> A dream come true
Nowadays we are so into the globalization and technologies, that I can submit observation plan to a remote, professional observatory at the other part of the word!
Yes I can image the southern sky with a "telescope hosting" at Chile. This country is astronomer's dream as we have there mountain and desert with perfect dark sky and seeing conditions. I recently use El Sauce observatory trough telescope.live.
It was challenging and exiting to plan observation at souther hemisphere and then process real professional data in FITS format (by the way I do not like it as it is hard to
extract all the dynamic range from it. There is not so much good software that reads it).
The target I submited is very special for me. It is the minor planet Gabrovo (2206 Gabrova), named to my home town and discovered in 1976 by Nikolay Chernih.
I actually try to shoot it with my telescope but failed to recognise it (it turns out later that it was actually on the image), so I use the 60cm RC telescope of El Sauce observatory.
This a great step towards my scientific explorations. Thank you Galactic Hunter for letting me know for this platform :)
Red more on page 18 of Amateur Astrophotography magazine
And here it is the first digital image of 2206 Gabrova
When we have a new newton telescope we shroud avoid touch the collimation of the secondary mirror as we may get into troubles.
You no more need large sensors and heavy equipment to do good general photos. The recent development of image sensors put silicon chip capabilities to it's limit by
Knowing what you are looking for is more then half way to achieving it. Breakthrough Listen is a SETI kind of project that listen for artificial signals from 1700 nearby stars up to 160 light years.
Some shots from Sofia. A very bright sky place. Zenith sky brightness info (2015): SQM 19.13 mag./arc sec2 Brightness 2.41 mcd/m2, Artif. bright. 2230 μcd/m2, Bortle class 6.