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A Cracking image! 

I know what others say about obtaining remote data and I can see their point. Data gathering is all part of the art and skill. However having some remote data gives you the opportunity to gather data for targets that are not visible from your location and in my case gather data from much clearer skies than the UK offers. I'd love to be able to site my scope in a remote location halfway up a mountain in some exotic location, but my wallet won't let me. Remote scopes give us the chance to do something that would simply not be financially viable normally. For me the issue comes is when people use remote data and try to pass it off as something else or use other peoples data without crediting them. You may not have gathered the data yourself, but you selected the target and processed it from the ground up. You also appreciate and understand the process involved in obtaining the data in the first place. Enjoy it and keep up the good work.

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I did similar last October when I bought some credits, really just to try out a new location and some cracking gear. SPA 3 too in my case. Thanks to the weather, I finally got my results last week.

I'm finding it quite hard to process - I'm not using PI so I'm wondering if it's geared to PI processing in some way. For instance, I can't get DSS to stack all of the frames. Regardless of which frame I use as reference, at least two perfectly good frames are omitted each time. I've also got to crop extensively to remove edge artifacts.

 

Since I placed the order, I've had time to think about the notion of remote imaging services, and to be honest I have lost interest in it as a concept. It's not for me, while it may be perfect for others. I'm also not particularly impressed with their new commercial model (which came into play just after I bought credits and ordered data), and while I was waiting for my data I was miffed to see that free downloads of data which may (or may not) have been based on my paid-for order were being offered to other subscribers. The new commercial model is obviously based on the fact that there is more demand for data than their equipment (and the weather) can deliver, so rather than investing in new kit, they are offering more 'reuse' of existing data. The smart subscriber will now sign up for an entry-level subscription, and wait for data to become available. This brings you even farther away from the source of the data, as you don't get to select the target, scope, fov, filters etc. You are effectively just downloading data on popular targets to process yourself.  

 

So this all means that I really don't feel like investing the time and effort in sorting out the problems I have in processing my new data. I'd much prefer to take some of my own less-than-perfect data and spend the hours working on that. The bottom line may be that I actually prefer the idea of setting up outside and capturing DSOs than processing them. I started AP in the first place to capture what I saw through the eyepiece.

 

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+1 to everything @Padraic Msays above. I too don't like their new commercial model. while I did download some of the "one click" and "pro data-sets" I have yet to bother processing any of them and I'm not sure i will. you see lots of images in their gallery done with the same data and I find that leaves me less enthusiastic.

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For me, 50% of the pleasure I derive from this hobby is founded in the hands on equipment and design aspects that contribute to the acquisition, track and capture of data.  I don’t believe a remote facility would give me as much satisfaction.

 

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