Read this thread thinking “here we go again”.
I remember the acrimonious debate back in 2016-2018 whereby we first defined EAA. Frankly, I embraced short live stacked images simply because the light pollution in my location within the UK prevents visual (DSO) observation. Over the last seven years, I have saved under 100 images. I remain true to my observational/visual roots.
I soon ceased posting any images to CN for two reasons. Firstly, I wasn’t ever seeking critique. From the outset, too many folk negatively criticized my efforts ignorant of my ghastly Bortle 6 -7 conditions and constant struggle against cloud etc. Secondly, from 2017 I embraced a fully 4K UHD f/2 (Hyperstar) system. I can never replicate what I see on screen on your screen which is limited by the CN image restrictions.
My contribution to this forum has therefore focused upon equipment and solving technical challenges rather than imagery and artistic merit. I know my posts are respected for such content, as I enjoy many satisfactory comments and messages. I used to get very frustrated by those that did only want to discuss artistic merit and image enhancement (but excluding post processing), but eventually accepted it as a natural progression of our hobby. Today, I too employ “processing” techniques like live satellite trail removal and the live addition of darks & flats, the emphasis being LIVE, but only to enhance my personal observations. If I show my worst “images” to friends and neighbours they are astonished what I can achieve. I do value looking at the images posted by others, as they inspire me to seek out new targets. But remain frustrated at threads where criticism of the artistic attributes seem to overshadow the observational attributes. But EAA is a broad church, and I feel the eventual defined scope of this forum is the best compromise.