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Move over, CCDs — old-fashioned film isn't dead yet.
The observatory roof slowly rolled back, flooding the formerly dark room with sunlight. As my eyes adjusted to the sudden brightness, the gleaming white Meade 12-inch Schmidt camera seemed to awaken and beckon for a loving touch. As I ran my hand over its cannon-like barrel, I couldn't help but reflect on the maturing of amateur astrophotography over the four decades that I have practiced this art. The amateur can now routinely operate powerful large-aperture Schmidt cameras, once only the realm...

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