I was thinking of how to pose this question, and I opted for the direct approach with not a lot of fanfare.
Recently there are a few EAA practitioners who have upgraded their gear to include guiding and 3 color filter wheels. The use of Jocular makes the filter wheel doable in a sense under EAA rules, since the 'as seen' image evolves as the filtered data is acquired. At the end one saves the last image seen, and that is that.
These setups look identical to AP rigs in their expense and complexity. Only difference is 60 min max (thus higher gain than AP) and slightly bloated stars, but that can be handled real time with software.
So is this blurring the lines between EAA and AP?
It is certainly raising the bar as to the expense...SHO 2" narrowband filters are quite expensive, and even the hardware to get both guiding and filter wheel operation is also not cheap.
Do you think this evolution is fair to the majority of EAA folks?
EAA I recall was trying to simulate the act of observing objects in a manner similar to an eyepiece. It is a boon (requirement) to people who live in LP regions.
I realize everyone says this is not a competition, but face it, we are all human we DO compare. I would contend my work cannot and will not hold a candle to some of the new images being generated.
Not everyone has the resources to throw $$ at something to stay with the 'pack'
Quick aside to illustrate what can happen in another area that has some bearing
I was lucky enough after grad school to live near one of the meccas of 1/12 scale RC electric cars (Santa Clara, CA). At the club I went to there were several world champions and more national champions.The weekly races would attract 150 racers in three classes: Novice, Amateur, and Expert.
I worked my way up the pecking order to be a pretty decent Amateur, but I never moved to Expert, because to be an Expert you needed factory sponsorship and BIG bucks.
The cost made many people leave the hobby, and now if there are any races left, they are a far cry from what they were back then. Basically expense to generate something decent went way up, and the sport shrunk dramatically because people got discouraged.
Anyway, comments solicited. Am I full of it, do I have it wrong? Right? Who knows?
thanks for participating
Edited by Bob Campbell, 21 September 2023 - 03:48 PM.