The base rungs by which we ascend

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 🙂

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