Here is a selection of photos I took before I began using My Online Astronomy Journal. Some are personal successes....some failures, but they all were rewarding and provided a feeling of accomplishment at the time. I am not reluctant to admit that I am still (after a couple of years of picture-taking) fascinated by the fact that it can be done with modest equipment, from your own back yard. I am still in the Gee Whiz stage.......amazed that you are, in some cases, recording an image of something as it was
....30 plus MILLION years ago! It took the light from the object over 30 million years to travel to my camera.
I do not strive for perfection. My methods, equipment and level of dedication preclude that. I do strive, within the limits I have imposed, to get the best images I can. Many of these objects are so distant, and so (apparently) small and dim, I had never seen most of them until just a couple of years ago. To be now taking pictures of them is thrilling. Even my rather crude photographs show many of these objects in more detail than all but the largest most expensive telescopes are capable of showing, viewing through the eyepiece.
Digital photography has made all this possible. In the same way the Hubble Space Telescope records, aligns and stacks multiple images, inexpensive imagers do much the same thing...although at a far lower resolution. If you have ever thought you would like to try photographing the sky, I urge you to give it a try. You will certainly amaze your family and friends.....but most of all, you will likely amaze yourself.