When pressed with the question of who is producing the best astroimages, I don't hesitate, and answer with the name Adam Block. For the past 9 years, he has run the Advanced Observers Program at Kitt Peak. This has given Adam an edge on the "competition" in the form of an excellent site and a free high-quality camera and telescope. Combine that with his disciplined approach to image processing, and you get impeccable images such as these: http://www.noao.edu/outreach/aop/observers/bestof.html This morning, Adam announced to a mailing list of CCD imagers that he no longer works at Kitt Peak. I have pasted in his farewell message below. Tom =========== Hi Everyone, I have been giving some thought about writing this message for sometime now; but I had not done so up to this point for fear it would come across as being "self-important" in nature. However, recently many people (manyfrom this list) have been trying contact me. I no longer work at Kitt Peak. After nine years of work there, the separation was inevitable. From the outside I received wonderful support and validation of my work and efforts. Indeed much of it came from relationships that precipitated from this group. Unfortunately this trend was not often reflected internally at my job. My position was always both enviable and precarious. Now I find myself in the "interesting" position of having no mountain, telescope, camera or any other way to express myself in the work that I have been doing for more than a decade. Just all the knowledge of this stuff between my ears <g>. I am not certain what is going to happen next- but I would certainly enjoy participating in this group and living through others vicariously as I am sure others have done with me through the years. I have two images that I worked on before my job ended-and I may get a chance to show them soon (nothing too special, I was doing telescope testing). For the time being this HOTMAIL account is my main e-mail address and is the best way to reach me. I hope that others profited from my participation in the forum because I know that I certainly did throughout the years. I will still be going to AIC in November and look forward to meeting many of the people I have communicated with in person. Sincerely, Adam -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.