Back in the 1980's and early 1990's, I was a one of those guys that did film astrophotography. There was a huge learning curve, but over time I was able to capture some pretty incredible images. My equipment was simple, an Olympus OM-1, telescope, guidescope (that you actually looked through), and various films depending on the object. When the final product came back after developing, and everything came together, it was awesome. Quite the sense of accomplishment.
I gave up astrophotography in the early 1990's so I could be more "sociable", LOL. A month ago, I decided to jump back in with a AZWO ASI183MC, ASIAIR Pro, ASI120 mini guide camera, Optolong L-extreme filter, and a bunch more accessories. Only a month in and I am getting images that would have been impossible 30 years ago. And, after 5 minutes outside tuning the polar alignment and a couple quick plate solves, I do it all inside. I don't have to know the sky at all to get an image.
Honestly, it seems almost too easy. Yes, there is a learning curve, but to me it feels like a video game where I get killed and just start a new game But, I am enjoying my new hobby a ton. It just doesn't feel like amateur astronomy to me.
So, the pont of my post is more about what I see in the various images posted here. A simple way to see this is to look at this months imaging challenge-The Pacman Nebula. https://www.cloudyni...-pacman-nebula/ Obviously, they all have different equipment, locations, techinques and quality. What I am seeing looks more like an aritsts painting. Some are green, some blue, some red, some purple, some pink, some orange. They are all awesome, but what is REAL. I realize that different filters allow only certain wavelengths to pass. But, some of the images I see just look more like paintings to me.
Ok, I just re-read this and realized this is my first old man rant. I thought about deleting it, but hey, I think I am allowed one Maybe this new hobby falls into my wife's saying..."If you dont like something, change it. If you can't change it, change the way you look at it."
Edited to remove part about "eyes" as that is not what I am trying to say here.
Edited by Steve_M_M, 17 October 2021 - 10:58 AM.