It has been nearly three years since my last post. During this time Zephyr Ridge Observatory has remained in operation, and I have continued my efforts in visual observing. I will write more about this in a future post. The purpose of this post is to call attention to a new Images page for this blog (see link at the top, or just click here.)
Early this year I acquired a new Mallincam Universe color CCD camera and I have been trying to make use of it. I had some initial problems which turned out to be computer-related, but now I think the system is working. So, I have entered the difficult realm of astrophotography, and am doing so with a telescope that is designed for visual astronomy. My Obsession telescope does have a drive system, but an altazimuth mounted dobsonian limits me to very short exposures due to field rotation and lack of a system for guiding. On the plus side, I enjoy excellent optics and a 20″ diameter mirror.
I have uploaded two images, and am currently processing some others. I will continue to add to the gallery as time goes on.