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Old 19-01-2019, 10:33 AM
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The Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group has a number of members who image on a regular basis, but a lot more members who are happy with visual observing.

On a typical night at Linden Observatory (Blue Mountains), we will have three or four people with cameras doing their thing, and maybe ten to fifteen people hanging around the visual scopes (including the Evans 30" dob).

I myself use a camera for occultation observing, but prefer the Evans 30 for the views. Eyes (even old ones like mine) are better for appreciating that which can be seen ... the cameras do well for things which cannot be seen (due to their dimness).

The high cost and technical complexity of imaging is a significant obstacle which many people mention. By comparison, the enjoyment of the night sky via the eyepiece is relatively stress free.

Tony Barry, WSAAG
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