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Then again, for the public a little versed in astronomy, those photos from the backyard observatory are recognisable as standard shots of the brightest spectacles on the Northern night sky. Some of those you can see visually with a small telescope or even the naked eye (I saw a third of them). Meanwhile, a lot of the 'Hubble art' is not reproducable with object s observable from your backyard.

However, what amazes me is the evolution of electronic astro-photo color images. Back when I studied astronomy, everyone agreed that CCDs can't beat the color images made by the big observatories from film or glass plate photographs in beauty: too coarse, too narrow field of vision, etc. (Sidenote: any astronomer will tell you that there is no such thing as a "true colour image", and real information is on the B&W frames made with different filters; so old colour astro-photos were PR, too.) But CCD technology evolves, and the pictures in your link look almost as good as those old ones.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 02:50:04 PM EST
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