When entering July, it marks the 1-year operation of our remote observatory, 100% personal site and maintained by ourselves. When doing remote imaging, the data quality is so good that what I only do is collecting data and data. I only do LRGB imaging currently. Sometimes I blend with Ha. Most of the time, Ha is not necessary. I count my images, typically 2 images per month and 20-24 images per year. I usually spend 20-25 hours on one target. 10-15 hour L in bin1 mode and 10 hour RGB in bin2 mode. I use RC8 and TOA130 as a dual setup so that I can switch between wide angle and long focal length. The cameras are old but they still work very solid. During remote imaging, SNR is the most important thing. We just need data, more data. I am still waiting for my replaced Tak E160ED and may potentially upgrade my 8-inch RC to a 10-inch CDK. For Epsilon, I can get a faster aperture. For CDK, I can get a long focal length. Most of the time, RC8 shines but I still think I can obtain more detailed images at our site.
Originally, I went to my site once a month now I can reduce frequency to once every two months. I have talked about our observatory on the Astro Imaging Channel. A couple of folks contacted our land owner about building their observatory at our sites. Due to the interest, my land owner and I consider building another one in the next year by ourselves.
Here are the combinations of the first-year images. You can see at the beginning, my process techniques are a little bit aggressive. Later when entering the galaxy season, I think I have found a better processing workflow. Anyway, I am not good at post-processing, still need to learn. Overall, I am very pleased of the 1-year operation. I hope at least I can run for the next 4 years in order to complete my image list. It is time for me to print some and hang them in my home, send to friends and make a new calendar for the next year.
The first image is just showing how good collimation of my serviced TOA130. When it is paired with 16200 and 35 reducer, the reducer provides excellent results.