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 Post subject: Single-picture hobby
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:27 am 
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Today I learned you can make a hobby out of taking a single picture.
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200329.html
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To better appreciate this well-known swath of sky, an extremely long exposure was taken over many clear nights in 2013 and 2014. After 212 hours of camera time and an additional year of processing, the featured 1400-exposure collage spanning over 40 times the angular diameter of the Moon emerged.

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 Post subject: Re: Single-picture hobby
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:46 am 
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You can make a hobby out of anything, even if you only finish once. I call myself a hobby programmer, and I don't think any of my programs were ever finished so much as stopped. But that is an impressive picture.

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 Post subject: Re: Single-picture hobby
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:42 am 
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Cool picture!! :)

Unfortunately, to photograph deep sky, you need equipment worth several thousands of dollars. Otherwise I might take some photos from deep sky, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Single-picture hobby
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The equipment doesn't have to be that expensive: https://www.amateurastrophotography.com/budget-lenses

You'll also need an equatorial mount - again, not too pricey - and a good deal of perseverance.


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 Post subject: Re: Single-picture hobby
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iansjack wrote:
The equipment doesn't have to be that expensive: https://www.amateurastrophotography.com/budget-lenses

You'll also need an equatorial mount - again, not too pricey - and a good deal of perseverance.

Well, Let's all avoid hobbies which need perseverance ;) !

Oh, wait... I'm a hobby OS developer - there's needed a lot of perseverance :D

I'm programming OS for years now. And still I have produced only rather crappy code. :o Still some steps to take...

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 Post subject: Re: Single-picture hobby
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iansjack wrote:
The equipment doesn't have to be that expensive: https://www.amateurastrophotography.com/budget-lenses

You'll also need an equatorial mount - again, not too pricey - and a good deal of perseverance.

The cost has come down, yes. :) You can hire time on online telescopes, but I'm sure that requires even more planning and patience. There's the iTelescope network and several individual scopes.

You can do without an equatorial mount if you have a computer-controlled one, but that's more a thing for big telescopes. I'm a little curious about the mechanical computer on the 200 inch Hale telescope, but I might be mis-remembering; it might have been another telescope. I miss my old books.

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Well, Let's all avoid hobbies which need perseverance ;) !

Oh, wait... I'm a hobby OS developer - there's needed a lot of perseverance :D

:D

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