Sky Viewing Blog
July 31, 2020
For the past 3 weeks, I have been "Re-Developing" the Dry Creek View Observatory Web Page. I moved from an old web builder which I have been using for the past 8 years to a new developing software called "WebSite X5 evo. My old web blogs over the years will be archived by me and used as a personal history of my astronomy activities. These older blogs will no longer be available on my web page. Therefore, I am starting new with this July 31, 2020 entry.I will be following a similar format to the old web page, but new and I hope better pictures will be forthcoming. I will be posting higher resolution photos so they can be better seen when zooming in for detail.As I am now retired from my day job, I hope to be doing much more star gazing and astrophotography. My home page will indicate when my pages are updated under the heading "Most Recent Updates". Check back soon as I plan on taking some classic pictures of the sky at higher resolution. Clear Skies, Travis Smith
August 12, 2020
Last night I took the time to do some astrophotography. My target was M 101 the “Pinwheel” galaxy. I had my scope set up at f/11 3900mm focal length with my CGE 1400 Telescope. I was not happy with the image that I captured. At an ISO of 3200, and 6 pictures stacked, the image was too grainy for me and a little out of focus. Below is the processed image. I will try another night to get a sharper less grainy image.M 101 "Pinwheel Galaxy"