There are different themes to EAA that are all appropriate. Live streaming, and outreach events are two that come to mind where we can share views of the skies with others. There are other themes that may be stretching the definition of EAA. If we are more worried about the final picture than observing the wonders of the sky, or doing significant post processing ... well we may be falling down the AP slope. I have spent some time analyzing my raw data and replaying the stacks to find better ways to image quickly and effectively. This is my stretching the EAA definition - and follows into the technical details of EAA, and is a major subtopic on this thread. These discussions have been great getting me up and running quickly. Instead of giving up faint fuzzies - I can really see them at home - and quickly.
This leads to the other side of EAA. Using all this fun technology to observe the skies in our own way. I have seen some great EAA live streaming videos, where the views and background of the objects are the focus. I am just observing ... not streaming yet ... but this is great. The focus is on the objects we can now see, in the skies we live with.
So what have you observed lately using EAA? Instead of the technical details, what did you see, and what did you like in the sky.
To get started ... for me (lately)
1. Looking at the range of globular cluster's in the sky. I really like M3 -- seems to be may favorite at this time. These are the ancient artifacts of the milky-way and I am working to compare as many of these objects as I can. In the night sky I can play with the histogram (and some processing that seems to really help view these objects in SharpCap) to change what parts of the clusters I want to look at.
2. Doing the same thing with galaxies - but galaxies have a wider range of types and views. Here I am early on in the process, and just getting familiar with the taxonomy and evolution of galaxies. M51 has been my favorite, but currently I really like M101. Notice the face on galaxies with spiral arms are getting my initial interest. 10 seconds into the view and it's a galaxy screams out to me. Its getting a bit later in the year to see these, and looking forward to looking at M31 and M33. My biggest issue is getting a wide enough view for these two objects. I can only see 1-2 degrees at a time with my current system. That could work for M33 but not M31. So I intend to spend some time scanning across these two galaxies as they rise earlier in the night sky. Should be interesting.
PS - tried visual on these two galaxies last week at nearby (darker) skies -- bleh.