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What do you do with your hard earned astro-images?

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#1 PirateMike

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:30 AM

I'm quiet sure that this question has been asked before, but I see no reason why it shouldn't be asked again.

 

As you are probably well aware, astrophotography is an endeavor that require quite a bit of sacrifice in time away from loved one's, as well as sacrifice of financial means and a sacrifice of ones own time on this earth that could be spent doing other things that are much more productive in the greater scheme of things.

 

So after all the blood sweat and tears have been expelled, and you now have on disk a very fine image of the intricacies of the heavens above, what do you do with the completed deliverable?

 

Do you present it on the web for all the world to see? Do you have it printed out loud and proud to be hung somewhere in your home or other personal place, or maybe printed out in a smaller form to be given to loved one and/or other special interested individuals? Do you display it on your computer screens as wallpaper or as part of a screensaver? Does it just sit on your hard disk with the most minimal chance of ever being seen again? Or do you do something completely different?

 

So what do you do with your astro-images?

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

 

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#2 Jon Rista

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:57 AM

I print em huge, and hang em on my walls. Huge, being 36x24 or 40x30 usually. I've done wrapped canvas mostly, as its more cost effective at those scales. I do want to try a large sized acrylic print, though. They are very expensive at that size. I have some fine art sized prints that I've printed myself as well, up to 13x19 or around there. 


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 07:25 AM

Im pretty critical of myself and have not deemed anything printworthy so everything lives on hard drives. I have used art mill for other non astro prints in the past and they can do great stuff including custom sized panoramas.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 07:34 AM

Mine get deleted.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 12:52 PM

I put them on my phone so if my hobby comes up in a discussion with somebody and they ask if I have any images to show them, I can oblige. It's even happened I think twice in the past few years! grin.gif

 

Oh, and I have one as desktop wallpaper on my PC. Easy to forget since I rarely see the desktop.


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 12:55 PM

I put them on Astrobin.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:02 PM

Mine get deleted.

i put mine in a van down by the river!!

 

more seriously i print them and hang them up. i like the metallic paper prints. have a couple of big canvas ones as well.

 

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:19 PM

I have mine on my server and the good ones I post on my website and will maybe sell one someday.


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#9 Dean J.

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:36 PM



 

So what do you do with your astro-images?

 

I upload them to Astrobin.

 

Then I annoy everyone in my email address book by sending them a link.

 

Sometimes i will also post links on some of the forums I participate in.

 

get.jpg?insecure 


Edited by Dean J., 24 June 2022 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:49 PM

I've got them ( not all ) on my webpage, mobilephone and also as screensaver.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:50 PM

I sell them and make a small fortune, which has allowed me to quit my day job. 

 

Just kidding.

 

I mostly post to Astrobin and or Reddit, admire them on my phone, or as a desktop wallpaper. Share them with coworkers, family, and friends. 


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 01:54 PM

I post them on Astrobin, share them on CN, and used to post them on Facebook. Stopped using Facebook at least a year ago so that stopped abruptly.

I’d like to find a similar resource such as FB, but they seem to have the market pretty locked up for my “friends”. Hopefully an alternate, non-politically motivated, service will arise.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 02:51 PM

I put my finished images (well, the best to date) in a specific folder on my PC. The screensave is pointed to that folder, so it slowly cycles through them. That way, you get to revisit them. A bit like having music on your phone, set to 'shuffle'. And yes, pictures on my phone, to show friends, family, neighbours etc.

I also have a few of my early images, partly as a reminder of how far I've come and partly as an aide-memoire to objects i ought to revisit.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 02:52 PM

Let them sit in the hard drive unprocessed.
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Posted 24 June 2022 - 03:25 PM

I put mine on Astrobin, and every Christmas I print a calendar of my images from the previous year to give to family and friends. I also made metal prints out of my 3 best images.


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Posted 24 June 2022 - 04:06 PM

Astrobin.  Maybe someday I'll do something more with them... but in all honestly no one that I know cares enough to give it more than a glance.  Even other astroimagers probably give it only as much time as it takes to swipe next. 

 

Makes me wonder sometimes what the point is.  For now I'll just say its the journey.  Keeps me learning and feeling challenged... better than finding the least worst TV show to waste my life on. 


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Posted 26 June 2022 - 02:27 PM

I have a non-advertised, non-indexable WordPress site where I write a post about it, as if for a wide audience. It provides closure by explaining the meaning and reason for taking the image as well as helping me remember the details elsewhere in the frame ("see that marked tiny dot? That's a quasar at more than 10bn ly"). I like exploring with SIMBAD the other objects visible in the frame, so each post takes several hours of quiet research and writing. I share the site with family and a few friends who nod politely.

 

It keeps me completely free of bothering with views, likes and followers, like on the more social platforms yet it provides a feeling of completion. 


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Posted 26 June 2022 - 02:53 PM

Astrobin.  Maybe someday I'll do something more with them... but in all honestly no one that I know cares enough to give it more than a glance.  Even other astroimagers probably give it only as much time as it takes to swipe next. 

 

Makes me wonder sometimes what the point is.  For now I'll just say its the journey.  Keeps me learning and feeling challenged... better than finding the least worst TV show to waste my life on. 

I've asked myself the same thing and my only answer is because I still enjoy collecting and processing data, especially processing with all of the software advances being made.

 

BTW, since I switched to streaming t.v., I actually like watching some of it.


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Posted 26 June 2022 - 06:48 PM

Astrobin, FB, instagram (some friends/family dont use FB but are on IG) and youtube,

 

A number of my neighbors are very interested.  They all keep their porch lights off :) 

 

I have a few prints on my wall.  I've given a couple prints out.  I've had my prints on display at a local library (along with other local astrophotographers).

 

I'm a member of a group in my town that is working with the city on our IDA application.. and have made my images available for that endeavor.

 

I've gotten a couple of people into the hobby by sharing my images.. one family member, one coworker.


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Posted 26 June 2022 - 07:47 PM

I printed a couple dozen of my photographs on 65cm x 46cm hard acrylic and mounted them in a decorative frame. Mostly they lie at home, but I have organized several exhibitions in a local club and several neighboring villages.
In addition, during exhibitions, I tell adults and children about space and about my hobby. To my surprise, this arouses great interest among the listeners and inspires them to also find interesting creative activities for themselves. Try it too.
In my opinion, astrophotography is a very positive and uniting topic.


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Posted 27 June 2022 - 12:05 AM

That's a great question. (To paraphrase: why do you do this?)

 

I have sent a few to family and friends, who genuinely think they are amazing. (Except I know they are the absolute work of a rookie, but ppl see them on a phone, probably and so... and, in fact, I think most don't really care.)  I might someday put some on astrobin, but maybe not. My intended goal at the outset of this was to print some, the ones that make me sense I live on this planet in the middle of something unfathomable. I still plan to do that (and print that first processed image of Orion nebula with no star trails. Seeing that was a fantastic moment.) So mainly, they are for me to enjoy. 

 

But as time goes by, the output isn't as important to me as the process. I really enjoy the challenge and learning. And maybe most importantly, it gets me outside at night, often under a pretty nice sky, and generally with congenial ppl who share some of this awe of the night sky. I am fortunate in many ways to live in a place where it isn't miserable outside most nights so I can be outside pretty much year round. As a reult of this, my family gave me a nice tent and I am typing this on a bluff above the Pacific with my wife here with me in the tent for the night. It's cloudy, so no stars, but still....


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Posted 27 June 2022 - 01:20 AM

I want to print them, large, and hang them up. I‘m pretty critical of myself and only three images made the cut so far. The smallest one was printed 40x30“. I‘m preparing a fourth print for our dining area, in 3.5x1.2m (135x47“). It takes a lot more processing steps for me to get the images ready for printing tha for display on a screen. I also upload to astrobin and infrequently to my personal site. I usually try to add something about the object or about interesting other objects in the field.
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Posted 27 June 2022 - 04:10 PM

I don't have astrobin and don't see the point in that either.

 

there are millions of images there already, so why bother.

 

I Post my images on the Facebook Groups that specialise in Astrophotography.

 

there are many of them, and each have a slightly different focus.

 

then people ask questions and learn, somewhat like this forum, so its good.

 

also I learn what people who are not astrophotographers respond too, which is just as important as the responses of 

 

the highly critical experienced imagers.

 

I guess that I have had about 5000 likes or favourable comments, since I started last xmas, which is encouraging.

 

actually one of my images was so well liked by the public, that it was made the front cover image 

 

of the Facebook Budget Astrophotography Group, which was kind of special.

 

if no one got to see the images it might seem pointless. smile.gif


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Posted 27 June 2022 - 04:22 PM

 

 

I have sent a few to family and friends, who genuinely think they are amazing. (Except I know they are the absolute work of a rookie, but ppl see them on a phone, probably and so... and, in fact, I think most don't really care.)  I might someday put some on astrobin, but maybe not. 

Ha Ha..smile.gif


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Posted 27 June 2022 - 06:02 PM

I tell adults and children about space and about my hobby. To my surprise, this arouses great interest among the listeners and inspires them to also find interesting creative activities for themselves.

In my opinion, astrophotography is a very positive and uniting topic.

agreed.waytogo.gif




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