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please help, any reasonably competent imaging person


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First of all if this is a breach of the rules my apologies and if mods decide that this is so I understand.

I recently joined a facebook page on photography as I am learning how to do it and people have been very helpful. It has however become so big that it has had to split into various sub divisions one of which is astrophotography. The problem here is that although there are a lot of people interested in the subject there are no experienced imagers. Is there anybody interested in helping a bunch of rank beginners to  do some imaging. You will need the patience of job as most don't even know what a t-ring is they have no idea what equipment is used or why. I see it as a sort of outreach thing I don't need many just a couple of people who know what they are doing and can spend a few minutes a week to encourage a bunch of newbies who have no idea but would like to learn a little. pm me  if interested.

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I agree it is the more logical move and when I get the chance I do put links through but it comes down to some people would rather use facebook than a forum. These people are primarily photographers who wish to photograph space rather than astronomers who wish to image what they have seen. Some people are starting to realise they will need some knowledge of astronomy but most just want to take photo's and would feel daunted coming to an astronomy forum to ask for advice.

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Sometimes you've just got to let people find out for themselves. If you've posted links then they will either follow them, or not. You can lead a horse to water .... and all that.

However if they are photographers first and foremost then I reckon they will have a bit of "unlearning" to do with regard to focal ratio, exposure and the realisation that they are now working in the unfamiliar realm where everything is hugely under exposed.

They might also get some nasty shocks as to the quality of their optics, since photographing stars is probably the most rigourous test of a lens that it's possible to get.

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I think that to recommend people to the forum is a good move as is the book 'Making Every Photon Count' - But that's where it stops, you can't do more than that.

If people feel that FB is their way of learning then that's fine. It may be that later down the line they will want to join the forums. If there's anything that can be done to further astro imaging (or astronomy in general) then I think that's a worthwhile effort regardless of the medium different people choose to do this. :)

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I agree it is the more logical move and when I get the chance I do put links through but it comes down to some people would rather use facebook than a forum. These people are primarily photographers who wish to photograph space rather than astronomers who wish to image what they have seen. Some people are starting to realise they will need some knowledge of astronomy but most just want to take photo's and would feel daunted coming to an astronomy forum to ask for advice.

Facebook has it's place of course, but it's difficult to substitute it in for a specialist area in dedicated forum.

I guess if people want the access to the right type of knowledge & assistance they will overcome their anxieties and jump aboard :)

We are certainly the most welcoming and patient astronomy forum on the planet so nothing to be daunted by. 

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FB is for instant gratification of knowledge and suited to share what has been taken but anything worth sharing needs ground work put in, so either they learn by trial an error or they join a forum or use google.

Posting help with suggesting where they might look to read more is probably the easiest route.

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I'm always happy to help newbies at imaging, but I don't like Facebook and go on there as little as possible.  I do actually belong to one of the astro groups on there, but found the images are so tiny you can't really get any sense of what's actually good and what just looks good.

Carole 

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I think you have to question how eager people are to learn if they will not consider another way other than Facebook.

If they are keen, they will seek knowledge wherever.... if they aren't then they may be a bit of a lost cause in the long run anyway.

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