I came across this print of M42 while looking through some old notes. Print you note – not data – the data has long gone. So why a print? Because when this first came out of the Hyperstar I and SXV-H9C camera I was completely gobsmacked! A thirty second sub (I knew nothing about multiple subs and stacking when I started) with the faithful old C11 in Alt-Az configuration. I thought this was the bees-knees. In fact I was so pleased with it I printed it out and gave it as Christmas Cards to the neighbours in 2004.
O.K. so I’ve learned a little since then – but I can still remember the feeling of elation with those very first images I got at the New Forest Observatory 🙂