The Internet and Astrophotography

The internet has enriched the experience of astrophotography for most of us.  There are several internet groups where images can be shared and critiqued, and where useful information is provided.  In my experience, the best groups are on Yahoo and include the New CCD Astronomy and SBIG groups, among others.   When first starting out, I had great fun sharing my work in these types of forums.  Although I generally don't post my new images on these groups anymore, I have created a very small mailing list for people interested in new work and techniques.  I also update my website with new images as soon as they become available.  The internet has made all of this possible.

Despite the usefulness of the internet, it comes as no surprise that some astrophotography groups/mailing lists are clearly better than others (the ones above are some of the best).  What is surprising, at least to me, is that the quality of a group cannot be predicted solely by the number of accomplished imagers it has.  Join a few groups and decide for yourself which ones are the right fit for your needs and personality.  Whatever group you join, become familiar with the more helpful members who will be more than happy to lend you a hand.  If you have an astrophotography question that I might be able to help with, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail.  I can't promise an immediate reply but am usually very good about responding.


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