I have some wonderful observing friends to
Only one issue. I didn't do astrophotography.
"Yeah, I'll get a camera and some kind of lightweight mount I can ship out to New Mexico and do some killer astrophotography". From such naive beginnings began this storyline arc.
I remember the exact moment this pernicious virus infected my brain. April 4, 2010 at about 10:15am.
You see I was in the waiting room at the doctors office trying not to think about my appointment when it came to me. In the 15minutes before I was called in I imagined myself peacefully taking pictures of the heavens under wonderful skies churning out stunning mosaics. My observing pals floored with admiration.
Distraction accomplished. Didn't matter that it was a far cry from reality.
The blog started as a way to share images with those guys while on vacation. By then I already knew enough about astrophotography to give it this rather odd name - Cilice. Hair-shirt ....
Here is my very first astrophoto. June 20, 2010
|Lyra. Vega dead center. One pixel in there is M57.|
Next came the real lens ... the "big gun" I was going to take to New Mexico. The venerable 200mm EF-L. First light on July 3, 2010.
|M13. 200ml EF-L lens. Center crop from the full T2i frame.|
A couple days later I met one of my dear friends (and partner in imaging pain) at a Bay Area "dark" site. Here was my very first big boy picture. Darks, flats, flat-darks, the training run for New Mexico.
|I *still* don't know where all the blue-green in the Lagoon is coming from.|
The blog starts up later in July with a 2 week trip to legendary New Mexico dark skies. And this is what it looked like most of the time.
|Beautiful but hardly astronomy friendly.|
I have suffered the good hair-shirt fight and it has all been worthwhile. I've improved my skill and my images are getting better. I've had something new to throw myself into at a time when I needed distraction. I've enjoyed writing about the journey and have shared parts of it it with nearly 1000 people from 50 countries. That's pretty neat.
I've met a few new friends and grown closer to the four who just had to go out observing when I was on vacation. Thanks gents. Securis in corde meo est.
Now for next year I have some really amazing ideas ....