So I’ve been researching telescopes with the goal of getting into astrophotography. So far I’ve learned that I have A LOT to learn. As in, seriously, A LOT. This remains a distant goal.
A good part of this research is simply gawking at awesome pictures that people have taken and seeing what equipment they used to do it. This has also been a learning experience about objects in the sky and a good calibration of expectations towards what I might achieve on my own someday assuming I put in the time to learn the tricks of the trade, the money to get a capable setup, and practice enough to become talented with it. Just tonight I saw the first amateur image of an object I really love, 47 Tucanae. This picture was taken in the Andes mountains, with a mind-mindbogglingly expensive telescope setup, but still… it gives a glimpse of what is possible. Even a fraction of this is mind-gasmly sweet: