Originally Posted by toryglen-boy
i find the pictures posted here to be a great inspiration, and they push me on to get better.
which is just as well, as i suck
I definitely agree.. The ever increasing quality of images posted on these forums are part of what drives me to continiously sit outside in the cold of the night for hours on end trying my hardest to better my previous results...
As for the "which is just as well, as i suck" comment... I don't think anyone who images something that is 1500 lightyears away or more can say they suck... I think even taking short, unguided images of the stars is a major undertaking and you should be happy with your efforts no matter what the result. As it was said to me during my initial weeks in astro imaging, Astrophotography is by far the most demanding form of photography around... No matter what you do, You can not beat hubble, and the people posting the utterly amazing images have been imaging the skies for years and years.
My thoughts are always "My images are not as good as <insert imagers name here> YET!! I have every confidence that one day, several years from now, I'll look back at the images I've taken during my first year in deep sky imaging and laugh... At the moment I think some of them are very good, and they definitely make me happy, That said, with 5 more years experience in polar alignment, guiding, tuning the mount, achieving best focus and mostly, image processing, they could be absolute master pieces..
That, is the other thing that drives me to do better. The knowing that things can only get better.. from that first time, unguided imaging with 20 second subs, through to now taking guided 10 minute exposures in just 1 year. I am confident that I (and many other imagers) are headed in the right direction...
Anyone who does what we do should be proud.. You're tackling one of the most difficult tasks in the artform of photography, and whats more, you're tackling it in the dark!
I'll add my congratulations to all the imagers on the forums for their dedication, hard work, continious help to those of us just starting out and all round inspiration and motivation that drives all of us to do better!