After over 50 years in the hobby, and dabbling in several aspects of it, I found it best not to attempt photography any longer. I can find online any number of photographs better than I could ever do. I prefer the visual experience.
I'm verging towards John Fitzgerald's view. For a long time I've felt imaging is a pointless waste of time and money, by-and-large, and IMHO most need to really ask themselves "why am I doing this ?".
The vast majority are banging away at the same 200-300 targets as most others, and there is nothing novel in it.
Thanks for your concern, but most people here who do imaging have utterly no need to ask ourselves why we do imaging. We know why. Here's my story.
I was an amateur astronomer doing visual for many years. That fizzled out, largely because my old eyes didn't see through a telescope the same way they had as a younger man. Then I discovered imaging. It took me far beyond anything I ever could do visually, even as a younger person. My first image of the Horsehead (one of those common targets) was a serious thrill. I could see the Horsehead with a 2.8 inch scope from my suburban backyard?
Utterly amazing. And the thrills keep coming. As do the challenges.
Astrophotography is what brought me back to astronomy, after a gap of many years where my only astronomy I did was showing the grandkids the Moon and Saturn's rings through the 66mm refractor that was the only scope I had kept. On a camera tripod. Now I do more astronomy than ever. If you tell me I should stop doing astrophotography, you're telling me I should stop doing astronomy.
Personally I find the complexity of amateur AP fascinating. I have an extensive bookshelf, spend a lot of time learning new things. One never runs out of new things to learn. I like helping beginners here start. I'm in very light polluted skies, I like amazing friends and relatives with the images I can take from here. And many more things.
Mods. Maybe you need to move this thread to Beginning Deep Sky Imaging, since it refers to both visual and imaging. There's nothing saying "no visual" in that forum, as there is with "no astrophotography" here. It is difficult to slot the original post neatly into one CN forum.
Edited by bobzeq25, 24 May 2022 - 01:13 AM.