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Added support for "Acquisition type": Traditional/EAA/Lucky imaging/Drawing

25 May, 2019 15:21
I added a new field to the basic image settings, called Acquisition type, with the following options:

  • Traditional (this is the default)
  • Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA) (info)
  • Lucky imaging (info)
  • Drawing / Sketch
  • Other / Unknown
If you have past images that fall in a category that is not "Traditional", it would be great if you could go back and edit them!

This new field is also available as a search filter and to filter Top Picks.
25 May, 2019 15:36
Great to have this option, Salvatore!

Thanks again for adding it as EAA has really evolved even over the past 2 years with the advancements in camera technologies.  While not like traditional AP, it has its challenges in trying to get the best observable "image" (view) in  a relatively short period of time.  Usually without  guiding and no post-processing.  Basically, what you see is what you t get, making it a fantastic way to observe many DSOs in a single night to share with others and learn as well as educate.

25 May, 2019 15:40
And here's a dedicated forum for EAA discussions:
25 May, 2019 19:52
Thanks this is great!
26 May, 2019 12:43
Hi Salvatore,

 thanks for your strong engagement in improving astrobin at any time. I am unsure, what categorie is the using of a normal DSLR (e. g. Canon EOS  1100Da or 700 Da) in the deep Sky- imaging.
Can you help me in that question because I want to chose the correct one in my uploadings in the future? Is it the first (traditional = default) as I suppose ? Thanks a lot in advance.

astrobrandy (Stefan)
Edited 26 May, 2019 12:46
26 May, 2019 18:09
I have some perplexity in this matter.  From the "EAA" page you linked:  "In general, though, the application of any sort of technological aid for the enhancement of astronomical viewing falls under the EAA umbrella".

So what makes EAA different from lucky imaging in this matter? And consequently: why they are in two different categories?

And what is traditional? What I should expect from a picture taken with traditional method? A picture taken on film and a manual mount? And what if I use a computer to enhance a film picture and post it on AB? Wouldn't it be an application of technological aid for the enhancement of astronomical viewing? If my reasoning is correct then it would be impossible to post a traditional picture since anything posted on AB passes thru the use of something technological.
26 May, 2019 22:01
Awesome! I've added this field to a good chunk of my planetary images from last summer. However, with most of my 400+ images being acquired with lucky imaging, it's clearly gonna be difficult to edit them all with a six click process per image. I think it would be nice if we could bulk edit something like this since it's brand new.

Also, I agree that "traditional" is a bit vague. No doubt to me that it's meant in the sense of DSO imaging, but lucky imaging could also be labeled as "traditional" for planetary imaging.

Edited 26 May, 2019 22:05
27 May, 2019 07:28
Hi all,
I'm not an expert because I only recently learned about EAA, but it seem to me that it makes sense that it be recognized on AstroBin.

The page I linked explains clearly what is the different between EAA and AP as most people do it on AstroBin:

Source article
Q. How does EAA differ from astrophotography or conventional "video astronomy"?

A. EAA is a broad term that's often divided into sub-categories based on the effort or time involved in generating an observable image. At one end there are light (or image) intensifers which provide a view most similar to looking directly through an eyepiece. These devices provide an immediate visual enhancement.

Next comes what has been traditionally referred to as "video astronomy". Video astronomy cameras use a CCD or CMOS based camera to present a continually updated image of an astronomical object. The camera refreshes the image in seconds to tens of seconds, and the output of the camera is visible on a video or computer monitor.

Then there is astrophotography, where image data is collected over the course of tens of minutes to hours, and then combined and processed to produce a final image after the fact.

Between video astronomy and astrophotography is a wide grey area where the quality of image the user observes is determined by the amount of time they want to invest. Within this grey area the user can employ a large variety of cameras and techniques, but in all cases will be observing via an integrated software package that is capable of stacking image frames in real-time and sending the image to a monitor.

So leave it as "traditional" unless you don't do EAA or Lucky imaging specifically.
27 May, 2019 07:30
Ethan & Geo Chappel
I think it would be nice if we could bulk edit something like this since it's brand new.

That's really the elephant in the room with AstroBin capabilities, and my next priority as far as "large tasks" are concerned. Hopefully I get a long stretch of free time in the future so I can tackle it.
24 Sep, 2019 23:15
If I read this correctly then almost all images (almost, not all) are EAA, or? Not quite sure if this helps in any form when using filters.
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