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2/ A lot of us have heard an iceberg analogy for research, particularly when discussing quant and qual methods. But, an iceberg has a start and an end. Research is expansive, and forever growing (?). Image of an iceberg taken by the National Ocean Service of t
3/ A better example, that captures the expansive nature of research is space. A black image with visuals of galaxies and bright stars.
4/ OUT OF THE IVORY TOWER: In astrophotog, there's a lot of discussion of light pollution. Getting into an area with less light pollution can yield better data (for the image). In research, this speaks of getting out of our comfy university offices and getting into the community
5/ Seeing things from the community perspective is a HUGE benefit. Here is the same area of the sky, in 3 at 3 different light pollution levels. In the ivory tower (Bortle Class 5) we can see the 'larger' issues, but we're not able to see the more intricate details. The image displays the same area of the sky in three differe
6/ Getting into the right area, working with people who are affected, removes the filter of academia and gives us a clearer picture with more details (Bortle Class 3).
7/ LONG-TERM ENGAGEMENT: A lot of astrophotographers invest in equipment, called star trackers, that help the camera stay focused on the night sky. Without a star tracker, the image may turn out of lower quality, with star trails. astrobackyard.com/wp-content/upl…
8/ In research, this is an example of the importance of long exposure with communities. Long-term engagement helps provide a clearer picture.
9/ METHODS, MATERIALS, EXPERTISE: Of course, having the right methods and materials helps get better photos of the night sky and deep sky objects. Astrophotographers can have a variety of set-ups, and having the right materials is a must.
10/ This is the same in research. We need to have the right methods and materials to get high quality data and work with communities to improve health outcomes. Of course, expertise is also important...we learn by experience.
11/ Check out this image by the same astrophotographer, with different equipment and methods, at different times in his career. The 2011 photo is great. The 2020 photo is phenomenal.
12/ This also speaks to the importance of resources. The 2011 and 2020 photos are likely taken with different cameras, with different filters, star trackers, etc. More resources paired with more experience can lead to higher quality outputs. When we have a lot more $ (eg NASA): Image of the Veil Nebula taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telesc
13/ DATA ANALYSIS: There's also a lot of discussion of post-processing, pulling the data collected by the camera, to put together a photo. There's also a lot to be said about the importance of high quality data analysis, through following rigorous methods
14/ TIME AND RESOURCES: Astrophotog, like research, can be a large investment in time and resources. We should maximize the use of those resources by using rigorous methods, the right material, and borrowing knowledge from experts.
15/15 I hope that you enjoyed this thread. I'm not sure if it was necessary, but at least you got to look at some pretty photos of deep sky objects. (Also, check out @AstroBackyard for more astrophotography...watching Trevor on YouTube inspired these thoughts.)
1/15: This thread is to share some thoughts I considered submitting to @SOPHEtweets as a Pecha Kucha session. I decided not to submit, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the similarities between astrophotog and health ed community engagement and research methods. Image of the Lagoon Nebula, taken by NASA Hubble Telescope o
Also, check out images NASA has captured on your birthday: nasa.gov/content/goddar…
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