I was browsing through the latest issue of S&T, and came across the article by Tom Dobbins "What Makes a Good Planetary Telescope" The technical discussion on history, telescopes, and cameras was quite good (IMO, no flames), and hit on all the classic considerations and some of the nuances.
What struck me was the poor quality of the images that were being passed off as 'amazing' and 'excellent' to illustrate the state of the art of planetary imaging. Even examples from Damian Peach were not close to his best work, and I would guess seeing this he would be more than a little disappointed in S&T.
Many of the images posted here in the various threads far exceed what was posted here on CN.
Which got me to thinking. We really have a cutting edge phenomenon here on CN, and as far as I can see lead the charge in generating world-class planetary images.
Would it be appropriate for a group of our best imagers here to contact S&T, and float the idea of an article? It would document the process and mutual support of the CN community, and most importantly the truly excellent results the members get with very modest setups. Might even be good advertisement for Astronomics.
I would claim that even in the small bore challenges, the images posted on CN approaches (and sometimes exceeds) some of the images printed in that article.
It could give the average reader of S&T hope that you don't need a C14 to create some pretty amazing planetary images.
What do people here think of such an idea?