast, often 3 to 5 years between product cycles... but it is coming
Edited by GSBass, 10 April 2021 - 08:32 AM.